Stories about politics.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The March 23 Bethel City Council meeting will be a busy one. The council is looking at its most stacked agenda in months.

Tripp Crouse / KNBA

The first Alaska Native woman to serve as lieutenant governor will lead a key Tribal health organization in the state. 

Council member Mark Springer said said that Bethel City Council and its Public Safety Commission actually don’t have much purview over the Bethel Police Department, but he urged City Manager Pete Williams to look into alleged problems with rape kits.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Bethel City Council meeting on March 9 saw discussion from the public and from council members about the way the Bethel Police Department handles rape cases. Those who testified advocated for more responsible policing, and for timely handling of rape kits. 

Warren Polk, co-owner of the native allotment that the State of Alaska has filed action to take part of by eminent domain. Oct. 3, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The federal court system will likely decide the fate of Tundra Ridge Road, also known as Polk Road, also known as Uamuralria Drive. The State of Alaska has filed an action of eminent domain to condemn part of a native allotment for the road. 


Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council passed a resolution that pits the city against the state government in a transportation plan. The state and the city both want to ease the strain on local commuters by connecting BIA Road to Ptarmigan Street, but they disagree on the route. 

In February, the City of Bethel initiated the process of removing buildings that it has condemned.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

During their March 9 meeting, Bethel City Council followed up with city administration on a property that it would like to demolish. In February, the City of Bethel initiated the process of removing buildings it had condemned, including the former Yukon Lodge on Brown Slough.

City of Bethel

In their Tuesday, March 9 meeting, the Bethel City Council will introduce a resolution put forth by city management that would pit the city against the State of Alaska concerning a transportation plan.

Robert Woolsey / KCAW

On Thursday, March 4, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to advance Congresswoman Debra Haaland’s nomination as Interior Secretary to a full Senate vote. The committee passed the nomination 11-9, with two Republican senators voting in favor of Haaland, including Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. 



Interior secretary-nominee U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland finished a two-day confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 24. Oil-state senators on the Senate Energy Committee challenged her on anti-development positions she took as a U.S. Congresswoman, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski seemed more intent on educating the nominee about Alaska’s unique circumstances.


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Board of Directors has issued a resolution opposing the formation of a regional tribal government. The board passed a similar resolution in 2014.