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Vandals broke into the Bethel Community Garden Thursday evening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Vandals broke into the Bethel Community Garden Thursday evening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Four kids broke into the Bethel community Garden Thursday evening. They stole tools and wrecked vegetables that were reaching their peak after the growing season. Leif Albertson, the coordinator for the community garden, inspected the damage this morning.

“Somebody’s definitely been in here. Some plants are ripped out, zucchini are destroyed and spread around, carrots are lying in the aisle that have been destroyed, and there are some plants that have knocked over,” said Albertson.

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Senator Dan Sullivan visited  Bethel this week and met with several groups. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Senator Dan Sullivan visited Bethel this week and met with several groups. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Senator Dan Sullivan made his first trip to Bethel this week since being sworn into office in January. As the freshman senator sharpens his Washington game, he spoke about his first eight months in office and his vision for rural Alaska policy.

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The M-E Preschool is open after a week of extensive cleaning. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The M.E. Preschool is open after a week of extensive cleaning. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel M.E. preschool is 95-percent back to normal after a week of cleaning up after vandals.

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The Bethel City Council is preparing for a September ABC Board meeting

The Bethel City Council is preparing for a September ABC Board meeting

The Bethel City Council will send a two-person team to the September Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in Kotzebue for the next round of liquor license deliberations. In their regular Tuesday meeting they voted to send city attorney Patty Burly and councilman Zach Fansler.
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Governor Walker's attorney general filed a brief to continue the state's litigation against tribal trust lands.

Governor Walker’s attorney general filed a brief to continue the state’s litigation against tribal trust lands.

Governor Walker is continuing the legal fight to prevent Alaska tribes from putting land into trust. That status would reshape tribal sovereignty by expanding Indian country in Alaska.

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There will be six candidates on the October ballot. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

There will be six candidates on the October ballot. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

There will be six candidates on the ballot for the Bethel city council this fall after the city clerk completed the certification process of the seven declared individuals.

Mary Nanuwak applied for candidacy, but did not meet the residency requirements, according to the clerk, Lori Strickler.
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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 →