Stories about politics.

State of Alaska

Alaska’s 2016 General Election results have now been certified. A majority of voters cast ballots in our state, and a record number of votes have been counted.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Last night, the Bethel City Council approved applying for a grant for the city transit system, approved refinancing the city’s court complex, shot down a proposal for new city buses, tabled a motion to amend the city’s current vehicle policy, and discussed the search for a new City Manager.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Community members are concerned that sexual assault in the YK Delta may be about to increase, and that nearly a decade of work treating sex offenders and working with communities will be lost. 

Michael Mason / State of Alaska

The new Alaska House Majority Caucus has assigned its committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session. The Senate Majority appointed seats Wednesday. Western Alaska Democrats are co-chairing the Finance Committees for both bodies.


Tribal leaders, elders, representatives, and others will gather in Fairbanks to discuss tribal governance, capacity building and self-governance among other topics in the modern political climate.

Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Democrat Zach Fansler of Alaska House District 38 has joined the newly created multi-partisan House Majority Caucus. The 22-person majority is formed of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents and is being led by a Democrat for the first time in 24 years, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon of District 37.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donald Trump has won the presidency in the United States and in Alaska. In Bethel, Hillary Clinton took the majority of support along with Republican Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate, Democrat Steve Lindbeck for U.S. House, and the unchallenged Democrat Zach Fansler for Alaska House District 38 Representative.

Alaska also voted to reelect Murkowski, but unlike Bethel, voted to keep Republican Don Young in the U.S. House. Bethel voted with the rest of the state to pass Ballot Measure 1, which will register eligible residents to vote when signing up for the permanent fund dividend. Bethel also supported passing Ballot Measure 2, which would allow the state to borrow money to pay for student loans and lower interest rates on student debt, but the ballot was defeated by 56 percent opposition statewide.

In the courts, Bethel voted to retain all judges on its ballot.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

US President

Hillary Clinton 685

Donald Trump 351

Gary Johnson 70

Darrell Castle 34

Jill Stein 30

Roque De la Fuente 3

Write-ins 53

Katie Basile / KYUK

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday’s general election.

You can cast your ballot at Bethel City Hall today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The early vote will be an in-person absentee ballot and will be counted after the election.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Walk into any room in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta—any office, any store, the post office—and chances are that one in four women you see will have experienced sexual violence. One in four.  That number is from a 2012 survey from the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.