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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.


Warren Polk on Oct. 3, 2019, three days after his family's home burned in Bethel.
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Black smoke arched across the Bethel skyline on Tuesday, Oct. 1, alerting the town to a house on fire. The house, near H-Marker Lake, belongs to Warren Polk. The fire destroyed all his family’s possessions, but before the flames had settled, the community had already started replacing them. KYUK talked with Polk about how his family is doing, and how the community can continue providing support.

Jeremy Lee, 31, stands before the burning trailer where he rented a room behind Front Street Cafe in Bethel. Oct. 2, 2019.
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Jeremy Lee is just hoping he has a warm place to sleep tonight. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, white smoke rose from the trailer where he'd been renting a room since April. Between him and the smoke stretched a line of emergency vehicles with police officers in blue uniforms and firefighters in yellow turnouts moving between them.


A trailer burns behind Front Street Cafe in Bethel on October 2, 2019.
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The second house fire in two days erupted in Bethel. Just after 4 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 2, fire crews responded to a call of a trailer in flames behind Front Street Cafe. Acting Fire Chief Daron Solesbee says there were no injuries or fatalities.

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Unofficial results from Bethel’s municipal election on Tuesday, Oct. 1 show Bethel returning to local option status for retail alcohol sales, but remaining out of local option for marijuana licenses. Under alcohol local option status, furnishing alcohol to people under age 21 would become a felony. The candidates with the most votes to fill the four Bethel City Council seats are Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Mark Springer, and Cece Franko.

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A fire has consumed a house in Bethel. The fire started sometime before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The house, commonly referred to as the “Polk Home," is located on the road to H-Marker Lake. Acting City Manager Bill Howell said that there were no injuries and no fatalities reported and that the Bethel Fire Department has the fire under control. 

Carl Smith, age 17, and his mother, Kimberly Smith of Akiak, returned to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta after traveling to New York City.
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This week, 16 young people from a dozen countries filed a legal complaint about climate change with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The complaint alleges that five G20 countries are violating children’s rights by failing to curb fossil fuel emissions to try to restrain the climate crisis. The youth filed their complaint in New York City during the same week that the United Nations convened for its Climate Action Summit. One of the teenage petitioners traveled to the event from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


For most applicants, the Permanent Fund Dividend arrives next Thursday. Each check totals $1,606.00. That’s six more dollars than last year’s PFD amount and is the highest PFD since 2015 when checks reached $2,072. 


Snow has come to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In Emmonak, resident Lilly Westlock estimates that over an inch fell on Tuesday evening.

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