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Bethel Spirits To Close This Weekend

Dec 6, 2018
BNC's Bethel Spirits on Bethel's Front Street on opening day Sept. 27, 2016.
Dean Swope / KYUK

  

After this weekend, the Bethel Spirits beverage store will be voluntarily closing. But if the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approves, the same property will be used for a different liquor store. Bethel Spirits is owned by the Bethel Native Corporation, whose President, Ana Hoffman, confirmed that they will be closing in “anticipation of the upcoming license transfer to Caribou Traders.”

On Tuesday, November 27, Margaret "Tootsie" Guinn received special proclamation recognition from the Bethel City Council for four decades of dedicated service at the polls.
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

Over the years, Margaret “Tootsie” Guinn has worn many hats. Those have included Senior Vice Chair for the Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars, wife of Vietnam War veteran John Guinn, and mother of their four children. She has most recently worked as a tribal court judge for the Orutsararmuit Native Council. But year in and year out, she has worked as City of Bethel Election Day worker for the past 40 years. KYUK Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau sat down in the studio with Guinn this week after she received special proclamation recognition by the Bethel City Council for four decades of dedicated service at the polls.

 

 


Last night, the Bethel City Council recognized election official Margaret “Tootsie” Guinn for her 40 years of service.
Lori Strickler / Courtesy of the City of Bethel

  

Last night, the Bethel City Council recognized election official Margaret “Tootsie” Guinn for her 40 years of service.

 

No Piped Sewer And Water For The Avenues

Nov 28, 2018
Faced with a bigger local price tag than they asked for, the Bethel City Council rejected a federal grant to bring piped water and sewer lines to the Avenues neighborhood by a tie vote, with one council member absent.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Faced with a bigger local price tag than they asked for, the Bethel City Council rejected a federal grant to bring piped water and sewer lines to the Avenues neighborhood by a tie vote, with one council member absent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

The outcome of the Alaska House of Representatives' power structure appears to hang on one vote. Also at stake is the role that Tiffany Zulkosky, who represents most of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in House District 38, will have in the new House organization.

At the end of the vote count over the weekend, the Alaska Division of Elections certified the election on Tuesday with a tie in the race for House District 1 in Fairbanks. Republican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge both had a total of 2,661 votes, but there was one final vote discovered this weekend which could swing the election to Dodge. However, there are questions surrounding the legality of that vote and a recount is expected to be completed by Friday. KYUK’s Krysti Shallenberger reached Andrew Kitchenman, the political reporter for KTOO and Alaska Public Media, to get a better understanding of the forces at play as lawmakers attempt to organize a new majority in the Alaska House. The interview has been condensed and edited. 


Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Tiffany Zulkosky, a Bethel Democrat, successfully held on to her seat representing House District 38, but Western Alaska's representation in the House majority is in flux right now, thanks to a tight race in Fairbanks. The battle over House District 1 could determine whether or not Zulkosky will be in the House majority.

Zulkosky's priorities will be public safety and protecting the budget for programs affecting rural Alaska.


Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta will have a voice in the new Senate majority.

At the November 27 meeting, the Bethel City Council is due to decide whether or not to bring piped water and sewer service to the Avenues: an area from Third to Seventh Avenue that includes Ridgecrest Drive and Main Street.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Bethel City Council is due to decide whether or not to bring piped water and sewer service to the Avenues: an area from Third to Seventh Avenue that includes Ridgecrest Drive and Main Street.

 

Starting December 11, if your house or business address sign letters aren’t 4 inches high and reflective against a “contrasting background,” you could get fined $30 according to new Bethel city code.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

New address signs need to go up soon, or Bethel residents may have to pay. Starting December 11, if your house or business address sign letters aren’t 4 inches high and reflective against a “contrasting background,” you could get fined $30 according to new Bethel city code. Signs must also be clearly visible from the road.

 

Lt. Governor Valerie Davidson speaking at an assembly at Gladys Jung Elementary in Bethel on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Berett Wilber / Lt. Governor Valerie Davidson's Office

  

Alaska’s recently appointed Lt. Gov. Valerie Narr’araaluk Davidson took her first trip back to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta earlier this week, and KYUK’s Christine Trudeau sat down in the studio with her to find out what’s next for the state's first female Alaska Native lieutenant governor.

 

 


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