Bethel City Council

Cabs line up outside Bethel's AC store, waiting to pick up passengers. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Cabs line up outside Bethel’s AC store, waiting to pick up passengers. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

In four months Bethel cabs and other regulated vehicles will be required to carry surveillance cameras and GPS.

The ordinance narrowly passed in a 4-3 vote at Tuesday’s city council meeting with members Chuck Herman, Byron Maczynski, and Alisha Welch in opposition. Read more →

Blackberry Kush, Indica by Dank Depot. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Marijuana, Blackberry Kush, Indica by Dank Depot. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

To buy the city time to figure out its marijuana regulations, Bethel City Council has introduced an ordinance to place a six-month hold on processing any land use, zoning, or licensing approvals for marijuana operations in Bethel. The introduction passed unanimously at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The state will begin accepting marijuana applications next month and reviewing them in May. But council members, including Chuck Herman, think that’s too soon for Bethel to work out its marijuana laws. Read more →

Cabs line up outside Bethel's AC store, waiting to pick up passengers. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Cabs line up outside Bethel’s AC store, waiting to pick up passengers. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

At its last meeting Bethel City Council discussed a proposed ordinance that would require cabs to install surveillance cameras. City Council will take up the issue again today. Proponents of the measure say the cameras would reduce bootlegging and violence against drivers. Opponents say the shift violates passenger privacy. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur took to the streets and asked cab drivers what they thought of the proposal.

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Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

With the proposed Donlin Gold Mine appearing like a truer and nearer reality, the City of Bethel is looking at transforming into an organized borough. At Tuesday’s meeting Bethel City Council voted to give City Manager Ann Capela the go-ahead into mapping out the process. Council member Nikki Hoffman introduced the measure.

Capela said, as a borough, Bethel would have greater control over land use and could tax Donlin Gold. Read more →

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

Council member Chuck Herman. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Bethel City Council is considering requiring video surveillance and GPS in cabs.

At Tuesday’s meeting Council member Zach Fansler said the proposal aims to reduce bootlegging and violence against cab drivers and passengers. 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 →

The Marijuana Advisory Committee. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)

The Marijuana Advisory Committee. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)

Bethel’s new Marijuana Advisory Committee held their first meeting last Thursday, at the Bethel City chambers. 

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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 →

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.

The City of Bethel is working towards declaring a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and dorm buildings.

“We have approximately 300 school children that just lost their school and all the disruptions to that community,” Mayor Rick Robb said, presenting the proposed declaration at Tuesday’s city council meeting after contacting the Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management earlier that day.
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Council member Nikki Hoffman at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Council member Nikki Hoffman at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Bethel City Council is debating whether members should move to city-issued laptops or tablets to conduct city business.

Council member Nikki Hoffman brought the issue to the council after refusing to use her personal devices to conduct council business like checking emails and writing amendments for proposed ordinances–in case those devices were ever confiscated and searched for public documents. Read more →