Zach Fansler has won the House District 38 Democratic Primary, beating out incumbent Bob Herron. With 30 of 31 precincts counted, Fansler received 56.7 percent, or 1,099 votes, compared to 43.3 percent, or 839 votes, for Herron.
Tomorrow is Alaska’s Primary Election. Citizens across the state will head to the polls to vote for both national and state senators and representatives. In Bethel, where many people speak Yup'ik as a first language, those polls will have translators to explain the ballot. One of those translators you’ve heard for decades on KYUK: John Active. KYUK talked with Active about what he does on election day and why it matters.
John Active on translating Alaska's Primary ballot.
The dry village of Emmonak is divided by Tuesday's vote to open a city-run liquor store. Alaska Dispatch News’ Lisa Demer reports that the unofficial count is 133 for and 119 against, but the dozens of questioned and absentee ballots could change the outcome.
The search is underway to hire Bethel’s next city manager. Nine applications have arrived since the job notice went public last month, and Bethel City Council members are meeting every Friday at noon until they fill the position. Last Friday marked the first of these meetings.
The state is trying to expand its Alaska National Guard membership in rural areas. In an effort to do so, the state is encouraging residents to join the state militia. The state started a militia unit in Bethel this past January, and military leaders traveled to Bethel this week to meet with the enlisted.
Alaska National Guard military leaders on boosting state militia numbers
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is campaigning for reelection to the U.S. Senate. She spent the last couple days visiting villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Thursday she stopped in Bethel to meet with veterans. After two hours at the VFW, she drove back to the airport. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur hopped in the truck with her.
Over 6,000 Alaskans volunteered for the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II. Over 1,000 volunteered from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The state is currently trying to track down these guardsmen to issue discharge papers so that they can receive federal veterans benefits. Many guardsmen are no longer alive. In those cases the state is trying to find their families.
Tribal delegates are holding a gathering in Bethel this week in what they’re calling an AVCP Emergency Meeting. They want the AVCP administration and executive board to provide answers on AVCP financial matters and respond to what some delegates see as a mismanagement of power and lack of transparency within the organization. AVCP administration and executive board members did not attend nor sanction the meeting, which began Tuesday and ends Wednesday. Only 13 tribes sent delegates. Thirty-eight are needed to constitute an official meeting under AVCP bylaws.