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Tribal delegates signed a treaty to form the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government last August. Next week, Akiak will vote on whether to formally join the new governing body.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Akiak residents are heading to the polls next week, where they’ll decide whether their tribe should join the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government. They will be the first village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to do so.

It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the O
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At Tuesday's meeting, Bethel City Council will consider putting two alcohol propositions on the ballot for October’s municipal election.

Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Bethany Harbison has been appointed as Presiding Judge of the Fourth Judicial District for 2018.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a new Presiding Judge. 

Representative Zach Fansler says that even if resignations end up eroding the slim House Majority Coalition, sexual misconduct by members of the state Legislature must not be tolerated and legislative staffers must feel safe.
Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 State Representative Zach Fansler says that even if resignations end up eroding the slim House Majority Coalition, sexual misconduct by members of the state Legislature must not be tolerated and legislative staffers must feel safe.  

The pictured Bethel area, including Housing, the Bethel schools, and Ptarmigan Street until about Owl Street, may not have water until the Ridgecrest water treatment plant is repaired.
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Update: The City of Bethel repaired the Ridgecrest Water Treatment Plant by 1 a.m. Friday.

Original story 11:30 p.m. Thursday: The Bethel water treatment plant on Ridgecrest Drive has gone down.

The area connected to the Bethel Heights main water line may not have access to water until the issue is fixed. The line services Housing, the Bethel schools, and Ptarmigan Street until about Owl Street. 

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for December 12, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

All seven Council members were present at the beginning of the meeting, with Council member Raymond "Thor" Williams arriving late at 6:45 p.m.

 

Our coverage of this meeting

Representative Zach Fansler Presents Yearly Legislative Update To The Bethel City Council

 

Unfinished Business

 

District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, District 38 Representative Zach Fansler gave his annual update on the legislative session. Usually the local representatives of both houses update the Bethel City Council, but Senator Lyman Hoffman was unable to attend.

Bethel City Council introduced a budget revision on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 for the repair and purchase of a tractor-trailer.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, city administrators made the case clear: doing maintenance repairs now on existing city equipment will help in the long run; Council agreed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for November 28, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council members Leif Albertson, Naim Shabani, Mitchell Forbes, Mayor Richard Robb, and Raymond "Thor" Williams were in attendance for the meeting, with Vice Mayor Fred Watson and Mark Springer participating via telephone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council postponed action on a tax exemption for rental property owners. The measure would allow exemptions to cover utilities, specifically fuel costs. The new language in the tax code outlined four requirements to obtain an exemption, but met with some pushback from city administration. City Attorney Patty Burly has pointed out that the proposed new language may be problematic because it creates a specific exemption solely for landlord/property owners.

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