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

On Wednesday, the Bethel City Council interviewed a candidate for city attorney, and chose to re-open the application period. This came a day after council also rejected both finalists for the Bethel City Manager position. 

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

Bethel City Council unanimously rejected adding a new city position, which would have employed a half-time dogcatcher, half-time city code-enforcer. 

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

Michelle DeWitt has been appointed to the final open seat on the Bethel City Council. There were five applicants for the one-year term, which became vacant when Carole Jung-Jordan resigned last month. DeWitt currently works at the Bethel Community Services Foundation. She called into last night’s council meeting to make her opening statement.

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

The search for Bethel’s new city manager has taken a step backwards. Last night, the city council rejected both finalists for the position, Aaron Easton and Michael Patterson, due to concerns over their backgrounds. The council then voted to re-open the application period for the city manager job.

Senator Lyman Hoffman was named the Alaska Federation of Natives' "Citizen of the Year."
Tripp Crouse / KNBA

The first day of the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention was a big one for Bethel. The 2019 Iditarod champion, Bethel's Pete Kaiser, was the keynote speaker for the event. 

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

Bethel City Council chose a mayor and vice-mayor for Bethel. Perry Barr, who’s in the second year of his council term, was elected mayor. Brand-new council member Haley Hanson is the vice-mayor.

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

Bethel residents have the opportunity to chat with their next city manager. The two final candidates, Aaron Easton and Michael Patterson, will be available to the public at 5:00 p.m. today, Oct. 16, at Bethel City Hall for a meet and greet. 

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

Five candidates have expressed interest in the final seat on Bethel City Council. The seat opened up when former council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned last month. The candidates are Rick Garcia, Courtney Trammell, Joni Beckham, Jon Cochrane, and Michelle DeWitt. Absent from the list are the two candidates who ran for city council this year but were not elected: Raymond "Thor" Williams and Fritz Charles will not be considered for the final council seat. 

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

The newly elected Bethel City Council changed the way it handles ethics complaints and discussed a new city position this week. Ethics, dog catching, and code enforcement filled the rest of Tuesday night for Bethel City Council.


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

Bethel City Council protested two marijuana stores Tuesday night. But to get there, council had to re-vote on one protest, which could still be lifted if the store came into zoning compliance. The other protest may bring a lawsuit. 

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