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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.

Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is working to add faster testing capacity for COVID-19. Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges says that the Bethel hospital is waiting for a part that will modify a screening machine to do the testing.

Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that Bethel could request emergency drivers with commercial driver's licenses from the state in an extreme scenario.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are giving their residents a break on their water and sewer bills. The goal is to offer financial relief, as well as provide more water for residents to wash their hands and their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

St. Mary's, Alaska
Courtesy of Walton Smith

KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur and St. Mary's City Manager Walton Smith talked about enforcing travel restrictions and practicing social distancing in order to protect rural communities.  

Katie Basile / KYUK

Drive-through virus testing arrives in Bethel on Wednesday, March 25. The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is setting up COVID-19 testing in the parking lot next to the old hospital from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. People will still have to have an appointment in order to be tested

Katie Basile / KYUK

There are unique challenges for a remote community to deal with a contagious disease like COVID-19, but the staff at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital says that these are not new challenges for the region. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The COVID-19 virus at the heart of the global pandemic is tough to control because, on the face of it, the disease is often not severe. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation has some good news for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. The hospital can now get more tests done for COVID-19 because YKHC is now allowed to send the sample out to private labs for testing. YKHC Interim Public Relations Director Mitchell Forbes says that means testing is available to more people, and that YKHC has changed the guidelines for testing. 


Zachariah Hughes

It’s been a tough night on the Iditarod. As dawn approached on March 10, more than half the sled dog teams in this year’s race were on the section of trail between Rohn and Nikolai. Those 26 teams, including Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl, have made it through some of the more challenging sections of trail. That includes the infamous Dalzell Gorge, a place that has flipped many a musher’s sled in the past. Of the teams though the Alaska Range this morning, 13 are resting, some in the Farewell Burn. 

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Richie Diehl was the first 2020 Iditarod musher into the Finger Lake checkpoint, arriving around 7 a.m. on March 9. He is currently resting his team. Behind the Aniak musher are several teams, including Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, who is about 7 miles behind in position four. The front runners are in the heart of snow country, where the snow can be 10 feet deep just off the packed trail.

Mark Nordman, Iditarod Race Marshal.

This year the conditions on the Iditarod trail are reminding old-timers of what it used to be like back in the last century. Mark Nordman, the Race Marshal for the Iditarod, has been in charge for breaking the trail for 30 years, and he says this time, there is plenty of snow.

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