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 Search and Rescue

The tragedy near Tuluksak at the start of 2021 showed that traveling on the Kuskokwim Ice Road remains dangerous. On Jan. 5, Bethel Search and Rescue members flew the lower Kuskokwim upriver from Bethel to Kalskag, surveying ice conditions. They identified many areas of open water between Akiak and Kalskag that still need to be marked.

Second grade teacher Jenna Nadine works in her empty classroom on the first day of school at Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District had hoped to start the 2020-2021 school year in the with their intranet fully functional. The intranet, which functions like a limited internet, was going to make remote learning better. But as the spring semester starts, many students are still not using the system. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

At times it felt like 2020 would never end, but now the year is finally coming to a close. Before we move into 2021, here’s a look back on KYUK’s top stories from the year we’ve just survived.

Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center
Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center is winding down. There are currently 13 active cases among inmates, but on Dec. 16 there were 75. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has been reporting lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases recently. Over the past two weeks, an average of 23 new cases have been reported per day.

Bethel Search and Rescue members marking open water near Bethel.
Mark Leary / BSAR

Despite some warmer weather recently, Bethel Search and Rescue members said that the Kuskokwim River Ice Road appears to be solid.

Bethel Winter House

On Monday, Dec. 28, Bethel’s homeless shelter opened its new building, which formerly housed the town’s senior center, to guests for the first time. Jon Cochrane, with Bethel Winter House, said that it’s exciting to finally have a homeless shelter that will be open all year round, not just in the winter.

On Dec. 28, Bethel Winter House opened the old senior center in Bethel as a year-round homeless shelter.