Stories about politics.

Donlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed mine.
Katie Basile/KYUK

It’s going to take Donlin Gold a little longer to get a final decision on whether they will receive the state’s right of way lease for its natural gas pipeline. The lease grants Donlin permission to build its pipeline over state-owned lands.

Katie Basile / KYUK

When Michelle DeWitt was appointed to replace a Bethel City Council member, she said that she did not intend to run for reelection. But now she wants to stay. DeWitt said that she changed her mind because of the unique challenges facing the city during these times of pandemic and transition in the city’s management team.

A Kusko Cab driver waits for passengers outside of the Ravn Air terminal in Bethel, Alaska on March 16, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Aug. 31, the Bethel City Council passed a mandate requiring people arriving at the Alaska Airlines terminal to be tested for COVID-19. The mandate also states that taxi drivers picking up passengers at the airport must check that the passengers have been tested. That has been a bit awkward for drivers who are being asked to enforce the city’s law.

CJ McCormick runs as write in for city council in September 2020
Juanita Nick

At 23 years of age, Conrad "C.J." McCormick is the youngest person running for Bethel City Council in this election. No stranger to the process, McCormick regularly attended city council meetings while a high school student in Bethel. 

Rose "Sugar" Henderson is one of four candidates running for three open seats on Bethel City Council in the 2020 election.
Rose "Sugar" Henderson

There are four people running for three seats on the Bethel City Council, and Rose "Sugar" Henderson is one of them. She is new to politics but not to civic engagement. She was part of the board for the Bethel Little League, on the Ladies Auxiliary, and worked with the Cub Scouts. She has also worked with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s hospital governing board. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Newtok’s Tribal Administrator says that the village’s nearly three-week power outage is almost at an end. However, it is unclear whether Newtok’s persistent problems with electricity will go away. The residents whose subsistence harvests were ruined as freezers thawed are asking how the tribe will make them whole again.

Libby Bakalar

Earlier this year, the Bethel City Council hired a new city manager and city attorney, just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. While the city manager resigned six months into the job, the city council believes that it struck gold with its other hire.

City of Bethel

On Sept. 8, the Bethel City Council redeclared a local disaster emergency after an earlier declaration expired July 25.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK


On Sept. 8, the Bethel City Council will consider redeclaring a local disaster emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s last emergency declaration expired July 25. This declaration specifies that the city should take all precautions against COVID-19 “until there is no longer a threat.”

A City of Bethel water delivery truck.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

The City of Bethel is almost three quarters of a million dollars in the hole, and that amount is growing. That’s because the city is continuing to provide water and sewer services to households that can’t pay their bills.