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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.


Bethel City Council passed an overhaul in the code of ethics at the last council meeting. They also discussed a new city position: half dog-catcher, half code-enforcer.
City of Bethel

The newly elected Bethel City Council changed the way it handles ethics complaints and discussed a new city position this week. Ethics, dog catching, and code enforcement filled the rest of Tuesday night for Bethel City Council.


Bethel City Council passed an overhaul in the code of ethics at the last council meeting. They also discussed a new city position: half dog-catcher, half code-enforcer.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council protested two marijuana stores Tuesday night. But to get there, council had to re-vote on one protest, which could still be lifted if the store came into zoning compliance. The other protest may bring a lawsuit. 

On Jan. 6, 2020, liquor store licenses in Bethel will expire and local option laws will go into effect.
Greg Kim / KYUK

There is an official date for local option alcohol restrictions to begin in Bethel. Jan. 6 is the day that the liquor store licenses will expire. That same day, people will have to start marking alcohol in their luggage. There will be limits on how much alcohol can be imported and possessed, and the state will start tracking how much alcohol you order in a database. Bootlegging will become a felony, as will furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Bethel Police Department and Alaska State Troopers say that their strategies for enforcing bootlegging will not change under local option.
Bethel Police Department

With Bethel voting to enter local option alcohol regulation, bootlegging becomes a felony. Often, the crime has been at the center of local option debates. If liquor stores go away, will bootleggers just step in to fill the void? 


New Bethel City Council members Cecelia "Cece" Franko, Mark Springer, and Haley Hanson joined returning council member Perry Barr for the Oct. 8 regular meeting. Alyssa Gustafson-Leary attended by phone.
Greg Kim / KYUK

New faces and new voices filled Bethel City Hall Tuesday night, as the newly elected council members took their oaths of office. Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Mark Springer, and Cecelia "Cece" Franko replaced outgoing council members Mitchell Forbes, Raymond "Thor" Williams, Leif Albertson, and Fritz Charles. 

On Jan. 6, 2020, liquor store licenses in Bethel will expire and local option laws will go into effect.
Greg Kim / KYUK

When the liquor stores close under the state local option law, a large portion of the city’s alcohol revenue will disappear. The city estimated that it would earn $500,000 from alcohol taxes this fiscal year. 


Nili Sundown and Dalarie Peters join the Bethel Advisory School Board for the Lower Kuskokwim School District.
Courtesy of LKSD

Election results for the Bethel Advisory School Board are finalized. Among four candidates, voters chose Nili Sundown and Dalarie Peters to take three-year terms on Bethel’s ASB. The ASB advises the Lower Kuskokwim School District on matters regarding Bethel Regional High School, Gladys Jung Elementary, and Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat.

On Jan. 6, 2020, liquor store licenses in Bethel will expire and local option laws will go into effect.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel is likely returning to damp status. Unofficial results from yesterday’s election show Bethel re-entering local option for alcohol sales. Under local option, voters have chosen to make furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a felony. In the same election, voters rejected entering marijuana local option and cast ballots for Bethel City Council candidates, favoring the challengers over the incumbents.


Crooked Creek Traditional Council Building
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Crooked Creek is getting a new runway. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an award of $16,054,709 to rebuild the village’s runway. 


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