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Bethel City Council candidates Raymond "Thor" Williams, Haley Hanson, Cece Franko, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer at the Bethel City Council Candidates Forum at Bethel City Hall on September 17, 2019.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Audience members packed city hall for last night’s Bethel City Council Candidate Forum. Candidates spoke on Bethel’s most important issues, like alcohol, open positions in city government, and relations among council members. If you missed last night’s broadcast, you can listen to the full candidate forum online.


Bethel City Council candidates Raymond "Thor" Williams, Haley Hanson, Cece Franko, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer at the Bethel City Council Candidates Forum at Bethel City Hall on September 17, 2019.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Update: The Yugtun translation of the forum has been added.

KYUK and Delta Discovery hosted the 2019 Bethel City Council Candidates Forum live at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The forum consisted of candidates responding to questions from Bethel journalists, fellow candidates, and audience members. Topics included alcohol and marijuana local option propositions, infrastructure, council member civility, and the hiring of future city employees. Five of the six candidates attended: Raymond "Thor" Williams, Cece Franko, Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer. Incumbent candidate Fritz Charles was unable to attend due to a prior work commitment. Listen to the full broadcast below. The forum was translated Yugtun by Julia Jimmie, Lillian Miachel, Jack Beaver, and Sam Berlin.


Bethel City Council Member Raymond "Thor" Williams is running for re-election.
Gabby Hiestand Salgado / KYUK

KYUK is wrapping up its series of profiles on candidates for Bethel City Council with Raymond "Thor" Williams. You can listen to Bethel City Council candidate Raymond "Thor" Williams' full “Coffee@KYUK” interview online.


City of Bethel

Bethel City Council candidate Raymond "Thor" Williams.


Cece Franko is running for Bethel City Council.
Cece Franko

KYUK is continuing its series profiling candidates for Bethel City Council. Today, KYUK’s Greg Kim brings us Cece Franko. You can listen to Bethel City Council candidate Cece Franko’s full “Coffee@KYUK” interview online.


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

Three modifications to the Bethel Municipal Code passed introduction last night, but not without debate.

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

On Tuesday night, Bethel City Council gave the city manager permission to sign the first contract for the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project. DOWL Engineering submitted a draft of the contract that totals almost a million dollars. The engineering firm has laid out seven phases that will go into developing the design.

Alyssa Gustafson-Leary is running for Bethel City Council.
Greg Kim / KYUK

KYUK is continuing its series of profiles on candidates for Bethel City Council. Today, KYUK’s Greg Kim brings us Alyssa Gustafson-Leary. You can listen to Gustafson-Leary’s full "Coffee@KYUK" interview online.


Three out of the six candidates running for Bethel City Council this year are women.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Three out of the six candidates running for Bethel City Council this year are women. That’s the second time since at least 2006 that three women have run, and the first time that half the candidates have been female. KYUK’s Greg Kim asked some former council members what they thought about that.


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

2009 was the year that Bethel went from “damp” to “wet” in terms of alcohol regulations. The town's first liquor store in more than 40 years opened in 2015. But why were there six years in between, when liquor stores were legal but non-existent?  


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