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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.

Romy Cadiente / Newtok Village Council

After a month-long outage, the village of Newtok has power again. During that month, families lost entire summer subsistence harvests stored in their freezers. Here’s why it took so long to turn the lights back on.


The road leading to the rock quarry on Nelson Island doubles as an airstrip for non-commercial flights in Mertarvik. The new village may not have a commerical airport until 2022. July 16, 2020 in Mertarvik, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The brand new village of Mertarvik is one step closer to having a commercial runway. Last week, the Newtok Native Corporation finalized a land sale with the Alaska Department of Transportation that will allow the DOT to build a new airstrip. The negotiation for that deal took over seven months. 

A Kusko Cab driver waits for passengers outside of the Ravn Air terminal in Bethel, Alaska on March 16, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Aug. 31, the Bethel City Council passed a mandate requiring people arriving at the Alaska Airlines terminal to be tested for COVID-19. The mandate also states that taxi drivers picking up passengers at the airport must check that the passengers have been tested. That has been a bit awkward for drivers who are being asked to enforce the city’s law.



Gladys Jung Elementary School in Bethel, Alaska.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Following the arrest of one of its elementary school principals, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is changing its policies on how sexually inappropriate behavior is reported and investigated. In meetings about the new policies, school board members asked whether the district’s administration was capable of investigating its own employees without bias.

 

A swab and tube for specimen collection in the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Over the weekend, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation identified 13 new cases of COVID-19. On Monday, Sept. 14, there were four more cases. 


Kuskokwim 300 Race Is On

Sep 11, 2020
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Mushing is still on for the Y-K Delta. On Sept. 11, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee announced that the K300, Bogus Creek 150, and Akiak Dash, along with the usual five local races, are all on the schedule for this winter. But there will be some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Newtok’s Tribal Administrator says that the village’s nearly three-week power outage is almost at an end. However, it is unclear whether Newtok’s persistent problems with electricity will go away. The residents whose subsistence harvests were ruined as freezers thawed are asking how the tribe will make them whole again.

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