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Johanna Eurich

Managing Editor

Johanna Eurich's vivid broadcast productions have been widely heard on National Public Radio since 1978. She spent her childhood speaking Thai, then learned English as a teenager and was educated at a dance academy, boarding schools and with leading intellectuals at her grandparents' dinner table in Philadelphia.

Eurich learned broadcasting in 1974 and helped advocate for the work of independent radio producers and stations. She moved to Alaska to be News Director of KSKA in Anchorage after helping put WVMR on the air - a solar heated radio station in one of the poorest parts of Appalachia. 

She has worked for the Alaska Public Radio Network, KTNA in Talkeetna, KDLG in Dillingham, as well as periods at KCUK, in Chevak and KBRW in Barrow. She was at KYUK in 1996 and returned as Managing Editor in 2016.

Shaun Peter completes a timed tower-building activity at the end of his first day back at school after a year of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School staff members eased students back into school with an assembly over video conference.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Most schools will likely remain open, according to Lower Kuskokwim School Superintendent Kimberly Hankins. Out of 29 sites in the district, only four are currently in remote learning. Hankins said that for the most part, the school district’s mitigation strategies, especially masking, are working.

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

In the old days, 1.6 million summer chum salmon would swim up the Yukon River. This year, the run is the lowest on record. So far, there have been only 153,000 summer chums counted in the river.

AVEC power plant in Bethel, Alaska.
Lenny Welch / AVEC

Alaska lawmakers will meet in a special session, which is now planned for Aug. 2. In that session they will be developing a budget with pots of state money that include a $1 billion endowment fund built up over many years for the Power Cost Equalization program, which subsidizes the cost of rural electricity.

Dr. Liz Bates prepares for COVID-19 testing at the YKHC testing tent on March 25, 2020. She and Dr. Ellen Hodges were recognized by Sen. Dan Sullivan for leading vaccination efforts in the Y-K Delta.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The pause in COVID-19 cases appears to be over. Last week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reported checking in its first COVID-19 patient to the hospital since April 11. Dr. Elizabeth Bates, with YKHC, thinks that the increased presence of the Delta variant of the virus will lead to even more hospitalizations.

Oscar Samuelson drives the Napaimute plow truck "Tumlista, The One Who Makes a Trail."
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

They do it every winter, but it was this summer when their work on the Kuskokwim Ice Road was recognized by Alaska lawmakers and the Calista Corporation. Mark Leary, with the Napaimute Transportation Department, said that the recognition comes after a tough winter that stretched their efforts beyond the budget they had carefully constructed.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Alpha variant of COVID-19 may be present in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but it does not appear to be threatening in-person education at local schools this fall. That’s because public health officials have learned more about the COVID-19 virus. 

The opening for federally qualified subsistence users for king salmon will be from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
Dave Cannon

On the Yukon River, subsistence salmon fishing is being closed to protect king salmon as they migrate upriver.

Alaska State Department of Law

There has been a huge uptick in scams and frauds both nationally and in Alaska. State Attorney General Treg Taylor said that the numbers have grown exponentially this year. Noting that many people don’t report when they have been successfully scammed, he said that around 4,000 Alaskans reported losing money to fraud last year.

Administration for Native Americans

The Administration for Native Americans wants to help Alaskan tribes thrive. The agency has funds to help tribes in six areas that include everything from language development to environmental issues, planning, and administrative help.

A subsistence fisherman harvests a king salmon from the lower Kuskokwim River during a gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It looks like another tough year for salmon fishing on the Yukon River. The king salmon run on the Yukon is expected to be smaller than last year’s, which failed to meet minimal escapement goals.

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