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. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99 Percent Invisible, HowSound, and Transom. She is a Transom Story Workshop alumni and a certified Zumba instructor.

The National Weather Service has predicted a winter storm warning for the Kuskokwim Delta from midnight on Nov. 4 to midnight on Nov. 5, 2019.
National Weather Service screenshot

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Kuskokwim Delta from midnight on Monday, Nov. 4 to midnight on Tuesday, Nov.5. The warning area encompasses the coast from Hooper Bay to Nunivak Island and inland to Bethel. Snow and freezing rain are expected with snowfall up to 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulation up to a half inch. The greatest snowfall is expected north and west of Bethel; intermittent sleet is also possible. The National Weather Service cautions that “travel could be extremely hazardous.”

Bethel drivers, remember those long traffic lines this summer around the road reconstruction? Buckle up for even more traffic next summer, along with smoother roads. That’s because Knik Construction will finish repaving Bethel’s Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway and Ridgecrest Road in 2020.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The population of the Mulchatna Caribou herd has dropped, and so has the bag limit for harvesting the animals. This season, hunters are limited to taking one caribou instead of the usual two. The bag limit applies to game units 9A, 9B, 9C, 17A, 17B, 17C, 18, 19A, and 19B.

A map of local option communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as of Dec. 27, 2016.
State of Alaska

After three decades of prohibiting alcohol, the dry Lower Yukon community of Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store and has begun moving in that direction.

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three boaters from Munson Island, located north of Nunam Iqua on the Yukon River mouth. The Coast Guard described the three as “severely hypothermic” in a press release, and transported the boaters to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for medical care. 

Gladys Jung Elementary School Dancers perform at Bethel's Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration at the Bethel Cultural Center on October 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel celebrated its third annual Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The celebration included an evening of Yup’ik dance, Native Olympic games, sharing of Elder wisdom, and a potluck. To begin the event, community members marched down Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, holding signs, wearing headdresses, and beating a drum. KYUK walked with them and has this audio postcard.

National Park Service

The deadline to report the outcome of your Kuskokwim moose hunt has arrived. If you received a permit to harvest a moose in Zone 2 of the Kuskokwim’s RM615 hunt and never got a moose, Tuesday, Oct. 15 is the last day to report that information. However, no matter what the outcome or zone of your hunt, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to know how it went. Biologists are relying more on this information as warming winters make other survey tools less reliable.