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. 

Kristy Napoka

On Saturday, Jan. 16, a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean, running water. Cases of bottled water are sitting in Bethel because airport runway closures and thin river ice have delayed delivery.

Jenny Suh stands outside of Video World days after the store closed. January 15, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

One of the last remaining video stores in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta closed up shop on Jan. 10 after holding on for a remarkably long time. Most video stores in the U.S. closed over a decade ago. In Bethel, the exorbitant cost of high-speed internet kept the business alive.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The incentives that the City of Bethel offers to encourage people arriving at the airport to be tested for COVID-19 may not be working all that well, but the city council has decided to renew the program anyway.


Greg Kim / KYUK

This week, some Bethel residents received their water delivery a day early. On Jan. 10, the City of Bethel wrote on its Facebook page that this was “due to COVID-19 related issues.” 

For August 7 on City Corner, City Manager Pete Williams.
Katie Basile / KYUK

In their meeting on Jan. 13 meeting, Bethel City Council officially offered the city manager position to Pete Williams.

In February, the City of Bethel initiated the process of removing buildings that it has condemned.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In their meeting on Jan. 11, Bethel City Council could decide who to hire for the open Bethel City Manager position. They have an executive session scheduled. In their Jan. 5 meeting, they conducted second round interviews with two candidates: Pete Williams and Janette Bower.