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.

Liann Walgenbach

On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that there is a strong likelihood that there is “community spread” of COVID-19 in the village of Napaskiak. This is after a second individual that was in the village tested positive for coronavirus.

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Indications of community spread of the novel coronavirus are occurring for the first time in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it “believes there is a strong likelihood of community spread” of COVID-19 occurring in Napaskiak. Tribal and city leaders have implemented shelter-in-place and mask wearing to slow the spread of the virus in the village. KYUK talks with YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges about this news.

Dr. Liz Bates prepares for COVID-19 testing at the YKHC testing tent on March 25, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Wednesday, June 24, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19. YKHC said that the individual is in self-isolation now, but had previously traveled to a regional village while they were infectious.

The City of Bethel's finance department has lost 14 employees over the course of as many months, with the most recent loss being former Finance Director Christine Blake who left on May 22.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Friday, June 19 was supposed to be payday for City of Bethel employees, but no one received their checks. Miscommunication in the finance department resulted in the city’s employees receiving their paychecks three days late, on June 22. In response, at the regular meeting on June 23, the city council directed the administration to bring in outside help.  

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

On June 20, Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan, age 50, died in Bethel after sustaining life-threatening-injuries at his home. Investigators have concluded that Evan’s death was “non-criminal in nature.” According to an update by troopers, Evan died from apparent self-inflicted injuries. 

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.

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.