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Next week will mark one year since the first person in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tested positive for the coronavirus. A year later, the region has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country and things are looking up. However, outbreaks are beginning again after a decrease in cases in early March. KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur talks with Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges about why these outbreaks are occurring, and how to stop them. They also talk about why YKHC is asking parents and guardians to sign up their 12 to 15-year-old children for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

Geoff Kennedy, a former KYUK reporter, has written a play about the multicultural nature of Bethel.

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A Bethel woman made history recently by becoming the first infantrywoman in the Alaska National Guard. When Serita Unin, who is Cup’ik, joined the National Guard in 2009, combat arms jobs weren’t open to women.

Coffee at KYUK takes a look at sobriety through the eyes of Tiffany Hall, executive director of Recover Alaska, and Alice Qannik Glenn, producer and host of the podcast “Coffee and Quaq."  Both guests talk about what it means to take on a sober lifestyle, and the different ways of thinking and talking about it. Recover Alaska has many resources available on their website,, including links to various podcasts in this series on sobriety. Coffee and Quaq can be found at

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is auditing itself on its sexual abuse prevention policies and procedures. The importance of these measures was highlighted in December 2019, when former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael was arrested by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force and later pleaded guilty to federal charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. LKSD Superintendent Kimberly Hankins and Dr. Janet Barry discuss the audit and the district's new policies.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins provides updates on school reopenings, plans for graduation, and the district's actions to replace the school in Napakiak, which is threatened by erosion.

A mother-daughter duo has helped Mekoryuk, population 200, become the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta community with the highest amount of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19. Ninety-seven percent of the eligible population in the Nunivak Island village have received their shots. Mother-daughter health aide team Linda and Shara Davis talk with KYUK about how they’ve helped their community reach almost total vaccination.

The Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay has reopened its doors to in-person learning. Here to update us on how the first week went is principal Michael Robbins.

Bethany Kaiser, Emerie Fairbanks, and KYUK's Katie Basile discuss dog mushing, a year of pandemic lockdown, and friendship on and off the trail. This interview was recorded on Wednesday, March 10 while mushers Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl were resting at the Iditarod checkpoint in McGrath.

Over half of the eligible population of the Yukon-Kuksokwim Delta has recevied at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; over 40% have received two doses. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, talks about how the region is doing in its efforts to suppress COVID-19, YKHC's plans for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and why cases have slightly risen over the past week.