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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 Member Fritz Charles was arrested for DUI last night by Crowley Fuels.
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Bethel police officers arrested Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles for driving while intoxicated on Sunday, June 2, 2019. 



BSAR volunteer Steve Alexie holds up a hook attached to his drag bar.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Today marks day 12 of the search for the body of a Napaskiak man who drowned near Bethel. Paul Kaganak fell into the Kuskokwim River two Saturdays ago. Since then, dozens of men and women from Scammon Bay to Akiachak have volunteered to drag the river to find him. KYUK rode along with Bethel Search and Rescue to learn what goes into the recovery.


The Bethel City Council will vote on approving the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 at the next regular meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council fired former City Manager Pete Williams weeks ago, but Williams' termination was still the topic of the biggest showdown at last night’s council meeting. Council member Leif Albertson introduced an action memorandum to consult an attorney about whether the firing was legal. It failed 3-3 with Vice-Mayor Raymond “Thor” Williams and council members Fritz Charles and Carole Jung-Jordan opposing. Albertson, Mitchell Forbes, and Perry Barr voted in favor of consulting an attorney. Mayor Fred Watson was absent.

The Bethel City Council will vote on approving the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 at the next regular meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel has lost its opportunity to protest the marijuana retail license for ALASKAbuds. The last day to protest is June 3, but the council learned Tuesday night at a council meeting that they were required to provide seven days notice to the licensee. 

Kalskag went into lockdown Tuesday morning. Schools and stores in both Upper and Lower Kalskag shut their doors, and people were told to stay inside. This followed a domestic violence incident in Upper Kalskag.

Ray Steeves, a 35-year old man from Upper Kalskag, assaulted someone in his home. Alaska State Troopers were called, but Steeves fled before they could get there. That was when the lockdown began.

The Bethel City Council will vote on approving the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 at the next regular meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, the Bethel City Council chose an executive search firm to look for a new city manager. The name of the search firm remains confidential until the regular council meeting next week, when the contract could be approved. 

Once council and the firm sign a contract, the firm will advertise the job, collect applications, and narrow down the field to a handful of applicants. That should take two to three months. Then it will be up to the council to review those candidates.

Erosion in Akiak swallowed 75 to 100 feet of riverbank along the village on May 20, 2019.
Ivan Ivan / City of Akiak

People in Akiak woke up on Monday to find their smokehouses in the river. Massive erosion along the riverbank had eaten those structures earlier that morning.

Bethel Regional High School's graduating class of 2019.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel Regional High School just celebrated their graduation. Forty-six seniors walked last Friday. If that sounds like more than usual, that’s because it is. 

LKSD Superintendent Dan Walker says that the graduation rate increased about 10 percent from last year, and more than 20 percent over the last 4 - 5 years.

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