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Law Enforcement Raids Bethel House Used by Suspected Drug Dealers

State troopers, investigators and local police raided a house in Bethel this week and recovered heroin, crack cocaine, money and drug paraphernalia. They arrested seven people.
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The city of Bethel has had some trouble collecting taxes in recent months, but one tax they're not having trouble collecting is the 12% sales tax from alcohol.  Since the city sold its first legal alcohol in April, Bethel has collected over a quarter of a million dollars from Bethel’s two alcohol vendors. A third vendor recently opened but those numbers were not included. .   

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Law enforcement lead several people away in handcuffs with guns drawn Thursday afternoon in what appeared to be a raid in the Alaska State Housing Authority, or ASHA housing neighborhood, in Bethel. 

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Big tobacco is standing trial in Bethel’s court.

Dolores Hunter of Marshall and her two children are suing the cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris USA and its parent company, Altria Group, for product liability, fraud, and the wrongful death of their family member, Delores' common law husband, Benjamin Francis, of Pilot Station. Francis died in 2004 of lung cancer after a long history of cigarette smoking.

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Telecommunications company GCI says Mountain Village, St. Mary’s, Tununak and Quinhagak will have their cell services upgraded to 3G. This means residents in those communities will be able to take advantage of faster video, audio, internet browsing, talk and text within the next month.

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Napaskiak has opened the doors of its new school.

Classes at the new building began Wednesday morning. At midday teachers, students, and community members gathered in the gym for an opening ceremony. A Russian Orthodox priest, wearing gold and black robes, blessed the school as a choir sang behind him. The priest then sprinkled holy water throughout the building. Afterwards, everyone gathered to eat a spaghetti lunch.

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Mayor Rick Robb and Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski have both been reelected to their respective positions by the Bethel City Council.

Calista Corporation

The Calista Corporation has announced a second dividend for shareholders this year. The Akilista dividend is based on the corporation's investments and will total $2.2 million this year, 10 percent higher than last year. This is in addition to the spring dividend based on Calista's profits. 

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There are new reporters hitting the Bethel streets, and they are taking on one of this month’s largest and eeriest scoops: Halloween. A third grade class at Gladys Jung Elementary School has begun a monthly newscast called the Crane's Corner News. The crane is the Gladys Jung mascot. Each month the students choose a topic, interview sources, and work with their teacher, Rachel DeHaan, to write a script. KYUK went to the school to hear the latest on what to expect this Halloween season in Bethel.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bob Sivick visited Bethel this week as a prospective city manager and left with no offer and no decisions made.

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The idea of creating Indian Country in Alaska by putting private lands into federal trust status has many tribal advocates excited because they see it as an avenue leading to everything from administering justice in their villages to imposing taxes on tribal lands and escaping state and municipal taxes.