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.

An ice jam below Napaimute on April 30, 2020.
Alaska State Troopers

The flooding near Napaimute has devastated most of the cabins at the seasonal village site. The National Weather Service began flying their River Watch crew along the Kuskokwim River this week to monitor break up conditions. Hydrologist Celine Van Breukelen shared her observations from April 30.

Kuskokwim River ice piles onto the Aniak shore on April 30, 2020.
Dave Cannon

Longtime residents of the Kuskokwim River and the National Weather Service are expecting ice jams and flooding this breakup. To reduce the risk of both, some residents have floated the idea of "sanding" the river. The process involves dropping sand from a crop duster airplane onto the ice. The dark sand helps soften the ice so that it is less likely to jam when it cracks. Sanding hasn’t occurred in decades, but one person in Bethel remembers sanding the rivers in the late 1970s, mostly the Yukon River. Tim Meyers shares this memory.

An ice jam downstream of Napaimute has caused flooding, submerging buildings at the seasonal village site along the Kuskokwim River, pictured here on April 30, 2020.
Alaska State Troopers

Pararescuers airlifted two Elders from the site of their flooded cabin Thursday night, as water in the swollen Kuskokwim River rose behind an ice jam.

The Kuskokwim River in front of Aniak on April 30, 2020.
Dave Cannon

An ice jam is holding downstream of Napaimute, flooding the seasonal village. At Aniak, the ice is shifting, according to Aniak resident Dave Cannon. Cannon described the Kuskokwim ice shifting in front of the village during KYUK’s afternoon river update on April 30. He narrated as a huge ice pan moved downstream with six pressure ridges on it, and large chunks of ice were flowing down Aniak Slough.

Stan's Barbershop in Bethel reopened on April 27, 2020 under evolving state health mandates.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As Alaska moves to reopen parts of its economy, Bethel businesses are reopening their doors.

Chelsea Hoffman received the 2020 UAF Kuskokwim Campus part-time student of the year award. She's pictured here with her fiancé, Theodore Street, and daughters Emma and Gwendolyn.
Courtesy of Chelsea Hoffman

Every year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus awards a part-time student of the year award. The 2020 recipient is Chelsea Hoffman of Bethel. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic has spread to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s largest employer. Restrictions on travel and elective procedures meant to slow the spread of coronavirus have slashed the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s revenue. Beginning next week, YKHC will begin furloughing and laying off 300 employees.

Screenshot of FAA airport camera

The message is the same up and down the Kuskokwim: don’t snowmachine on the river. The ice is melting and breaking up, and travel has become dangerous. 

The Bethel community came together to paint a panel of a glowing cube titled "Something Very Beautiful," an art exhibit by Bethel artist Josh Fisher.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel Council on the Arts is planning a post-pandemic art show to exhibit objects, songs, poetry, and even food created during this time of hunkering down.