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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.

UAF

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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donald Trump has won the presidency in the United States and in Alaska. In Bethel, Hillary Clinton took the majority of support along with Republican Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate, Democrat Steve Lindbeck for U.S. House, and the unchallenged Democrat Zach Fansler for Alaska House District 38 Representative.

Alaska also voted to reelect Murkowski, but unlike Bethel, voted to keep Republican Don Young in the U.S. House. Bethel voted with the rest of the state to pass Ballot Measure 1, which will register eligible residents to vote when signing up for the permanent fund dividend. Bethel also supported passing Ballot Measure 2, which would allow the state to borrow money to pay for student loans and lower interest rates on student debt, but the ballot was defeated by 56 percent opposition statewide.

In the courts, Bethel voted to retain all judges on its ballot.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

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