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Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents delegates have elected a new Second Traditional Chief. Former Executive Board member Edward Adams Jr. of Nunam Iqua will hold the lifetime position.

One of the sites in Kasayuli subdivision that the Parks, Recreation, Aquatic Health and Safety Center Committee is currently discussing for the a new park. Photo taken June, 6, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The first step toward building a park in Bethel’s Kasayuli subdivision may happen in October. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau met with Michelle DeWitt, who chairs the Parks, Recreation, Aquatic Health and Safety Center Committee, to discuss a meeting that the group had on Monday when they toured two potential sites for a new playground and park in the subdivision. DeWitt says that the discussion ranged from the benefits of a park, to some of the problems.

 

 

 


Though this is Naim Shabani's first time on the ballot, he has been doing the job for five months after he was appointed to fill a vacancy.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A co-owner of Kusko Cab, Naim Shabani is no stranger to Bethel city government. He had been serving on Bethel’s Public Safety and Transportation Commission for five years before he was appointed to the City Council earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Before being appointed by the Council mid-term to his present seat, Mark Springer had served two previous terms on Bethel’s City Council. It’s his third time on the ballot.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Mark Springer is an old Council hand. Before being appointed by the Council mid-term to his present seat, Springer had served two previous terms on Bethel’s City Council. It’s his third time on the ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Katie Basile / KYUK

  Incumbent Council member Richard Robb is running for his fifth term this election season and is the current Mayor of Bethel. Robb is a licensed counselor and Director of Residential Services for Behavioral Health at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

 

 


Raymond "Thor" Williams has served on the Council and as Mayor in the past. After six years he's seeking to return.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Raymond Williams, or “Thor” as he’s commonly known, first served on City Council back in 1996.

 


KTVA

Desa Jacobsson is remembered for her weeks long fasts and multiple arrests to call attention to violence against Alaska Native women, Native rights, subsistence, and environmental issues. Today, Tuesday, that work is remembered as family, friends, and supporters gather in Anchorage for her funeral. 

Mitchell Forbes, the youngest candidate in this election, is campaigning with the idea of bringing the voice of Bethel’s youth to the Council.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

One of the candidates running for a seat on Bethel’s City Council is 22-year-old Mitchell Forbes. The youngest candidate in this election is campaigning with the idea of bringing the voice of Bethel’s youth to the Council.  

 


Incumbent Councilman Leif Albertson is running for his third term this October election season, as eight candidates face off for six open seats on the Bethel City Council.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A current faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Leif Albertson runs the Bethel community garden and has volunteered with the Bethel Fire Department for the past 15 years.

 


Dean Swope / KYUK

Following opening ceremonies on Tuesday, Colonel Wayne Don of the Alaska Army National Guard will deliver the keynote address. Vivian Korthius will follow with the CEO’s address and then the afternoon will transition to a series of updates on AVCP’s programs, budgets, and audit and financial reporting.

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