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The Bethel City Council is preparing for a September ABC Board meeting

The Bethel City Council is preparing for a September ABC Board meeting

The Bethel City Council will send a two-person team to the September Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in Kotzebue for the next round of liquor license deliberations. In their regular Tuesday meeting they voted to send city attorney Patty Burly and councilman Zach Fansler.
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Bethel voters will not have the option to go into local option this October and open a city-run store like Kotzebue, pictured above. Photo courtesy City of Kotzebue.

Bethel voters will not have the option to go into local option this October and open a city-run store like Kotzebue, pictured above. Photo courtesy City of Kotzebue.

There will not be a vote this October for Bethel to go into local option status and pursue opening a city-run liquor store. The Bethel City Council by a vote of five to one rejected sending the vote to citizens.

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Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

A Scammon Bay man is charged with trying to import alcohol to the dry village. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Sunday around 1 p.m. Bethel Troopers received information that 27-year-old Brandon Eddie Nanuk of Scammon Bay was flying to Scammon with alcohol.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council last night took one step towards a possible return to local option status. By a four to three vote, they introduced an ordinance, which, if passed by council next month would let voters would decide in October whether to allow local alcohol sales solely through a city-run liquor store.

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A Tununak woman is under arrest after allegedly attempting to transport alcohol to the community. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, members of the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team caught Jessica Post trying to smuggle 12 bottles of R&R Canadian Whisky into the dry village.
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Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council rejected a move towards lowering city sales tax in their Tuesday meeting. Noting the recent water rate hike, Mayor Rick Robb proposed asking voters whether they want to drop sales tax from 6 percent to 5.75 percent. He was the only council member to vote for introduction.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

One of two companies seeking to open liquor stores is withdrawing its application for the moment.

Seth Madole from the Alaska Commercial Company spoke before the Bethel City Council in their regular Tuesday meeting. He cited the community’s sensitivity to alcohol and the upcoming advisory vote. Read more →

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.

It’s been four decades since Bethel had a liquor store, and for now that status will continue. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday to protest two liquor store license applications from the Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits and the Alaska Commercial Company. As KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports, the debate now leaves city hall as citizens gear up for a new advisory vote.

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The Bethel City Council can consider protesting two liquor licenses. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council can consider protesting two liquor licenses. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council can protest two applications for liquor store licenses in their regular Tuesday meeting. They will consider resolutions that ask the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to turn down the applications for the Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits and a proposed store within the Alaska Commercial Company grocery store. Both resolutions highlight local and state laws about the proximity to churches and schools. Read more →

The Bethel City Council introduced an an ordinance for an alcohol advisory vote. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council introduced an an ordinance for an alcohol advisory vote. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council introduced two ordinances in their regular meeting to bring about community votes on future alcohol sales. One calls for an advisory vote on July 28th with five questions about whether the city should support several types of liquor licenses, while the second calls for a vote on a 12 percent alcohol tax.
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