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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 at KNOM in Nome, Alaska 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 was a 2020 fellow in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative, a partnership between the CPB and Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop alumni.

National Park Service

The Federal Subsistence Board is considering a proposal to increase the moose bag limit in the Unit 18 Remainder Hunt Area along the lower Yukon River. The proposal would raise the bag limit to three moose from its current level of two from April 1 to April 30.

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The City of Akiak is holding a special election about alcohol on March 30. On the ballot is a single proposition asking voters if they want to change Akiak’s alcohol local option status from dry to damp.

YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate 98% of their community's eligible population against COVID-19.
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Of all the communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta with public vaccination data, Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island has the highest amount of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19. Ninety-eight percent of residents age 16 and older have gotten their shots. Meet the mother-daughter health aide team who has helped their community reach this goal.


Virginia Lozano places Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in a freezer at YKHC on December 17, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Once again, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest COVID-19 case rate of any region in Alaska.

The Native Village of Napaimute crew maintaining the Kuskokwim Ice Road 5 miles downriver of Kalskag, Alaska on Feb. 27, 2021.
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

Heavy snowfall has made maintaining the lower Kuskokwim Ice Road a challenge this year. The road is shorter than usual, even as its crew is working harder than ever.


A mother-daughter duo has helped Mekoryuk, population 200, become the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta community with the highest amount of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19. Ninety-seven percent of the eligible population in the Nunivak Island village have received their shots. Mother-daughter health aide team Linda and Shara Davis talk with KYUK about how they’ve helped their community reach almost total vaccination.


A health care provider places a band-aid on the injection site of a patient who just received a flu vaccine.
Lauren Bishop / CDC

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this month. 

A swab and tube for specimen collection in the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

COVID-19 cases are ticking upwards in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but many factors make these outbreaks more contained than previous ones.

Over half of the eligible population of the Yukon-Kuksokwim Delta has recevied at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; over 40% have received two doses. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, talks about how the region is doing in its efforts to suppress COVID-19, YKHC's plans for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and why cases have slightly risen over the past week.

  

Alaska State Troopers shot and killed Dwight Heckman, age 27, near Pilot Station last week.
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Pilot Station has been under a boil water notice for three weeks, since Feb. 25, after pressure dropped in its water system. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is looking at the issue and has drafted a preliminary report on how to fix the problem.

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