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Dean Swope / KYUK

As we approach the end of the year, we're looking back on the stories that defined the past 12 months in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Here are the top stories from 2016.

Bethel Gets New Public Works Director

Dec 28, 2016

While the search for the new Bethel City Manager presses on, the City’s Public Works Director, Muzaffar Lakhani, has been replaced.

Reno Moore pulling stock on opening day of the AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Three businesses are vying for Bethel’s final liquor store license.

One business has already submitted its application, and the other two are in the three-week public notice period required before applying.

If the other two get their applications in on time, it’ll be up to the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to decide which of the three businesses holds the final license.

But how will they choose?

Ben Matheson / KYUK

After a lengthy search, the Bethel City Council has offered the job of City Manager to Acting City Manager and current Port Director Pete Williams.

KYUK Staff

Two businesses in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are applying for the region’s first marijuana store licenses: The Green Tree LLC in Bethel, located at 260 C Osage Avenue, and Kuskokwim Enterprises, LLC in Aniak, located at 3 Slough View Drive.

Alaska Army National Guard

Santa is going to be a little late to a few villages this year. Freezing fog in Bethel this week, and the week before, prevented the Army National Guard from flying their UH-60 Black Hawk to Akiak, Tuluksak, and Grayling to deliver toys and food for Alaska’s 60th Operation Santa Claus.

Since 1956, the tradition has brought together the Alaska National Guard, local businesses, and community groups to collect and deliver gifts to a few villages each year.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The competition continues to increase for Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. Three businesses are now submitting applications, the most recent being the Alaska Commercial Company's main store. The other two businesses are Bethel Liquor Store LLC, which would replace Fili’s Pizza Restaurant, and Kusko Liquor, which would replace Cezary’s Auto Body and Paint Shop.

State of Alaska Community and Regional Affairs

Four Yukon Kuskokwim Delta communities should now have faster mobile data after a 3G upgrade by GCI. Mountain Village, Quinhagak, Tununak, and St. Mary’s join 22 other YK Delta villages that GCI has connected to the faster data service since 2015. The telecommunications company finalized the updates for the most recent villages last week.

Bethel Warrior Wrestlers Win State Championship

Dec 19, 2016
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The Bethel Warriors brought home a win from this weekend's Class 1-2-3A  State Wrestling Championships.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Food and culture go hand in hand in Western Alaska, and a new restaurant in Bethel is bringing new food and new culture to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Mexkimo, which sells classic Mexican dishes, opened its doors last month.