City of Bethel

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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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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Photo by Pat Samson.

Photo by Pat Samson.

Bethel Fire Crews responded to a tundra fire around 8 p.m. Thursday. Fred Watson, the Acting Fire Chief says the grass fire was burning beyond a half-mile northeast of the dump and measured about 75 yards by 50 yards.
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city of bethelThe Bethel City Council may be closing in on updated water and sewer rates. The long-discussed ordinances is up again at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
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Rasmuson logoThe Rasmuson Foundation is awarding the City of Bethel $740,549 dollars to purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Aquatic Health and Safety Center. Read more →