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The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

750 Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Today the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two Bethel liquor license applications, and Bethel City Council has requests to the board on both.

One application is for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits, and the other is for Fili’s Pizza restaurant. Read more →

The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two liquor license applications for Bethel next week: one for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s subsidiary Bethel Spirits LLC and another for Fili’s Pizza restaurant.

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BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility. (Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.)

Bethel Native Corporation is working on an alternative location for its liquor license.

The corporation received the license from the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in November for its Kipusvik building. Last week, BNC leased the same building to the Lower Kuskokwim School District to house the Ayaprun Yup’ik immersion program for three to five years until a new school is constructed. Read more →

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city's alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

After two months of debating and amending, Bethel has new alcohol laws on the books. The change comes less than a week after legal sales came to town in the form of two liquor licenses. Read more →

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility, the proposed Bethel Spirits site. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

Bethel has received its second liquor license in one day in a unanimous vote by the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The license goes to the Bethel Native Corporation’s subsidiary Bethel Spirits LLC to open a package liquor store  in the Kipusvik building under the stipulation that BNC moves the main entrance of the store to comply with Bethel municipal code. Read more →

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility, the proposed Bethel Spirits site. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will review two Bethel liquor license applications—one for AC Quickstop and another for Bethel Native Corporation. Bethel has not had a liquor store for over 40 years.

The meeting will take place in Anchorage, and Bethel residents can call-in to listen and provide public comment. Read more →

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is looking for solutions to house Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik immersion classes under one roof. The district is approaching the Bethel Native Corporation about using its Kipusvik facility for what the district is calling a medium-term solution—an option that can last until a new school is constructed. Read more →

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city's alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel City Council has dropped its protests against the AC Quickstop and Bethel Native Corp.’s alcohol license applications in two separate 4-3 votes.

Both sides agreed that legal alcohol sales are coming to Bethel. But those still in favor of upholding the protest against BNC said the council is condoning violations of its own municipal laws. Read more →

Council member Chuck Herman, running Tuesday's Bethel City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Council member Chuck Herman facilitating Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Bethel City Council continues wrestling with the city’s proposed alcohol laws.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting the council began amending a proposed ordinance that would strike the city’s current four-page code ­­­and replace it with a 22-page document. If enacted, it would change many of the existing rules while also tacking on dozens of penalties with some fines topping $1,000. Read more →

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city's alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

A proposed ordinance overhauling Bethel’s alcohol laws remains in the works after Tuesday’s special city council meeting.

The proposal reinvents the city’s alcohol laws, striking the current four-page code and replacing it with a 20-page document. Read more →