Community votes to keep alcohol

    Bethel, Alaska (KINY) Unofficial election results show 53-percent of voters voted no on the ballot proposition to ban all forms of alcohol.

    Some Bethel residents said limits on hard liquor might be reasonable but wanted to keep the right to drink beer and wine.   Others argued that a ban on liquor would repeat 1920s prohibition and result in the production of bootleg whiskey.

    KYUK-AM News reported more than 1,000 ballots were cast this year.  Officials have reported an increase in alcohol-related offenses and calls for service since they allowed the sale of alcohol in 2016.  The community had been dry for over 40 years.


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