Olivia Ebertz

News Reporter

Olivia is a News Reporter for KYUK. Before coming to Bethel, she worked in film in New York City. Her documentary films have screened at festivals worldwide. In 2020 she was an artist-in-residence in Petrozavodsk, Russia. She speaks English, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, and Russian with decreasing fluency in that order. 

The snowmachine trail that connects the Tuluksak River to the Kuskokwim River.
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

After a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s water plant in January 2021, Tuluksak residents have developed several different drinking water options; each comes with its own pros and cons. Residents’ choice depends on what they trust, and what they have the means to access. 


An interview with Christy Inman, owner of Corina's Caselot Groceries, and one with Kathy Hanson, who sits on the city committee that sponsored the bill. 

KYUK's interview with Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe on emergency preparedness in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, and why he wants to expand the National Guard presence in the region.

Tuluksak sits at the convergence of the Kuskokwim and the Tuluksak rivers.
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

On April 8, members of the National Guard and other state officials visited the village of Tuluksak to meet with Tribal leaders and community members. The visit came nearly three months after a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s water plant. During the meeting, council members shared their current needs and discussed potential spring flooding.

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The U.S. National Guard is looking at beefing up its presence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe is the state's adjutant general, and heads up the Alaska National Guard.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK


After nearly four hours of discussion during its April 13 meeting, Bethel City Council moved to postpone the vote on the proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax until its next regular meeting.



Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, April 13, city residents will get another chance to tell Bethel City Council what they think about a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. As proposed, it would be an excise tax, paid by those who sell the beverages. It may end up back in committee for more work after the public comments come in at tonight's meeting.