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Proposition 1 on the 2019 Bethel municipal ballot asks voters if they would like to return Bethel to local option status and limit alcohol licenses to restaurants and eating places. Fili's Pizza is the only Bethel restaurant with an alcohol license and wo
Dean Swope / KYUK

Fili’s Pizza has dropped its application to turn its restaurant into a liquor store.

House Protects VPSO And Power Cost Equalization

Mar 17, 2017

Legislators in the Alaska House plowed through over a hundred amendments to the state operating budget last week. The house majority defeated attempts to cut the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program, the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program, and public broadcasting. Representative Zach Fansler of Bethel, along with other rural legislators, got up over and over again to defend those budgets.

House Majority Defends VPSO Program From Budget Knives

Mar 17, 2017

The House has been holding voting on the budget all week and they are still hot at it.

all minority amendments that would cut the

The Republican-led minority put up several amendments that would have cut the program's budget, but Rep. Fansler stood each time to defend the program. The majority voted each of those amendments down, one right after the other.

Senate Plan Eliminates Public Broadcasting Funds

Mar 15, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Zero state funds would go towards public broadcasting under the budget proposed by the state senate.

KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson says that such a cut would eliminate all the programs and services that residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have relied on for decades.

"So things like ARCS television, that would be eliminated. As far as radio, Talk of Alaska, Alaska News Nightly, Alaska Morning News, 360 North... I mean, these are some trademarks of what public broadcasting is in Alaska. This proposed budget would eliminate them."

Bethel City Council will be cleaning up some unfinished business to keep the city operating at Tuesday's meeting. The Council will also be reviewing yet another proposed liquor store. This liquor license application is from Steve Chung for the Tundra Liquor Cache. The final decision will be made by the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

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

Senator Lyman Hoffman's proposal to create a new type of borough in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta is already evolving. The senator told listeners on KYUK's call-in show Friday that Senate Bill 18 has been amended so the borough could only tax nonrenewable resources.

Gale Ekamrak / KYUK Interns

After more than a day talking about the impact Bethel alcohol sales were having on their villages, tribal members decided to write a letter to the City of Bethel, asking Bethel City Council members to pass a municipal law requiring Bethel liquor stores to only sell alcohol to customers with Bethel IDs.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Alaska Legal Services Corporation turns 50 this year, and is celebrating by offering three free legal clinics in Bethel next week.

Unity and social justice lie at the heart of this year's planning for the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives' annual conference in October.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The state is continuing its fight against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska by introducing legislation clamping down on the way pain medicines are prescribed and monitored.