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. 

Changing the retirement terms for future employees and approving a five-year infrastructure plan are some of the big action items that sit before the Bethel City Council on September 24, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council’s vote on a tax on sugary beverages has been indefinitely postponed. The decision was made after extensive public comment at the April 27 city council meeting. The move effectively kills the proposed ordinance unless a council member chooses to resurrect it for a future meeting. 

After much negotiation with the state Court System, the Bethel City Council renewed the lease for the Nora Guinn Justice Complex for 10 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A convicted child molestor is once again facing charges of sexual abuse and kidnapping of minors. 

Reverse osmosis system
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation installed a specialty water filtration system in the Tuluksak school on March 2, 2021. YKHC said that the system could provide enough drinking water for the entire community, but soon the system was only being used by the school. 


The pool at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center plans to open to 40% capacity on May 3. Facility Director Stacey Reardon says recreational areas of the fitness center will be open only to those who have been vaccinated, but the pool and family locker room will be open to unvaccinated individuals with reservations. The pool is one of the only areas of the fitness center where people don’t wear masks. 


A tax on pop will not be coming to a grocery store near you. At least not just yet. 

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On April 27, Bethel City Council will consider a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The proposal would add a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on all liquid sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Bethel. The revenue from the tax would be kept in a special interest-bearing account that would only be used for Parks and Recreation purposes.

Annie Mae Lee from Tundra Women's Coalition joins reporter Olivia Ebertz to discuss their 'I Choose Consent' walk, happening at noon on Saturday, April 24 at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.

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.