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Alaska Commercial Companies VP of Operations, Walt Pickett speaking at the Thursday November 9, 2017 special Bethel City Council meeting, asking that the protest be removed.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A special meeting of the Bethel City Council Thursday night did not result in lifting it’s protest on Alaska Commercial Company's current liquor store application.

 


This Thursday, Bethel City Council will consider removing its protest of the Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application, following the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the Conditional Use Permit for the proposed store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

It was late arriving, but a letter from Bethel's Fire Chief raises serious concerns about Alaska Commercial Company's existing liquor store. The company's General Manager is flying in to be present when the City Council meets to consider lifting its protest of the company's application for Bethel's last remaining liquor store license. There is also a competing application.

 

 


A Special Bethel City Council Meeting has been called for Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. to consider lifting the city's protest of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A Special Bethel City Council Meeting has been called for Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. to consider lifting the city's protest of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application.

 

Repairs to the YK Fitness Center are mostly complete, with some minor fixes remaining and a piece of equipment for maintenance work still needing to be purchased.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Repairs to the YK Fitness Center are mostly complete, according to an email sent to the Bethel City Council by City Manager Peter Williams. Some minor details remain, and a piece of equipment needed for maintenance work still needs to be purchased. The email goes back over the history of work that was done.

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for October 24, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

All seven City Council members were in attendance for the regularly scheduled October 24 meeting, with Mayor Rick Robb out of town and attending the meeting via telephone. Vice Mayor Fred Watson took on the Mayor’s responsibilities in Mayor Robb’s absence.

Former City Councilman Mike Shantz holding an inscribed golden bowl presented by the city for his service. Shantz was appointed to Council for three months to fill Norman Ayagalria's seat last July.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel's new City Council took a few moments on Tuesday night to honor two members who served before them: Mike Shantz and Alisha Welch. Welch, who was unable to attend due to prior work commitments, served two years on Council from 2015 to 2017.

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The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held its annual conference the same week as the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The national tribal advocacy group passed a resolution urging the federal government to restore the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area as originally issued and to incorporate traditional knowledge “into all federal decision-making that would affect the northern Bering Sea region.”

Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center
Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

The Legislature is now in a special session called by the Governor to consider tax and budget issues, but also to revise the 2016 criminal justice law, Senate Bill 91. That bill reduced sentencing for lower level crimes in an effort to decrease corrections costs and recidivism.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday the Bethel City Council meeting kicks off with newly elected and re-elected Council members proclaiming November “National Diabetes Month” in alignment with “World Diabetes Day” on October 14.

Protesters gathered just outside the Dena'ina Convention Center on the final day of the AFN Convention. Among them was Sarah James (right) of Arctic Village, a longtime campaigner against ANWR drilling.
Christine Trudeau / KNBA/KYUK

Last week, KYUK provided daily updates from the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives conference. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau was there and filed this story:

 


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