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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 City of Bethel's planning department is the latest to lose its leader. The former city planner was fired a month ago according to the planner herself, Betsy Jumper. 

$444M vs $390M In Budget Cuts Explained

Jul 11, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters about his budget vetoes at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska on June 28, 2019.
Becky Bohrer / AP

Alaska news organizations have reported that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million from the state's operating budget. But news coverage published by Alaska Public Media and KTOO have used a smaller number of $390 million. There are a few reasons for this.

Courtesy of KTOO

Lawmakers voted to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s $444 million in budget vetoes in a  37-1 vote, but not enough lawmakers were present in one location to overturn them.

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 city has approved a new local option petition that would limit alcohol sales to restaurants. The petition has more than the 418 signatures necessary to put it on the ballot, which means voters will have another chance to decide if they want liquor stores operating in Bethel. 

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

Something this big is going to take more than one meeting. Last night, the Bethel City Council postponed voting on stricter alcohol laws because they had so many amendments. Among the changes was increasing the two-bottle-per-day sales limit per customer to five bottles, modifying the business hours for liquor stores, and changing the fines for alcohol offenses.

Bethel City Council will discuss proposed alcohol ordinance and replacing City Attorney Patty Burley.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel City Council will look at ways to replace City Attorney Patty Burley at tonight’s regular meeting. Mayor Fred Watson proposes using the same recruitment firm as the one being used to find the next city manager. 

City Attorney Patty Burley's last day will be August 2.
Greg Kim / KYUK

She has served the city for almost a decade, and now she’s quitting. Bethel City Attorney Patty Burley has submitted her resignation. Her last day will be August 2. 

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

The Alaska Senate has a new leader who could bring more political leverage to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Senate President Cathy Gessiel appointed Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman to Senate Majority Leader. Hoffman replaced Sen. Mia Costello in the role after she did not appear in Juneau on Monday for the start of the second special session.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million of budget line items last week. Many Bethel organizations will feel the pinch should the vetoes remain in effect. Three-quarters of the state's lawmakers must vote against the vetoes in order to successfully override them, and that decision will come next week. 


Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

The Alaska Legislature reconvenes on Monday, July 8 for a special session to decide the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. Legislators will also have the opportunity to override or amend Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes, totaling about $444 million, that slash or eliminate funding for services across the state. Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman of Bethel serves as the Legislature’s most senior member and sits on the Senate Finance Committee. KYUK talked with Sen. Hoffman about his expectations for the special session ahead.

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