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Desa Jacobsson is remembered for her weeks long fasts and multiple arrests to call attention to violence against Alaska Native women, Native rights, subsistence, and environmental issues. Today, Tuesday, that work is remembered as family, friends, and supporters gather in Anchorage for her funeral. 

Mitchell Forbes, the youngest candidate in this election, is campaigning with the idea of bringing the voice of Bethel’s youth to the Council.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

One of the candidates running for a seat on Bethel’s City Council is 22-year-old Mitchell Forbes. The youngest candidate in this election is campaigning with the idea of bringing the voice of Bethel’s youth to the Council.  

 


Incumbent Councilman Leif Albertson is running for his third term this October election season, as eight candidates face off for six open seats on the Bethel City Council.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A current faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Leif Albertson runs the Bethel community garden and has volunteered with the Bethel Fire Department for the past 15 years.

 


Dean Swope / KYUK

Following opening ceremonies on Tuesday, Colonel Wayne Don of the Alaska Army National Guard will deliver the keynote address. Vivian Korthius will follow with the CEO’s address and then the afternoon will transition to a series of updates on AVCP’s programs, budgets, and audit and financial reporting.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Update: Yup'ik translation of the forum has been added to this story.

Bethel City Council elections are approaching. The election will take place on Tuesday, October 3 and eight candidates are vying for six open seats. To help constituents make their voting decisions, KYUK hosted a candidate forum live from City Hall. Seven of the eight candidates participated: Leif Albertson, Bradon Brink, Mitchell Forbes, Richard Robb, Mark Springer, Naim Shabani, and Thor Williams. Stanley "Tundy" Rodgers chose not to attend. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions.


Kari McCrea (left) and Michael Franciosi (right) will both be taking their places as Anchorage District Judges.
Courtesy of Governor Bill Walker's Office / Courtesy of Governor Bill Walker's Office

An attorney with connections to Bethel will soon be serving as a District Judge in Anchorage.

Courtesy of YK Delta Women in Philanthropy

On Wednesday this week, the YK Delta Women in Philanthropy group is holding their second annual membership meeting at the Bethel Cultural Center. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all women.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, KYUK will host the 2017 Bethel City Council Candidate Forum live from Bethel City Hall. Listen live or attend in person.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s almost decision time for the Bethel City Council election and tonight is KYUK's candidate forum. What do the candidates have to say about such things as crime, alcohol, and the growth of our town? How will they deal with questions submitted by our listeners? You can see it all in person as seven of the eight candidates face the public at Bethel City Hall tonight, or you can listen on the radio, live at 6:30 p.m., to the 2017 Bethel City Council Candidate Forum. The Yup’ik translation will follow. Hear it all on KYUK, 640 AM.

  

The rewrite was an effort aimed at facilitating better tax collection for the city and clarifying the sales tax code.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, after several Bethel City Council meetings full of debate and public comment, the Council passed a major update to the tax code. The effort was aimed at facilitating better tax collection for the city and clarifying the sales tax code.

 


KYUK is gathering the candidates and asking them questions at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council elections are around the corner. KYUK is gathering the candidates and asking them questions at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM. Tune into a live broadcast at that time, on 640 AM. A Yup’ik translation will follow.

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