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. 

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.

The Kuskokwim River at Red Devil on May 1, 2018.
National Weather Service, Alaska, River Watch

The former mining town of Red Devil sits far upriver on the Kuskokwim. It’s a tiny town with a lot of big issues to tackle, and no forms of government to do so. 

Calista Corporation

The Alaska Business Development Center's volunteer tax preparers have been filing rural Alaskans’ taxes for 26 years. That won’t change this year, but it’s going to look a little different. Instead of touring the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s villages in person, they’re sending out mailers. 

This week marks the beginning of Slaviq, an Orthodox celebration of Christmas. Fr. Martin Nikolai and Alex Nick of Bethel discuss how their villages celebrate the holiday amidst COVID-19 restrictions.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In last night’s special meeting, Bethel City Council interviewed two candidates for the Bethel City Manager position: Pete Williams and Janette Bower. The council discussed the two applicants in a private session, and have yet to publicly announce who will be hired.

On Dec. 4, PBS aired a "Molly of Denali" segment shot and narrated by a young fan from Bethel. 


Loren Holmes / ADN

  A KYUK story about the baby formula shortage in Russian Mission caught the eye of artist and activist CeeJay Johnson, who stepped in to organize a big donation. The U.S. Post Office in Russian Mission has been intermittently closed for nearly half a year. Both the village store and mothers on the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) rely on USPS for formula shipments, and have been running dangerously low.

Marshall Goes Damp

Dec 28, 2020
Eighteen packs of beer lined a shelf at the opening of Bethel Native Corporation's Bethel Spirits Liquor Store on on Sept. 27, 2016. The store has only operated for 30 days since its opening.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Residents of Marshall, AK are able to ship alcohol into the community for the first time in over three decades. Voters overturned its alcohol local option status, changing the village from dry to wet. The new law comes with plenty of stipulations.