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 City of Bethel recognized an "Employee of the Year" for each department to cap off 2019.
City of Bethel

To cap off 2019, the City of Bethel awarded an Employee of the Year for each department to celebrate their performance. Charlie Dan, an administrative assistant for the public works department, won special recognition for her “outstanding performance, taking the initiative and going beyond the job requirements to support the organization and community,” according to a City of Bethel press release.

Former LKSD Director of Personnel and Student Services Josh Gill will serve as principal permanently for Gladys Jung Elementary School.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Lower Kuskokwim School District's former Director of Personnel and Student Services Josh Gill will continue to serve as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School going forward, according to an announcement from the elementary school's Facebook page. Previously, he served as interim principal after the arrest of former principal Chris Charmichael in December.

Bethel resident, Renee Gregory, points at her pants stained from liquids that backed up into her bathtub after her drainage pipes froze last week.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, temperatures have reached far below zero for weeks, freezing pipes in homes across the region. For many people, that means a return to a way life before running water and flush toilets. 

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 City of Bethel has another batch of finalists to review for the city manager position. The Bethel City Council will meet Jan. 9 to interview the latest candidates turned up by the city’s executive search firm.

Alaska Hovercraft's vehicle, the Pistenbully, was seen grading the frozen Kuskokwim River.
Bradon Brink

Drivers on the frozen Kuskokwim River may experience a smoother ride this winter. Alaska Hovercraft, a company that delivers mail, is using a new vehicle that it acquired last year. It goes by many names: Pistenbully, snow cat or groomer. It’s big, it's red, and it’s making it easier to drive on the river.

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

This Saturday, Bethel’s Caribou Trader’s Liquor Store will close. Two days later, on Monday, Jan. 6, the town will re-enter damp status for the first time since 2009.

Bethel musher Matt Scott wins the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on February 10, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Kuskokwim 300’s second race of the season, The Holiday Classic, has been postponed for a second straight week. A weather forecast reaching negative 20 degrees Farenheit this weekend caused the delay. The 50-mile race is rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK

Two men have been arrested and charged for child pornography in Bethel. A state grand jury indicted Joseph Kashatok, age 63, on five counts of possession of child pornography. A state grand jury also indicted Gabriel Stone, age 28, with five counts of child pornography possession and six counts of producing pornography featuring a minor.