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Zach Fansler Campaign

Constituent questions for District 38 Representative Zach Fansler ran the gamut from the treatment of prisoners to state fuel and income taxes during Friday's live call-in show on KYUK.

A dog sits by emptied honey buckets in Kwethluk.
Film Academy Students / Lower Kuskokwim School District

Update: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he is advising President Trump to include water systems in his plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and not limit those funds to roads and bridges. Addressing a Conference of Mayors Leadership meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Pruitt said, “With the White House, and also with Congress, I am communicating a message that the Brownfield program, the Superfund program, water infrastructure, WIFIA grants, [and] State Revolving Funds are essential to protect, and it’s very important that we do that. Because water quality at its core, it something that infrastructure impacts— water quality and the health of our citizens.”

The White House wants to eliminate funding for water and sewer projects in Alaska Native villages. That’s according to a proposal revealed by The Washington Post this week that would cut more than 25 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. If the water and sewer program disappears, the fallout would hit the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the hardest.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council voted to protest two liquor store applications at its meeting on Tuesday. Both applications want to turn existing businesses into liquor stores: Fili’s Pizza and Cezary’s Auto Body and Paint shop. Neither business has secured a Conditional Use Permit for their construction.


Bethel City Council will consider protesting two liquor store applications at its meeting on Tuesday.

Skip Gray / 360 North

Questions on his energy borough proposal dominated a KYUK call-in show between Senator Lyman Hoffman and his constituents.

“What I am trying to accomplish here is to use the mechanisms of a borough to try to lower the energy costs in the Calista region,” said Hoffman during the live show.

Katie Basile / KYUK

At least through the spring, there will be no change in the schedule at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center. A motion to close the center on Fridays and open it on Mondays failed 2-2 at last week’s Bethel City Council meeting.

Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 state Rep. Zach Fansler laid out his position on proposed taxes, the Governor’s opioid disaster declaration, changes to oil and gas subsidies, and more during a live KYUK call-in show with constituents on Friday.

Representative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 Rep. Zach Fansler responded to constituent questions during a live call-in show with KYUK on February 17. Rep. Fansler commented on the House Finance Committee's proposed income tax, on the Governor declaring the state’s opioid epidemic a public health disaster, on a proposed increase in motor fuel tax, and more. Listen to the full show by clicking the play button below or by listening to a rebroadcast on Monday, February 20 at 1 p.m.

Jackie Williams / KYUK Interns

On Friday, February 17, Alaskans have the opportunity to testify on HB 115, the proposed fiscal solution for the state proposed by the House Finance Committee. The bill combines earnings from the Permanent Fund with an income tax to generate state revenue.

Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel and Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole listen to public testimony on the state of the Office of Children Services at the Bethel Legislative Information Office on February 11, 2017.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

On Saturday, Bethel residents weighed in on child welfare issues. Republican State Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole has long been concerned about the state of the Office of Children's Services. Back when she was in the majority, Wilson called for a grand jury probe of OCS. KYUK reports that Bethel residents meeting with Wilson did not have much to recommend about criminal charges against OCS, but they did recommend more support, more training, and smaller case loads.