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.

Screen shot from the National Weather Service Anchorage Office on September 10, 2019 showing current hazards. Purple means storm warning.
National Weather Service

A fall storm forming over the Bering Sea is expected to hit the coasts of the Kuskokwim Delta and Bristol Bay on Wednesday. The National Weather Service predicts that the storm will strike hardest on Wednesday with driving winds and heavy rainfall, and taper into showers and breezes by Thursday.

The search for a Tuntutuliak man who went missing last week continues. Patrick Nick, age 29, went missing on Wednesday, Sept. 4 while boating alone from Bethel to Tunutuliak in storm conditions. His boat was found empty. Since then, heavy rain and high winds have delayed local searchers for two days.  The weather cleared on Sept. 9, and six boats from Tunutuliak Search and Rescue and two from Nunapitchuk Search and Rescue went looking for him.

Two brothers were unharmed after their plane crashed on Nunivak Island on Sept. 7. The brothers live in Bethel, and were leaving the island in a private plane loaded with just-harvested muskox meat. 

Dean Swope/KYUK

Last week, a picture of a blood smear with a black dot that looked like a bug in it circulated on Facebook. Below it, a caption said that the image was of a smashed bedbug and was taken in a YKHC emergency room. In a press release, YKHC said that the day the image was taken, hospital cleaning staff “examined all patient rooms in the emergency department and found no signs of bedbugs or other insects in any room.” 

Two Elders rescued Jason Jarrett (pictured here) along with his friend and teenage son when their boat capsized on the Kuskokwim River a mile from Bethel on Sept. 3, 2019. Jarrett didn't get the Elders' names and would like to contact them to say thank yo
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

An elderly couple rescued three moose hunters when their boat capsized on the Kuskokwim River. Caught in the moment, the hunters didn’t get the Elders’ names. Now the hunters are looking for the couple so that they can thank them.

Last month, Alaska’s U.S. Senators accompanied Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a trip to communities around the state. The tour marked DeVos’ first visit to Alaska as a member of President Trump’s cabinet. The group visited schools in Wasilla, Kotzebue, Nome, and Kivalina. Kivalina is one of the Alaskan communities most threatened by erosion. 

Update Sept. 5, 2019 6 p.m.: Stormy weather and low visibility put the search for a missing boater on hold all day Thursday. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District met its deadline to move the Napakiak school’s fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank after the U.S. Coast Guard granted a 24-hour extension and the operation extended into the weekend. The school district finished transferring the 36,000 gallons of diesel Saturday afternoon. The community wishes action had happened sooner.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District met its deadline to transfer the fuel at the Napakiak school away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank. Steve Walsh, co-owner of Faulkner-Walsh Constructors, says his crew finished pumping the 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the new tanks Saturday afternoon. LKSD contracted Faulkner-Walsh Constructors, a Bethel-based company, for the project. 

People ride on a four wheeler in front of the Napakiak school fuel tanks, which sit 76 feet from the Kuskokwim River following accelerating erosion. Pictured here on August 8, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Coast Guard gave the Lower Kuskokwim School District until Aug. 30 to transfer 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel away from the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank. The day of the deadline, the Coast Guard granted LKSD a 24-hour extension to complete the project. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur reported from Napakiak on Friday afternoon, and talked with KYUK's Krysti Shallenberger about the project's status.