Political stories

City of Bethel

Pete Williams accepted the city manager position at a special city council meeting Tuesday and will begin working under the new title January 2. Williams has been serving as acting city manager since September when former City Manager Ann Capela terminated her contract more than a year early.

Michael Mason

As January’s Legislative session approaches, the Alaska House Majority Coalition has finalized its caucus committee seats. Democrat Zach Fansler of Bethel, Representative for House District 38, will serve on five: Education, Fisheries, Joint Armed Services, and as co-chair of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee and vice-chair of Judiciary.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Monday, the local crowd threw its support behind Bethel District Court Judge Nathaniel Peters' bid to replace retiring Bethel Superior Court Judge Charles Ray. The testimony came at a meeting held by the Alaska Judicial Council in Bethel to interview applicants and hear public comments before making their nominations to the governor. The other nominee for the job is Fairbanks Magistrate Judge Romano DiBenedetto.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Monday, the Alaska Judicial Council will nominate a new Bethel Superior Court judge, but first it wants to hear from the public about the applicants. Whoever is selected will replace Judge Charles Ray once he retires in the spring.

State of Alaska

Alaska’s 2016 General Election results have now been certified. A majority of voters cast ballots in our state, and a record number of votes have been counted.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Last night, the Bethel City Council approved applying for a grant for the city transit system, approved refinancing the city’s court complex, shot down a proposal for new city buses, tabled a motion to amend the city’s current vehicle policy, and discussed the search for a new City Manager.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Community members are concerned that sexual assault in the YK Delta may be about to increase, and that nearly a decade of work treating sex offenders and working with communities will be lost. 

Michael Mason / State of Alaska

The new Alaska House Majority Caucus has assigned its committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session. The Senate Majority appointed seats Wednesday. Western Alaska Democrats are co-chairing the Finance Committees for both bodies.


Tribal leaders, elders, representatives, and others will gather in Fairbanks to discuss tribal governance, capacity building and self-governance among other topics in the modern political climate.

Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Democrat Zach Fansler of Alaska House District 38 has joined the newly created multi-partisan House Majority Caucus. The 22-person majority is formed of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents and is being led by a Democrat for the first time in 24 years, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon of District 37.