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City of Bethel

Bethel City Council chose a mayor and vice-mayor for Bethel. Perry Barr, who’s in the second year of his council term, was elected mayor. Brand-new council member Haley Hanson is the vice-mayor.

City of Bethel

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager. The two final candidates, Aaron Easton and Michael Patterson, will be available to the public at 5:00 p.m. today, Oct. 16, at Bethel City Hall for a meet and greet. 

City of Bethel

Five candidates have expressed interest in the final seat on Bethel City Council. The seat opened up when former council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned last month. The candidates are Rick Garcia, Courtney Trammell, Joni Beckham, Jon Cochrane, and Michelle DeWitt. Absent from the list are the two candidates who ran for city council this year but were not elected: Raymond "Thor" Williams and Fritz Charles will not be considered for the final council seat. 

City of Bethel

The newly elected Bethel City Council changed the way it handles ethics complaints and discussed a new city position this week. Ethics, dog catching, and code enforcement filled the rest of Tuesday night for Bethel City Council.


City of Bethel

Bethel City Council protested two marijuana stores Tuesday night. But to get there, council had to re-vote on one protest, which could still be lifted if the store came into zoning compliance. The other protest may bring a lawsuit. 

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
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There is an official date for local option alcohol restrictions to begin in Bethel. Jan. 6 is the day that the liquor store licenses will expire. That same day, people will have to start marking alcohol in their luggage. There will be limits on how much alcohol can be imported and possessed, and the state will start tracking how much alcohol you order in a database. Bootlegging will become a felony, as will furnishing alcohol to a minor.

New Bethel City Council members Cecelia "Cece" Franko, Mark Springer, and Haley Hanson joined returning council member Perry Barr for the Oct. 8 regular meeting. Alyssa Gustafson-Leary attended by phone.
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New faces and new voices filled Bethel City Hall Tuesday night, as the newly elected council members took their oaths of office. Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Mark Springer, and Cecelia "Cece" Franko replaced outgoing council members Mitchell Forbes, Raymond "Thor" Williams, Leif Albertson, and Fritz Charles. 

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel is likely returning to damp status. Unofficial results from yesterday’s election show Bethel re-entering local option for alcohol sales. Under local option, voters have chosen to make furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a felony. In the same election, voters rejected entering marijuana local option and cast ballots for Bethel City Council candidates, favoring the challengers over the incumbents.


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Unofficial results from Bethel’s municipal election on Tuesday, Oct. 1 show Bethel returning to local option status for retail alcohol sales, but remaining out of local option for marijuana licenses. Under alcohol local option status, furnishing alcohol to people under age 21 would become a felony. The candidates with the most votes to fill the four Bethel City Council seats are Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Mark Springer, and Cece Franko.

City of Bethel

Bethel municipal elections are this Tuesday, Oct. 1. Residents will choose four Bethel City Council members from among six candidates. Voters will also cast ballots for three local option propositions. 

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