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Akiak Adds Its Thoughts To AVCP Bylaw Rewrite

Sep 1, 2016
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The Native Village of Akiak has added its name to a growing number of villages commenting on the Association of Village Council Presidents' proposal to alter its bylaws. AVCP wants to lengthen board member terms and increase the powers of its 12-member Executive Board.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A flood of federal funding is coming to rural Alaska for water and sewer projects, and a big chunk of that is going to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bethel City Council has decided not to protest a liquor license requested by Snack Shack restaurant. If granted a license, the eatery would become the second restaurant in Bethel to serve alcohol.

Anthony Nelson, a minister at the nearby Bethel Dream Center, pointed out that having a liquor-serving establishment close by could tempt the recovering alcoholics at the Center.

Police Chief Andre Achee presented an update to Bethel City Council on the department's recruiting efforts since the city gave it the ability to raise its salary budget by more than 25 percent.

The chief reported that the department is still only at 50 percent capacity, with many of the officers working two weeks on, two weeks off. These officers do not get benefits, but have a base pay of $60/hour with $90/hour for overtime. Achee was not concerned that this was impacting the department's spending ability, and said that he would not be seeking additional funds from council.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The City of Quinhagak will not receive disaster relief funds from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Quinhagak City Administrator Michelle Matthew says NOAA denied the request because the community is not facing a natural resource disaster.

Final Candidates Running For Bethel City Council

Aug 23, 2016
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The time to register as a Bethel city council candidate has passed, and the final list of names is in. Running for the three open seats will be the following:

Mary Weiss (already sitting on council on a temporary basis in place of resigned member Chuck Herman), Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, Norman Ayagalria, and Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski.

Council member Zach Fansler apparently chose not to run for re-election after his victory in the House District 38 Democratic primary. 

Bethel City Council elections will be held on October 4.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The number of public washers and dryers in Bethel has doubled. On Friday, the Swanson’s Quick Food Center, better known as Q2, opened a new laundromat. It was originally set to open in June, but facilities manager Cliff Linderoth says that other projects got in the way. A few months later, the doors are open and the machines are ready to go. KYUK talked with Linderoth at the laundromat a few hours after the opening.

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Oscarville residents should see their electric costs go down in the next few months.

AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, is working with the Oscarville village corporation to install new meters so that residents can buy electricity directly from AVEC.

Ralph Radford

Attorney Margaret Stock, an independent, will be on the November ballot along with Republican Lisa Murkowski and whoever gains the Democratic nomination.  Stock may not live in rural Alaska, but she can talk the talk about local issues like fisheries and the Donlin Gold mine. To get elected, she'll have to convince voters to support a new national movement of independents. 

Eli Wassillee

Church services for the Nunapitchuk Moravian Church resumed this week after the building toppled off its pilings last month. Half of the Kuskokwim-area village attends the church and have moved to a temporary donated space while they raise money to rebuild.