Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur is the KYUK News Director. She got her start reporting in Alaska at KNOM in Nome and then traveled South to report with KRTS in Marfa, Texas. Anna Rose soon missed rural Alaska and returned to the bush to join KYUK in September 2015. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop graduate.

The underwater camera BSAR is using to search the Kuskokwim River for Stacey Hoagland, who has been missing since September 13, 2018.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel Search and Rescue is scaling back its search efforts for a missing man who’s disappearance is possibly related to a recent boat accident. The group is waiting for Alaska State Troopers to gather more information on the case.

Anna Rose MacArthur

If you’ve been putting off a trip to the Bethel DMV office, this is a good week to cross that errand off the to-do list. The office will be closed after Friday for more than a month, possibly two.

KYUK is gathering the candidates and asking them questions at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council elections are two weeks away, and seven candidates are vying for four open seats. To help Bethel residents learn more about the candidates and make their decision on who to vote for, KYUK hosted a candidate live forum on Monday night at Bethel City Hall.

Update 11:45 p.m. Sept. 17, 2018: One body has been recovered and the search continues for a second person involved in a presumed boat accident on the Kuskokwim River last week.

Search and rescue volunteers are dragging the river on the south end of the island across from Bethel, hoping to recover the body of 28-year-old Stacey Hoagland of Akiak. Hoagland is missing and is believed to have been involved in a recent boat accident.

Twenty-one high school girls from schools across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta compete in Bethel's brutal cross-country Pit Race on September 16, 2017.
Austin Fitka

There's a fiery debate in Bethel over a grueling tradition coming to an end. For the first time since the 1990s, the Bethel Regional High School Cross-Country Invitational will not run through the notorious Bethel sand pit. 

LKSD journalism students Lucilia Angaiak of Tununak, Dorothy Jackson of Nightmute, Katya John of Tuntutuliak, and Kaylee King of Mekoryuk.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

School is back in session and student journalists at the Lower Kuskokwim School District are hard at work. A new crew of reporters are continuing the weekly segment called “Here’s What It Is At LKSD.” It’s a regular roundup of activities happening across the school district. What’s happening this weekend is sports.

Bethel Search and Rescue members Sam Samuelson (left) and Jim Pete Jr. (right) get ready to board their flight to Kotzebue in the Anchorage airport. Both members are wearing purple shirts. The color is Ashley Johnson-Barr’s favorite and has become a symbo
Sam Samuelson / Bethel Search and Rescue

Update Sept. 14, 2018 6:03 p.m.: After eight days of searching, law enforcement officers and search volunteers have found the body of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr in an area east of the City of Kotzebue. According to Alaska State Troopers, she was found deceased late this afternoon.

"Alaska State Troopers, the FBI, Kotzebue Police Department, and the Northwest Arctic Borough extend our sincerest condolences to Ashley’s family, friends, and community," said Troopers in a statement released shortly afterwards.

National Park Service

Moose hunting season opened on Saturday along the Lower Kuskokwim. As of Tuesday afternoon, about 50 moose have been reported harvested. 

Residents living in Bethel’s City Subdivision can expect interruptions to their water service in the coming weeks as the city begins construction on a new project to expand piped water to a nearby area of town. 

The Bethel Warriors placed third at the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament at Bethel Regional High School.
KYUK Staff

The Bethel Regional High School volleyball team will play its first home game this weekend. The Bethel Volleyball Invitational sets up in the Warrior Dome. Four teams will be competing: Bethel, Barrow, Valdez, and Othello High School from Washington state. The games begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and run through Saturday night.