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Tim Smith / NOAA

Many of the scientists working in Alaska waters are in Anchorage this week to share the results of their research at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. Usually the gathering is full of the most recent discoveries and the results of large collaborative efforts to understand the implications of our rapidly changing seas. Climate change has taken center stage for some time now, and this year is no exception.  What's new this year is that many are worried about what will happen to the data they have gathered because of the political environment in Washington. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel demonstrators marched in solidarity with protesters around the world calling for women's rights in the wake of President Trump's inauguration. 

Signs in both English and Yup'ik called for basic equal rights for women and all people regardless of race or religion.

Organizer Bev Hoffman was happy with the turnout.

"It was a great day in Bethel, Alaska. 2.5 Million women, men and children joined in Women's Marches around the world and wes showed up in -25 temperatures Bethel Strong! It made me so proud to be a part of it," Hoffman said.

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Katie Basile / KYUK

Saturday, the day following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, over 1.3 million people around the world plan to take to the streets in a global women’s march. Organizers say that the march is meant to send a message to the new administration that women’s rights are human rights. The march is called the Women’s March on Washington and is occurring in 616 locations across the globe, including Bethel. KYUK spoke with demonstrators in Bethel as they prepared their signs for Saturday.


Johanna Eurich / KYUK

On Tuesday, the Walker administration signed an agreement to allow the Anvik tribal court to handle a number of crimes. Those crimes include alcohol and drug offenses, as well as domestic violence cases.

Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth made the announcement surrounded by more than a dozen state and tribal officials at Governor Walker's Anchorage office. State money is short and getting shorter, she said, and already the state's District Attorneys have to drop cases because of a lack of resources to pursue them.

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.

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