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Warren Polk on Oct. 3, 2019, three days after his family's home burned in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Bethel highway horseshoe may soon become a loop again. The state wants to pave Tundra Ridge Road, also known as Polk Road. That would create a straight shot between the Tundra Ridge Subdivision and the airport, and create a loop around Bethel.


The pool at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The City of Bethel is suing a subsidiary of Bethel Native Corporation, Bethel Services, Incorporated (BSI), for what it claims was defective construction of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center. 

In their meeting on Jan. 11, Bethel City Council could decide who to hire for the open Bethel City Manager position.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Nov. 10, the Bethel City Council welcomed a new member, while also expressing frustration at the number of vacancies that remain for some of the city’s most important positions.

Bethel Elections Chairperson Job Hale and his wife, Bethany Hale, organize the Bethel polling center on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel’s state elections chairperson posted Trump campaign material around Bethel’s only voting location for Election Day. The partisan displays have seeded doubts about the Bethel election process and raised ethical concerns.


Voting stickers are offered to voters at the Bethel polling site on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Votes from Bethel Precinct 2 were incorrectly posted on the Alaska Division of Elections website when initially released. The division has corrected the results.

Bethel voters make their way to the polls despite a blizzard on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

These initial election results reflect ballots cast at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, in Bethel Precinct 1. They do not include all absentee and questioned ballots, and the results have not been certified by the Alaska Division of Elections.

Bethel citizens vote at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

These initial election results reflect ballots cast at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, in Bethel Precinct 2. They do not include all absentee and questioned ballots, and have not been certified by the Alaska Division of Elections.

Bethel citizens vote at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

All election precincts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have reported their first results for the 2020 General Election. Initial results show Democratic incumbents leading with wide margins in state races.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Oct. 29, Bethel Mayor Michelle DeWitt spoke with Gov. Mike Dunleavy, asking the state to take more actions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the mayor’s requests was to extend the state’s emergency disaster declaration because its expiration could affect Bethel’s authority to mandate testing at its airport. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

Attempts to create a regional tribal government for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta appear to be picking up steam. The Calista regional corporation, working with consultants, now has a process in place for each of the 56 tribes in the region to signal their intent to vote on the creation of a regional government.

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