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Mar 21, 2018
Yup’ik and English "I Voted” stickers from Bethel’s municipal election.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Jeremy Johnson is an elections supervisor based in Fairbanks. He phoned the tribal office in Birch Creek, which has a population of 33 according to the 2010 census. There are 13 registered voters in the Gwich’in Athabascan community near the Yukon river. It’s too small to have a polling station and the only way that voters can get to the one in Fort Yukon is to fly, drive a snowmachine or dog team, ski there, or take a boat when the river’s not frozen.

In a vote of 34 “yeas” and four “nays,” House Concurrent Resolution 19 passed on the House floor on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Courtesy of the Alaska State Legislature

 

The Alaska House has passed a resolution calling on Governor Walker to declare what it calls a "linguistic emergency" for Alaska Native languages.

 


Bill Ferguson exits a voting booth at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, one of two available precincts in Bethel, Alaska on November 8, 2016.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Alaska elections officials are struggling to put methods in place to translate the state's election ballot into an array of diverse Alaska Native languages. 

Ruth Evon speaks at a Listening Session at Bethel Regional High School on March 17, 2017. The meeting was organized by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky in response to resolutions issued by Napaskiak and Marshall.
Courtesy of Claire Richardson.

Elena Williams shook slightly as she spoke. She’s from Napaskiak; her son is in jail, her family is struggling. If someone hadn’t given her son alcohol, she said, none of this would’ve happened.


Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is flying back to Bethel for Cama-i.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is flying back to Bethel for the Cama-i Festival this weekend, and she’s bringing staffers from the governor’s office with her. The group will discuss alcohol’s impact on Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages at a "Listening Session" on Saturday evening.

Bethel community leaders met to discuss growing concerns about the 2020 federal census on March 13, 2018.
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS SECTION

Bethel community leaders met to discuss growing concerns about the 2020 federal census on Tuesday. The results of the census determine the distribution of massive amounts of federal funding, and if Alaskans aren’t counted properly, they won’t get their fair share.

The Maximum rates that taxicabs can charge passengers traveling to the airport and Tundra Ridge have gone up. It’s now a dollar more. The rate to Kasayuli went up by $2, and chartered cabs also saw an increase.
Dean Swope / KYUK

 

The Maximum rates that taxicabs can charge passengers traveling to the airport and Tundra Ridge have gone up. It’s now a dollar more. The rate to Kasayuli went up by $2, and chartered cabs also saw an increase.

 

Last night, leaders of Bethel's nonprofit agencies - including Bethel Community Services Foundation - showed up in force again at the City Council meeting to express their concern about how the city plans to enforce the sales tax.
Courtesy of Bethel Community Services Foundation Inc.

 

Last night, leaders of Bethel's nonprofit agencies showed up in force again at the City Council meeting to express their concern about how the city plans to enforce the sales tax.

 

Keith Henthorn started as a local bus driver before taking the position of Human Resources Manager four months ago on November 8.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

 

A relatively new transplant to the City of Bethel, Keith Henthorn started as a local bus driver before taking the position of Human Resources Manager four months ago on November 8. KYUK’s Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau sat down with Henthorn yesterday to hear about the work ahead, and an upcoming job fair this Thursday at the Bethel Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 


After just two weeks, the City of Bethel let go of their new Assistant Finance Director, Abel Mangieb, who was hired on February 19 and terminated on Friday, March 2.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The City of Bethel’s newly hired Assistant Finance Director was let go after just two weeks on the job.

 

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