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Bethel City Council Code Of Conduct Fails

Jan 24, 2019
On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council decided to hold back on a resolution spelling out a code of conduct for council members after an outside attorney strongly advised against it.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

It’s back to the drawing board for decorum rules at the city. On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council decided to hold back on a resolution spelling out a code of conduct for council members after an outside attorney strongly advised against it.

 

The City of Bethel is hoping to get help for its volunteer fire department from the U.S. Forest Service. On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council directed the administration to apply for a grant that would cover the cost of two new sets of “turnout gear.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel is hoping to get help for its volunteer fire department from the U.S. Forest Service.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's state-of-the-state speech on January 22 hit on key themes from his 2018 campaign. In the speech, he vowed to protect the Permanent Fund Dividend and repeal Senate Bill 91, an attempt to reform criminal justice reform that became law three years ago during the Walker administration. Gov. Dunleavy said that he is making public safety at top priority.

House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, a Bethel Democrat representing most of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, said that she was encouraged by Dunleavy's speech, but still has some concerns. 


Broad Participation In Bethel Women's March

Jan 20, 2019
Over 40 people gathered at the Yupiit Piciryaraitat Cultural Center for Bethel’s 3rd annual Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Courtesy of Beverly Hoffman

  

Saturday, during the K300 sled dog race, over 40 people gathered at the Cultural Center for Bethel’s Women’s March. Here is an audio postcard of the event. Among those joining the march were men, young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

YKHC Steps Up To Host Bethel’s Alcohol Task Force

Jan 17, 2019
Members of the Alcohol Task Force meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The Alcohol Task Force has a new host in Bethel: the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

 

An aerial survey by USFWS shows the open water river conditions on the Kuskokwim River from below Bethel up to the Kuskokwak and Napakiak Sloughs on November 15, 2018.
USFWS

Wednesday marks Day 26 of the nation’s longest-running partial federal government shutdown. During this time, safety on the Kuskokwim River has become more expensive. For decades, Bethel Search and Rescue has flown with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor winter river conditions. But with that government service closed, Bethel Search and Rescue is having to turn to pricey commercial airlines for help.


Land Use Permit Granted To Bethel’s First Cannabis Shop

Jan 11, 2019
On Thursday, January 10, 2019, the Bethel Planning Commission granted ALASKAbuds a conditional use permit despite community members like Kuskokwim Learning Academy teacher Danielle Craven (right), speaking against allowing the store a permit.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

ALASKAbuds has cleared the first hurdle on its way to becoming Bethel’s first cannabis stop. The Bethel Planning Commission granted the store a conditional use permit last night, saying that it met with the city's land use requirements, despite many community members speaking against allowing the store to have a permit. KYUK Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau has the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 


YK Fitness Center Floor Needs Fixing

Jan 9, 2019
Petra Harpak / KYUK

  

The Bethel City Council says no more stationary cycling in the YK Fitness Center Studio until floor repairs get made.

 

The City of Bethel will apply for a state public transit grant after all, but there is the little problem of a missed deadline. The application was due at the Alaska Department of Transportation on December 17, but the city is still willing to apply.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The City of Bethel will apply for a state public transit grant after all, but there is the little problem of a missed deadline. The application was due at the Alaska Department of Transportation on December 17, but the city is still willing to take a shot at it.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The main player remains climate change. The year begins with the warmest winter on record. It feels like breakup, but much more dangerous and without the return of sunlight. The river is riddled with holes all winter. Volunteers marking the holes run out of reflective tape. On New Year's Eve, Mark Kasiyulie leaves Bethel on a snowmachine with five family members and drives into a marked hole on the river. His family survives, but he does not. 

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