Ben Matheson

The Bethel City Council meets Tuesday evening.

The Bethel City Council meets Tuesday evening.

The Bethel City Council will hear from Dimitri’s restaurant in their Tuesday meeting. Their application for a restaurant alcohol license was protested by the council last month. Alaska law allows applicants to formally defend their applications before the council.
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On Friday afternoon, Ayaprun Elitnaurvik hosted their annual Fun Run.

Students from Ayaprun Elitnaurvik, Gladys Jung, and the Bethel Jr. High ran the course as family and friends cheered on.
Photos by Dean Swope/KYUK.

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The Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel first met in Bethel in January. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel held its first meeting in Bethel in January. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A state Board of Fisheries Panel is meeting in Bethel this week for guidance on the future of the Kuskokwim king salmon subsistence fishery.

The Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel meets Monday and Tuesday at the Cultural center. They first met in January and sent three board of fish members on the river this summer to better understand the dynamics of the fishery, which has seen unprecedented restrictions in recent years and several years of weak runs. Read more →

Okalik Eegeesiak is chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Okalik Eegeesiak of Nunavut is chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Alaska and the future of Arctic policy are seeing increased international attention as the US holds the chairmanship for the Arctic Council and foreign ministers prepare to meet in Anchorage later this month—joined by President Obama, who’s planning a visit to Kotzebue and Dillingham. Read more →

Mike Williams addresses the Yupiit Nation forum. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Mike Williams addresses the Yupiit Nation forum. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Yupiit Nation tribal members at an event Friday made a last second push for advancing sovereignty in Alaska. A few dozen people at a Yupiit Nation event in Bethel sent a late Friday afternoon letter to Governor Walker asking him to stop the state’s fight against putting lands into trust.

A brief is due in court Monday. Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak is the Yupiit Nation chief.
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Rep. Bob Herron addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska.

Rep. Bob Herron addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska.

Alaska’s legislative council voted 10-to-1 this week to sue Governor Walker to halt Medicaid expansion. Among the votes for the lawsuit was Vice Chair, Bethel representative Bob Herron, who caucuses with the majority.

“I support Medicaid expansion and if I would have had an opportunity to vote on it on the house floor, I would have been one of those to say yes,” said Herron.
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Seven individuals will seek four city council seats. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Seven individuals will seek four city council seats. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Seven candidates have filed for four two-year Bethel City Council seats for the October ballot. Mayor Rick Robb, Vice Mayor Leif Albertson, and Mark Springer will seek reelection. Heather Pike was not registered at the deadline Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the three incumbents, Jason Smith, Nikki Hoffman, Alisha Welch, and Mary Nanuwak will seek to serve on council. Read more →