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ONC's board and and the Bethel City Council met Monday night in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

ONC’s board and the Bethel City Council met Monday night in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council and Bethe’s tribe, ONC, met jointly Monday night in Bethel. At their quarterly meeting, they discussed the future of marijuana locally as the voter-approved initiative comes into effect over the coming year. ONC board member Robert Lekander expressed a desire to move with caution as the city considers implementing sales provisions or limitations.
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12.12.13 ONCThe Army Corps of Engineers plans to test soil and ground water at a former air force base on the island across from Bethel this coming summer. But the FAA is holding off on removing barrels left at the site that was also used as an airport.

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The 'Shanks Arc' has been stuck in the middle of Steamboat Slough for more than a year.

The ‘Shanks Arc’ has been stuck in the middle of Steamboat Slough for more than a year.

Bethel’s tribe, ONC, has released a statement saying they’re making cleaning up Steamboat Slough and removing sunken barges a priority.
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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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Bethel City Council and ONC Council meet to find a way to save the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Council and ONC Council meet to find a way to save the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Three months before the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center plans to vacate their current home on Atsaq street, the City of Bethel, and Bethel’s tribe, ONC, are trying to find a way to keep the doors open. ONC says they can’t afford to run the center and gave themselves until the end of September to try to salvage it.
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Salmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. Photo By Daysha Eaton

Salmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. Photo By Daysha Eaton

If you’ve taken a walk or a drive around Bethel lately, you can’t help but notice brightly painted wooden fish posted by the road. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing. Read more →

12.12.13 ONCThe social and cultural harvest of king salmon for Bethel and a subsequent community dinner have been cancelled.

The events are sponsored by Bethel’s tribe, Orutsararmiut Native Council, and supported by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Read more →

Curtis Mann and Greg Aloralria preparing to unload the dipnets. Photo courtesy of Curtis Mann

Curtis Mann and Greg Aloralria preparing to unload the dipnets. Photo courtesy of Curtis Mann

Bethel’s tribe, the Orutsararmiut Native Council has acquired an order of dip-nets they will be loaning to any community member, free of charge. Wildlife managers are only allowing set nets and recently opened the river to dip-nets for chum and sockeye subsistence fishing to conserve the king salmon run.
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Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 3.48.54 PMAs this summer’s king salmon closure stretches on, village councils around the Y-K Delta are considering resolutions to establish a commission for tribal co-management of fish. Native leaders from the Pacific Northwest who have done just that will be at a fish summit Thursday and Friday hosted by Yupiit Nation.

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