Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur serves as KYUK 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 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.


Geese, ducks, and swans are flocking to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to nest and raise their young. To allow the birds time to lay their eggs, waterfowl hunting will close for the following month. The shutdown begins May 28, 2019 and lasts through June 28, 2019. For black brant geese, the closure will extend through July 10, 2019 to give the young birds time to fledge, or grow feathers strong enough to fly.

Maggie Odinzoff

Update: Kimberly Odinzoff, age 14, is on her way home. Her older sister, Maggie Odinzoff, says that Kimberly called their dad at 4 p.m. on Friday, telling him that she is okay and on her way back to their house. The family had just filed a missing person's report before she called.

Original story: A 14-year-old girl is missing in Bethel, and her family is asking for help finding her. Kimberly Odinzoff did not come home on Wednesday night, and her family has not heard from her since.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska has the nation’s highest rates of sexual assault, and the state wants to improve how it responds to people who report these crimes to the Alaska State Troopers. A researcher leading the project is asking victim-survivors in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for help.

While searching for a man who drowned over the weekend, local search and rescue members found another body in the Kuskokwim River.

A subsistence fishermen harvests a king salmon from the lower Kuskokwim River during a gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Smelts are swimming up the Kuskokwim River. That means king salmon will soon follow, and with them, fishing restrictions.

ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller plans to open his store next month.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The state board overseeing marijuana licenses has postponed its review of an application to open Bethel’s first pot shop. ALASKAbuds has applied for a license to sell marijuana on Bethel’s 3rd Avenue in the brown building holding Stan’s Barber Shop.

Alaska State Troopers received a report that Wassilie Keene, age 21, of Kasigluk had been recovered on April 27, 2019 after being missing since October 24, 2018.
For The Missing: Pacific Northwest via Facebook

The search for the Kasigluk man who went missing six months ago is over. Troopers flew to Kasigluk on Tuesday to inform the family of Wassilie Keene that his body had been found. 

Kasigluk Search and Rescue has resumed looking for the body of Wassilie Keene, age 21. Kasigluk Search and Rescue President Wilson Twitchell says that the effort renewed a week and a half ago when ice began clearing out of Nanvarnaq Lake where Keene’s boat was found last fall.

The Napakiak Public Safety building in September 2018. The building burned, killing two inmates on May 28, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two prisoners died early Sunday morning when flames engulfed the Napakiak jail. Alaska State Troopers have tentatively identified the victims as Becca White, age 24, and Isaiah Parka, age 22, both of Napakiak.

Orutsararmiut Native Council is seeking to develop a subdivision near the Bethel post office that would contain 38 housing lots across approximately 17 acres..
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

More housing options could be coming to Bethel. The Bethel City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance to enter into an agreement with the Orutsararmiut Native Council to develop a subdivision. The approximately 17-acre neighborhood would be located near the Bethel post office and contain 38 housing lots.