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Christine Trudeau

Reporter

Christine Trudeau is a radio and multimedia reporter, covering government and education.

 

She is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, in Mayetta, Kansas, and holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Trudeau is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former intern at NPR’s headquarters, for their Diversity Department. She has also freelanced with NPR, National Native News, Yes! Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine, and was also intern with NPR member station, KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rosalie Kalistook, General Manager of the Chefornak Village Corporation, standing next to her aunt's home just 12 feet from the shoreline. December 16, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

This is not the first time this village has faced the threat of erosion and flooding, but relocating won’t be as easy as it was last time. KYUK continues its look at climate change and how Chefornak's villagers are facing the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


District 38 Representative Zach Fansler stands in front of the village's Head Start building as he looks out onto Chefornak's eroding shoreline. December 15, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Villages like Newtok, Shishmaref, and Kivalina have become well known for being on the front line of climate change, but many other communities are facing erosion and flooding issues. State Representative Zach Fansler is looking at erosion issues in Yukon-Kuskokwim villages, and KYUK’s Christine Trudeau traveled to Chefornak with him. The following is the first of a two-part series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Holes drilled across Kuskokuak Slough - waiting for the BSAR crew to insert willows with blue reflectors," said BSAR's Mark Leary.
Mark Leary / Bethel Search & Rescue

This past holiday weekend, Bethel Search and Rescue marked off the middle section of the Kuskokuak Slough trail. BSAR's Mark Leary says that after drilling holes into the ice, BSAR will attach blue reflectors to willow branches and then insert them into the holes.

Representative Zach Fansler says that even if resignations end up eroding the slim House Majority Coalition, sexual misconduct by members of the state Legislature must not be tolerated and legislative staffers must feel safe.
Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 State Representative Zach Fansler says that even if resignations end up eroding the slim House Majority Coalition, sexual misconduct by members of the state Legislature must not be tolerated and legislative staffers must feel safe.  

Fred Broerman scans the sky for birds flying above Bethel's Lions Club Park, which overlooks the Kuskokwim River. Broerman was one of about a dozen citizen scientists who participated in Bethel's Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count on December 17, 2016.
Katie Basile / KYUK

This Sunday is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Bethel.

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for December 12, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

All seven Council members were present at the beginning of the meeting, with Council member Raymond "Thor" Williams arriving late at 6:45 p.m.

 

Our coverage of this meeting

Representative Zach Fansler Presents Yearly Legislative Update To The Bethel City Council

 

Unfinished Business

 

District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, District 38 Representative Zach Fansler gave his annual update on the legislative session. Usually the local representatives of both houses update the Bethel City Council, but Senator Lyman Hoffman was unable to attend.

Saturday Market vendors received a letter this past weekend saying that if they sell at Saturday Market more than five times a year, they have to get a business license and start charging sales tax.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Just as they gear up for the holiday season, Saturday Market vendors received a letter this past weekend saying that if they sell at Saturday Market more than five times a year, they have to get a business license and start charging sales tax. While the law has been on the books for some time, Bethel city officials are just beginning to enforce it.

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Principal Zachary Bastoky stands at the school’s current location in the Kipusvik Center next to the floor plans proposed new school building, December 7, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Last week architects from ECI, the firm working on the design for new Ayaprun Elitnaurvik building, presented their plans to the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board and to parents and staff. KYUK’s Education reporter Christine Trudeau met up with Ayaprun Principal Zachary Bastoky at the school’s current location in the Kipusvik Center across from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Bastoky also mentioned that the architects took sound recordings of the students' dance performances last week to inform their choice of materials for the walls of the new building to ensure proper acoustics.


Parents contacted the Lower Kuskokwim School District staff this past September with suspicions that their children might be involved in dealing or buying marijuana edibles.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Several students have been caught selling marijuana edibles at Bethel Regional High School. The incidents took place this past September to early October. Parents contacted the Lower Kuskokwim School District staff with suspicions that their children might be involved.  

 


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