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.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Yukon Delta and a winter weather advisory for the Lower Kuskokwim Valley.

The Lower Yukon Delta, which includes the villages around Mountain Village and St. Mary’s, went under warning Thursday morning and will remain under red alert until 6 p.m. Thursday night. The forecast for Thursday predicts patchy freezing fog, rain, freezing rain, and snow with little or no snow accumulation. South winds of 30 miles per hour with gusts to around 45 miles per hour are expected with high temperatures around 30.

City of Bethel

Pete Williams accepted the city manager position at a special city council meeting Tuesday and will begin working under the new title January 2. Williams has been serving as acting city manager since September when former City Manager Ann Capela terminated her contract more than a year early.

Chris Pike / KYUK

Greg Larson of Napaskiak won the Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener on Saturday in two hours, 10 minutes, and 59 seconds. Twenty-two mushers completed the 32.5 mile trail along the Kuskokwim River and adjoining sloughs. About eight minutes behind Larson, Mike Williams Jr. placed second at two hours, 18 minutes, and 47 seconds. Maurice Andrews placed third at two hours, 22 minutes, and 52 seconds. The race paid out the $20,000 purse to the first 15 finishers. The next K300 sponsored race is the 50 Mile Holiday Classic on December 31 at 11 a.m.

Mad Max, the 52-year-old plow truck, scrapes a 25 mile trail from Kalskag to just above Tuluksak December 20 and 21, 2016.
Mark Leary

Ice crews have plowed a 25-mile stretch of the Middle Kuskokwim from Kalskag downstream towards Tuluksak. The remaining stretch to Tuluksak will most likely be completed after Christmas. Mad Max, the crew’s 52-year-old plow truck, broke down Wednesday one mile above Edward Wise’s fish camp, after plowing just a few hundred feet that morning. The harmonic balancer tore a hole in the timing gear cover, and parts have been ordered. The delay could prevent people from traveling to see friends and family during the holiday.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The first K300 race of the season begins Saturday. Start time is 11 a.m. at the mouth of Bethel’s small boat harbor. The race runs 30 to 35 miles and has an eight-dog limit. The $20,000 purse will be paid out to the first 15 positions. Warm weather and deep overflow on the river prompted the rescheduling of the season opener from last weekend. Now, below-freezing temperatures have returned and stabilized the river for travel.

Reno Moore pulling stock on opening day of the AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Three businesses are vying for Bethel’s final liquor store license.

One business has already submitted its application, and the other two are in the three-week public notice period required before applying.

If the other two get their applications in on time, it’ll be up to the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to decide which of the three businesses holds the final license.

But how will they choose?

Alaska State Troopers

One after another, Alaska State Troopers received reports of a rash of burglaries in Emmonak on Sunday. The door to the Emmonak Clinic was damaged and a window at the Ryan Air office was broken, as was the the door to its warehouse. The door to the airport's Department of Transportation building was also broken into, and its garage door damaged. Troopers are investigating the incidents and ask anyone with information to contact them at 907-949-1300.

KYUK Staff

Two businesses in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are applying for the region’s first marijuana store licenses: The Green Tree LLC in Bethel, located at 260 C Osage Avenue, and Kuskokwim Enterprises, LLC in Aniak, located at 3 Slough View Drive.

Alaska Army National Guard

Santa is going to be a little late to a few villages this year. Freezing fog in Bethel this week, and the week before, prevented the Army National Guard from flying their UH-60 Black Hawk to Akiak, Tuluksak, and Grayling to deliver toys and food for Alaska’s 60th Operation Santa Claus.

Since 1956, the tradition has brought together the Alaska National Guard, local businesses, and community groups to collect and deliver gifts to a few villages each year.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The competition continues to increase for Bethel’s third and final liquor store license. Three businesses are now submitting applications, the most recent being the Alaska Commercial Company's main store. The other two businesses are Bethel Liquor Store LLC, which would replace Fili’s Pizza Restaurant, and Kusko Liquor, which would replace Cezary’s Auto Body and Paint Shop.