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Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council will determine the fate of a piece of property that the city owns on 3rd Avenue, which comes with big consequences. If they sell the land, that could allow the marijuana store Kusko Kush to open. If they don’t sell the land, the city may face a lawsuit.

Last week, Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler was awarded Municipal Employee of the Year by Alaska Municipal League.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The City of Bethel now has bragging rights over every other town in Alaska. Last week, Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler was named Municipal Employee of the Year by Alaska Municipal League. 


Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel has another problem that’s going to get expensive: the floor in the city’s Public Works building is rotting. Fixing the building will cost anywhere from $1 million to $30 million.


Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The state’s Marijuana Control Board is currently in a holding pattern, waiting to see what the City of Bethel does with two marijuana stores. 

On the lower Yukon River, the city council in Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store. On Wednesday, the council voted to begin the process of making it happen in their currently dry community.

Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

The council approved adding $10,000 to the budget for recruiting for the positions of City Manager and City Attorney. The money will go toward additional advertising and travel.

Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has backtracked on previous decisions to block two marijuana stores from opening. On Nov. 12, council changed its protests of licenses for both Kusko Kush and Alaskan Grown Cannabis to conditional protests. Now, if the marijuana stores can follow city and state fire marshal codes, they will be allowed to open. 

Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council extended the application periods for both the city manager and city attorney positions. Council introduced a budget modification to pay the search firm another $10,000 for the additional recruitment. The city has already paid $28,000 for candidates that council ultimately rejected.

Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

A dispute over a piece of City of Bethel property near the Long House Hotel may be coming to an end. On Oct. 29,  Bethel City Council voted to introduce the sale of the land at 718 3rd Avenue to a marijuana retail store, Kusko Kush, owned by Jared Karr and Naim Shabani. 

Bethel drivers, remember those long traffic lines this summer around the road reconstruction? Buckle up for even more traffic next summer, along with smoother roads. That’s because Knik Construction will finish repaving Bethel’s Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway and Ridgecrest Road in 2020.

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