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.

The weather may be cold, but it’s too soon to get out on the river ice. That’s the message from Mark Leary with Bethel Search and Rescue, who flew the river on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

“We’re nowhere near having safe travel conditions,” said Leary. “Nowhere near.”

The Kuskokwim River is not even close to being frozen. The edge of the freezing ice is just a bit past the confluence with the Johnson River.

“As best we could tell from that half mile below the Johnson, the Kuskokwim main channel is open all the way out to the bay,” Leary said.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Health professionals like Dan Winkelman, President and CEO of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, say that the region needs to lock down for a month to keep local health care facilities from being overwhelmed.

Associated Press

Indigenous communities, like those in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, are having a tough time with COVID-19. The Navajo Nation got the pandemic under control within a few months, but now they are experiencing a second wave. 

Rasmuson Foundation

Alaska has one of highest numbers of female veterans out of any state: around 10,000 women who have served in the military. But unlike the men who have served, few women are signed up for the services that the federal government provides for veterans. Operation Mary Louise, named after the former head of the Women’s Army Corps or WAC, is trying to change that.

BCS Foundation

The City of Bethel has put aside more money for businesses hit hard by COVID-19. The Bethel City Council put aside an additional $527,500 for this round of the program, but the deadline is tight. Applications need to filed by Nov. 16.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Attempts to create a regional tribal government for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta appear to be picking up steam. The Calista regional corporation, working with consultants, now has a process in place for each of the 56 tribes in the region to signal their intent to vote on the creation of a regional government.

Nunapitchuk declared a lockdown on May 15 after a traveler to the village tested positive for COVID-19. The lockdown comes a week after the community experienced its worst flooding in a decade, pictured here on May 8, 2020.

Nunapitchuk is a village that managed to eliminate COVID-19 after it had spread within the community, and they did it using a combination of traditional medicine and strong lockdown protocols.

Nunaptichuk City Council Member Thomas Parks is our guest this morning on Coffee at KYUK. He shares how Nunapitchuk had a COVID-19 surge and managed to stop it. Parks began by telling a story about his family. It centers on the fact that people without symptoms can spread the disease even when they think they are helping. The story begins when his brother was stuck with no money, spending the night at the Anchorage airport while trying to get home to Nunapitchuk. The interview was recorded last week. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District announced Bethel students would start school remotely on Aug. 24.
Katie Basile / KYUK

School sports appear to be a victim of the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins said that as long as schools are at “high-risk” or on lockdown, there are no school sports, and there are limits on other activities as well. Getting sports back depends on controlling the latest surge in positive cases. Communities have a couple of weeks to do it. 

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

There are now two efforts to create a regional tribal government in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The older effort, Nunavut, led by Mike Williams Sr. has made little progress to unite large numbers of villages in the region. The second effort is being facilitated by the Calista regional Native corporation.