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Bethel once again has an operating liquor store, but it only sells beer and wine. Bethel Spirits, owned by Bethel Native Corporation, reopened its doors on Tuesday, July 10. The opening comes a month and a half after the state effectively shut down the AC Quickstop liquor store when the state did not renew the store’s license.

More salmon are now available at the Bethel fish bin, operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fish from the Bethel Test Fishery have been deposited there since last week. Now, fish caught at the Bethel sonar site will also be added to the cache.

Courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior

The new director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Alaska Region is a Bethel-born Orutsararmiut Native Council Tribal member. Gene "Buzzy" Peltola Jr. has been named to the director position and will oversee the BIA offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Together, the offices provide services to 227 Alaska Native tribes.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fewer summer chum and king salmon swam up the Yukon River than expected this season, although high water and debris made it tough to catch and count the salmon swimming by. 

Professional football players from the NFL are coming to Bethel, and they plan to play games with Bethel-area youth.  

The Bethel City Council will meet Tuesday night, and is set to vote on whether to transfer the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside the city limits.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The Bethel City Council will meet Tuesday night, and is set to vote on whether to transfer the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside the city limits. This would only take effect should Bethel vote under the state's "local option" law to return to damp status in the coming October election.

 

Bethel residents Beverly Hoffman and Danielle Craven handed out t-shirts protesting the Donlin Gold mine.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Multiple shareholders voiced concerns over the proposed Donlin mine’s impact to subsistence living at Calista Regional Native Corporation’s annual meeting on Friday. 


Danielle Craven speaks to John Nick, a shareholder with the Calista Regional Native Corporation, about concerns over the environmental impacts of the proposed Donlin Mine.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

One of the largest gold mines in the world is being developed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and that worries many people in the region. Residents are spread out over 55,000 square miles, which creates hurdles toward information getting to people. 

Calista shareholders voted in a tense annual meeting on July 6, 2018.
Thom Leonard Courtesy of the Calista Corporation.

The ongoing power struggle within Calista’s upper leadership reached a stalemate on Friday night. After hours of public comment at a particularly tense annual meeting, shareholders opted to maintain the Calista Regional Native Corporation’s current balance of power.


Calista shareholders attended the corporation's annual meeting on June 6, 2018.
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As shareholders arrived at Bethel’s high school gym on Friday afternoon, they said that they had some tough questions for their corporation’s leadership.


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