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 Regional High School competed in Day 1 of the ACS Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational Basketball games on January 4, 2018.
Nick Hawk

Sports are back in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. On April 29, the LKSD school board voted to allow both outdoor and indoor sports activities, including traveling within and out of the region for competitions. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

On April 26, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that Y-K Delta students in all grades can return to in-person learning as long as students maintain proper physical distancing. In updated guidance to schools, YKHC said that students could return to school, even in areas where there is “high transmission” of COVID-19. 

A red fox kit runs in the snow outside of Toolik Field Station, Alaska.
National Science Foundation

Four rabies cases have been confirmed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta recently.  Three rabid foxes and one rabid dog were found in Nightmute, Alakanuk, and Bethel. Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Lauri Meythaler-Mullins has been working in all three places to vaccinate pets, and to diagnose and confirm cases. She said that the dog that had rabies was euthanized.

Three foxes from three Y-K Delta communities tested positive for rabies in recent weeks. Public health veterinarian Dr. Lauri Meythaler-Mullins, who is based in Bethel, talks about what is going on.

Courtesy of Tundra Women's Coalition

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In March 2021, a Bethel woman protested the handling of her sexual assault case. In response, the City of Bethel held a virtual town hall last week, broadcast on KYUK, to discuss the city’s process for handling sexual assault cases and to respond to community member questions.

Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation will begin randomly drug testing employees in May. 

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the lowest it has been since September 2020.

Amaya Santillana, 3, after her surgeries in Anchorage on April 19, 2021.
Laverna Paniyak

A 3-year old girl was attacked by dogs in Chevak on April 18, and was transported to Anchorage for surgery for her injuries. The girl’s mother is planning to press charges against the neighbors who she says own the dogs, and is calling on the city to put down the animals.

Danny Nelson

Hunters along the lower Kuskokwim River have been reporting an abundance of ptarmigan this year, after a relative dearth of the birds in years prior. But whether that’s because there are actually more ptarmigan or if people are just seeing more of them is unclear.