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In Bethel? Say hello

Kyle Hopkins
By the boxfull: Foam takeout containers at a Bethel restaurant, years after the city banned their use.
Kyle Hopkins
Kyle, Bob & friends in Kwethluk.
Kyle Hopkins and Bob Hallinen

After a short boat ride downriver from Kwethluk -- see below -- photographer Bob Hallinen and I hope to spend the next few days in Bethel. In town? Be sure to say hello.

A couple of questions: I thought iqmik use was on the decline thanks to public health campaigns, so why is it we seem to see punk ash for sale everywhere we go?

And just how seriously are Bethel restaurants taking the citywide ban on plastic bags and foam takeout containers that city leaders approved back in 2009?

The bags at the Alaska Commercial grocery story say they're 100-percent biodegradable now, but Bethel restaurants appear to still be using disposable foam containers:


By Kyle Hopkins
Anchorage