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Christine Trudeau

Reporter

Christine Trudeau is a public radio reporter covering government and education for KYUK, serving the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta based in Bethel. She is a 2018-19 Investigative Fellow with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. A citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously Trudeau has interned with NPR’s Diversity Department, NPR member station KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and published work for NPR, National Native News, and Yes Magazine. In 2014, Trudeau received a National Native Media Award from Native American Journalists Association for Best Student Radio Feature Story. In 2017, Trudeau won multiple awards from the Alaska Press Club for her coverage of Bethel and its surrounding communities.

Since April, Bethel has been a-buzz with its own, homegrown drive-thru coffee shop: AM Coffee & Espresso, located at 107C Alex Hately Drive off Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Since April, Bethel has been a-buzz with its own, homegrown drive-thru coffee shop: AM Coffee & Espresso. KYUK checked out the caffeine buzz on Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway at Alex Hately Drive.

 

 


Last night, Bethel City Council voted in favor of transferring the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside city limits.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Last night, Bethel City Council voted in favor of transferring the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside city limits.

 

The state Department of Transportation, contracting with Knik Construction, broke ground this past spring on the hub village of Aniak’s new runway, a project long in the making.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

  

The state Department of Transportation, contracting with Knik Construction, broke ground this past spring on the hub village of Aniak’s new runway, a project long in the making.

 

 


The Bethel City Council will meet Tuesday night, and is set to vote on whether to transfer the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside the city limits.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The Bethel City Council will meet Tuesday night, and is set to vote on whether to transfer the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside the city limits. This would only take effect should Bethel vote under the state's "local option" law to return to damp status in the coming October election.

 

Bethel hasn’t been under a local option alcohol ban since 2015, when Bethel voted to make liquor licenses available in Bethel again.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Bethel hasn’t been under a local option alcohol ban since 2015, when Bethel voted to make liquor licenses available in Bethel again. With the local option petition submitted by Evon Waska Sr. and certified by the City Clerk’s office this past May, voters will see this question on the October 2 ballot:

 

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

  

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has reduced the number of liquor licenses available in Bethel from three to two. Initially, there were three approved liquor licenses: Bethel Native Corporation, Cezary Maczynski, and Alaska Commercial Company. But as the ABC Board considered not renewing AC's license in May, it re-evaluated the city's population numbers.

 

The City of Bethel’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019 was passed on June 14, but one thing is clear: tough times are ahead for the City’s revenue sources, especially now that no alcohol sales tax is being collected.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Tough times are ahead for the City of Bethel’s revenue sources, especially now that no alcohol sales tax is being collected. KYUK’s Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau sat down with City Manager Peter Williams last week, along with Jim Chevigny, who was the city's Finance Director; Chevigny has since resigned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethel City Manager Peter Williams [left] and Former Finance Director Jim Chevigny [right] reviewing the FY2018 budget at Bethel City Hall on June 8, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The City of Bethel’s Finance Director, Jim Chevigny, has unexpectedly resigned. His resignation comes right after the City’s budget was finalized. The city administration confirmed with KYUK on Wednesday that Chevigny’s resignation is effective immediately, adding that they do not expect any disruption to the Finance Department’s operations.

 

During Tuesday night’s meeting, amidst some confusion following the abrupt resignation of the City Finance Director, Bethel’s City Council decided in a split vote not to allocate $50,000 generated by previous alcohol sales to the Community Action Grant Fu
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

During Tuesday night’s meeting, amidst some confusion following the abrupt resignation of the City Finance Director, Bethel’s City Council decided in a split vote not to allocate $50,000 generated by previous alcohol sales to the Community Action Grant Fund.

 

Alaska Commercial's Quickstop Liquor Store, now closed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, was the most recent operating store in the Delta. On Tuesday, June 26, a council effort to strengthen security requirements was defeated.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

October elections are on the horizon, and the Bethel City Council is attempting to prepare for what would happen if the local option ballot measure to ban the sale of alcohol passes or fails. On the night of Tuesday, June 26, an ordinance to strengthen security requirements for liquor stores and bars went down to defeat in a tie vote.

 

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