Bethel is to host a junior cross country meet Saturday morning. That is, if the gun club approves the use of their gun range area at the sand pit. The City of Bethel has a leasing agreement with the Sportsman’s Club of Bethel. Lee Foley is the Bethel City Manager.
“As it stands right now, the meet is scheduled to start tomorrow. They need to open the gates at 6 and we still don’t have an answer from the gun club,” Foley says.
The school approached him about the meet on Thursday and since then has been playing the go between the school district and the gun club.
Foley says he believes the gun club is fully supportive of Bethel’s youth.
Tom Doolittle would agree. He’s with the Sportsman’s Club and says it’s not an issue of allowing or not allowing the event, it’s an issue of insurance. He says their insurance is specific to shooting sports and wouldn’t cover running.
Doolittle says they really needed more time to deal with this as the request for the sand pit use came in just a few days ago.
Foley has attempted to include an addendum to the insurance which would allow the meet to take place without liability to the gun club. The school and the city have signed off and are waiting for the sportsman’s club to get on board.
The Sportsman’s Club plans to meet this evening to discuss the issue further.
The meet would qualify the Lower Kuskokwim School District to hold a regional meet in September.