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.

Libby Bakalar

Earlier this year, the Bethel City Council hired a new city manager and city attorney, just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. While the city manager resigned six months into the job, the city council believes that it struck gold with its other hire.

City of Bethel

On Sept. 8, the Bethel City Council redeclared a local disaster emergency after an earlier declaration expired July 25.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK


On Sept. 8, the Bethel City Council will consider redeclaring a local disaster emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s last emergency declaration expired July 25. This declaration specifies that the city should take all precautions against COVID-19 “until there is no longer a threat.”

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


The news of likely community spread of COVID-19 in Bethel is keeping schools closed. On Sept. 5, the Lower Kuskokwim School District made the decision to continue operating Bethel schools at high risk, which means that education will continue to be conducted remotely. In the high risk category, there will also be no sports programs.

People leave the Alaska Airlines airport terminal in Bethel on April 29, 2020. YKHC CEO and President Dan Winkelman says that less than 50% of inbound passengers volunteer for testing at the airport.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel's testing mandate for passengers arriving at the Alaska Airlines terminal went into effect Sept. 3. Acting City Manager Lori Strickler, Police Chief Richard Simmons, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges discuss how they're prepared for an increased load in testing, and how they will gain compliance with the mandate.

Orutsararmiut Native Council

ONC Executive Director Mark Springer says tribal members can now apply to receive assistance from the 14 million dollars the tribe received in federal CARES Act funding.

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Lower Kuskokwim School District Kimberly Hankins talked about additional schools that have opened remotely and a program to test teachers throughout the year.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

The City of Bethel is almost three quarters of a million dollars in the hole, and that amount is growing. That’s because the city is continuing to provide water and sewer services to households that can’t pay their bills. 


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There is a dumpster in Bethel that is generating a lot of conversation. Right next to city hall is a dumpster with “Black Lives Matter” painted boldly on the front. Last week, someone took a can of spray paint and crossed out those words.

YKHC Nurse Kerry Cobbledick hands out swabs at a station set up for coronavirus testing outside of the Alaska Airlines airport terminal in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

There are new rules during the pandemic for anyone residing in or traveling to Bethel. Passengers who get off at the Alaska Airlines terminal in Bethel will now be required to test for COVID-19. Plus, face masks will be required for anyone occupying a public space. The city is still working on the finer details of enforcement.