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Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council is appealing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their protest of the Bethel Native Corporation’s package liquor store application. The council met in executive session Thursday evening for three and a half hours.

The ABC board on July 1st called the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable”, sparking outrage from the council. The board is required to honor protest unless it meets those criteria. Mayor Rick Robb says he’s personally in favor of local sales. Read more →

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman speaks at a community meeting in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The clock is ticking on a sixty day period for the City of Bethel to consider protesting a package liquor store license before the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits LLC application was officially filed the morning of April 6th. The Alaska Commercial Company also plans to file for another package liquor store.
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The Bethel City Council met Tuesday night in a regular meeting. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday during their regular meeting on the potential of a package liquor store application to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
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Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations, Alaska Commercial Company

Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations, Alaska Commercial Company

Daysha Eaton, KYUK News Director, interviewed Walter Pickett, Vice President of Operations for the Alaska Commercial Company Monday, March 23rd about the company’s plans to apply for a liquor license.

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VFW Club and Bingo Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

VFW Club and Bingo Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

The Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board says two Bethel establishments have been illegally allowing patrons to bring in and consume their own alcohol, operating as what’s known as “bottle clubs.” But two conflicting statutes in the state alcohol law put certain clubs in a gray area.

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