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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.

A map of East Avenue, alongside Brown's Slough, once referred to as  “Lousetown," according to the City of Bethel's municipal code.
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If you drive on East Avenue, alongside Brown's Slough, you’re driving through “Lousetown.” That’s according to the City of Bethel's municipal code.

 

What ordinance 18-21 proposes is that the city require all homes to be numbered according to the City of Bethel Address Map, and on a reflective green background sign with bright white lettering for the numbers.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Can you see the street address numbers on your house at night? If not, it may soon be a violation. The proposed change comes due to growing safety concerns.

It took two and a half years of work, but the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s graduation rate is up by 11 percent, according to preliminary data.
Courtesy of the Lower Kuskokwim School District

  

It took two and a half years of work, but the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s graduation rate is up by 11 percent, according to preliminary data.

 

The City of Bethel has signed a proclamation in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel has signed a proclamation in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15, including World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. 

 

Vice Mayor Fred Watson, who proposed an ordinance at this weeks City Council meeting to update city smoking laws.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

    

The Bethel City Council is considering the first change in its smoking laws in 20 years. At issue is how far a smoker has to be from the entrance to a public building, and exactly what should be considered an entrance.

 

 

The Bethel City Council approved a motion to join a national property tax lawsuit against the Federal Government.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council approved a motion to join a national property tax lawsuit against the Federal Government. The United States Court of Federal Claims informed the city that it was eligible. City Attorney Patty Burley said that it had already been determined by the courts that Bethel is owed money, but the amount is currently unknown.

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board met for their monthly meeting to get the full update on the district’s temporary busing services.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

 

The school board got a briefing on transportation issues last week. Preparations for the new bus service are underway, and the temporary fixes put in place as school started have worked.

 

 

 

A small stretch of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway will be closed Friday, August 24 through Monday, August 27 at 4 a.m. The map indicates the detours that will be used to go around the closed portions of the highway.
Courtesy of the City of Bethel

  

A small stretch of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway will be closed through the weekend, starting Friday. There will be a detour at the Old Hospital Road intersection, connecting to Standard Oil Road where drivers will be able to reconnect to the main highway. According to a map posted to the City of Bethel’s Facebook page, the closure will be in effect until 4 a.m. on Monday. For more information, visit the city’s website.

A wooden doll covered in red ochre is pulled from an unearthed sod house near Quinhagak, Alaska. The dig site is called Nunalleq, which means "old village" in Yup’ik and dates back to 1540.
Katie Basile

Quinhagak took a big step to redraft its cultural narrative this month with the opening of the largest museum collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world, located off the coast of the Bering Sea. The village has been regaining pre-contact cultural knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of its Yup’ik heritage.  

 

 

 


Katie Basile / KYUK

This past Saturday, hundreds packed the Bethel Cultural Center for the second annual Taste of Bethel. KYUK was on the scene with 17 vendors representing over 14 countries and cultures' sweet and savory delights. Dishes included foods from Greece, Ireland, Israel, Austria, Hawaii, Mexico, Iran, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, and the Philippines. If you didn’t make it to the event you can still enjoy some of this year’s tastes of Bethel by purchasing the cookbook, available now through the Kuskokwim Art Guild.  

 

 


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