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All Bethel City Council members were in attendance at the regularly scheduled June 27 meeting.

Dave Trantham, addressing Bethel City Council on June 27. Trantham spoke to not wanting an increase to the alcohol sales tax.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Tuesday night at City Hall, Bethel’s City Council passed a ballot proposition to ask the voters if they are willing to add 3 percent to the alcohol sales tax to help fund social programs.



Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel residents will be asked to vote on increasing the city alcohol sales tax this coming fall. With Mayor Rick Robb and Vice Mayor Fred Watson voting in opposition, Ordinance 17-36 passed five to two. The measure to raise the tax from 12 percent to 15 percent will appear on the ballot in October. If passed, the added revenue would be set aside to support community action grant programs.


Carol Ann Willard of the Tundra Women's Coalition speaks to the Bethel City Council on Tuesday night, June 27, asking Council to  pass 17-27 to secure protections for renter that may be victims of domestic violence.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has passed an ordinance protecting renters who may be victims of domestic violence from losing their housing for making law enforcement calls. With all Council members in attendance, discussion lasted a little over half an hour, ending with the council voting to amend some of the language.



Katie Basile / KYUK

At Tuesday night's Bethel City Council meeting, Councilman Norman Ayagalria announced his resignation from the Council. In an email sent out Tuesday, June 27 to the City Clerk and the Mayor, Ayagalria stated that he would be resigning effective immediately. A National Education Association fellowship awarded to him last month is going to require him to travel.

Governor Walker in Utqiaġvik on June 24, 2017 after signing Indigenous Peoples Day into state law.
Courtesy of the Governor's Office of Alaska

In Utqiaġvik over the weekend, Governor Bill Walker signed legislation recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day.


This weeks guest on City Corner is Mayor Rick Robb, currently serving his third term as Mayor of Bethel.
Courtesy of Lori Strickler / City of Bethel

Welcome to City Corner, a new weekly show on KYUK on what’s going on in Bethel City Hall. We’ll hear the latest updates from City officials and City employees. KYUK's Christine Trudeau speaks this week with Mayor Rick Robb.



City Corner sat down with Mayor Rick Robb on Friday, June 23 to discuss a number of items that have hit the City Council’s agenda this past year.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Monday, KYUK is launching the new show City Corner - a weekly update on the goings-on at Bethel City Hall. KYUK's municipal reporter Christine Trudeau brings us an excerpt from the first show, where she sat down with Mayor Rick Robb to get the latest about what's going on at the city.


On Tuesday June 20, the Board of Adjustments decided to uphold the Planning Commission's decision not to grant Tundra Liquor Cache a conditional use permit. Pictured here is Ed's Automotive, Steve Chung's proposed location for Tundra Liquor Cache.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, the Board of Adjustments decided to uphold the Planning Commission's decision not to grant Tundra Liquor Cache a conditional use permit.



All City Council members except for Alisha Welch were in attendance at the regularly scheduled June 13 meeting.


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