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The current sales tax is 12 percent, and Ordinance 17-36 proposes raising the tax to 15 percent and allocating 20 percent of the revenue generated to fund Bethel’s health, public safety, and social services programs.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Raising the sales tax on alcohol in Bethel is on the ballot Tuesday. The current sales tax is 12 percent, and Ordinance 17-36 proposes raising the tax to 15 percent and allocating 20 percent of the revenue generated to fund Bethel’s health, public safety, and social services programs.

 


Rose Domnick receives AVCP's 2017 Healing Hands Award for her work directing YKHC's Calricaraq program. AVCP Traditional Chief Peter Moore and CEO Vivian Korthuis present her with the honor on September 28, 2017.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

AVCP delegates wrapped up their annual convention on Thursday by unanimously passing a resolution to support Representative Don Young’s House Bill 215, the American Indian Empowerment Act.

AVCP Executive Board Treasurer and Unit 9 Representative Edgar Hoelscher addresses the 53rd AVCP annual convention on September 26, 2017.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Julia Dorris will continue to represent Unit 3 in the Upper Kuskokwim, and Marcella White will continue to represent Unit 8 in the Nelson Island area. Joshua Cleveland will now represent Unit 10 in the Lower Kuskokwim coastal area, replacing Annie Pete. Michael James will represent the newly created Unit 13, following a vote to allow the expansion.

AVCP CEO Vivian Korthuis presents Patty David a recognition honoring her late husband David O. David on September 26, 2017.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents honored the memory of two former Executive Board members at its annual convention this week. Both men, David O. David of Kwigilingok and Moses P. Paukan Senior of St. Mary’s, passed away during the last year.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents delegates have elected a new Second Traditional Chief. Former Executive Board member Edward Adams Jr. of Nunam Iqua will hold the lifetime position.

One of the sites in Kasayuli subdivision that the Parks, Recreation, Aquatic Health and Safety Center Committee is currently discussing for the a new park. Photo taken June, 6, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The first step toward building a park in Bethel’s Kasayuli subdivision may happen in October. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau met with Michelle DeWitt, who chairs the Parks, Recreation, Aquatic Health and Safety Center Committee, to discuss a meeting that the group had on Monday when they toured two potential sites for a new playground and park in the subdivision. DeWitt says that the discussion ranged from the benefits of a park, to some of the problems.

 

 

 


Though this is Naim Shabani's first time on the ballot, he has been doing the job for five months after he was appointed to fill a vacancy.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A co-owner of Kusko Cab, Naim Shabani is no stranger to Bethel city government. He had been serving on Bethel’s Public Safety and Transportation Commission for five years before he was appointed to the City Council earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Before being appointed by the Council mid-term to his present seat, Mark Springer had served two previous terms on Bethel’s City Council. It’s his third time on the ballot.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Mark Springer is an old Council hand. Before being appointed by the Council mid-term to his present seat, Springer had served two previous terms on Bethel’s City Council. It’s his third time on the ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Katie Basile / KYUK

  Incumbent Council member Richard Robb is running for his fifth term this election season and is the current Mayor of Bethel. Robb is a licensed counselor and Director of Residential Services for Behavioral Health at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

 

 


Raymond "Thor" Williams has served on the Council and as Mayor in the past. After six years he's seeking to return.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Raymond Williams, or “Thor” as he’s commonly known, first served on City Council back in 1996.

 


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