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Christine Trudeau

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Christine Trudeau is a radio and multimedia reporter, covering government and education.

 

She is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, in Mayetta, Kansas, and holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Trudeau is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former intern at NPR’s headquarters, for their Diversity Department. She has also freelanced with NPR, National Native News, Yes! Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine, and was also intern with NPR member station, KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Board decided, by a 3-to-2 vote, to table their decision on liquor license applicants Kusko Liquor and the Alaska Commercial Company Liquor Store until their next meeting in October.
Dean Swope / KYUK

There was no decision concerning Bethel's last remaining liquor license at Wednesday's meeting of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The Board decided, by a 3-to-2 vote, to table their decision on liquor license applicants Kusko Liquor and the Alaska Commercial Company Liquor Store until their next meeting in October.

The vote was five to one, with Councilman Mike Shantz in opposition. The much-debated update to the sales tax code will soon take effect.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Heads up Bethelites, a change is coming to the city's sales tax code after a rewrite of the code passed at the Tuesday, September 12th City Council meeting. The vote was five to one, with Councilman Mike Shantz in opposition. The much-debated update to the sales tax code will soon take effect.

Alisha Welch served one term on Bethel's City Council.
Courtesy of Lori Strickler / City of Bethel

Bethel City Councilwoman Alisha Welch has attended her last meeting. Toward the end of last night's Council meeting, Welch announced that it would be the last meeting that she’d be attending in person and that she would not be running in the October 3 election. She took time to thank fellow council members, city administrators, and Bethel residents, as well as to remind everyone of the importance of getting out to vote. With Welch not seeking re-election, there will be no women serving on the Bethel City Council after October 3.

The park will remain closed for the time being, but will be restored, according to a Tuesday press release announcing an agreement between the City of Bethel and the Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

There has been a deal made on Owl Park. The park will remain closed for the time being, but will be restored, according to a Tuesday press release announcing an agreement between the City of Bethel and the Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority. The eviction suit has been settled and AVCP RHA has agreed to pay the city $83,000 within 30 days. For the time being, control of Owl Park rests with the City of Bethel.  

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is set to consider the last remaining liquor license of the three allotted to Bethel on Wednesday morning. The issue is likely to come up at about 10:30 a.m. There are four applicants, but only one of them, Kusko Liquor, is not being protested by the City. Tundra Liquor Cache and ACC Liquor Store will also be considered under the same agenda item as "mutually exclusive and competing" applications.

Tune in Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for KYUK’s live coverage of the Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Discussion of the City’s tax code rewrite will continue at Tuesday’s Bethel City Council Meeting. City Attorney Patty Burley has included a detailed summary of the pros and cons of the rewrite in the agenda packet.

 

Also on the meeting agenda:

 

Eight people have filed as candidates for the six open seats on the Bethel City Council.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Eight people have filed as candidates for the six open seats on the Bethel City Council.

While the reduction has the potential to help out charitable non-profits, the loss of revenue to the city would be sorely felt.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel Finance Committee recently proposed a 3 percent reduction in gaming fees for non-profit organizations in Bethel. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau reports that while the reduction has the potential to help out charitable non-profits, the loss of revenue to the city would be sorely felt.

 

 


Andrew Gonzales holds up a tray of his vegan enchiladas, paired with rice and beans.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Six to seven hundred Bethelites decided to participate in the Taste of Bethel Ethnic Food Festival this past weekend at the Cultural Center. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau brings us this tableside report.

 


The Trump administration says that it's stepping in to help tribes deal with the rising tide of opioid abuse and overdoses in Indian Country, including Alaska.  

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