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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.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation has some good news for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. The hospital can now get more tests done for COVID-19 because YKHC is now allowed to send the sample out to private labs for testing. YKHC Interim Public Relations Director Mitchell Forbes says that means testing is available to more people, and that YKHC has changed the guidelines for testing. 


A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.
KYUK Staff

Bethel Family Clinic is adjusting its operations due to the coronavirus risk in Alaska. The dental clinic is not accepting elective, nonessential procedures, and the medical side is referring patients that call in with COVID-19 symptoms to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation for a thorough examination. 

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Friday, March 13, state officials announced that public schools in Alaska, including those in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, would be closed to students until March 30 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Afterschool activities have also been suspended.

On Monday, March 16, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered that residential boarding schools, like Mt. Edgecumbe High School, would also have to send students home. He imposed a deadline that the schools be emptied of students by March 27.

Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

Beginning weeks ago, before any confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, the City of Bethel’s staff and emergency responders began preparing for the scenario of the novel coronavirus reaching Bethel.


Starting on Monday, March 23, meals and school materials will be brought to designated pick-up places around town during school closures related to COVID-19.
Katie Basile / KYUK

During the school closures caused by COVID-19, the Lower Kuskokwim School District will still be offering breakfast and lunch to students. Starting March 23, LKSD will be delivering those meals to students in Bethel. The Lower Yukon School District is also offering lunches to its students.

The Kuskokwim River near Bethel.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The state government has been working in court to get Kuskokwim River waters cleaned up. The State Superior Court has ordered Faulkner Walsh Constructors, a Bethel construction company, to pay $4,234,414 to remove a barge that has been sunken for years. 


Bethel organizations react to the threat of COVID-19.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

With the first case of coronavirus now confirmed in Alaska, Bethel organizations and businesses are taking steps to prevent an outbreak in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
Courtesy of LKSD

Due to the threat of COVID-19, the Lower Kuskokwim School District has canceled all classes next week, March 16-20. This extends the district's spring break by another week.

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