Bethel

Artist Sarah Davies leads the 100 Stone project. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Artist Sarah Davies leads the 100 Stone project. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

An artist is creating life-sized sculptures of Alaskans to tell the story of those who struggle with mental health. Sarah Davies travelled to one of the state’s most vulnerable regions, recently for a project called, ‘100 Stone’. She’s attempting to highlight the toll that depression takes and what people can do to help those in need.

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Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana, and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

The Bethel City Council is preparing for the possibility of future marijuana sales in Bethel. A proposal for an October ballot question to establish a twelve-percent marijuana sales tax advanced Tuesday night and will see a public hearing next month. It’s the same tax rate that voters could add to future liquor sales.
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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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Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council this evening could take the first step towards returning Bethel to local option status. The Council will consider introduction of an ordinance asking voters whether the city should only allow local sales through a city-run liquor store. Read more →

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Sunday evening around 8:20, Bethel fire fighters put out to a blaze at the old senior center in the Housing neighborhood. Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell said the fire appeared to have started in an old appliance outside the building.
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Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Earlier this year, a capacity crowd, largely opposed to local liquor sales, spoke for nearly four hours before the council. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council is appealing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their protest of the Bethel Native Corporation’s package liquor store application. The council met in executive session Thursday evening for three and a half hours.

The ABC board on July 1st called the city’s protest of the proposed Bethel Spirits license “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable”, sparking outrage from the council. The board is required to honor protest unless it meets those criteria. Mayor Rick Robb says he’s personally in favor of local sales. Read more →

New PATC Rises Again

by Ben Matheson on July 22, 2015

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The skeleton of the new Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, PATC, is coming up quickly and aims to be closed in for a winter of work. Kris Manke is Director of Construction for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which is leading up the project. He says about 15 crew members are working now, including close to 70 percent local Alaska Native hires.

“We do all of our own electrical, mechanical, framing, siding, we self perform all of that,” said Manke. Read more →

A fire damaged the 123 Barbecue Express restaurant  on Monday, July 13th. Photo by Daysha Eaton

A fire damaged 1-2-3 Barbecue Express restaurant Monday. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 15th 10:23 a.m.: Bethel police say a man is in jail on charges of arson related to a fire at a Bethel restaurant on Monday night. 58-year-old Larson Edwards, of Mekoryuk, was arrested in connection with a fire at the 1-2-3 Barbecue Express restaurant late Monday.
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Unlabeled alcohol bound for St Mary's was seized last week. Image courtesy AST.

 Image courtesy AST.

A man is under arrest after shooting at people in the middle Kuskokwim village of Crooked Creek, Wednesday.
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