City of Bethel

The Bethel pool on its November 1, 2014 grand opening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

The Bethel pool on its November 1, 2014 grand opening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

After being closed more than two weeks following the grand opening, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Aquatic Health and Safety Center is open again. The fire sprinkler system can’t pass the fire marshal’s test, so the pool is relying on volunteers to serve as fire watchers.

Raunicka Ray is the facility manager for USA Pools, the company the city hired to run the pool. She says 16 volunteers made it possible to open.
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Photo of the main pool with the yellow slide in the background. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

Photo of the main pool with the yellow slide in the background. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

The City of Bethel says the new pool may open with help from the public.
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12.12.13 ONCBethel’s tribe, ONC announced Monday that they will no longer fund the city’s transit system. The announcement came at a joint meeting of the tribe and the city council at ONC’s offices.
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New Bethel Pool Shut Down

by Daysha Eaton on November 4, 2014

Photo of the main pool with the yellow slide in the background. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

Photo of the main pool with the yellow slide in the background. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK

Just as soon as the doors opened at Bethel’s new pool, they closed. Bethel city officials say there’s safety issue. Acting City Manager, Pete Williams, says a State Fire Marshall inspected the building before the grand opening on Saturday and found a problem with the sprinkler system.
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