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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 at KNOM in Nome, Alaska 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 was a 2020 fellow in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative, a partnership between the CPB and Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop alumni.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Keith Gordon with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leaving his position as Project Manager of the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

“Nothing changes,” Gordon said when asked how his departure affects the project. “The agency will just continue with the processes.”

Dean Swope / KYUK

Alaska lawmakers haven’t passed a state budget, but with an almost four-billion dollar deficit, state-funded agencies are preparing for cuts as they plan their budgets for the next fiscal year.

Public Health Nursing is readying for a three to four million-dollar cut or about 20 percent of its budget starting July 1. That follows a five percent budget cut from last year.

Jerry White

In rural Alaska access to emergency medical care relies on many factors like distance, weather, and time of day. For one 10-year-old girl in Eek, emergency care also relied on one pilot’s good will after the child's traumatic bike accident. KYUK talked with the girl’s mother and the pilot who helped them out.


Opening day of AC Quickstop liquor store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

AC Quickstop opened Bethel’s first liquor store since the city banned alcohol sales in 1977. The store opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. KYUK reporter Anna Rose MacArthur showed up around a quarter till to find a line of around 10 people, waiting for the historic doors to open.

 Transcript:

Stelmach: “I want to be the first customer that walked into the liquor store in Bethel after 40 years. I’m going to hold onto the receipt as well. I’ll plaque it. And say, hey, ‘This is to lifted prohibition.’”

State budget cuts are making deep slashes across Alaska including the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. The state Legislature hasn’t passed a budget, but with an almost four-billion dollar deficit, state-funded groups are paring down as they prepare their own budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. With the whole University of Alaska system preparing for major cuts, administrators at Bethel’s UAF Kuskokwim Campus are whittling to the bone.


Rep. Bob Herron, D-38, Bethel
Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska Legislature will enter a special session Monday with the main goal of passing a state budget and a way to pay for it before the next fiscal year. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session once the Legislature adjourned Wednesday without passing a budget after 121 days. KYUK spoke with Rep. Bob Herron of Bethel's House District 38 about the upcoming session and the goals ahead.

Newtok's waterways.
Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Community and Regional Affairs

Relocation efforts continue for what many consider America’s first climate refugees. Newtok, a community of over 300 people in Southwest Alaska, has been eroding into the Ningliq River for decades. This week the village received an almost million-dollar federal grant to help homes function at the new village site.

 

Fishing skiff in Marshall, Alaska.
Danielle Ringer / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Two elders drowned this weekend in Marshall when their vehicle suddenly slid into the Yukon River. The couple left a legacy of sharing traditional knowledge with their community. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur reports.


Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s that time of year when Pomp and Circumstance and mortarboard caps fill the air, a time of teenage passage. And for most students at Bethel Regional High School, it’s a time of saying goodbye to friends who’ve been together with since kindergarten and preparing for a future apart. So before receiving their diplomas, the 48 Bethel graduates gathered backstage one last time. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur was there and has this story.


Rocky Mountain School seventh-grader Alexie Evan using the HMH Read180 program.
Sherri Carmichael

Pizza is a rare treat in Goodnews Bay. No pizzerias or even restaurants exist in the 250-person community in southwest Alaska. So Wednesday morning when 22 fresh pizzas arrived at the school, it was a big deal. But the even bigger deal was the national winner inside the building.


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