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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 join KYUK in 2015. She leads an award-winning newsroom and has launched statewide public radio reporting collaborations. Her journalism has received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award 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.

Gillnet
Shane Iverson / KYUK

At 12:01 a.m. on June 1, sections of the Kuskokwim River, along with certain tributaries, have closed to gillnets to allow the initial push of king salmon to reach the headwaters. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kuskokwim Fisheries Biologist Ben Gray and Alaska State Wildlife Trooper Walter Blajeski join KYUK to outline these regulations.


Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The young girl from Quinhagak who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week likely was not carrying the virus. 

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has completed its initial round of coronavirus testing in Quinhagak. All of the rapid test results have been negative, but hundreds more are currently being processed at a state lab, according to a YKHC news release.

A fisherman pulls a king salmon from the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Kuskokwim River salmon fishing is just around the corner. On Monday, June 1, sections of the river, along with certain tributaries, will begin closing to gillnets to allow the initial push of king salmon to reach the headwaters. Joining KYUK to talk about these restrictions is Ray Born, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Refuge Manager for the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. 


Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Quinhagak resident who tested positive for the coronavirus on May 26 was a girl under the age of 10, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The child tested positive in Bethel when traveling to town for medical care. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation quickly dispatched a testing team to Quinhagak, and residents lined up for voluntary testing over the next two days. 



Volunteer Lucas Salzbrun sets up the coronavirus test site outside of the Alaska Airlines Airport Terminal in Bethel, Alaska on April 29, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation was not at the Bethel airport on Memorial Day to offer coronavirus testing to incoming passengers. In a news release, YKHC said that it didn’t know there was an incoming flight scheduled for that day, and has continued on-site testing as of May 26.


Volunteer Lucas Salzbrun hands out swabs and gives directions on how to do a self-swab at the airport coronavirus test site in Bethel, Alaska on April 29, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is urging all airline passengers arriving in Bethel to get tested for the coronavirus. YKHC CEO and President Dan Winkelman is also calling on the governor and employers to encourage volunteer testing.

A fisherman pulls a king salmon from the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Regulations for the Kuskokwim River salmon fishery will look similar to recent years.

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