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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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A Quinhagak resident and a Napaskiak resident tested positive for coronavirus on June 12 and June 15 respectively. The Quinhagak resident was at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, and the Napaskiak resident was in Bethel when they were tested. On June 18, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it had tested close contacts of the positive cases using rapid testing, and those returned negative.

Creative Commons photo by IceCreamForEveryone

The village of Napaskiak is now on lockdown after a resident received a positive coronavirus test result on June 15. Further down the coast, the village of Quinhagak relaxed some of its travel restrictions after one of its residents tested positive on June 12.

Mark Leary / Bethel Search and Rescue

Over the past week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that two residents of Y-K Delta villages had tested positive for the coronavirus. On June 12, Quinhagak received the news that a second resident had tested positive. Two weeks earlier, the village dealt with its first case of coronavirus, which YKHC later said was likely a false positive. On June 15, a Napaskiak resident tested positive and then negative for the coronavirus in consecutive tests on the same day. Both communities are reacting to sometimes inconsistent test results.


Katie Basile/KYUK

On June 15, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed another positive case of coronavirus in Bethel. The individual, who resides in a Y-K Delta village, was in Bethel when they were tested, and is currently self-isolating in the hub community. YKHC would not say which village the person is from in order to protect the patient’s privacy. 

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

After two individuals in Bethel were notified of positive coronavirus test results on consecutive days, the city is wondering if there are more undetected cases in Bethel. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reports that less than 60% of passengers who arrive at Bethel’s airport are volunteering for testing. The city has plans to try to increase that number to 100%. 


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.

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