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Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Zach Fansler is the presumed winner of Tuesday’s House District 38 Democratic Primary, beating out incumbent Bob Herron. With only one precinct uncounted in the district, Fansler has received 56.7 percent, or 1,099 votes, compared to 43.3 percent, or 839 votes, for Herron.

Today is the first day since the primary that Fansler has agreed to media interviews. I talked with him this afternoon via phone from his hotel room in Anchorage where he’s visiting for the weekend to buy shoes, jeans, and do the usual bush shopping.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The deadline to file as a candidate for the Bethel City Council election is this Monday, August 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Three council seats sit open, and so far only one person has filed for candidacy: Mary Weiss, who already serves on council after taking Chuck Herman’s spot following his resignation earlier this year.

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Mekoryuk in District 38 is the only precinct in the entire state whose Primary ballots from Tuesday have not been recorded with the State Division of Elections.

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Emmonak City Council is holding a redo vote on whether or not to change the dry village’s local option law.

Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Zach Fansler has won the House District 38 Democratic Primary, beating out incumbent Bob Herron. With 30 of 31 precincts counted, Fansler received 56.7 percent, or 1,099 votes, compared to 43.3 percent, or 839 votes, for Herron. 

Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Tomorrow is Alaska’s Primary Election. Citizens across the state will head to the polls to vote for both national and state senators and representatives. In Bethel, where many people speak Yup'ik as a first language, those polls will have translators to explain the ballot. One of those translators you’ve heard for decades on KYUK: John Active. KYUK talked with Active about what he does on election day and why it matters.

KYUK: How long do you spend preparing to translate the ballot?

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The dry village of Emmonak is divided by Tuesday's vote to open a city-run liquor store. Alaska Dispatch News’ Lisa Demer reports that the unofficial count is 133 for and 119 against, but the dozens of questioned and absentee ballots could change the outcome.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The search is underway to hire Bethel’s next city manager. Nine applications have arrived since the job notice went public last month, and Bethel City Council members are meeting every Friday at noon until they fill the position. Last Friday marked the first of these meetings.


Geraldine Brink / KYUK

KYUK hosted a live debate between incumbent Bob Herron and challenger Zach Fansler, the two candidates running in the House Democratic Primary for Bethel and the surrounding communities. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel city council has granted some nonprofits exemption to city sales tax and has reopened the landfill to salvaging.

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