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ONC's Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

ONC’s Gloria Simeon testified in opposition of a liquor store license. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council heard hours of passionate testimony Tuesday night urging them to protest anticipated applications to sell liquor. Many in the capacity crowd asked the council to consider the consequences of local sales in a region that suffers disproportionate effects from alcohol abuse and related violence. Read more →

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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BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson's grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson’s grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

Bethel could see its first liquor store in four decades if the Bethel Native Corporation goes ahead with plans to open a package store and it clears regulatory hurdles. BNC President and CEO Ana Hoffman said via email that a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bethel Spirits, LLC is in the process of applying for a license to put a package liquor store in a portion of the Kipusvik facility. That’s the location vacated last week by the Swanson’s grocery store.

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troopers, alaska state troopersAlaska State Troopers have made an arrest in an Akiak sexual assault case. Troopers were notified of the alleged incident Sunday.
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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Early Wednesday morning, Bethel police arrested an intoxicated man who allegedly threatened to shoot a community service patrol officer.

Bethel police say the CSP responded to a report of an intoxicated, passed out person, outside a motel. The officer met Martin Ashepak, age 60 of Bethel, who, according to police, had a loaded handgun in his possession and threatened to shoot the officer.
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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story KYUK reported that Bethel Winter House was holding a meeting Friday. That meeting is actually tonight (12/11).

Officials from Bethel Winter House plan a meeting tonight to discuss what went wrong earlier this week resulting in the shelter closing and how it can reopen.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

According to the Alaska State Troopers, the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team in Bethel arrested an individual on Friday last week on importation charges.
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troopers, alaska state troopersThe Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team and Village Police officers arrested a man they say was attempting to bring 18 bottles of alcohol into Nunapitchuk. Last Thursday, VPO’s in Nunapitchuk met 23-year-old Mishael Angaiak at the airport after his flight from Bethel touched down.

They found 18 bottles of liquor in his bag. They arrested him for violating probation and planned to file charges for alcohol importation.
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Julien Jacobs talks with early arrivals at a meeting about how to get rid of drug dealers and bootleggers in Bethel at the ONC Multipurpose Building on Friday, September 26th.

Julien Jacobs talks with early arrivals at a meeting about how to get rid of drug dealers and bootleggers in Bethel at the ONC Multipurpose Building on Friday, September 26th.

About two-dozen Bethel residents gathered at the ONC Multipurpose Building, also known as the Old Bowling Alley, Friday evening to discuss how to get rid of illegal drug dealers and bootleggers.

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