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Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana, and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

The Bethel City Council is preparing for the possibility of future marijuana sales in Bethel. A proposal for an October ballot question to establish a twelve-percent marijuana sales tax advanced Tuesday night and will see a public hearing next month. It’s the same tax rate that voters could add to future liquor sales.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council last night took one step towards a possible return to local option status. By a four to three vote, they introduced an ordinance, which, if passed by council next month would let voters would decide in October whether to allow local alcohol sales solely through a city-run liquor store.

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Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council this evening could take the first step towards returning Bethel to local option status. The Council will consider introduction of an ordinance asking voters whether the city should only allow local sales through a city-run liquor store. Read more →

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

State troopers arrested a man in Shageluk who was reportedly intoxicated and shooting a rifle in the air.

On Friday Troopers arrested 22-year-old Ezra B. Golilie Junior. They responded with a VPSO after they received word in the early morning that he was walking through the village and shooting the gun. Read more →

Runners, walkers, and relay teams took part in the 2015 Bethel Half Marathon. Photo by Jennifer Dobson.

Runners, walkers, and relay teams took part in the 2015 Bethel Half Marathon. Photo by Jennifer Dobson.

Nate DeHaan won the Bethel half marathon Saturday evening. He completed the 13.1 mile course in one hour and twenty-two minutes. Santina Hancock was second across the line and the winner of the women’s race. Her time was one hour and 38 minutes. Read more →

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

After smoke from this summer’s historic fire season forced partial evacuations of middle Kuskokwim communities, federal air quality experts have stationed an air monitoring device in Bethel. Read more →

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Sunday evening around 8:20, Bethel fire fighters put out to a blaze at the old senior center in the Housing neighborhood. Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell said the fire appeared to have started in an old appliance outside the building.
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Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.

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The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The Kuskokwim 300 purse will reach a record-breaking $130,000 for the 2016 race.

The Bogus Creek 150 will pay out $30,000 dollars, and the Akiak Dash will offer at least $15,000. K300 race manager Zach Fansler adds that they will increase the purse for the season’s other local races. Read more →

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations' new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations’ new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

The Calista Corporation board has elected the first woman in its 44-year history as chair. Margaret Pohjola was voted to the job on Thursday. Pohjola has ties to Chuathbaluk. Chair Willie Kasayulie of Akiachak had served the limit of three consecutive year-long terms.
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