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 City of Bethel's Public Works building has a rotting floor that could cost millions of dollars to fix.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve safety in Bethel schools. The bulk of the funding will be used to install a secure entrance at Bethel Regional High School. Staff will be able to use cameras to monitor who is entering, and “buzz” people in when they are deemed safe.

Bethel City Council authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute the sale of the property on 3rd Avenue to the marijuana store Kusko Kush's parent company, Essenkay, LLC.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has backtracked on previous decisions to block two marijuana stores from opening. On Nov. 12, council changed its protests of licenses for both Kusko Kush and Alaskan Grown Cannabis to conditional protests. Now, if the marijuana stores can follow city and state fire marshal codes, they will be allowed to open. 

The village of Quinhagak will build a brand new clinic to replace their old one. The Indian Health Service awarded $2 million to Quinhagak through the Small Ambulatory Program.

RurAL CAP's Weatherization Assistance Program serviced half the homes in Quingahak.
Courtesy of RurAL CAP

RurAL CAP has set up its equipment in Bethel to weatherize homes. Prior to this year they were in Quinhagak, where about half the homes in town were improved. 


Bethel City Council authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute the sale of the property on 3rd Avenue to the marijuana store Kusko Kush's parent company, Essenkay, LLC.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The City of Bethel has set the price for the property that it proposes to sell to the marijuana store, Kusko Kush. A 2016 appraisal valued the land on 3rd Avenue, next to the Long House Hotel, at $173,000. That would be the price asked of Kusko Kush.

RurAL CAP's Weatherization Assistance Program serviced half the homes in Quingahak.
Courtesy of RurAL CAP

Free weatherization services are coming to homes in Bethel. RurAL CAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program is setting up shop, and will be in Bethel for several years. RurAL CAP’s Dennis Waldron talked about how home weatherization can help homeowners save money and improve their health.


The Kuskokwim River in the process of freezing up.
Courtesy of Cece Franko

The ongoing freeze up on the Kuskokwim River has been causing issues for barge companies. Last month, one boat belonging to Alaska Logistics spilled oil and another got stuck, both due to ice. 


Wyatt White shows off code for the next game he's working on, called Raven's Nest.
Courtesy of Wyatt White

A video game was released last month, perhaps the first one set around Bethel, Alaska. Game creator Wyatt White, who was raised in Bethel, demonstrated the game.


The City of Bethel's Public Works building has a rotting floor that could cost millions of dollars to fix.
City of Bethel

If you received your Permanent Fund Dividend check last month, it may have been smaller than you were expecting. The city of Bethel has started to garnish PFD checks for city fines for minor offenses.


The City of Bethel's Public Works building has a rotting floor that could cost millions of dollars to fix.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council extended the application periods for both the city manager and city attorney positions. Council introduced a budget modification to pay the search firm another $10,000 for the additional recruitment. The city has already paid $28,000 for candidates that council ultimately rejected.

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