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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 held a special meeting to revote on lighting projects at Pinky's Park Boardwalk.
City of Bethel

Mayor Fred Watson called a special meeting Monday for a revote on the lighting projects at Pinky’s Park Boardwalk. Council unanimously approved the agreement with ONC. That will use Tribal Transportation funds to build part of the lighting. 

Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams presided over the ethics board meeting two weeks ago. Council members Leif Albertson and Perry Barr also served on the board.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Over the past term, two sides have clearly formed in Bethel City Council. And after several rounds of ethics complaints that council members have filed against each other, the division has grown. KYUK’s Greg Kim sat down with two of the most vocal council members to talk about a dispute that surfaced at the last meeting.




Bethel City Council held a special meeting to revote on lighting projects at Pinky's Park Boardwalk.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council couldn't agree on how to pay for lights in Pinky's Park in their last council meeting on Aug. 13, 2019. They voted against two different plans to fund the project.

Financing for the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project was approved. The above map shows where the water and sewer pipes will go.
City of Bethel

The Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project is officially underway. On Aug. 13, Bethel City Council approved the bond sale of $8 million for the project. Combined with a $5 million dollar federal grant, that money will be spent on adding piped water and sewer to the Avenues, which comprises around 112 homes behind AC. 


Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams presided over the ethics board meeting two weeks ago. Council members Leif Albertson and Perry Barr also served on the board.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council met for an ethics hearing regarding two complaints on Thursday, and made no findings. 

Discussion for the first complaint lasted three hours behind closed doors. When the public was let back in for the second complaint, Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams surprised everyone.

City Planner Ted Meyer returns to his former role with the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's new planning director is a familiar face. Ted Meyer will return to the position he left in 2017. He served from 2015 to 2017 before resigning, and Wednesday was his first day back.

Katie Basile / KYUK

This school year, some students in Newtok will leave behind most of their friends. In October, 21 families from Newtok will relocate to their new village, Mertarvik, and kids in those families will have to transfer schools. 


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