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 Health Corporation now supports a return to in-person learning for all elementary students whose schools meet certain COVID-19 mitigation measures. YKHC updated its recommendations for reopening schools on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance for schools.
There are $200 million in federal funds set aside to help Alaskans who are behind on their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stacy Barnes, Director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which administers the program, said that people can apply for help on paying their rent by applying on line at alaskahousingrelief.org.
It was a year of many firsts for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. It was the first year that checkpoints were set up outside of villages to avoid spreading COVID-19, which led to a modified, slightly shorter race course. It was also the first year that a musher won both the Kuskokwim 300 and the Bogus Creek 150.