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The first round of Community Action Grants have been selected and Bethel City Council has signed off on them.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

 

Bethel Search and Rescue will get money for supplies, ONC will have "community wellness" meetings, the Fitness Center will have money to offer women's self-defense training at no charge, and the library will get some staffing. All of this because of action by Bethel City Council last night.

 

Bethel High School Junior Amara Freeman and Senior Kelly O'Brien join the hundreds of thousands across the nation who marched for stricter gun regulation in the "March for Our Lives" on March 24, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation marched for more gun regulation this Saturday. In Bethel, about 30 people joined the movement, carrying signs and walking the slushy shoulder of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Most of those who took to the Bethel streets were students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and grandparents. Some remembered the school shooting in Bethel more than 20 years ago; the teenage students in the march have grown up amid the threat of mass shootings. KYUK brings you the voices of those marching in Bethel.

  

Election Division: Who Ya Gonna Call?

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.

 

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