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Greg Kim

News Reporter

Greg Kim is a news reporter for KYUK. In his past life, he worked as a software engineer in Seattle, WA. He visited Bethel in 2019 for the Kuskokwim 300, and decided he wanted to tell the stories of the people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

On July 21, a state judge sentenced former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael to a 25-year sentence with 10 years suspended. The judge imposed what he called a severe sentence because the former principal had abused the trust he cultivated in his victims and the community.

  

Katie Basile / KYUK

  Students may be wearing masks when they start school in August.

  

KYUK Public Media

Kuskokwim River chum salmon numbers remain off-the-charts low. However, sockeyes are still coming in strong. Meanwhile, the summer rain has not been conducive for drying fish.

  

Katie Basile / KYUK

A Korean cab driver in Bethel was shot in the face earlier this month and survived. The attack marks the third Korean cab driver in Bethel to have been shot or violently assaulted in the last 15 years. 

  

A team of intrepid reporters at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact of climate change on their communities last spring.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael’s federal sentencing hearing is set to begin July 13 at 9 a.m. The hearing will be held in Anchorage. 

Fina Kiefer

Last month, a woman from Bethel started a late afternoon hike in southcentral Alaska that turned into a survival mission that spanned three days. After getting lost on the trail, she said that she was charged by bears and survived by eating last year’s cranberries. 

  

Drying salmon strips
KYUK

As the king salmon run comes to an end on the Kuskokwim River, fewer fishermen are out on the water. Some families in the Y-K Delta are nearing the end of their harvests, while others are just beginning or are not able to fish.

  

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Chum salmon numbers on the Kuskokwim remain at record low numbers, and federal managers are talking about taking additional conservation measures to protect them.

  

Kooteen Creations

This story has been updated with additional information from the trooper affidavit, and to reflect updated charges.

There were some tense moments on a Ryan Air flight from Bethel to Aniak on July 7 when a passenger tried to take control of the plane. The other passengers restrained the man, and the pilot was able to land the plane safely. 

  

Generators at the Bethel Power Plant in 2016.
Lenny Welch / AVEC

This year’s state budget, which went into effect July 1, does not include funding for the Power Cost Equalization program. Power Cost Equalization, or PCE, lowers the cost of electricity in rural Alaska to make it comparable to more urban areas like Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. Here’s what residents in rural Alaska can expect in their next utility bill.

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