Stories about politics.

Skip Gray / 360 North

Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state. The previous administration made it state policy to consult with tribal entities on a government-to-government basis, which is standard practice at the federal level. But while Dunleavy acknowledges the policy, he’s unclear about how it would apply.  

Bethel City Council will discuss proposed alcohol ordinance and replacing City Attorney Patty Burley.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, the Bethel City Council will look at introducing an ordinance that would compensate city council members for their duties. Council member Fritz Charles proposed the ordinance, which would pay council members $300 per month and subsidize their water and sewer costs. Council member duties include participating in regular city council meetings, special meetings, and budget meetings. Each council member must also be a member of at least one committee or commission for the city. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

On April 13, Sen. Lisa Murkowski made an unexpected visit to Bethel on her way to Eek. Murkowski had hoped to check out Eek's new running water and a tiny home project, but she got weathered out. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is keeping mostly neutral on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts. She spoke about his budget on a visit to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this past weekend. 

Bethel Potholes
Aleina Tanabe

Bethel residents often ask, “Why are the roads so bad?” KYUK sat down with Bethel’s City Manager Pete Williams to find out.

“Gravel is gravel, and there will always be a need to maintain it. And the worse the weather is, the more it needs to be maintained,” explained Williams.

Larson Subdivision, Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Tuesday, Bethel City Council unanimously approved the building of Blue Sky Subdivision, which would wrap around Larson Subdivision near the airport. At the start of the council meeting, Bethel residents expressed resounding support for the proposed neighborhood, saying that Bethel needs more housing.

Musher Pete Kaiser greets fans at the Alaska Airlines terminal on March 18, 2019 in Bethel, Alaska after returning home from winning the 2019 Iditarod.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Bethel has a new city holiday. March 13 is now “Pete Kaiser Day,” commemorating when the Bethel musher won this year’s Iditarod.

Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

On March 13 of this year, Pete Kaiser became the first Bethel musher and the first musher of Yup’ik descent to win the Iditarod. Kaiser grew up competing in local races in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. His list of achievements include being the first winner of the "Kuskokwim Triple Crown," having won the Akiak Dash in 2005, the Bogus Creek 150 in 2008, and four consecutive Kuskokwim 300 victories from 2015 to 2018. On Tuesday, Bethel City Council will consider a proclamation to declare March 13 "Pete Kaiser Day." 

Bethel City Council will invite city attorney candidate Elizabeth "Libby" Bakalar for an on-site interview Feb. 10-12, the same days that the three city manager candidates make their visit.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council adopted a resolution opposing Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget at its Tuesday meeting.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Twenty-five people came out to testify about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget to a full room in Bethel on Saturday. Dunleavy campaigned last year on the promise of a full Permanent Fund Dividend, which would be $3,000. To make that happen, Dunleavy plans to cut $1.6 billion in funding.