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Bethel City Council Introduces Marijuana Regulations

May 27, 2016

Bethel City Council came one step closer to making history Tuesday night when it introduced the first ever ordinance regulating the commercial marijuana industry in Bethel. 


Chuck Herman addressing Bethel City Council
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Bethel City Council Member Chuck Herman is resigning from his council seat next month before beginning a Master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University. Herman submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday. At 23-years-old, the Bethel native is the council’s youngest sitting member. KYUK talked with Herman about his resignation and what’s ahead.

Rep. Bob Herron, D-38, Bethel
Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska Legislature will enter a special session Monday with the main goal of passing a state budget and a way to pay for it before the next fiscal year. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session once the Legislature adjourned Wednesday without passing a budget after 121 days. KYUK spoke with Rep. Bob Herron of Bethel's House District 38 about the upcoming session and the goals ahead.

Bethel City Council Votes Down By-Mail Ballots

May 13, 2016

Bethel city council has voted against replacing polling stations with mail-in ballots for the upcoming city elections.

Myron Naneng addressing the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 51st Annual Convention.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Myron Naneng has resigned as president and CEO of the Association of Village Council Presidents. Naneng announced his decision at an Executive Board meeting Wednesday. The resignation became effective immediately, according to a press release from the regional tribal nonprofit.

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Bethel City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday to authorize reimbursements to Bethel property owners who the city overcharged on real estate taxes for more than a decade, following a typo in the city’s tax code.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel City Council introduced an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting to cap council meeting times. The proposal, introduced by Council Member Nikki Hoffman, would stop regularly scheduled meetings at 11:00 p.m. with the option to recess until the following day with a two-thirds majority vote.

Steve Lindbeck Runs For Congress

Apr 11, 2016

Steve Lindbeck, former CEO and General Manager for Alaska Public Media has announced his congressional campaign against republican congressman Don Young.

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