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Dean Swope

Tuesday, the Bethel City council zoned Larson Subdivision as residential. Councilman Leif Albertson said that this was just the first part of a city-wide effort.

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Raising their pay has not increased the number of Bethel police officers, and no one's sure why. 

House Representative Fansler Checks In With The Delta

Feb 13, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

Just a month into the session, Zach Fansler, state House Representative for District 38, visited the YK Delta over the weekend to do a check-in with his constituency. On Saturday he spoke to a crowd of people in Bethel, and traveled to the nearby village of Napaskiak on Sunday. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner attended those meetings and has more.

At both meetings this weekend, Zach Fansler said that one of his goals at the legislature was to dispel the myth that Western Alaska is subsidized by urban Alaska.

State of Alaska

In an effort to keep our listeners informed about their state legislature, KYUK will be hosting bi-weekly check-ins with representatives from Western Alaska in both the House and the Senate. In this installment, KYUK’s Adrian Wagner speaks with House Representative Zach Fansler of District 38 about upcoming bills that Fansler and his team are co-sponsoring.

Meet Your House Representative's New Team

Jan 25, 2017
Adrian Wagner

When Zach Fansler ran for House District 38, he promised to represent the region’s mainly Alaska Native population. Now that’s he’s in office, he’s making good on that promise by choosing two Alaska Native women for his staff.

Zach Fansler Campaign

Zach Fansler was sworn in Tuesday as the new House Representative for District 38. After the ceremony, KYUK caught up with Fansler in his Juneau office.

Katie Basile

Bethel's Vice Mayor, Bryon Maczynski, has announced that he will not be running for reelection next year because he’s moving to Dillingham. The 29-year-old Maczynski was born and raised in Bethel. He has served on the Public Works Committee during his three-year term, while at the same time working with his dad at their family-owned auto body shop.


Zach Fansler was sworn into the Alaska State Legislature on Tuesday, January 18. He is the State House Representative for District 38.

A cloudy day in Quinhagak.
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

The village of Quinhagak has not had a shipment of food in over two weeks due to a damaged runway, bad weather, and a change in air carriers. While deliveries have been less than reliable over the last two years, people say that this is the worst it’s been.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

What is the role of philanthropy in an age of climate change? That’s what private giving groups from across the state will be discussing at a meeting in March as they examine their role amid Alaska’s shifting needs and environmental threats to rural communities. Two leaders are already working to form an answer.