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AVCP Delegates To Hold Emergency Meeting

Jul 15, 2016
From Alaska Dispatch News

Next Tuesday will mark the beginning of a two day “emergency meeting” of Association of Village Council Presidents' board of directors in Bethel, called by the Akiak Native Community.


Dimitri's Restaurant Alcohol License Under Protest

Jul 13, 2016
Flickr Creative Commons, Aeloen

Bethel City Council is protesting a liquor license application from Dimitri’s Restaurant.

Bethel Voters Won't Decide On Local Marijuana Sales

Jul 13, 2016
Flickr Creative Commons, jhonycogollo

Bethel City council voted against introducing an ordinance that would have given Bethel residents the choice to vote on prohibiting marijuana sales in Bethel.

Dean Swope

Bethel City Council has introduced an ordinance that could make some Bethel nonprofits exempt from city sales tax.


Public Letters: From AVCP, From Delegates

Jul 1, 2016

AVCP and tribal delegates have issued two separate letters responding to allegations of AVCP's near bankruptcy and other financial instabilities. 

Jordi Cabané

The high cost of electricity in Rural Alaska might be getting a little cheaper, as utilities buy their annual fuel supplies with low oil prices. But not all will benefit, because of the formula for state fuel cost assistance.  

Transcript: 

KYUK: Is the cost of electricity going to be going down any time soon?

KOHLER:  It will be going down. How soon remains to be seen.

That’s Meera Kohler, president and CEO of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, which provides power for much of rural Alaska.

Bethel City Manager Requests Out Of Contract

Jun 27, 2016
Adrian Wagner

City manager Ann Capela has given Bethel City Council her 90 day notice.


Bethel To Get Federal Money

Jun 24, 2016

Though state dollars are drying up at every turn, some of Southwest Alaska is getting unexpected federal support this year. 

Pictures of Money / Flickr Creative Commons

Starting Aug. 1 the City of Bethel will begin enforcing sales taxes on nonprofits unless the nonprofit gets an exemption, which is impossible. Because one of the legal requirements doesn’t exist. 


Fady Habib

Construction in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has never been easy. It’s hard to build things in a wetland, and the construction season is short. For some that season just got shorter. A federal change could mean waiting months to get a construction permit that used to take only days.


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