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Former Calista executive George Owletuck poses with Calista CEO Andrew Guy after a hunting trip in September 2017. This picture was posted to Facebook four days after a woman told Guy that Owletuck sexually harassed her.
Courtesy of Facebook.

An internal power struggle at the Calista Corporation centers on the handling of a personnel matter and whether it was dealt with properly, or whether it’s being used as a tool in an attempt to take over the corporation. The dispute is working its way through the courts now. The court filings do not disclose the identities of those at the center of the incident, but it is now clear which Calista corporate executive was fired in the wake of alleged sexual harassment.


Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017. In a recent filing, Don's attorneys describe the lawsuit against him as frivolous.
SGT. DAVID BEDARD / COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

Attorneys representing Wayne Don and Sam Fortier responded to the Calista Corporation's lawsuit on Tuesday. In responses filed with the court, they characterized it as a “frivolous gambit to suppress the truth.”


Calista has filed a confidential report under seal in their ongoing lawsuit against the corporation's former chairman, Wayne Don.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation is trying to keep a confidential report that might contain game-changing information about CEO Andrew Guy and a former Calista employee out of the public’s hands. 

Ruth Evon and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta elders speak at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in the Bethel Cultural Center on May 22, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

You can’t buy alcohol from a store in Bethel today, and it’s not clear when you might be able to again.


Bethel City Council member Leif Albertson [left] has proposed an ordinance to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Council member Mitchell Forbes [right] proposes that instead of banning hard liquor, to set a price floor of $40 per bottle.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

It was a long Tuesday for Bethel City Council members. Many attended the nearly six-hour Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting and then launched into a multi-hour City Council meeting where discussions on alcohol continued. In the end, the council made no changes to current city alcohol regulation, but did pass an ordinance to put local option back on the ballot in October’s municipal elections, complying with a citizen petition. If the proposition passes, alcohol sales would once again become illegal.

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, effectively shutting down Bethel’s only operating liquor store.
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AC Quickstop's liquor store will not be open Wednesday morning. In a game-changing and emotional decision, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, which effectively shut down Bethel’s only operating liquor store. The Board’s decision will go into effect immediately.

A bottle of R&R Whiskey lying in a Bethel parking lot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Hard liquor, in this case, would be any beverage with an alcohol by volume content of 21 percent or higher. The proposed ordinance would also require liquor store owners to place stickers on each single alcohol bottle or case of beer sold, stating the store’s name and a health warning.

Bethel City Council will vote on whether to appoint Yup'ik elder Mary Nanuwak to the body during its meeting on May 22, 2018. Nanuwak would fill the vacancy left by former council member Naim Shabani. Nanuwak is pictured here in 2016 during her unsuccessf
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel City Council will vote whether to appoint Yup’ik elder Mary Nauwak to the body during Tuesday's meeting. Nanuwak would replace former council member Naim Shabani, who is leaving his two-year term five months after his election. Nanuwak is the only person who submitted paperwork to fill Shabani’s seat.

Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017.
SGT. DAVID BEDARD / COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

The Calista Corporation has taken its conflict with the former Chairman of its Board of Directors, Wayne Don, to court. In a lawsuit filed Monday, May 14, the corporation outlined a detailed argument against Don, who has refused to resign and claims the company’s Chief Executive Officer mishandled a sexual harassment complaint.


After months of infighting, Calista is taking its former chairman, Col. Wayne Don, to court.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Corporation has had its fair share of infighting over the years, but the power struggle between CEO Andrew Guy and former chairman Col. Wayne Don is nastier than most. Both men are accusing each other of staging boardroom coups, abusing their authority, and lying to shareholders. Now, Calista is trying to forcibly remove Don from its board by taking him to court.


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