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Christine Trudeau

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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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

At Tuesday night's Bethel City Council meeting, Councilman Norman Ayagalria announced his resignation from the Council. In an email sent out Tuesday, June 27 to the City Clerk and the Mayor, Ayagalria stated that he would be resigning effective immediately. A National Education Association fellowship awarded to him last month is going to require him to travel.

Governor Walker in Utqiaġvik on June 24, 2017 after signing Indigenous Peoples Day into state law.
Courtesy of the Governor's Office of Alaska

In Utqiaġvik over the weekend, Governor Bill Walker signed legislation recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day.

 

This weeks guest on City Corner is Mayor Rick Robb, currently serving his third term as Mayor of Bethel.
Courtesy of Lori Strickler / City of Bethel

Welcome to City Corner, a new weekly show on KYUK on what’s going on in Bethel City Hall. We’ll hear the latest updates from City officials and City employees. KYUK's Christine Trudeau speaks this week with Mayor Rick Robb.

 

 


City Corner sat down with Mayor Rick Robb on Friday, June 23 to discuss a number of items that have hit the City Council’s agenda this past year.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Monday, KYUK is launching the new show City Corner - a weekly update on the goings-on at Bethel City Hall. KYUK's municipal reporter Christine Trudeau brings us an excerpt from the first show, where she sat down with Mayor Rick Robb to get the latest about what's going on at the city.

 

On Tuesday June 20, the Board of Adjustments decided to uphold the Planning Commission's decision not to grant Tundra Liquor Cache a conditional use permit. Pictured here is Ed's Automotive, Steve Chung's proposed location for Tundra Liquor Cache.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, the Board of Adjustments decided to uphold the Planning Commission's decision not to grant Tundra Liquor Cache a conditional use permit.

 

 


All City Council members except for Alisha Welch were in attendance at the regularly scheduled June 13 meeting.

 

Our coverage on this meeting:

City Councilman Norman Ayagalria is an English Language Arts and Yup’ik Culture teacher at Gladys Jung Elementary School, here in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel City Councilman Norman Ayagalria is an English Language Arts and Yup’ik Culture teacher at Gladys Jung Elementary School, here in Bethel. Ayagalria has received a Global Learning Fellowship from the National Education Association (NEA), which is a teachers union "committed to advancing the cause of public education."

 


Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee has retired, effective Wednesday, June 14. Achee had worked in the Bethel Police Department for the past 23 years. City Manager Pete Williams confirms that Chief Achee notified the City of his retirement by e-mail.  Williams says that he’s coordinated with BPD sergeants to oversee policing operations and that they are currently seeking a replacement for Achee. Williams also says that as City Manager, he will be supervising, checking in regularly, and reviewing all police reports. 

Blanche Jacobs came to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta as a Vista volunteer in the 1970's to work with youth in Kongiganak. Blanche Jacobs raised three sons here, working as an X-ray technician, and then as a paralegal, for 25 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Family, friends, and many community members gathered last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bethel to remember Blanche Jacobs. She died on June 6 in Anchorage after succumbing to heart complications at the age of 75. KYUK spent the past week collecting stories from those who knew Jacobs and her work best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LKSD Social Worker James Biela with John Madigan, VP of Public Policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as Biela receives the Sandy Martin Grassroots Award.
Courtesy of Alexis O’Brien / American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

A Lower Kuskokwim School District social worker received a national award this week in Washington D.C. for his work in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta on suicide prevention.

 

 

 

 


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