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Christine Trudeau

Reporter

Christine Trudeau is a public radio reporter covering government and education for KYUK, serving the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta based in Bethel. She is a 2018-19 Investigative Fellow with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. A citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously Trudeau has interned with NPR’s Diversity Department, NPR member station KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and published work for NPR, National Native News, and Yes Magazine. In 2014, Trudeau received a National Native Media Award from Native American Journalists Association for Best Student Radio Feature Story. In 2017, Trudeau won multiple awards from the Alaska Press Club for her coverage of Bethel and its surrounding communities.

Ruth Evon and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta elders speak at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in the Bethel Cultural Center on May 22, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

  

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has reduced the number of liquor licenses available in Bethel from three to two. Initially, there were three approved liquor licenses: Bethel Native Corporation, Cezary Maczynski, and Alaska Commercial Company. But as the ABC Board considered not renewing AC's license in May, it re-evaluated the city's population numbers.

 

The City of Bethel’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019 was passed on June 14, but one thing is clear: tough times are ahead for the City’s revenue sources, especially now that no alcohol sales tax is being collected.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Tough times are ahead for the City of Bethel’s revenue sources, especially now that no alcohol sales tax is being collected. KYUK’s Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau sat down with City Manager Peter Williams last week, along with Jim Chevigny, who was the city's Finance Director; Chevigny has since resigned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethel City Manager Peter Williams [left] and Former Finance Director Jim Chevigny [right] reviewing the FY2018 budget at Bethel City Hall on June 8, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The City of Bethel’s Finance Director, Jim Chevigny, has unexpectedly resigned. His resignation comes right after the City’s budget was finalized. The city administration confirmed with KYUK on Wednesday that Chevigny’s resignation is effective immediately, adding that they do not expect any disruption to the Finance Department’s operations.

 

During Tuesday night’s meeting, amidst some confusion following the abrupt resignation of the City Finance Director, Bethel’s City Council decided in a split vote not to allocate $50,000 generated by previous alcohol sales to the Community Action Grant Fu
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

During Tuesday night’s meeting, amidst some confusion following the abrupt resignation of the City Finance Director, Bethel’s City Council decided in a split vote not to allocate $50,000 generated by previous alcohol sales to the Community Action Grant Fund.

 

Alaska Commercial's Quickstop Liquor Store, now closed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, was the most recent operating store in the Delta. On Tuesday, June 26, a council effort to strengthen security requirements was defeated.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

October elections are on the horizon, and the Bethel City Council is attempting to prepare for what would happen if the local option ballot measure to ban the sale of alcohol passes or fails. On the night of Tuesday, June 26, an ordinance to strengthen security requirements for liquor stores and bars went down to defeat in a tie vote.

 

The Bethel Police Department is stepping up it’s enforcement on All-Terrain Vehicle, or ATV, laws in the city, starting now.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The Bethel Police Department is stepping up it’s enforcement on All-Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, laws in the city, starting now.

 

 

  

The body of a man found on Monday, June 18 has been identified, according to the Anchorage Daily News, as Jazmin “Duna” James.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The late Alaska Native journalist, storyteller, and cross-cultural communicator John Active said a number of times to his KYUK co-workers that he was going to "Yup'ify the world."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

On Thursday, June 7, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta gathered to honor and lay to rest Alaska’s own beloved legendary broadcaster and storyteller, John Active.

 

 


A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

The funeral for John Active will be held today at the Bethel Moravian Church. A beloved broadcaster and storyteller in the Y-K Delta, Active’s service will begin at 2 p.m. From your KYUK family, we love you and miss you John.

 

 

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