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It just got a lot easier to get rid of your junk vehicles. In a unanimous vote at Tuesday night's Bethel City Council meeting, an ordinance now eliminates fees for disposing of junk vehicles brought to the Dump. Pictured here, the Bethel City Landfill, 20
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It just got a lot easier to get rid of your junk vehicles. In a unanimous vote at Tuesday Bethel City Council meeting, an ordinance now eliminates fees for disposing junk vehicles brought to the dump.

Alaska Federation of Natives

The Alaska Federation of Natives is keeping a close eye on the new administration of President Donald Trump. The Native organization's board is developing ways to negotiate with the current government in Washington, participate in decision making, and advance Alaska Native priorities.


On Tuesday, Bethel City Council is again set to consider a proposed amendment to the Ports and Harbor code. The complex measure looks at re-defining Port Commission and Port Director duties, making major changes to commercial barge traffic, and changing how boats are launched at the harbor.

The Bethel City Council has placed the Tundra Liquor Cache permit application for a liquor store back on the Planning Commission's table, following Thursday night’s appeal hearing. The City Council hasn’t granted Tundra Liquor an appeal, but rather, sought further clarification on its initial denial of a conditional use permit.

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Naim Shabani, as of Monday, is the newest appointed City Council member. He is replacing former Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski, who resigned last month.

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Co-Owner of Kusko Cab Naim Shabani is replacing Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski on the Bethel City Council.

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Mayor Rick Robb’s third attempt to lower Bethel’s sales tax rate has failed. At Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, Mayor Robb proposed lowering Bethel’s sales tax from 6 percent, to 5.75 percent.

 

Katie Basile

Mark Springer is replacing Nikki Hoffman as Bethel's newest City Council member. The appointment comes after Hoffman resigned earlier this month after having a baby. Springer has served two terms on Council in the past. On Tuesday night, he was up against long time Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak and local joint owner of Kusko Cab Naim Shabani.

 

 

The two houses of the state Legislature have yet to agree on a budget plan. Today, Tuesday, April 25 a Senate committee plans to hear public testimony on the House bill to implement an income tax and re-structure how the earnings of the Permanent Fund are distributed. 

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One Bethel City Council member has left her seat and another is soon to follow.

Council Member Nikki Hoffman resigned from Council on April 13, and the Council is scheduled to choose her replacement at its meeting tonight. Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski is also resigning from the Council as of tomorrow, Wednesday. The Council will discuss how to fill his seat at today's meeting.

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