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.

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

Following pressure from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and Sen. Lyman Hoffman, the Bethel City Council is considering mandating COVID-19 testing at the airport. The council is also thinking about mandating and enforcing mask wearing in public. 

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 Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is putting pressure on the Bethel City Council to mandate COVID-19 testing at the airport. YKHC is arguing that the city has the legal authority to pass such a law, and now they’re bringing in the region’s state senator and the Alaska Department of Law to weigh in. Those arguments appear to be gaining some traction with the city. 

Greg Kim / KYUK

As of Aug. 26, Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza no longer holds any authority as Bethel’s City Manager. The city council relieved him of any duty for the remainder of his employment, and also voted to hire attorneys and accountants to investigate how personnel and finance matters have been handled by the city administration. 

On July 28, Bethel City Council will consider two resolutions: one for a mask policy, and another for limited curbside alcohol sales.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Aug. 26, the Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to decide how to fill the soon-to-be open Bethel City Manager position. Current city manager Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza resigned Aug. 18 after the council criticized his performance. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel city council took some steps to bolster its response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Aug. 25, including hiring former council member Leif Albertson to be the city's Emergency Operations Director, citing his expertise in public health.

Elise Amendola / AP

At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Bethel City Council postponed voting on a tax on sugary beverages until December.

On July 28, Bethel City Council will consider two resolutions: one for a mask policy, and another for limited curbside alcohol sales.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel is considering a new tax on soft drinks. On Aug. 25, Bethel City Council member Michelle DeWitt will introduce an ordinance that would charge a one-cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on sugary beverages. That meanst that a can of soda pop would cost 12 cents more than it does now. 

Aniak, Alaska
Alaska Department of Commerce

A COVID-19 case in Aniak has put the hub community into lockdown. That means public buildings have been closed, and residents are ordered to stay in their homes. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District announced Bethel students would start school remotely on Aug. 24.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last week, the Lower Kuskokwim School District announced that students in Bethel would start the school year remotely because of the high number of COVID-19 cases in the city. That was just the start. Active cases of COVID-19 are now being seen in a number of villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, forcing schools to close.