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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 land on 3rd Avenue that Kusko Kush's store is built on still belongs to the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

On Dec. 3, the Bethel City Council decided not to act on an ordinance to sell the property on 3rd Avenue to the marijuana store, Kusko Kush. After coming out of executive session, no council member made a motion to adopt the land sale ordinance, so it died before a vote. The meeting adjourned without any council member commenting on the decision. 

The land on 3rd Avenue that Kusko Kush's store is built on still belongs to the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council will determine the fate of a piece of property that the city owns on 3rd Avenue, which comes with big consequences. If they sell the land, that could allow the marijuana store Kusko Kush to open. If they don’t sell the land, the city may face a lawsuit.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is offering transitional housing for some first-year teachers in Bethel this year.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Almost all newcomers to Bethel have to find their own housing, a challenge for someone who’s never been here. This year, the Lower Kuskokwim School District offered transitional housing for some first-year teachers in Bethel, a move that some school board members didn’t think was fairly implemented. The district administration explained that the alternative would have been fewer teachers. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is offering transitional housing for some first-year teachers in Bethel this year.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Bethel parents may have another daycare option soon. This January, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is hoping to pilot a dual language preschool in Bethel. However, there are some major hurdles to be overcome before the district can move forward. 


Courtesy of Rick Garcia

A big winter storm came in from the Bering Sea and battered the Western Alaska coast from the evening of Nov. 25 through Nov. 26. Some communities, like Hooper Bay, have reported flooding. Others have reported power outages. 



Courtesy of Rick Garcia

Winter storms battered the coast of Western Alaska and made their way up the Kuskokwim River. Some communities, like Hooper Bay, reported some flooding, but little to no damage. In Bethel, linemen were up in the late hours of the night restoring power to much of the town and schools were delayed.


Last week, Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler was awarded Municipal Employee of the Year by Alaska Municipal League.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The City of Bethel now has bragging rights over every other town in Alaska. Last week, Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler was named Municipal Employee of the Year by Alaska Municipal League. 



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