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Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The Bethel retail business Swanson’s has announced it’s applying for the city’s final liquor store license. The business is owned by the Sea Lion Corporation, the Native corporation for the dry village of Hooper Bay.

Swanson's has announced that it's applying to turn its old furniture store in Bethel into a liquor store.
Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

Swanson’s has announced that it’s joining the race for Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. As of Friday, the state says that they have not received an application from the business to turn the old furniture store into a liquor shop. If they do, Swanson’s will join Kusko Liquor, Tundra Liquor Cache, and Alaska Commercial Company in the competition.

Cliff Linderoth is a manager at Swanson’s. He’s also a member of the Bethel Planning Commission and he thinks that Swanson’s has a good shot at getting the final license.

Swanson's has announced that it's applying to turn its old furniture store in Bethel into a liquor store.
Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

Over the next three weeks, you’re going to hear this on KYUK: “Swanson’s Liquor Store, LLC is making an application for a new package store AS.04.11.150 liquor license.”

Katie Basile / KYUK Public Media

Mother’s Day is Sunday. It’s one of the top flower selling holidays. And the routine for many in urban Alaska or the lower 48 is to call a florist, order an arrangement, and have it delivered, maybe with a note. Well, just in time for Mother’s Day, that service, through the work of one Bethel businesswoman, has come to the Delta. 

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

Wells Fargo has named Bethel Branch Manager Jon Cochrane as its 2016 Alaska Volunteer of the Year.

Mike Simon, of Hooper Bay, works on a computer during a class titled S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017. The class is part of the Alaska Crew Boss Academy at the Alaska Fire Service on Fort Wainwright, in Fairbanks.
Tim Mowry / Alaska Division of Forestry

State and Federal fire agencies have teamed up to sponsor leadership training for firefighters from the YK Delta this month. The training is the Alaska Interagency Crew Boss Academy and is held once every two years. During a two-week intensive session, firefighters hone skills in leadership, radio, weather, risk assessment, safety, structure protection and using GPS and maps.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

2:51 a.m., Saturday, May 6. That’s the official time of breakup on the Kuskokwim this year, when the thawing river carried the Ice Classic Tripod downstream, stopping the clock and marking the start of spring.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod in front of Bethel has fallen, but the clock is still ticking. Dozens of people rushed to the river once word got out.

Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The river ice is melting; spring is warming; and the Kuskokwim Ice Classic is doing something new this year.

It’s sold its usual tickets where people guess the exact date and time the ice will break up. Now, it’s selling 60 additional tickets that are separate from the Ice Classic pot. Each ticket represents one minute in an hour. So if you buy minute 10, and the ice breaks at 2:10 p.m., you win.

Katie Basile / KYUK

How can the Calista region reduce its fossil fuel use, increase energy efficiency, and use those changes to create jobs? That’s the question a group of YK Delta communities and energy organizations gathered in Bethel on Wednesday to begin answering. For direction and inspiration, the group turned to four villages on Kuskokwim Bay where those goals are already happening.