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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is vaccinating people against COVID-19 across the region. The health corporation, along with state health experts, recently held a virtual Q&A to answer questions from essential workers who are eligible for the early phase of the vaccines. The questions were submitted by essential workers, and here is a portion of that information session. Panelists included YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, YKHC Infection Control Director Dr. Elizabeth Bates, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, and Co-Lead of the Alaska Vaccine Task Force Tessa Walker Linderman. The event was recorded on Dec. 22, and was moderated by YKHC Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky, who asks the questions.


On Dec. 28, Bethel Winter House opened the old senior center in Bethel as a year-round homeless shelter.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and holiday celebrations are canceled due to safety risks, many areas of worship are being forced to close their doors during one of the holiest times of the year. Gabby Salgado sat down with Fr. Rich Magner from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lorin Bradbury from the Bethel United Pentecostal Church, and Andrew Craver from the Bethel Moravian Church to discuss how they are safely celebrating Christmas with their congregations this year. 


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.


Courtesy of Bev Hoffman

The 27th Annual Cookie Extravaganza is this Sunday, Dec. 20. Katie Basile talks with Y-K Delta Lifesavers Bev Hoffman and Kathy Baldwin about how the extravaganza will be run in order to accommodate social distancing this year. Hoffman and Baldwin also share some thoughts and words of wisdom on celebrating the holidays safely during the pandemic.


Over 300,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. That’s over 300,000 families who have lost loved ones to the virus, and we have the story from one of those families who lives in Bethel. Liane White is the mother of four children. Her husband, Kevin White, died in November at age 35 from complications due to COVID-19. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur talked with Liane last week.


Ruby Anvil

This year has been full of challenges for many, but for Bethel resident Ruby Anvil, it has also been a year of accomplishments. Anvil talks with us about completing her nursing degree through UAA at the UAF Kuskokwim campus while being a full-time single mother, working, and surviving a pandemic. 


Just as the days have become their darkest, and with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta having some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the country, a bit of light has appeared on the horizon. The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines could arrive in Bethel this week. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, lays out how YKHC will dispurse the vaccines, and who will get them first.


Mark Leary and his ice road crew set out to plow the ice road on the morning of Jan. 6, 2020 and reached Kalskag at 7 p.m. of Jan. 7, 2020.
Mark Leary

Cold and stormy weather has improved the river ice conditions around Bethel. Mark Leary, with Bethel Search and Rescue, said that most of the difficult sections of water around Bethel are now frozen, including the area at the crossing from Church Slough to Straight Slough.

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