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Bethel City Audit Still Undecided

Feb 9, 2019
As Tuesday’s meeting approaches, tensions rise as Bethel City Council members remain divided on the completion of the city's audit for last year.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

As Tuesday’s meeting approaches, tensions rise as Bethel City Council members remain divided on the completion of the city's audit for last year.

 


Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

The Alaska State House has set a record for the most days into a legislative session with no House Speaker elected. Thursday marks the 24th day without a speaker. With the House unable to formally deliberate bills or form committees until a leader is elected, Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman of Bethel is predicting another long session ahead.


Courtesy of TKC

The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) CEO Maver Carey retired from her role on February 1, but it wasn’t announced on the corporation's Facebook page until Tuesday, Feb. 5.

State Elections Division Puts Inactive Voters On Notice

Feb 1, 2019
The state Division of Elections tracked the status of registered Alaska voters and sent out notices to those who had not voted recently. The notices warn people who haven't been voting that they have till Feb. 28 to contact the division or be deactivated.
Courtesy of the State of Alaska Divisions of Elections

  

If you haven't voted in the last four years, you have a month to save your voter status.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

House District 38 Representative Tiffany Zulkosky expressed concerns about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed supplemental budget. That budget would slash almost $3 million from the Village Public Safety Officer program, or 20 percent of its overall budget. 

All 19 USFWS Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge employees returned to the office on January 28, 2019 after Congress passed a bill to fund the government for three weeks following the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Federal employees returned to work on Monday, following Congress’ decision to fund the government for the next three weeks. The longest federal government shutdown in our nation’s history ended on Friday after stretching 35 days and causing federal workers to miss two paychecks. KYUK checked in on how the shutdown impacted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers in Bethel at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.


Bethel City Council Code Of Conduct Fails

Jan 24, 2019
On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council decided to hold back on a resolution spelling out a code of conduct for council members after an outside attorney strongly advised against it.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

It’s back to the drawing board for decorum rules at the city. On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council decided to hold back on a resolution spelling out a code of conduct for council members after an outside attorney strongly advised against it.

 

The City of Bethel is hoping to get help for its volunteer fire department from the U.S. Forest Service. On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council directed the administration to apply for a grant that would cover the cost of two new sets of “turnout gear.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel is hoping to get help for its volunteer fire department from the U.S. Forest Service.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's state-of-the-state speech on January 22 hit on key themes from his 2018 campaign. In the speech, he vowed to protect the Permanent Fund Dividend and repeal Senate Bill 91, an attempt to reform criminal justice reform that became law three years ago during the Walker administration. Gov. Dunleavy said that he is making public safety at top priority.

House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, a Bethel Democrat representing most of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, said that she was encouraged by Dunleavy's speech, but still has some concerns. 


Broad Participation In Bethel Women's March

Jan 20, 2019
Over 40 people gathered at the Yupiit Piciryaraitat Cultural Center for Bethel’s 3rd annual Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Courtesy of Beverly Hoffman

  

Saturday, during the K300 sled dog race, over 40 people gathered at the Cultural Center for Bethel’s Women’s March. Here is an audio postcard of the event. Among those joining the march were men, young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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