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Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

The state’s Marijuana Control Board recently approved licenses for two marijuana stores, but it could be that neither one of them will open. 


Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel awarded $30,831 in Community Action Grants this quarter. This money comes from the city’s alcohol tax. Twenty percent of that revenue goes toward projects intended to enhance the community’s wellbeing. 

Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

For some, last night was perhaps the final time that they would vote as members of the Bethel City Council. With those votes, they passed two changes to the Bethel Municipal Code: adding formal training for new council members, and giving the city more time to complete its audit. The council voted to postpone an overhaul of the city's ethics code until the next meeting.

The City of Bethel has not had a permanent City Manager since former City Manager Pete Williams was fired April 23, 2019.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The search for Bethel’s new city manager has narrowed to two final candidates. 

Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

In its final meeting with its current members, this Bethel City Council will consider leaving its mark on the Bethel Municipal Code. Three changes to the code are up for consideration. 

Bethel City Council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned on Monday afternoon.
Courtesy of Carole Jung Jordan

Another seat has opened up on Bethel City Council. Yesterday afternoon, council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned her seat. In her resignation letter, she said that she wanted to focus more on her family, her children, and her work. She will not be attending tonight's council meeting.

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Three propositions involving alcohol and marijuana local option in Bethel will appear on this year’s municipal ballot. Here’s what a “Yes” or “No” vote could mean for Bethel. 


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

KYUK hosted a live call-in show on Monday, Sept. 16 to discuss the three local option propositions that will appear on Bethel's 2019 municipal ballot, and what they could mean for the Bethel community. Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 deal with alcohol local option in Bethel, while Proposition 3 asks about marijuana local option.

Bethel City Council candidates Raymond "Thor" Williams, Haley Hanson, Cece Franko, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer at the Bethel City Council Candidates Forum at Bethel City Hall on September 17, 2019.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Audience members packed city hall for last night’s Bethel City Council Candidate Forum. Candidates spoke on Bethel’s most important issues, like alcohol, open positions in city government, and relations among council members. If you missed last night’s broadcast, you can listen to the full candidate forum online.


Bethel City Council candidates Raymond "Thor" Williams, Haley Hanson, Cece Franko, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer at the Bethel City Council Candidates Forum at Bethel City Hall on September 17, 2019.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Update: The Yugtun translation of the forum has been added.

KYUK and Delta Discovery hosted the 2019 Bethel City Council Candidates Forum live at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The forum consisted of candidates responding to questions from Bethel journalists, fellow candidates, and audience members. Topics included alcohol and marijuana local option propositions, infrastructure, council member civility, and the hiring of future city employees. Five of the six candidates attended: Raymond "Thor" Williams, Cece Franko, Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer. Incumbent candidate Fritz Charles was unable to attend due to a prior work commitment. Listen to the full broadcast below. The forum was translated Yugtun by Julia Jimmie, Lillian Miachel, Jack Beaver, and Sam Berlin.


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