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Tuesday June 13, is the regularly scheduled Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Tuesday’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting has a pretty long list of business to cover, but many of those items are on the consent agenda, which means that they’re up for a simple vote without a scheduled discussion. This could change for any particular item, however, should any Council member decide to pull it from the consent agenda for separate discussion.  


The Bethel Planning Commission has held to their initial decision to turn down Steven Chung’s Tundra Liquor Cache application for a conditional use permit. Pictured here are Commission Member Jon Cochrane (left), Planning Director Ted Meyer (center), and
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At last night’s Planning Commission meeting, Steven Chung’s Tundra Liquor Cache was turned down again for a conditional use permit. The Planning Commission discussion was a bit more a complicated this time around. The Commission couldn’t take opponents who gave testimony into consideration because it was an appeal and had to be based on evidence already taken when the Commission initially turned the application down.

Tonight at Bethel City Hall, the Planning Commission will hold two public hearings for liquor store applicants Kusko Liquor Store and Tundra Liquor Cache. Both applicants are applying for the third and last remaining liquor license available in Bethel, and both need conditional use permits. Also submitting applications are the Alaska Commercial Company and Swanson’s.


Katie Basile / KYUK

The Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the permit for the hospital expansion. At a meeting last week, the Commission took its action unanimously after hearing an update from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities about an agreement to deal with the increased traffic that the project will bring to Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Project Manager Kent Crandall said that a fence on the property is temporary during construction, and will be removed when the project is done.


An amendment introduced last week to change a city ordinance would clarify protections for victims of domestic violence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Bethel City Council will consider adopting an update on its protections for renters.



After nine special budget meetings, the Bethel City Council has introduced the spending plan for fiscal year 2018. Currently, the FY 2018 total budget is set at $28 million. City officials will continue to provide updates to the budget.

As the fiscal year comes to a close, state and local budgets are being set for the next fiscal year. Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to introduce next year's budget for adoption at City Hall on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 PM. The proposed budget currently totals $28 million.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Senator Lyman Hoffman’s proposal to create a new type of energy borough will have to wait until next year’s Legislative Session.


The Association of Village Council Presidents is calling for the reinstatement of the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker sent Bethel Mayor Rick Robb a request for infrastructure project nominations from the city. Gov. Walker is pictured here at a press conference in the Capitol on March 17, 2015.
Skip Gray / 360 North

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker sent Bethel Mayor Rick Robb a request for infrastructure project ideas from the city. The deadline for the city's list is June 30, 2017, which means the council will have to move quickly.