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.

Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it received news on June 22 that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19 while elsewhere in Alaska.

Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

After opening up the potential for a by-mail election this October, the Bethel City Council is considering two other voting options at its June 23 regular meeting: early voting and electronic voting.

Willy Keppel/Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Two candidates have filed for the District 38 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives: incumbent Tiffany Zulkosky, and challenger Willy Keppel. Zulkosky, a Democrat, will be running in the primary. Keppel, from the Veteran’s Party, will need to gather signatures to appear in the general election.

Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan at a criminal justice reform and behavioral health panel on May 17, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

An Alaska State Trooper died in Bethel on June 20. According to a dispatch from the troopers, Jerry Evan, age 50, sustained life threatening injuries at his home before he was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 4:04 p.m. Troopers say that Evan’s family has been notified.

After over a year at the organization, ONC Executive Director Ron Hoffman has decided to resign.
KYUK Staff

The Orutsararmiut Native Council received over $13.8 million in CARES Act funding. Executive Director Mark Springer discusses how the organization plans to spend that money and what else ONC is doing to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A Quinhagak resident and a Napaskiak resident tested positive for coronavirus on June 12 and June 15 respectively. The Quinhagak resident was at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, and the Napaskiak resident was in Bethel when they were tested. On June 18, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it had tested close contacts of the positive cases using rapid testing, and those returned negative.

Creative Commons photo by IceCreamForEveryone

The village of Napaskiak is now on lockdown after a resident received a positive coronavirus test result on June 15. Further down the coast, the village of Quinhagak relaxed some of its travel restrictions after one of its residents tested positive on June 12.

Mark Leary / Bethel Search and Rescue

Over the past week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that two residents of Y-K Delta villages had tested positive for the coronavirus. On June 12, Quinhagak received the news that a second resident had tested positive. Two weeks earlier, the village dealt with its first case of coronavirus, which YKHC later said was likely a false positive. On June 15, a Napaskiak resident tested positive and then negative for the coronavirus in consecutive tests on the same day. Both communities are reacting to sometimes inconsistent test results.

Katie Basile/KYUK

On June 15, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed another positive case of coronavirus in Bethel. The individual, who resides in a Y-K Delta village, was in Bethel when they were tested, and is currently self-isolating in the hub community. YKHC would not say which village the person is from in order to protect the patient’s privacy. 

Alaska Airlines passengers arriving in Bethel sign up to take voluntary coronavirus tests. April 29, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

After two individuals in Bethel were notified of positive coronavirus test results on consecutive days, the city is wondering if there are more undetected cases in Bethel. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reports that less than 60% of passengers who arrive at Bethel’s airport are volunteering for testing. The city has plans to try to increase that number to 100%.