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Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council couldn't agree on how to pay for lights in Pinky's Park in their last council meeting on Aug. 13, 2019. They voted against two different plans to fund the project.

Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams presided over the ethics board meeting two weeks ago. Council members Leif Albertson and Perry Barr also served on the board.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council met for an ethics hearing regarding two complaints on Thursday, and made no findings. 

Discussion for the first complaint lasted three hours behind closed doors. When the public was let back in for the second complaint, Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams surprised everyone.

City Planner Ted Meyer returns to his former role with the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's new planning director is a familiar face. Ted Meyer will return to the position he left in 2017. He served from 2015 to 2017 before resigning, and Wednesday was his first day back.

Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel released its budget for Fiscal Year 2020, and there are a few things that stand out. The city has allocated $1.5 million for a new roof on city hall. Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that the issue is simple: “The roof is leaking and we need to repair it.”

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

On Thursday, Aug. 1, petitions to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy circulated throughout the state. This included Bethel, where volunteers camped out in front of the courthouse to catch drivers delayed by road construction. In the end, they collected a total of 256 votes. 


Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council introduced a measure on Tuesday, July 23 to put a local option question on the ballot to restrict alcohol sales to restaurants only. 

Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council passed stricter alcohol laws on Tuesday, July 23. After some amendments, the regulations received a unanimous vote.

Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel's planning department is the latest to lose its leader. The former city planner was fired a month ago according to the planner herself, Betsy Jumper. 

$444M vs $390M In Budget Cuts Explained

Jul 11, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters about his budget vetoes at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska on June 28, 2019.
Becky Bohrer / AP

Alaska news organizations have reported that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million from the state's operating budget. But news coverage published by Alaska Public Media and KTOO have used a smaller number of $390 million. There are a few reasons for this.

Courtesy of KTOO

Lawmakers voted to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s $444 million in budget vetoes in a  37-1 vote, but not enough lawmakers were present in one location to overturn them.

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