A bottle of R&R Whiskey lying in a Bethel parking lot.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.



Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017.

The Calista Corporation has taken its conflict with the former Chairman of its Board of Directors, Wayne Don, to court. In a lawsuit filed Monday, May 14, the corporation outlined a detailed argument against Don, who has refused to resign and claims the company’s Chief Executive Officer mishandled a sexual harassment complaint.

After months of infighting, Calista is taking its former chairman, Col. Wayne Don, to court.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Corporation has had its fair share of infighting over the years, but the power struggle between CEO Andrew Guy and former chairman Col. Wayne Don is nastier than most. Both men are accusing each other of staging boardroom coups, abusing their authority, and lying to shareholders. Now, Calista is trying to forcibly remove Don from its board by taking him to court.

From now through May 27, snack meals are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. YKHC tentatively plans to open their grab-and-go café on May 28, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


Phase one of a major expansion started this week at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. KYUK took a tour and reports that on your next trip to YKHC, you can expect to see some changes inside the hospital.



A sample permit from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for harvesting king salmon in the upper Kuskokwim River during 2018 closures.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

There’s a new fishing permit on the Kuskokwim River that, for the first time, will allow fishermen to harvest king salmon in the upper Kuskokwim during closures.

Peter Evon, age 35, will take over as Executive Director of the Bethel Orutsararmiut Native Council on May 29, 2018. He's pictured here with his five children, ages 10 to one year old.
Courtesy of Peter Evon

Bethel resident Peter Evon, age 35, has been selected to take over as Executive Director of the Bethel Orutsararmiut Native Council. Evon begins the position on May 29. He’ll replace current Executive Director Ron Hoffman, who’s retiring after a year and a half on the job.