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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.

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
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. 

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The state’s Marijuana Control Board recently approved licenses for two marijuana stores, but it could be that neither one of them will open. 


Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel awarded $30,831 in Community Action Grants this quarter. This money comes from the city’s alcohol tax. Twenty percent of that revenue goes toward projects intended to enhance the community’s wellbeing. 

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

For some, last night was perhaps the final time that they would vote as members of the Bethel City Council. With those votes, they passed two changes to the Bethel Municipal Code: adding formal training for new council members, and giving the city more time to complete its audit. The council voted to postpone an overhaul of the city's ethics code until the next meeting.

The final candidates for the city manager position will visit Bethel next month for their on-site interviews.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The search for Bethel’s new city manager has narrowed to two final candidates. 

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

In its final meeting with its current members, this Bethel City Council will consider leaving its mark on the Bethel Municipal Code. Three changes to the code are up for consideration. 

Bethel City Council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned on Monday afternoon.
Courtesy of Carole Jung Jordan

Another seat has opened up on Bethel City Council. Yesterday afternoon, council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned her seat. In her resignation letter, she said that she wanted to focus more on her family, her children, and her work. She will not be attending tonight's council meeting.

Caribou Traders General Manager Todd Perez says that Jan. 5 will be the last day the liquor store is open for business.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Three propositions involving alcohol and marijuana local option in Bethel will appear on this year’s municipal ballot. Here’s what a “Yes” or “No” vote could mean for Bethel. 


Proposition 1 on the 2019 Bethel municipal ballot asks voters if they would like to return Bethel to local option status and limit alcohol licenses to restaurants and eating places. Fili's Pizza is the only Bethel restaurant with an alcohol license and wo
Dean Swope / KYUK

KYUK hosted a live call-in show on Monday, Sept. 16 to discuss the three local option propositions that will appear on Bethel's 2019 municipal ballot, and what they could mean for the Bethel community. Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 deal with alcohol local option in Bethel, while Proposition 3 asks about marijuana local option.

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