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.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Safety Coordinator Perry Barr addresses parents, school staff, and students at a school safety meeting in the Bethel Regional High School cafeteria on Oct. 10, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A rumor that no parent wants to hear circulated Bethel last week. The Lower Kuskokwim School District disclosed that it had received a threat of a school shooting in the same high school where, a little over 20 years ago, a shooting took the lives of a student and the school principal. This time, no evidence supporting the threat ever emerged. The situation prompted parents to talk with their children about what to do if a shooting occurred.

Jeremy Lee, 31, stands before the burning trailer where he rented a room behind Front Street Cafe in Bethel. Oct. 2, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Last week, a fire destroyed a trailer in Bethel where five tenants were living. We heard from one of them on the day of the accident. At that time, he’d lost all his possessions and didn’t know where he was going to sleep that night. KYUK checked in on him and reports how the community helped him stay on his feet.

National Park Service

Moose season along the Kuskokwim River closed at the end of September, and the number of moose harvested is still being totaled. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Patrick Jones says that his office has received reports of 220 moose harvested in the Kuskokwim RM-615 hunt. 


Update 3 p.m. Oct., 8, 2019: Acting Bethel Police Chief Amy Davis says the Bethel Police Department still has not substantiated the report detailing plans for a school shooting in Bethel. Davis says the report comes from a student who found a note in a school bathroom describing plans for a shooting. The student reported the contents of the note to school officials but had thrown the note away, and it has yet to be recovered. Davis has posted a Bethel police officer at the main Bethel school campus this week to provide extra security to the schools. She had already scheduled an extra police officer to be working in Bethel this week in anticipation of any trouble arising from Permanent Fund Dividend deposits. 

Warren Polk on Oct. 3, 2019, three days after his family's home burned in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

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.