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King salmon and red salmon, chum fish. (Photo by Shane Iverson/ KYUK)

King salmon and red salmon, chum fish. (Photo by Shane Iverson/ KYUK)

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says 2015 was a better year for king salmon escapement and subsistence harvests compared to the previous year.
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Fili’s Pizza restaurant in Bethel has sold less than 10 alcoholic drinks since opening this morning.

As of 3:30 this afternoon, the owner, Mefail Slaiu, better known as Fili, stood as the eatery’s only occupant.

Slaiu says the restaurant is selling seven types of beers, all bottles. They range from $6.50 for a domestic beer like Bud Light to $7.50 for an imported beer like Corona.

Slaiu says he holds safety and security as priorities, serious concerns for Bethel residents who’ve debated the pros and cons of opening the town to legal alcohol sales for years.

Slaiu says that they are ready for a big crowd. However that crowd has not yet arrived.

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Lt Gov Byron Mollott, Diane Kaplan, and Larry Persily, speaking with Adrian Wagner at KYUK. Photo by Dean Swope.

At a tribal gathering at the Cultural Center in Bethel this week, Lt Gov. Byron Mallott presented his administration’s budget reform plan to rural Alaskans on what was a special day for the Lt Gov.

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Fili's Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Fili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Legal alcohol sales have come to Bethel. Fili’s Pizza restaurant received its first alcohol shipment and began selling beer and wine when the eatery opened at 11 a.m. today.

As of 1:30 p.m. the restaurant says it’s sold three alcoholic beverages, marking the first legally sold alcohol in Bethel in over 40 years. Read more →

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Snowmichine swamped by Joe Lomack building. Photo by Joann. Andrew.

The Napaskiak Tribal Council has banned all vehicle traffic on the Kuskokwim River from the village to Bethel.

The council says this is a preventative measure and there haven’t been any major accidents at this time.

The penalty for disobeying the ban is a $100 fine and an impounded vehicle, according to city ordinance.

Ivan Ivan, addressing the gathering on the first day of the meeting. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Ivan Ivan, addressing the tribal gathering on the first day of the meeting. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Tribal representatives from across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta met in Bethel earlier this week to hold what they called a special convention of the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP— the regional, tribal non-profit for 56 villages across the YK Delta. The goal of the meeting was two-fold: to discuss forming a regional tribal government and to get answers to recent controversies surrounding AVCP. But the group left with their questions unanswered.

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Fili's Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Fili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The first alcohol that will be legally sold in Bethel in over 40 years is making its way to town.

Fili’s Pizza restaurant received its alcohol license from the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board this week. Restaurant owner Fili Saliu says the license arrived in the mail Wednesday, and the restaurant placed its first wine and beer order that evening. Saliu is waiting for the shipment to arrive, which he says could be as early as today or as late as Monday. Read more →

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