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On March 25, Bethel City Council adopted its second emergency ordinance in as many days.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel has responded to the public’s demands that it take strong action against the coronavirus threat. In their meeting on Tuesday, March 24, Bethel City Council passed its first emergency ordinance in response to COVID-19. Council will meet in an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. to consider adopting a declaration of local disaster emergency. Mayor Perry Barr and Acting City Manager Bill Howell already signed the declaration Tuesday, which kick-started the process.

On March 25, Bethel City Council adopted its second emergency ordinance in as many days.
City of Bethel

On March 24, the Bethel City Council will consider adopting an emergency ordinance in response to the coronavirus threat. This emergency ordinance will allow the council to meet telephonically, and allows the city manager to cancel or postpone meetings and modify personnel leave time in the interest of public health. The emergency ordinance does not enact any travel restrictions or mandates for residents to stay at home. 

Recall Campaign Comes Home

Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings have hampered the signature gathering campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy, but the campaign was re-launched on March 20 with a new petition form for people to use at home. The form can be requested online and returned in the mail. The Division of Elections has signed off on the one-page household petition booklets, but a court challenge against the Recall Dunleavy campaign is due for a hearing next week.

Becky Trimble and her family in Bethel. Trimble has been ordered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to leave the country by March 14.
Becky Trimble

A Bethel resident is facing deportation. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has ordered Becky Trimble to leave the country by this Saturday, March 14, but Trimble has lived in this country since she was three days old. She didn’t know she wasn’t a U.S. citizen until she was 22. She shared how she’s feeling, and what she plans to do.


Fred Watson
Dean Swope / KYUK

There is an open seat on Bethel City Council, and the city is looking for interested parties to fill it. Former city council member Fred Watson resigned on March 2, citing personal family matters.

Bethel resident Tom McCallson wants the city to maintain a road to  Haroldson Subdivision so that police can drive to his house.
Bethel Police Department

A Bethel resident came to last night’s city council meeting with a plea. Tom McCallson lives in Bethel’s Haroldson Subdivision, past the city’s dump. McCallson wants the city to plow and maintain a road to the subdivision so that emergency services can access the area.

Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

The issue of an online sales tax in Bethel has been postponed. The city council voted to table the proposed Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code until its April 14 regular meeting. 

Fred Watson
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Bethel City Council is now down to six members. Council member Fred Watson resigned on the morning of March 3, effective immediately. 

Recall Dunleavy volunteers Beverly Hoffman (left) and Kathy Hanson collect campaign signatures at the Bethel Cultural Center on Feb. 27, 2020.
Courtesy of Beverly Hoffman

The campaign to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office has come to Bethel. Volunteers with Recall Dunleavy began collecting signatures last week in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta hub. More than 71,000 registered voters across the state need to sign the recall petition in order to bring it to a vote. KYUK talked with the Bethel volunteers on their first day of signature gathering.


Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

Bethel officially has a new city manager and city attorney. Bethel City Council unanimously voted to accept contracts for City Manager Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza, and City Attorney Elizabeth “Libby” Bakalar.

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