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The Alcohol Beverage Control Board now has two businesses to choose from when awarding Bethel's last available liquor license.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel is one small, bureaucratic step closer to getting a second liquor store. In their meeting last Thursday, the city’s Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit for ACC Liquor, provided that the store fixes a few parking issues at their proposed location on Bridge Street.

A wind turbine stands outside the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center. AVEC is working to erect another, larger, 900 kilowatt wind turbine in Bethel.
Dean Swope/KYUK

On Thursday, Bethel’s Planning Commission will hold a special meeting to discuss an application from the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). The utility is ready to move forward on its wind power project, and hopes to start preliminary groundwork at their new turbine site.

At the end of the month, The Coastal Villages Region Fund will begin accepting applications from eligible villagers for subsidies for purchasing transportation equipment and other gear. This is the eighth round of what they call the "People Propel Program," which offers up to a 30 percent discount on equipment such as, “more efficient boats, motors, snow machines, ATVs, and other gear,” according to a press release. Coastal Villages said that over $975,000 in benefits is available this year.

 

Local airlines are no longer flying into Tununak's small airport.
Courtesy of Andrea Pokrzywinski.

Note: This article was updated on Wednesday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. with further reporting.

About a year agoTununak opened a $19 million, state-of-the-art airport. But now, local airlines are refusing to fly there. The village’s shifting permafrost is buckling the runway, and both Ravn Alaska and Grant Aviation say that it’s too dangerous for pilots to land on it safely.

Bill Howell, the father, became a journeyman meat cutter in the 1970s in Tacoma, Washington. He's returning to butchering with his son after a 15 year hiatus. Howell is pictured here on September 27, 2017 at Bill's Meats in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Taking a moose usually means carrying home 500 pounds of meat. Cutting and preparing that meat can take all day. But Bill Howell can do it in a few hours. Add another Bill and they can do it in half. KYUK takes us to a small shop where customers come with legs and torsos, and leave with packages of steaks, ribs, roasts, and other tasty meats.


Dean Swope / KYUK

The 2018 budget passed unanimously, 48 to zero, on the first day of the Association of Village Council Presidents annual convention on Tuesday.

Victor Bee

A long-awaited delivery has rolled off the barge in Bethel. The city unloaded a new, gleaming ambulance on Tuesday. 

Lisa Demer, ADN Western Alaska correspondent, in April 2017 outside her Bethel home-office.
Lisa Demer / Alaska Dispatch News

With the recent layoffs at Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper, Western Alaska is losing an important storyteller.

AKontheGo.com

Beginning Friday, kids flying out of the Ravn terminal in Bethel will have books to read while waiting on the ground or flying in a plane. The program is called Read on the Fly and has distributed about 100 donated books a week to kids since starting last year at the Anchorage International Airport.

Wells Fargo donated $26,000 to the Bethel Winter House in recognition of Bethel Branch Manager Jon Cochrane's community service to the nonprofit.
Courtesy of Wells Fargo

Just as summer has begun to cool, the Bethel Winter House has received a $26,000 grant from Wells Fargo. 

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