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. She is a Transom Story Workshop alumni and a certified Zumba instructor.

Set plans for moving the Napakiak school fuel tanks remain undetermined and will develop at the pace of the erosion, according to Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker. The yellow Napakiak school fuel tanks are pictured here on August
Katie Basile / KYUK

There is a dire situation developing on the lower Kuskokwim River. The river is approaching the Napakiak school fuel tanks, and inside those tanks sit 34,000 gallons of diesel. Meanwhile, the season of fall storms lies ahead. Here’s the latest on the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s plans for preventing an environmental disaster.

People ride on a four wheeler in front of the Napakiak school fuel tanks, which sit 76 feet from the Kuskokwim River following accelerating erosion. Pictured here on August 8, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

School starts on Wednesday in Napakiak, and the Kuskokwim River is flowing less than 50 feet from the school's fuel tanks.

The most recent results from Bethel’s City Subdivision water tests are in, and it's good news. They show copper and lead levels now meeting federal standards. A large infrastructure project last fall is the suspected cause of why the levels had gone up. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

How do you keep a language alive? On Tuesday, a state council is asking people to call in with their suggestions on how to do that with Alaska’s many Native languages. Retired UAF Alaska Native Studies professor Cecilia Martz has watcher the languages change over time, and she has some ideas after dedicating her career to teaching cross-culture studies.

Children walk through puddles in Napakiak, Alaska on August 4, 2019 as rain drenched Western Alaska
Andrew West

It’s called an “atmospheric river," which is what it sounds like: a channel of very moist air coursing across the globe. And it’s what’s been drenching the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but a dry patch is now in sight.

Side-by-side photos, taken from the same location, show the amount of riverbank lost in Napakiak over the past three years, comparing August 2016 to August 4, 2019 following a heavy storm.
Andrew West

This weekend’s storms tore more land away from Napakiak’s already heavily eroded riverbank. About 8 feet of bank fell into the Kuskokwim River, adding to the more than 100 feet of shoreline that has already been lost this year.