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The park will remain closed for the time being, but will be restored, according to a Tuesday press release announcing an agreement between the City of Bethel and the Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

There has been a deal made on Owl Park. The park will remain closed for the time being, but will be restored, according to a Tuesday press release announcing an agreement between the City of Bethel and the Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority. The eviction suit has been settled and AVCP RHA has agreed to pay the city $83,000 within 30 days. For the time being, control of Owl Park rests with the City of Bethel.  

The pool at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel held its first-ever swim meet last weekend, and coach Mike Calvetti says that it was a resounding success.

Bethel Regional High School’s cross-country team won their meet on Saturday. Athletes ran a five-kilometer race through town and competed against teenagers from Chevak, Akiachak, Kwethluk and Scammon Bay.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is set to consider the last remaining liquor license of the three allotted to Bethel on Wednesday morning. The issue is likely to come up at about 10:30 a.m. There are four applicants, but only one of them, Kusko Liquor, is not being protested by the City. Tundra Liquor Cache and ACC Liquor Store will also be considered under the same agenda item as "mutually exclusive and competing" applications.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel says that no action is required from the city at this time in response to the indictment of multiple Bethel taxi drivers on bootlegging charges. 

Tune in Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for KYUK’s live coverage of the Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Discussion of the City’s tax code rewrite will continue at Tuesday’s Bethel City Council Meeting. City Attorney Patty Burley has included a detailed summary of the pros and cons of the rewrite in the agenda packet.

 

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More information has been released about a man arrested in Anchorage with heroin that State Troopers say was headed for Bethel. Troopers report that the man was attempting to smuggle the drugs by hiding them inside his body.

Courtesy of Dennis Raines

For Dennis Raines, the work that he does as Bethel Family Clinic's new substance abuse counselor is personal.


Dean Swope / KYUK

Of the 23 Bethel residents charged with illegally selling alcohol, or bootlegging, last week, 18 are current or former cab drivers. Ten are from Taxi/Alaska, seven are from Quyana Cab, and one is from Kusko Cab. In a conversation with KYUK, Quyana denies all allegations. Kusko Cab says that their one driver has been fired, and Taxi/Alaska has not returned phone calls requesting comment.


Katie Basile / KYUK News

The state charged 18 cab drivers on Friday with selling alcohol without a license. One of those drivers was a former Kusko Cab driver, Sejdula Ajeti. Kusko co-owner Naim Shabani says Ajeti had worked for the company part time for six months. In June 2016, Shabani says he fired the driver when a state investigator approached Shabani about Ajeti’s alleged activities. KYUK talked with Shabani on Friday after the state announced its charges.


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