Stories about politics.

Communities Unite to Form One Economic Voice

Sep 14, 2016
Azachorok Inc.

The Azachorok Corporation in Mountain Village is working to set up a coalition of communities in order to get a more powerful economic voice for their region.

Byron Maczynski
Katie Basile / KYUK

This is our last profile in our series of interviews with the candidates running for Bethel City Council. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur spoke with Byron Maczynski, who is currently serving on City Council as Vice Mayor. 

To listen to the full interview, please scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Bethel City Council Candidate: Fred Watson

Sep 6, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

Continuing our series profiling the candidates running for Bethel City Council in the upcoming municipal election.

Bethel City Council Candidate: Mary Weiss

Sep 6, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

Six candidates from Bethel are running for three Bethel City Council seats. KYUK is profiling these candidates in the coming days before the Oct. 4th election. Our first profile in the series is Mary Weiss. Weiss began serving on Council in June after Chuck Herman’s resignation. She moved to Bethel in 2006 and works at UAF’s Kuskokwim Campus as a Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents Executive Board and its legal counsel want to amend the organization’s bylaws to give the Board more power and its members longer terms. They say the changes would bring the nonprofit into better compliance with state law. 


When you look to the sky Wednesday, you might see fighter jets flying between Bethel and McGrath. NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is holding flight exercises along the Kuskokwim River from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mitchelle Matthew

The city of Quinhagak is moving two buildings across town and wants families to keep an eye on their small children who are playing in the streets.

The structures are sitting at the city playground and will be relocated near the clinic and washateria buildings.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Five candidates have filed to run for Bethel City Council elections: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fredrick Watson, and Mary Weiss. Weiss already serves on council after taking Chuck Herman’s spot following his resignation earlier this year.

Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Zach Fansler is the presumed winner of Tuesday’s House District 38 Democratic Primary, beating out incumbent Bob Herron. With only one precinct uncounted in the district, Fansler has received 56.7 percent, or 1,099 votes, compared to 43.3 percent, or 839 votes, for Herron.

Today is the first day since the primary that Fansler has agreed to media interviews. I talked with him this afternoon via phone from his hotel room in Anchorage where he’s visiting for the weekend to buy shoes, jeans, and do the usual bush shopping.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The deadline to file as a candidate for the Bethel City Council election is this Monday, August 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Three council seats sit open, and so far only one person has filed for candidacy: Mary Weiss, who already serves on council after taking Chuck Herman’s spot following his resignation earlier this year.