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. 

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

From Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, April 4, the state tournament for high school girls and boys basketball will take place in Wasilla. Three girls teams and three boys teams from the Yukon-Kuskoskwim Delta will be competing.

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The Chevak Comets girls high school basketball team flew out to their state tournament a week early. The weather looked dicey, and they didn’t want to risk not making it there. KYUK caught up with them during a practice session in an Anchorage gym.

Alaska Tribal Administrators Association

A huge amount of money is on its way to Alaska tribes under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by the U.S. Congress in March. Alaska tribes will receive over one billion dollars ($1,019,259,405) of the $1.9 trillion dollars the act provides.

Courtesy Kristy Napoka

Alaska governors have responded to disasters very differently. The legal guidelines for emergency declaration are open to interpretation and give governors a lot of discretion, which can leave local governments and tribes scrambling for help. 


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 Bethel City Council meeting on March 23 saw the biggest public attendance in months. Many came to share their outrage about the handling of Juanita Nick’s rape case. Although Bethel City Council approved a proclamation declaring April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month, they took no other official measures to address Nick’s case or the general handling of sexual assault crimes in Bethel. 

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In their March 23 meeting, Bethel City Council approved extending a series of emergency mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For at least another 60 days, the council will keep the general emergency mandate, the mask mandate, and there will be no shutting off of water service.

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

Bethel Police conducted a welfare check at a home in Tundra Ridge Subdivision on March 23. Fire and medical personnel also responded to the scene. 

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The March 23 Bethel City Council meeting will be a busy one. The council is looking at its most stacked agenda in months.