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Three out of the six candidates running for Bethel City Council this year are women.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Three out of the six candidates running for Bethel City Council this year are women. That’s the second time since at least 2006 that three women have run, and the first time that half the candidates have been female. KYUK’s Greg Kim asked some former council members what they thought about that.


Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

2009 was the year that Bethel went from “damp” to “wet” in terms of alcohol regulations. The town's first liquor store in more than 40 years opened in 2015. But why were there six years in between, when liquor stores were legal but non-existent?  


Haley Hanson is running for Bethel City Council.
Haley Hanson

Continuing our series of profiles on candidates running for seats on the Bethel City Council, here is first-time candidate Haley Hanson. You can listen to the full Coffee@KYUK interview with Hanson online.


Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

The ordinance to pay Bethel City Council members is dead. The city council passed an ordinance earlier this year that would pay members for attending meetings. It would have gone into effect if residents voted in favor of it in the 2019 election. However, council members never took the action of putting it on the ballot, and the deadline has passed. 

Last month, Alaska’s U.S. Senators accompanied Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a trip to communities around the state. The tour marked DeVos’ first visit to Alaska as a member of President Trump’s cabinet. The group visited schools in Wasilla, Kotzebue, Nome, and Kivalina. Kivalina is one of the Alaskan communities most threatened by erosion. 

Mark Springer is running for Bethel City Council.
Dean Swope / KYUK

KYUK is profiling each candidate for Bethel City Council in order to learn more about who they are, why they’re running, and what they plan to do if elected. You can listen to Mark Springer’s full Coffee@KYUK interview online


Bethel City Council member Fritz Charles is running for re-election.
Katie Basile / KYUK

With Bethel City Council elections coming up, KYUK wants to learn more about the candidates that are running. Some are fresh faces, some are familiar. KYUK’s Greg Kim sat down with incumbent Fritz Charles. You can listen to the full Coffee@KYUK interview online.


The City of Bethel approved the sale of old tanks to aid in LKSD's emergency fuel transfer in Napakiak.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last night, the Bethel City Council quickly and unanimously approved the sale of two used fuel tanks to the Lower Kuskokwim School District to help deal with erosion. 

Bethel's city council passed a budget modification to add lighting to the boardwalk at Pinky's Park.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel will get lighting on Pinky’s Park boardwalk after all, and the city is pitching in. Bethel City Council has passed an ordinance that will use $156,000 of city money to extend the lighting project that ONC started with $89,000 of Tribal Transportation Funds. 

Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council gave the go ahead for the acting city manager to negotiate a contract with Byung Sun Park for use of the old laundromat. Council had voted to demolish the building earlier this year, but Park offered to remodel it and re-open a laundromat.

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