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Katie Basile / KYUK

If you need a new driver’s license, get it before the end of the week. Starting May 1 the Bethel DMV Office will be closing indefinitely until a new employee is hired.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

If your nearest dumpster in Bethel is overflowing, that should be getting emptied soon. The city’s dump truck is back on the road today, Tuesday, April 24 after being out of commission for more than a week.

This week, Bethel City Council approved a contract for dredging and restoring the sewage lagoon. City Attorney Patty Burley supported its passage, citing numerous hold ups due to the federal approval needed for each and every change. If the funds are not used this year, the grant for the project would expire by 2018.

Dean Swope / KYUK

On Thursday, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will consider issuing Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. The three businesses that have applied are The Tundra Liquor Cache, owned by Steve Chung, Kusko Liquor, owned by Cezary Maczynski, and the Alaska Commercial Company.

Dean Swope/KYUK

Ambulance fees in Bethel will not go up after a proposed increase was defeated Tuesday night on a three to one vote by Bethel City Council with only four of the seven members present. 

Johanna Eurich / KYUK

There is no decision yet on who will get Bethel's last remaining package store liquor license. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notified everyone of its agenda change Thursday, the day of the meeting. But some already had tickets to Anchorage and came anyway. 


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Representatives of over a dozen tribes decided on Tuesday to move forward with creating a regional tribal government representing the 56 tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


Eighteen packs of beer lined a shelf at the opening of Bethel Native Corporation's Bethel Spirits Liquor Store on on Sept. 27, 2016. The store has only operated for 30 days since its opening.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has protested two more liquor license applications. On Tuesday, the Council unanimously opposed proposals from the Tundra Liquor Cache and the Alaska Commercial Company to open liquor stores in Bethel.


Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Climate change, Uber and its impacts on Bethel's taxi companies, and co-management of fisheries on the Kuskokwim were among the topics on Friday's call-in talk show with Senator Lyman Hoffman on KYUK.


Eighteen packs of beer lined a shelf at the opening of Bethel Native Corporation's Bethel Spirits Liquor Store on on Sept. 27, 2016. The store has only operated for 30 days since its opening.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Alcohol protests once again top the Bethel City Council meeting agenda. On Tuesday, the Council will consider protesting two liquor store applications: one for the Tundra Liquor Cache submitted by Steve Chung to turn his auto shop on Hoffman Road into a liquor store, and the other from the Alaska Commercial Company to add a liquor store by Brown’s Slough on Bridge Avenue. 

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