Bethel Search and Rescue

After heavy snowfall on Jan. 19, the ice road from Bethel to Tuluksak has been plowed and is open for use. Napaimute Traditional Council’s Mark Leary, who is in charge of maintaining the ice road, said that it took his crew all day to clear the track. There’s still unmarked open water along the route, but he said that you can easily avoid it if you stick to the plowed trail.

Rashah McChesney / KTOO

The Alaska Senate has announced who will serve on its committees for the next two years. Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman has joined the Senate majority caucus and will retain his seat on the coveted Senate Finance Committee. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Nearly 5,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost a fifth of those people have also received their second dose. That makes more people in the region who have received at least one dose of the vaccine than have tested positive for the virus. Across the region, 4,248 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Jan. 20, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Kongiganak's tribal police chief (holding cross) and other TPOs receive David Aqvang Evon's body for his burial.
Marcy Daniel

At the end of 2020, a 36-year-old former tribal police officer died from COVID-19. He was to be buried in Kongiganak, a burial which his family in Akiachak couldn’t attend because of travel restrictions. Here’s a story about how people are finding new ways to say goodbye to their loved ones during the pandemic.

Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky on the Alaska House floor in 2020.
Courtesy of Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky

The 32nd Alaska Legislature convened in Juneau on Jan. 19. The Senate organized a Republican majority caucus for the ninth straight year and selected a leader, but the House remains unorganized, without a majority or a Speaker. Democratic Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky represents the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the House. She spoke with KYUK about how the unorganized body can move forward.


Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of Arnoldine Simone Hill, age 26, as a homicide. Troopers found her body by the Parks Highway north of Willow, AK on Jan. 9, 2021.
Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Hooper Bay woman whose body was found along the Parks Highway north of Willow is the victim of homicide, according to Alaska State Troopers. The troopers are looking for help finding her killer.

KYUK Reporter Greg Kim receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from Public Health Nurse Tammy Kaboord on January 19, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation opened eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to the general population in the entire Y-K Delta on Jan. 19. KYUK reporter Greg Kim documented his experience of getting the vaccine, while talking to others who also received it. 


Kristy Napoka

On Saturday, Jan. 19, a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean, running water. Cases of bottled water are sitting in Bethel because airport runway closures and thin river ice have delayed delivery.

On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta aged 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The expansion makes the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the first full region in Alaska, and one of the first areas in the nation, where the vaccine will open to the general population.

Calista Corporation

As COVID-19 cases climb, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommends that the entire region remain locked down for another month, through Feb. 28. This is the third consecutive month that the health corporation has advocated for a month-long, region-wide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 case count for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, updated daily M-F.


Yup'ik Word of the Week

KYUK Archives

Each weekday, the community is invited to "Coffee@KYUK" to discuss news and information relative to Bethel and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Hosted By S. Grady Deaton
A free form, caller-driven, opinion show about any and all matters. Hosted by Diane McEachern Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
A talkshow about the little things that help make life healthier. With hosts, Esther Green and Diane McEachern.
Unuakumi Qanemcit Kuigpiim Kusquqviim-llu nuniinek taqellrit KYUK-m qanemcistain Yugtun.
Morning newscasts from and about the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta produced by the KYUK newsroom and aired in English.