2020 Census Shows Alaska's Population Growth Slower Than National Average

Apr 27, 2021
Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

Alaska’s population grew by 3.3% over the past decade, according to numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau on April 26.

Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine. The news comes after months of uncertainty for expectant mothers.

Courtesy of Tundra Women's Coalition

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In March 2021, a Bethel woman protested the handling of her sexual assault case. In response, the City of Bethel held a virtual town hall last week, broadcast on KYUK, to discuss the city’s process for handling sexual assault cases and to respond to community member questions.

An Alaska Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter lands in Bethel in April 2021. The National Guard is stationing a Black Hawk in Bethel for the duration of the 2021 Kuskokwim River breakup season.
Alaska Army National Guard

Kuskokwim River breakup has begun. The river ice near the upper river community of Nicolai broke on April 23, and boaters took to the open water, according to National Weather Service Hydrologist Celine Van Breukelen.

vaccination shot

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has resumed using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted their pause of the vaccine on April 23, determining that the vaccine is effective against COVID-19, and that its benefits outweigh its risks.

Kuskokwim king salmon caught near Bethel, Alaska on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Management of lower Kuskokwim River king salmon will likely be similar to last year. That would mean federal management, only a handful of fishing openers during the month of June, and restricting king harvest to local subsistence users. 

Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation will begin randomly drug testing employees in May. 

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the lowest it has been since September 2020.


Alaska’s commercial fishermen have been speaking out against big trawlers for years, complaining that the large vessels in federal waters are scooping up mature and juvenile fish. The regional council that manages federal fisheries recently heard from hundreds of people who were concerned about the number of salmon and other species that end up as bycatch in trawl nets. 


The snowmachine trail that connects the Tuluksak River to the Kuskokwim River.
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

After a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s water plant in January 2021, Tuluksak residents have developed several different drinking water options; each comes with its own pros and cons. Residents’ choice depends on what they trust, and what they have the means to access.