City of Bethel

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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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

The City of Bethel has fired a police officer. Officials aren’t explaining why he was fired but records show the Bethel court issued a protective order against Andrew Reid on March 5th.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council decided not to send anyone to Washington DC for a lobbying trip and conference. The travel would have cost $4,000 per person with up to three people traveling. But as KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports, the city still hopes to develop a long-term federal strategy.

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city of bethelThe Bethel City Council Tuesday night will consider a resolution supporting a law to require minimum sentences for people convicted of assaulting or harassing port workers. Another resolution would support funding port projects statewide.
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The Bethel city council and new lobbyist Mary Sattler met Wednesday to plan for the upcoming session. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel city council and new lobbyist Mary Sattler met Wednesday to plan for the upcoming session. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

As the state faces a $3.5 billion budget shortfall and uncertainty in future revenue due to the collapse in oil prices, the City of Bethel is preparing to make its pitch for local projects. The council met Wednesday night with their new lobbyist to prepare for the session ahead.

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city of bethelThe Bethel City Council passed a new purchasing policy in their regular Tuesday meeting and discussed several potential and current lawsuits.

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Senator Lyman Hoffman. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska

Senator Lyman Hoffman. Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska

The City of Bethel Planning Commission meets this evening (1/8) to consider a new subdivision wrapping around Larson subdivision. The commission already gave conditional preliminary approval to the 82-lot proposal brought by resident Lyman Hoffman, who also serves in the Alaska Senate.
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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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