Bethel City Council

Senator Dan Sullivan visited  Bethel this week and met with several groups. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Senator Dan Sullivan visited Bethel this week and met with several groups. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Senator Dan Sullivan made his first trip to Bethel this week since being sworn into office in January. As the freshman senator sharpens his Washington game, he spoke about his first eight months in office and his vision for rural Alaska policy.

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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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The Bethel City Council will hear from companies seeking to open Bethel's first liquor store. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will hear from companies seeking to open Bethel’s first liquor store. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will hear from two companies seeking to open liquor stores in their regular Tuesday meeting. The Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits LLC and the parent company of the Alaska Commercial Company will appear to defend their applications. The council protested both licenses this spring, citing the 2010 advisory vote and the stores’ proximity to churches and schools.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

At Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting council members spent time discussing Council Member Chuck Herman’s proposal to pass a resolution in support of changing the name of the Wade Hampton Census Area to a locally relevant name. Council Member Zach Fansler explained the name is inappropriate, because Hampton is associated with slavery and colonialism.
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The Bethel City Council discuss pool, liquor, and other issues. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council discuss pool, liquor, and other issues. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

At tonight’s city council meeting the council will hear the North West Company defend their application for a liquor license. The council will also discuss new plans for the YK Regional Aquatic Training and Health Center.

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“Talk Line” host Joe Moses, Jr. shares a laugh with a caller. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK

This week’s show features a number of different topics of conversation, coming to the KYUK airwaves both via telephone and email.

One caller shares her thoughts on banishment from villages, and whether they are a positive way to handle certain situations. Another caller shares his story of banishment, and how poorly the details of the banishment were handled.

Talk Line airs live every Friday morning from 10-11:30am on 640 AM, and the Talk Line Replay starts at 7pm on Friday evenings.

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Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. - Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Heroin confiscated by Alaska Law Enforcement. – Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. Once in Alaska the narcotic quickly reaches rural communities, which are now organizing to push back. This is the second in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. The City of Bethel is organizing a multi-agency heroin task force.

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The Bethel City Council will Tuesday night in a regular meeting. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will meet Tuesday night in a regular meeting. Photo by Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Bethel City Council can introduce two ordinances concerning potential alcohol sales Tuesday. One calls for an advisory vote on July 28th with six questions about whether the city should support several types of liquor licenses. The second ordinance would ask voters in the July election on whether to institute a 12-percent tax on alcohol sales within the city.
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The Bethel City Council honored longtime trooper pilot Earl Samuelson.  Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

The Bethel City Council honored longtime trooper pilot Earl Samuelson. Photo from Bethel Search and Rescue.

In addition to the alcohol license hearing, the Bethel City Council received an update on the state legislature Tuesday evening. With less than 30 days left in the legislative session, the council heard from their new lobbyist, former legislator Mary Sattler. As the price of oil remains low, so do prospects for their capital requests.
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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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