During their Aug. 10 meeting, Bethel City Council could once again enact a mask mandate for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Also during the meeting, the council will hold a public hearing for new rules regarding Bethel's bed and breakfasts.
Some people in Bethel have called this the dreariest, wettest summer of their lives, and they're right. Last month was the wettest July in Bethel in over 90 years, with 4.22 inches of rainfall. When it hasn’t been raining this summer, the sky has still often been grey. Bethel also experienced the cloudiest June and July in 60 years.
Victim advocacy centers in the region are breathing a sigh of relief after President Joe Biden signed the VOCA Fix Act on July 22. The act will reverse severe federal funding cuts sustained by shelters and advocacy centers earlier this year.
Vaccinations will be required for students residing in the UAF Kuskokwim Campus dorm this fall. The Bethel dorm is the only unit of the University of Alaska Fairbanks housing system that will require student vaccination against COVID-19. It is also the only UAF dormitory located off the road system.
The Alaska National Guard is hosting a commissary in Bethel on Aug. 7. For those eligible, the event will provide shopping for discounted goods and help accessing military benefits. The event serves the National Guard’s broader goal of expanding its presence in rural Alaska.