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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 Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center reopened on Monday, Jan. 15.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel has a pool again. The Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center reopened on Monday, after nearly three weeks of closure due to frozen pipes and other mechanical issues caused by the cold snap.

Bethel City Council will invite city attorney candidate Elizabeth "Libby" Bakalar for an on-site interview Feb. 10-12, the same days that the three city manager candidates make their visit.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council was impressed by City Attorney candidate Elizabeth “Libby” Bakalar. Bakalar will be invited for an on-site interview, scheduled the same day that the three candidates for city manager make their visit.

A photo taken in 2016 of the destroyed Kilbuck school campus.
Dean Swope / KYUK

In the middle of the night on Nov. 3, 2015, a fire started on the Kilbuck school campus that eventually engulfed the building in flames and destroyed it. Four years later, a replacement school is still nowhere near completion. The Lower Kuskokwim School District and its insurance companies disagree over how much money the school district should receive to build a new school, a decision that will now be up to a jury. LKSD is suing its insurance companies, with the trial scheduled for March 2021.

Bethel City Council will invite city attorney candidate Elizabeth "Libby" Bakalar for an on-site interview Feb. 10-12, the same days that the three city manager candidates make their visit.
City of Bethel

During the regular meeting on Jan. 14, the Bethel City Council will do something it doesn’t usually do: conduct a job interview over live radio. The city council will interview one candidate for city attorney.

The ice road crew, with members from Napaimute and Chuathbaluk, plowed the frozen Kuskokwim River from Kalskag to Chuathbaluk on Jan 11.
Mark Leary

The ice road has been extended to Chuathbaluk. Mark Leary and workers from Chuathbaluk and Napaimute plowed the river from Kalskag to Chuathbaluk on Jan. 11. Leary reports that cars are already using the new section of the road.

Bethel City Council will invite city attorney candidate Elizabeth "Libby" Bakalar for an on-site interview Feb. 10-12, the same days that the three city manager candidates make their visit.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council likes all three final candidates for city manager so far. In the first round of video interviews last week, each candidate showed different strengths. As a result, the council invited them all to Bethel for on-site interviews scheduled for some time next month.

Frozen pipes have claimed another victim in Bethel: the 4-H Youth Center facility. In lieu of its building, 4-H will be hosting its afterschool club at the Bethel Cultural Center from Jan. 13-16. 

Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC., has obtained site control and a conditional use permit, leaving a few final state inspections of the facility before it can open.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Marijuana store Kusko Kush cleared its final major hurdle with the city of Bethel. On Jan. 9, the city’s Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Kusko Kush, owned by Essenkay LLC. 

Mark Leary and his ice road crew set out to plow the ice road on the morning of Jan. 6, 2020 and reached Kalskag at 7 p.m. of Jan. 7, 2020.
Mark Leary

The ice road has grown longer, thanks to Mark Leary and his ice road crew. The crew plowed the road all the way to Kalskag on Jan. 7. Leary said his crew experienced no issues while they plowed the 50 miles from Tuluksak to Kalskag in a wind chill of negative 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, he recommends that drivers not use the new section of the ice road yet because of three unmarked open holes between Tuluksak and Kalskag.


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