Stories about politics.

Larson Subdivision, Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Tuesday, Bethel City Council unanimously approved the building of Blue Sky Subdivision, which would wrap around Larson Subdivision near the airport. At the start of the council meeting, Bethel residents expressed resounding support for the proposed neighborhood, saying that Bethel needs more housing.

Musher Pete Kaiser greets fans at the Alaska Airlines terminal on March 18, 2019 in Bethel, Alaska after returning home from winning the 2019 Iditarod.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Bethel has a new city holiday. March 13 is now “Pete Kaiser Day,” commemorating when the Bethel musher won this year’s Iditarod.

Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

On March 13 of this year, Pete Kaiser became the first Bethel musher and the first musher of Yup’ik descent to win the Iditarod. Kaiser grew up competing in local races in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. His list of achievements include being the first winner of the "Kuskokwim Triple Crown," having won the Akiak Dash in 2005, the Bogus Creek 150 in 2008, and four consecutive Kuskokwim 300 victories from 2015 to 2018. On Tuesday, Bethel City Council will consider a proclamation to declare March 13 "Pete Kaiser Day." 

Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council adopted a resolution opposing Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget at its Tuesday meeting.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Twenty-five people came out to testify about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget to a full room in Bethel on Saturday. Dunleavy campaigned last year on the promise of a full Permanent Fund Dividend, which would be $3,000. To make that happen, Dunleavy plans to cut $1.6 billion in funding. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

Another organization in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta came out against Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts this week. The board of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation passed a resolution saying that cuts to state funding for Medicaid expansion "will not save Alaska any money.”

What ordinance 18-21 proposes is that the city require all homes to be numbered according to the City of Bethel Address Map, and on a reflective green background sign with bright white lettering for the numbers.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel Mayor Fred Watson has drafted a resolution opposing Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed budget following a town hall meeting last week. During the meeting, representatives of Bethel organizations outlined how funding cuts could reduce or even eliminate their services.

Skip Gray / 360 North

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed 2020 budget is unpopular with some leaders and organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Association of Village Council Presidents passed a resolution at the beginning of March that condemns his proposed cuts.

Alaska Legislative Information Office in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Alaska House is holding public meetings across the state to hear from constituents on the state budget and Permanent Fund Dividends.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The Bethel City Council introduced a series of ordinances at Tuesday’s meeting but did not pass any changes to the municipal code. The council unanimously introduced a measure to adjust the city budget to pay for overtime for city workers.