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Toksook Bay City Council member Mary Kailukiak voted "yes" to the city funding an effort to help residents get REAL IDs.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Oct. 1, 2020 marks a strict deadline. After that date, Alaskans will need federally acceptable identification to board commercial airlines, access military bases, and enter federal facilities. These IDs can include passports, federally recognized tribal IDs, and REAL ID-compliant licenses or identifications. Getting a REAL ID isn’t easy for people living in rural communities, but one rural city is doing everything it can to get REAL IDs for its residents.


Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Bethel City Council approved the sale of property for a marijuana store. For the past few months, council has been grappling with this potential sale. Council members understand that in agreeing to the sale of property to the owners of Kusko Kush, they came to a conclusion that may be unpopular with the public.


Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Marijuana store Kusko Kush may not be dead yet. The City of Bethel’s proposed property sale to the marijuana store will go back on the agenda for the Dec. 10 regular city council meeting. 


The jury trial has begun for Adam Williams, charged with killing an off-duty village police officer in Napaskiak. 

Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

On Dec. 3, the Bethel City Council decided not to act on an ordinance to sell the property on 3rd Avenue to the marijuana store, Kusko Kush. After coming out of executive session, no council member made a motion to adopt the land sale ordinance, so it died before a vote. The meeting adjourned without any council member commenting on the decision. 

Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council will determine the fate of a piece of property that the city owns on 3rd Avenue, which comes with big consequences. If they sell the land, that could allow the marijuana store Kusko Kush to open. If they don’t sell the land, the city may face a lawsuit.

Last week, Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler was awarded Municipal Employee of the Year by Alaska Municipal League.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The City of Bethel now has bragging rights over every other town in Alaska. Last week, Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler was named Municipal Employee of the Year by Alaska Municipal League. 


Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel has another problem that’s going to get expensive: the floor in the city’s Public Works building is rotting. Fixing the building will cost anywhere from $1 million to $30 million.


Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The state’s Marijuana Control Board is currently in a holding pattern, waiting to see what the City of Bethel does with two marijuana stores. 

On the lower Yukon River, the city council in Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store. On Wednesday, the council voted to begin the process of making it happen in their currently dry community.

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