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Bethel City Council has decided not to protest a liquor license requested by Snack Shack restaurant. If granted a license, the eatery would become the second restaurant in Bethel to serve alcohol.

Anthony Nelson, a minister at the nearby Bethel Dream Center, pointed out that having a liquor-serving establishment close by could tempt the recovering alcoholics at the Center.

Police Chief Andre Achee presented an update to Bethel City Council on the department's recruiting efforts since the city gave it the ability to raise its salary budget by more than 25 percent.

The chief reported that the department is still only at 50 percent capacity, with many of the officers working two weeks on, two weeks off. These officers do not get benefits, but have a base pay of $60/hour with $90/hour for overtime. Achee was not concerned that this was impacting the department's spending ability, and said that he would not be seeking additional funds from council.

NORAD

When you look to the sky Wednesday, you might see fighter jets flying between Bethel and McGrath. NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is holding flight exercises along the Kuskokwim River from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mitchelle Matthew

The city of Quinhagak is moving two buildings across town and wants families to keep an eye on their small children who are playing in the streets.

The structures are sitting at the city playground and will be relocated near the clinic and washateria buildings.

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The City of Quinhagak will not receive disaster relief funds from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Quinhagak City Administrator Michelle Matthew says NOAA denied the request because the community is not facing a natural resource disaster.

USFWS

There are more geese and ducks on the tundra this year, and hunters will get an extra shot at them.

Starting September 1, bag limits for three waterfowl species will go up as the state takes over for federal managers.

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Wednesday is the final day to get free fish from the big green bin by the mouth of Brown Slough. Since July the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has loaded the bin with salmon and whitefish from the Bethel test fishery for community members to take home. The fishery is used to estimate the number of fish running up the Kuskokwim past Bethel, and Wednesday is the final day that it will operate this season. ADF&G has provided 6,226 fish from the test site to the Kuskokwim River communities this summer.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Monday, representatives from the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Washington met with their Kuskokwim counterparts to talk about what’s next for co-management. As the fishing season on the Kuskowim comes to a close, so does the first year of co-management in the area. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with Ed Johnstone of the visiting commission to get an outsider's perspective on how the Kusko group did, and how they can improve.

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The time to register as a Bethel city council candidate has passed, and the final list of names is in. Running for the three open seats will be the following:

Mary Weiss (already sitting on council on a temporary basis in place of resigned member Chuck Herman), Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, Norman Ayagalria, and Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski.

Council member Zach Fansler apparently chose not to run for re-election after his victory in the House District 38 Democratic primary. 

Bethel City Council elections will be held on October 4.

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The number of public washers and dryers in Bethel has doubled. On Friday, the Swanson’s Quick Food Center, better known as Q2, opened a new laundromat. It was originally set to open in June, but facilities manager Cliff Linderoth says that other projects got in the way. A few months later, the doors are open and the machines are ready to go. KYUK talked with Linderoth at the laundromat a few hours after the opening.

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