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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.

Zachariah Hughes / ADN

As they came across the Alaska Range, two local mushers were in the top 10 positions of the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Richie Diehl left the Rohn checkpoint at 5:25 p.m. on March 8, with Pete Kaiser about 40 minutes behind him. At the time they were in 3rd and 4th place, with Ryan Redington leading the pack and Martin Buser in second.

Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Elementary School students and high-need students in other grades are headed back to classrooms in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation say that despite the still-high case rate in many communities, it’s safe for younger students to return to school for at least part of the day. 

  

Photo from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.
AHFC

There are $200 million in federal funds set aside to help Alaskans who are behind on their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stacy Barnes, Director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which administers the program, said that people can apply for help on paying their rent by applying on line at alaskahousingrelief.org.

Calista board member Wayne Don became a brigadier general in the National Guard this past weekend. He has been serving as the director of the joint staff in Alaska and heading up the Alaska National Guard’s COVID-19 Response Team, which has meant doing contact tracing, food distribution in Southcentral Alaska, and being prepared to do more if needed.

Gannon University Athletics

Bethel’s first female collegiate wrestler competed in her first tournament this weekend, and took second place in her weight class in freestyle wrestling. Lindsey Beans-Polk wrestled for Bethel Regional High School before she became a freshman wrestler at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She said that this weekend’s event was her first freestyle competition.

Katie Basile / KYUK

At times it felt like 2020 would never end, but now the year is finally coming to a close. Before we move into 2021, here’s a look back on KYUK’s top stories from the year we’ve just survived.

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Bethel’s annual fireworks display is going to be bigger and better than ever. Casey Burke, with the Bethel Fire Department, said that the department raised enough funds to support a show much larger than normal to ring in 2021.

Bethel Winter House

On Monday, Dec. 28, Bethel’s homeless shelter opened its new building, which formerly housed the town’s senior center, to guests for the first time. Jon Cochrane, with Bethel Winter House, said that it’s exciting to finally have a homeless shelter that will be open all year round, not just in the winter.

Patrick Dulin, the developer of the Step Away smartphone app for recovery.
James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage

People are drinking more as they struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Tiffany Hall, with Recover Alaska, said that survey statistics indicate that people are using both drugs and alcohol more than they were before the pandemic began.

Patrick Dulin, the developer of the Step Away smartphone app for recovery.
James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage

On Dec. 21, our guest on Coffee at KYUK was Tiffany Hall. Hall is the executive director of Recover Alaska, an advocacy group that helps with addiction prevention, addressing social norms around recovery, and connecting people to resources. We highlighted an application for smartphones, Step Away, which helps recovering alcoholics change habits that lead to drinking.


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