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.

The Bethel City Manager's empty desk.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council fired City Manager Pete Williams Tuesday night. Council members were sharply divided in a 4 to 3. Voting for Williams to go were Mayor Fred Watson, Vice Mayor Raymond “Thor” Williams, and council members Fritz Charles and Carole Jung-Jordan. Voting for Williams to stay were council members Leif Albertson, Perry Barr, and Mitchell Forbes.

Micah Heakin runs the video rental store "Mo Heakin Video" in Eek, Alaska.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Small businesses are rare in villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Often the village corporation store is the only place in town to shop. But in Eek, customers have another place to go for a sweet treat, a movie, or tobacco.

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod tripped its clock at 4:02 p.m. on Friday, marking the official time of river breakup in Bethel. This is the earliest breakup ever, beating the former record set in 2016 by eight days. The new record follows a series of other records broken this season.

Sara Nicholas, age 35, was last seen at the Chevak clinic on March 18, 2019 and has been missing since.
Alaska State Troopers

The search for a missing Chevak woman has entered its fourth week. Alaska State Troopers report that Sara Nicholas, age 35, was last seen at the Chevak clinic on March 18, 2019. Searches in Chevak and the neighboring communities of Hooper Bay and Scammon Bay have not led to any information about Nicholas’ location. According to troopers, commercial airlines do not have any records showing that Nicholas flew out of the area.

Musher Pete Kaiser greets fans at the Alaska Airlines terminal on March 18, 2019 in Bethel, Alaska after returning home from winning the 2019 Iditarod.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Bethel has a new city holiday. March 13 is now “Pete Kaiser Day,” commemorating when the Bethel musher won this year’s Iditarod.

A field near harvest time at Meyers Farm in Bethel, Alaska.
Daysha Eaton / KYUK

On Thursday evening, you can turn on the television and see a piece of Bethel. The story of Tim and Lisa Meyers' organic farm is part of a new national television series debuting Thursday on the History Channel.

National Park Service

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters to avoid harvesting moose wearing radio collars in Game Unit 18 along the Yukon River. The department is conducting a study of moose in the area, and biologists will be tranquilizing a portion of the animals to attach tracking collars. The sedatives used to immobilize the moose may remain in the meat for up to 30 days, and that meat should not be consumed.

The Kwethluk River opened on April 2, 2019.
Sarah R. Jackson

It’s only the first week of April, and many tributaries along the Kuskokwim River are relatively ice-free. In some, boating has begun.

The abandoned BIA school in Eek partially burning on April 2, 2019.
Alexander Alexie

The abandoned BIA school in Eek caught fire on Tuesday evening. No injuries have been reported. 

Sivaluaq Jerry "Bucket" Lieb tells a customer the story behind a design on one of his pieces at the Cama-i Dance Festival at Bethel Regional High School on March 30, 2019.
Rashah McChesney / KTOO

This year’s Cama-i theme was “Together We Dance As One.” The unifying message inspired artist Sivaluaq Jerry "Bucket" Lieb to design the festival’s spirit mask around the story of how people gave up fighting to dance and sing. Lieb told KYUK the story behind the image.