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Gillnet closures will begin rolling up the Kuskokwim River in individual sections beginning 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Over the coming weeks, a series of gillnet fishing closures, as well as limited openings, will hit the Kuskokwim River as king salmon begin moving upstream.


Officials have identified the body discovered last week near Tuntutuliak as 26-year-old Dillon Lamont of Tuluksak. Lamont went missing two years ago, in April of 2016, when he broke through the rotting Kuskokwim River ice near a Tuluksak fish camp. That spring marked the river’s earliest break up on record

Ruth Evon and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta elders speak at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in the Bethel Cultural Center on May 22, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

You can’t buy alcohol from a store in Bethel today, and it’s not clear when you might be able to again.


Bethel City Council member Leif Albertson [left] has proposed an ordinance to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Council member Mitchell Forbes [right] proposes that instead of banning hard liquor, to set a price floor of $40 per bottle.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

It was a long Tuesday for Bethel City Council members. Many attended the nearly six-hour Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting and then launched into a multi-hour City Council meeting where discussions on alcohol continued. In the end, the council made no changes to current city alcohol regulation, but did pass an ordinance to put local option back on the ballot in October’s municipal elections, complying with a citizen petition. If the proposition passes, alcohol sales would once again become illegal.

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, effectively shutting down Bethel’s only operating liquor store.
Geraldine Brink/KYUK

AC Quickstop's liquor store will not be open Wednesday morning. In a game-changing and emotional decision, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, which effectively shut down Bethel’s only operating liquor store. The Board’s decision will go into effect immediately.

A bottle of R&R Whiskey lying in a Bethel parking lot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Hard liquor, in this case, would be any beverage with an alcohol by volume content of 21 percent or higher. The proposed ordinance would also require liquor store owners to place stickers on each single alcohol bottle or case of beer sold, stating the store’s name and a health warning.

A Village Police Officer has been arrested in Mountain Village for tampering with evidence in a high-stakes murder case. John Hunter, age 22, is accused of stealing a cellphone from the victim’s body at the crime scene. The alleged theft could complicate a particularly brutal homicide case, which involves two teenagers and a robbery gone wrong.


Bethel City Council will vote on whether to appoint Yup'ik elder Mary Nanuwak to the body during its meeting on May 22, 2018. Nanuwak would fill the vacancy left by former council member Naim Shabani. Nanuwak is pictured here in 2016 during her unsuccessf
Katie Basile

Bethel City Council will vote whether to appoint Yup’ik elder Mary Nauwak to the body during Tuesday's meeting. Nanuwak would replace former council member Naim Shabani, who is leaving his two-year term five months after his election. Nanuwak is the only person who submitted paperwork to fill Shabani’s seat.

At a public hearing in Bethel on May 21, 2018, the Alaska ABC Board will decide whether to renew Bethel Native Corporation's liquor license for Bethel Spirits and whether to transfer that license to Hooper Bay’s Sea Lion Native Village Corporation.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The fates of Bethel’s two operating liquor store licenses will be decided on Tuesday, and the public is invited to take part. At 1 p.m. on May 22 at the Bethel Cultural Center, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a special public hearing on whether to renew both licenses and whether to transfer one of those licenses to another owner.

The class of 2018 graduated from Bethel Regional High School on Friday and said goodbye to outgoing Site Administrator Ed Pekar and math teacher David Cronk. After receiving their diplomas,  they performed one last Yuraq together.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Last Friday, the class of 2018 graduated from Bethel Regional High School. As Bethel’s largest class of graduating seniors since the year 2000 said farewell, so did outgoing Site Administrator Ed Pekar and math teacher David Cronk.

 

 


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