Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur catching a four-wheeler ride in Napakiak, Alaska.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

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.

Nunakauyak Traditional Council Tribal Administrator Robert Pitka points to Toksook Bay on a Yup'ik language map in his office. Dec. 12, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The  U.S. Constitution requires that the government undertake the massive project of counting every person living in the United States every 10 years. The numbers determine how many representatives each state gets in the U.S. House and how much government money that’s available to communities over the next decade. 

The national count will begin in two weeks in a town in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Toksook Bay,  population 590 during the previous census.

A local Kuskokwim sled dog team prepares to race in December 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race begins next Friday, Jan. 17. Top mushers have signed up for the main race, and the K300 Race Committee is looking for more volunteers to host the competitors and their dog teams.

Elizabeth Roll and Kerry Cobbledick in the KYUK Studio on January 9, 2020.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Headquarters Volunteers Elizabeth Roll and Kerry Cobbledick.

Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Manager Paul Basile in the KYUK Studio on January 8, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Kuskokwim 300 Race Manager Paul Basile and Kuskokwim 300 Board President Myron Angstman.

Valerie and Doug Bue, Kuskokwim 300 Volunteers, in the KYUK Studios on January 7, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Valerie and Doug Bue, Kuskokwim 300 Volunteers.

The Eek Traditional Council has approved funds to bring DMV workers to its community to issue Read IDs to residents.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Starting October 1, 2020 Alaskans will need Real ID compliant identification to board commercial airlines, access military bases, and enter federal facilities. The Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles issues these IDs, but it doesn't have offices in most rural communities. To bridge the gap, a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribe wants to bring the DMV to its town.

Bethel musher Matt Scott wins the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on February 10, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Kuskokwim 300’s second race of the season, The Holiday Classic, has been postponed for a second straight week. A weather forecast reaching negative 20 degrees Farenheit this weekend caused the delay. The 50-mile race is rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary members donate a check to Bethel Search and Rescue during the 2019 #BethelGives campaign at the Bethel Cultural Center.
Bethel Community Services Foundation

The fourth annual #BethelGives raised its highest amount in the campaign's history. The combination of individual and corporate donations contributed $45,556.97 to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta nonprofits.

Parents Larissa Evon and Nathaniel Moses of Akiakchak welcomed their child Kayce Riley Lydia Moses on 3:47 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020, the first baby born in the YKHC hospital this decade.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation / Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

The first baby of 2020 born in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital arrived a few hours after the new decade began. Kayce Riley Lydia Moses arrived at 3:47 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to YKHC. She was born to parents Larissa Evon and Nathaniel Moses of Akiakchak.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Midnight on Dec. 31 brings the close of 2019 and also the close of the hunting season for Mulchatna Caribou on federal lands. The federal season, originally scheduled to end in March, is closing early because of low herd numbers. However, hunting on state land for these animals will remain open. KYUK talked with managers on both sides about their decisions.