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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.

ONC says that Bethel residents mixed up trash with recycling and are now changing the rules.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

June 2nd, ONC began its annual Youth Litter Patrol program. Teenagers age 14-17 are working to pick up trash all around Bethel until the end of July. ONC's environmental program coordinator Janelle Carl talks about how much trash her team is picking up around town.


The Bethel Winter House, located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, provides a warm place for people to sleep during the coldest months of the year.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel Winter House, the city’s only homeless shelter, has shut its doors. Despite the city council voting to give the organization $60,000 of the city’s $8.4 million of federal CARES Act funding to keep it open throughout the summer, the shelter closed on May 30 because it no longer has a space to operate in. 


Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Patience may be required this summer to navigate Bethel’s Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Knik Construction Superintendent Bob McDonald said that delays from highway work could be four to five minutes in some places, starting in late June.  

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Patience may be required this summer to navigate Bethel’s Eddie Hoffman Highway. Knik Construction Superintendent Bob McDonald says delays from highway work could be 4 to 5 minutes in some places, starting in late June. 


Bethel resident Tom McCallson wants the city to maintain a road to  Haroldson Subdivision so that police can drive to his house.
Bethel Police Department

The new Bethel police chief was in town June 9. Richard Simmons talked with several residents in a “meet and greet” session right before the city council meeting.

The Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss increasing the police chief salary and adding a fund to provide homelessness services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On June 9, Bethel City Council took action to allow for by-mail elections, passed a budget, and made plans to use the city’s $8.4 million of CARES Act Funding.




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

In its June 9 meeting, Bethel City Council will be preparing to spend $8.4 million in federal CARES Act funding, looking at ways to conduct an election during the COVID-19 pandemic, and considering action on next year’s budget.

The council will have to formally accept CARES Act funding in order for the city to receive the money. City Manager Vincenzo "Vinny" Corazza is proposing a partnership with Bethel Community Services Foundation to plan and execute how the $8.4 million gets spent. The money can only be used for COVID-19-related expenditures.

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