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.

Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom sorts through drop bags in the Iditarod checkpoint on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

The rough and bumpy trail to Iditarod and onto the Yukon River took it out of both mushers and dogs. Aliy Zirkle’s gamble to push ahead and take her 24-hour mandatory layover in the Iditarod checkpoint did not pay off. She is now farther back in the pack, and behind the top 10 teams.

Musher Aliy Zirkle arrives first into the Iditarod checkpoint on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

The sprint between Nicholas Petit and Joar Leifseth Ulsom ended at 12:13 p.m. on Thursday, when Petit arrived in Iditarod 15 minutes ahead of Leifseth Ulsom. Petit wasn’t there when Leifseth Ulsom checked in, because he had gone on down the trail to camp about 10 miles outside of town. Leifseth Ulsom spent most of the afternoon in Iditarod as Martin Buser arrived to take his mandatory 24-hour rest, followed by Jessie Royer, Pete Kaiser, and Richie Diehl, who have all completed their mandatory 24s.

The Iditarod checkpoint on the Iditarod River on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

Another musher may show up in Iditarod soon. Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Nicholas Petit are sprinting toward the checkpoint where Aliy Zirkle is taking her mandatory 24-hour break. The two have opened up more than a 25-mile lead over the parade of other mushers who have come off their 24's and are now following them to the ghost town that marks the halfway point to Nome.

Zachariah Hughes

Bethel Musher Pete Kaiser is still with the front of the pack as he runs his team to Iditarod on Thursday. Before he left the Takotna checkpoint, he spoke with APRN  reporter Zachariah Hughes.

Musher Aliy Zirkle at the Rainy Pass Lodge checkpoint on the Iditarod trail on March 4, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

The Iditarod is reaching its halfway point, and that means some rugged country and strategy.

Musher Aliy Zirkle heats water for her dogs in the Iditarod McGrath checkpoint on March 5, 2019.
Ben Matheson

It’s relatively quiet on the Iditarod Trail. Many mushers are taking their required 24-hour rest, with one significant exception: Aliy Zirkle is making a run for it. Her team left Ophir a little after 8 a.m., leaving behind former front-runner Nicolas Petit, who is doing his 24-hour layover, along with Jesse Holmes and Aaron Burmeister. In the history of the race, others have made that push. Time will tell if it will benefit Zirkle when she is stuck staying put while others who have completed their 24-hour rests mush by her.

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser arrives into the McGrath checkpoint on the Iditarod trail on March 5, 2019.
Ben Matheson

5:00 p.m. March 5, 2019

Nicolas Petit was the first Iditarod musher to McGrath on Wednesday, earning him some mitts and a hat. The musher, known for getting lost, may have taken a bit of a detour on his way into town. The Iditarod’s GPS tracker showed his Girdwood team mushing the long way into McGrath. But if they took a detour upriver when they should have hung left and headed more directly across the ground, so did Joar Leifseth Ulsom’s team, which was chasing Petit in a bid to cut the Girdwood musher’s lead. Petit made it to the Kuskokwim River checkpoint at 3:16 p.m. and rested his team.

Bev Hoffman / KYUK

On Monday, mushers in the Iditarod are headed across the Alaska Range. KYUK reports that during Saturday’s ceremonial start in Anchorage, a discerning eye could see the impact of Bethel’s K300 and the races it sponsors on the iconic race to Nome.

Broad Participation In Bethel Women's March

Jan 20, 2019
Over 40 people gathered at the Yupiit Piciryaraitat Cultural Center for Bethel’s 3rd annual Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Courtesy of Beverly Hoffman


Saturday, during the K300 sled dog race, over 40 people gathered at the Cultural Center for Bethel’s Women’s March. Here is an audio postcard of the event. Among those joining the march were men, young and old.












Shane Iverson / KYUK

More than two years after a fire burned down the Kilbuck School, there has still not been an insurance settlement. The Lower Kuskokwim School District’s board met in Executive Session last week to discuss the issues surrounding the still unresolved insurance settlement for the 2015 fire. The building that burned down housed two of the district’s schools: the Yup’ik immersion school Ayaprun Elitnaurvik, and the Kuskokwim Learning Academy alternative boarding school.