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Mark Springer is running for Bethel City Council.
Dean Swope / KYUK

KYUK is profiling each candidate for Bethel City Council in order to learn more about who they are, why they’re running, and what they plan to do if elected. You can listen to Mark Springer’s full Coffee@KYUK interview online


Bethel City Council member Fritz Charles is running for re-election.
Katie Basile / KYUK

With Bethel City Council elections coming up, KYUK wants to learn more about the candidates that are running. Some are fresh faces, some are familiar. KYUK’s Greg Kim sat down with incumbent Fritz Charles. You can listen to the full Coffee@KYUK interview online.


The City of Bethel approved the sale of old tanks to aid in LKSD's emergency fuel transfer in Napakiak.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last night, the Bethel City Council quickly and unanimously approved the sale of two used fuel tanks to the Lower Kuskokwim School District to help deal with erosion. 

Bethel's city council passed a budget modification to add lighting to the boardwalk at Pinky's Park.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel will get lighting on Pinky’s Park boardwalk after all, and the city is pitching in. Bethel City Council has passed an ordinance that will use $156,000 of city money to extend the lighting project that ONC started with $89,000 of Tribal Transportation Funds. 

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 City Council gave the go ahead for the acting city manager to negotiate a contract with Byung Sun Park for use of the old laundromat. Council had voted to demolish the building earlier this year, but Park offered to remodel it and re-open a laundromat.

Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior, thanked tribal delegates from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for inviting her to the listening session on public safety.
Association of Village Council Presidents

Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior visited Bethel on Wednesday to hear from tribal representatives about the public safety issues unique to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The visit comes in the wake of Attorney General William Barr's tour of the region for similar reasons. 


Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Pete Kaiser, last year’s Iditarod Champion and Bethel’s own hometown hero, will deliver the Keynote Address at this year's Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Kaiser is the first musher of Yup’ik descent to win the Iditarod and is a four-time winner of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

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 packets are in, and the Bethel City Clerk has finalized the list of candidates running for Bethel City Council. Two sitting members filed for re-election: Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams and council member Fritz Charles. Former council member Mark Springer is also in the race this year, along with three new faces: Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Haley Hanson, 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

Mayor Fred Watson called a special meeting Monday for a revote on the lighting projects at Pinky’s Park Boardwalk. Council unanimously approved the agreement with ONC. That will use Tribal Transportation funds to build part of the lighting. 

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

Over the past term, two sides have clearly formed in Bethel City Council. And after several rounds of ethics complaints that council members have filed against each other, the division has grown. KYUK’s Greg Kim sat down with two of the most vocal council members to talk about a dispute that surfaced at the last meeting.


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