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Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur catching a four-wheeler ride in Napakiak, Alaska.
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Anna Rose MacArthur serves as KYUK's 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 2015. She leads an award-winning newsroom and has launched statewide public radio reporting collaborations. Her journalism has received regional and statewide awards for coverage on climate change, health, business, education, and mushing. Anna Rose’s favorite stories to tell include a muskox, salmon, or sled dog. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99 Percent Invisible, HowSound, and Transom. She is a Transom Story Workshop alumni and a certified Zumba instructor.


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Musher Maurice Andrews of Bethel took first in the Kwethluk Sled Dog Race this past weekend. The race was composed of two 20-mile sprint races across a snowy trail on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16. Mushers were ranked by their total elapsed time.


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Hooper Bay students returned to school last week for the first time since December. A pipe burst in the school during winter break, flooding the building, wreaking havoc, and delaying the spring semester. 


The Lewis Angapak Memorial School stands abve other buildings in Tuntutuliak.
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The bodies of the five people who died last week in a Yute Commuter Service plane crash near the community of Tuntutuliak are in Anchorage. The names of the four deceased passengers from the coastal community of Kipnuk have yet to be released, but Yute Commuter Service identified the pilot as Tony Matthews. The recovery effort took multiple agencies two days, working outside in severe wind chill. KYUK talked with two of the responders who were there. 


The Lewis Angapak Memorial School stands abve other buildings in Tuntutuliak.
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6:20 p.m. This story has been updated with information about the recovery effort and weather conditions at the crash site.

Yute Commuter Service has released the name of the pilot killed in a plane accident on Thursday, Feb. 6 along the lower Kuskokwim River that also killed four passengers. The pilot, Tony Matthews, was flying a Piper PA-32R from Bethel to Kipnuk that crashed about 11 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak at approximately 11 a.m.



The Lewis Angapak Memorial School stands abve other buildings in Tuntutuliak.
Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

Update 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.: Five people are dead following a plane crash near the lower Kuskokwim community of Tuntutuliak on Thursday, Feb. 6, according to Alaska State Troopers. At 1:42 p.m., the troopers were alerted to an overdue Yute Commuter Service plane traveling from Bethel to Kipnuk carrying one pilot and four passengers. At 1:50 p.m. troopers reported that the plane was found crashed 12 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak.


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