The first full Regional Committee meeting took place in February 2014 in Bethel. Photo by Thom Leonard, Calista.

The first full Regional Committee meeting took place in February 2014 in Bethel. Photo by Thom Leonard, Calista.

The Calista-sponsored Regional Committee voted Monday to hold a Governance Convention next year to pursue the possibility of a creating a regional tribal government or making changes to the Association of Village Council Presidents.

A press release from Calista says there was unanimous support for making changes to regional governance. They say 76 percent of delegates agreed to look at establishing a constitutional government, while 58 percent voted to consider changing the role of a regional non-profit, such as AVCP.
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Ray Alstrom passed away November 24, 2014. Photo from YKHC.

Ray Alstrom passed away November 24, 2014. Photo from YKHC.

The former chair of the Yukon Kuskowkim Health Corporation executive board, Ray Alstrom has died. Alstrom, of Marshall, served on the YKHC board since 2000, and chair since 2004.

YKHC leadership praise Alstrom for his many years of work to improve the health of YK Delta residents. A letter signed by Board Chair Esai Twitchell and President and CEO Dan Winkelman, called Alstrom a consummate gentleman, and says he led through professionalism.

Alstrom served as chair of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and was a longtime member of the Lower Yukon School District Board.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council is facing a December deadline of applying for a grant to fund the next year of the Bethel transit system. That topic will be discussed this evening at the regular city council meeting. ONC had formerly provided the matching funds, but will not going forward. The city is considering committing to spending nearly $100,000 in its 2016 budget to keep the system running.
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Bethel city manager Ann Capela. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel city manager Ann Capela. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel’s new permanent city manager is on the job in Bethel. Ann Capela officially started last week at the Alaska Municipal League conference with the city council in Anchorage. She spent the weekend in Bethel studying up on city affairs and was in the office Monday morning to meet with staff and tend to city business.

“We’re just moving at lightening speed,” said Capela.
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