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Bethel City Council Elections are Tuesday, and we’re taking a look at the current council’s attendance over the past year. All these numbers are out of 47 total regularly scheduled and special meetings between October 19, 2015 and September 27, 2016.


Eligible, Unregistered Voters To Get One More Nudge

Sep 26, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Alaska Division of Elections is planning on contacting unregistered, but potentially eligible, voters in Alaska to encourage more registration before the October 9 deadline.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Monday representatives from federally recognized tribes across the United States are meeting in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference. One of those representatives is Mike Williams Sr. of the Akiak Native Community. This will be the fifth conference Williams has attended under the Obama administration. On his way to D.C. this weekend, KYUK spoke with Williams during his layover in Bethel.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Tuesday evening the 2016 Bethel City Council candidates gathered in City Hall to answer questions on why they are running for council and what they would do if elected.

The six candidates are running for three open seats for the October 4 election. Five candidates attended the forum: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss. Candidate Byron Maczynski was unable to attend due to illness.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Join KYUK tonight for the 2016 Bethel City Council Candidate Forum.

Six candidates are vying for three Bethel City Council seats: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Byron Maczynski, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss.

Communities Unite to Form One Economic Voice

Sep 14, 2016
Azachorok Inc.

The Azachorok Corporation in Mountain Village is working to set up a coalition of communities in order to get a more powerful economic voice for their region.


Byron Maczynski
Katie Basile / KYUK

This is our last profile in our series of interviews with the candidates running for Bethel City Council. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur spoke with Byron Maczynski, who is currently serving on City Council as Vice Mayor. 

To listen to the full interview, please scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Bethel City Council Candidate: Fred Watson

Sep 6, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

Continuing our series profiling the candidates running for Bethel City Council in the upcoming municipal election.

Bethel City Council Candidate: Mary Weiss

Sep 6, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

Six candidates from Bethel are running for three Bethel City Council seats. KYUK is profiling these candidates in the coming days before the Oct. 4th election. Our first profile in the series is Mary Weiss. Weiss began serving on Council in June after Chuck Herman’s resignation. She moved to Bethel in 2006 and works at UAF’s Kuskokwim Campus as a Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents Executive Board and its legal counsel want to amend the organization’s bylaws to give the Board more power and its members longer terms. They say the changes would bring the nonprofit into better compliance with state law. 


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