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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

In recent months, burglars have stolen Toyo stoves from homes and nonprofits in Bethel. Police are encouraging everyone to record their stove’s serial number in case it’s taken.


Calista Corporation

A second man has been charged in the murder of a man in Emmonak on New Year’s Day. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Agwiak was found dead in his home in Emmonak on Jan. 1. In their original dispatch, Alaska State Troopers said that they arrested Rudolf Waska, 27, for beating Agwiak to death.

Chris Pike / KYUK

The 2021 mushing season took another step forward with the K300 Holiday Classic on Sunday, Jan. 10. The race was originally delayed by the pandemic and then postponed because of weather, but eventually 20 mushers took the field on a beautiful windy day on the Kuskokwim River.

A musher races to the finish of the Kuskokwim 300 sponsored Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race in Bethel on January 8, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Holiday Classic, the second mushing race of the season, has been postponed one day to Sunday, Jan. 10.

A man in Emmonak was beaten to death on New Year’s Day. Troopers found 39-year-old Brian Agwiak deceased in his home. 

Jason Pavila of Kwethluk, age 17, won the Bogus Creek 150 in 2018. He will try to repeat that feat this year after winning the 50-mile K300 Season Opener on Jan 2, 2021.

The Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race will not be on the same weekend as the K300 this year. The Bogus Creek will begin later this month, on Jan. 23. The K300 is still scheduled for Feb. 12, and the Akiak Dash will start the day after.

Jason Pavilla is a either a rising star in Y-K Delta mushing or is already a star, depending on how you look at it. In 2019, he won the Bogus Creek 150 at 15-years-old in his rookie season. He took third in that race the year after, and won the K300 Season Opener on Jan. 2, 2021.


Bethel Search and Rescue

The tragedy near Tuluksak at the start of 2021 showed that traveling on the Kuskokwim Ice Road remains dangerous. On Jan. 5, Bethel Search and Rescue members flew the lower Kuskokwim upriver from Bethel to Kalskag, surveying ice conditions. They identified many areas of open water between Akiak and Kalskag that still need to be marked.

Second grade teacher Jenna Nadine works in her empty classroom on the first day of school at Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District had hoped to start the 2020-2021 school year in the with their intranet fully functional. The intranet, which functions like a limited internet, was going to make remote learning better. But as the spring semester starts, many students are still not using the system.