KYUK Reporter Greg Kim receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from Public Health Nurse Tammy Kaboord on January 19, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation opened eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to the general population in the entire Y-K Delta on Jan. 19. KYUK reporter Greg Kim documented his experience of getting the vaccine, while talking to others who also received it. 


Kristy Napoka

On Saturday, Jan. 19, a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean, running water. Cases of bottled water are sitting in Bethel because airport runway closures and thin river ice have delayed delivery.

On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta aged 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The expansion makes the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the first full region in Alaska, and one of the first areas in the nation, where the vaccine will open to the general population.

Calista Corporation

As COVID-19 cases climb, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommends that the entire region remain locked down for another month, through Feb. 28. This is the third consecutive month that the health corporation has advocated for a month-long, region-wide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Jenny Suh stands outside of Video World days after the store closed. January 15, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

One of the last remaining video stores in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta closed up shop on Jan. 10 after holding on for a remarkably long time. Most video stores in the U.S. closed over a decade ago. In Bethel, the exorbitant cost of high-speed internet kept the business alive.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of Arnoldine Simone Hill, age 26, as a homicide. Troopers found her body by the Parks Highway north of Willow, AK on Jan. 9, 2021.
Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A body found along the Parks Highway on Jan. 9 has been identified as an Alaska Native woman from Hooper Bay.

When you get off the plane in Bethel, you can get a gift card for a local business and a shot at winning $1,000 in a raffle. The only catch? You have to take a COVID-19 test at the airport.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The incentives that the City of Bethel offers to encourage people arriving at the airport to be tested for COVID-19 may not be working all that well, but the city council has decided to renew the program anyway.


Greg Kim / KYUK

This week, some Bethel residents received their water delivery a day early. On Jan. 10, the City of Bethel wrote on its Facebook page that this was “due to COVID-19 related issues.” 

Alaska Federation of Natives

Alaska’s largest Alaska Native organization is calling for President Donald Trump to resign.


Loren Holmes / ADN

Over 2,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Second doses of the vaccine began last week. So far no one in the region has developed anaphylaxis, but short-term side effects are common.