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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 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 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 is a Transom Story Workshop alumni and a certified Zumba instructor.

Felix Patrick pulls a chum out of the Yukon with a Kenai style dip net.
Kyle Clayton / KYUK

The entire Kuskokwim River mainstem opened to gillnets on July 7. Gillnets are the dominant gear to harvest salmon on the Kuskokwim. But in recent years, as restrictions on gillnets have increased, some lower river fishermen have begun experimenting with dipnets to harvest salmon. One of those fishermen is Bethel resident, Aaron Moses. He’s turned dipnetting into a summer pursuit and has begun teaching others how to use this method as well.


The YKHC Aniak COVID-19 airport screening team.
YKHC

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation wants everyone who travels into the region from Anchorage to get tested for the coronavirus, and it’s trying to make the process as easy as possible. 

Kuskokwim Bay will have its third commercial salmon fishing opening of the season for 12 hours on July 8, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Napaskiak fishermen pull a gillnet out of the Kuskokwim River during a fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The entire Kuskokwim River mainstem is open to gillnets until further notice. The change went into effect on July 7 at 12:01 a.m. Gillnets must be 6-inch mesh or less, 45 meshes in depth, and up to 150 feet in length above the Johnson River. Gillnets can be 300 feet in length below the Johnson River.



Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced two more cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. These are the 16th and 17th cases related to the region.


AFN Co-Chair Ana Hoffman, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink discuss the resiliency of the Y-K Delta amid the coronavirus pandemic during a Zoom call on July 2, 2020.
Zoom Screenshot

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced more than a dozen cases of COVID-19 related to the region. As case counts rise, agencies and individuals continue to look for ways to keep our communities safe. Ana Hoffman is the co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives and a Bethel community member. She has been listening to people’s questions, and presented them to Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, and to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges for a discussion to air on KYUK.


AFN Co-Chair Ana Hoffman, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink discuss the resiliency of the Y-K Delta amid the coronavirus pandemic during a Zoom call on July 2, 2020.
Zoom Screenshot

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced more than a dozen cases of COVID-19 related to the region. As case counts rise, agencies and individuals continue to look for ways to keep our communities safe. Ana Hoffman is the co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and a Bethel community member. She has been listening to people’s questions locally, and presented them to Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, and to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges. KYUK is broadcasting the interview as a public service, which was recorded on July 2.


Kuskokwim River Drainage Map
ADF&G

Until further notice, the Eek River is closing to gillnets and fishing with hook and line for king salmon beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Any kings caught with hook and line in the Eek River will need to be returned to the water alive.

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