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.

Rashah McChesney / KTOO

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and the rest of the state are beginning to hit the limits of hospital care for cases of COVID-19. 

Bill Ferguson exits a voting booth at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, one of two available precincts in Bethel, Alaska on November 8, 2016.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Read this post to learn all you need to know about the Bethel City Elections.

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Rural Alaska has been doing well on filling out the census, but the problem is in hub communities like Bethel. According to Nicole Borromeo, executive vice president and general counsel for the Alaska Federation of Natives, that failure to provide census data will cost the region lots of money.

Association of Village Council Presidents

COVID-19 changed the shape of the Association of Village Council Presidents’ annual convention. For one thing, there were no resolutions this year because none were forwarded by tribes for the virtual convention.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Child care just got cheaper for Alaska Native families in communities served by the Association of Village Council Presidents. The program, using CARES Act funding, is paying for child care to all eligible essential workers, and there are no income requirements for eligibility. Carol Hunter, AVCP’s Child Care Coordinator, said that unlike the current program, there is no co-pay.

“Yes, that is correct,” Hunter said, “and we pay 100%, so the parents wouldn’t have to pay.”

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel fans may be happy that the Kuskokwim 300 sled-dog races are going forward as scheduled, but it’s also good news for mushers, who have been feeling the economic pinch in the wake of COVID-19. Race Manager Paul Basile said that the race purse could help. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

When Michelle DeWitt was appointed to replace a Bethel City Council member, she said that she did not intend to run for reelection. But now she wants to stay. DeWitt said that she changed her mind because of the unique challenges facing the city during these times of pandemic and transition in the city’s management team.

CJ McCormick runs as write in for city council in September 2020
Juanita Nick

At 23 years of age, Conrad "C.J." McCormick is the youngest person running for Bethel City Council in this election. No stranger to the process, McCormick regularly attended city council meetings while a high school student in Bethel. 

Rose "Sugar" Henderson is one of four candidates running for three open seats on Bethel City Council in the 2020 election.
Rose "Sugar" Henderson

There are four people running for three seats on the Bethel City Council, and Rose "Sugar" Henderson is one of them. She is new to politics but not to civic engagement. She was part of the board for the Bethel Little League, on the Ladies Auxiliary, and worked with the Cub Scouts. She has also worked with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s hospital governing board. 

September 10, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Community spread of COVID-19 has arrived in Bethel. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, says that another positive case could not be traced to a known source, bringing the total of confirmed cases from community spread to three.