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AFN Co-Chair Ana Hoffman, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink discuss the resiliency of the Y-K Delta amid the coronavirus pandemic during a Zoom call on July 2, 2020.
Zoom Screenshot

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced more than a dozen cases of COVID-19 related to the region. As case counts rise, agencies and individuals continue to look for ways to keep our communities safe. Ana Hoffman is the co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and a Bethel community member. She has been listening to people’s questions locally, and presented them to Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, and to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges. KYUK is broadcasting the interview as a public service, which was recorded on July 2.

Artist Golga Oscar of Kasigluk wears regalia he designed and constructed, and holds a sealskin medicine bag he created during the coronavirus pandemic.
Golga Oscar

Golga Oscar is a photographer and designer from Kasigluk. He graduated from Akiuk Memorial School in 2016, and is now attending the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is less than a year away from earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. When the pandemic hit this spring, Oscar had to make the difficult decision to return home from Santa Fe and finish his semester online. But that hasn’t slowed down his prolific art making, which he talks about on Coffee@KYUK.

Chris Cumings is a registered Independent who is running in Alaska's 2020 Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate.
Chris Cumings

Chris Cumings is an Independent competing in the 2020 Democratic Primary. This is Cumings first time running for the U.S. Senate. He lives in Ketchikan and ran for Alaska’s U.S. House seat in the 2018 Democratic primary, where he won 8% of the vote.  Five candidates are running for the open U.S. Senate seat currently held by incumbent Dan Sullivan. KYUK is inviting these candidates to Coffee@KYUK.

Katie Basile

Listen to Newtok Village Council President George Carl, and Treasurer Katherine Charles talk about some of the infrastructure challenges they are facing in the new village of Mertarvik, including the lack of a commercial airstrip and limited access to groceries. This is part two of an interview recorded on June 11, 2020. 

Newtok, Alaska on October 12, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

For years now, the village of Newtok has experienced rapid erosion and melting permafrost due to climate change; the community is relocating to the new village of Mertarvik. Newtok Village Council President George Carl, and Treasurer Katherine Charles discuss delays to the relocation project due to COVID-19, and what the first school year at Mertarvik was like.

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Indications of community spread of the novel coronavirus are occurring for the first time in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it “believes there is a strong likelihood of community spread” of COVID-19 occurring in Napaskiak. Tribal and city leaders have implemented shelter-in-place and mask wearing to slow the spread of the virus in the village. KYUK talks with YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges about this news.

After over a year at the organization, ONC Executive Director Ron Hoffman has decided to resign.
KYUK Staff

The Orutsararmiut Native Council received over $13.8 million in CARES Act funding. Executive Director Mark Springer discusses how the organization plans to spend that money and what else ONC is doing to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has confirmed four positive coronavirus cases in the region in one week. At least two came from non-residents traveling into Bethel, and the other two from villages. Dr. Ellen Hodges, YKHC Chief of Staff, and Tiffany Zulkosky, YKHC Vice President of Communications, talk about testing, health mandates, and traveling.

AVCP Regional Housing Authority announced last week that it is offering financial assistance to families for payments of rent, house payments, utilities, and laundry tokens. That money is coming from federal funding under the Coronavirus Relief Fund. With us today is Peter Evon, chief operating officer of AVCP Regional Housing Authority. 

The State of Alaska has designated $10 million of federal CARES Act funds to help pay one month of housing costs for Alaskans behind in their rent or mortgage because of income lost during the pandemic. Stacey Barnes, Spokesperson for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, explains the program and how people can sign up. Apply online between June 15 and June 26 at, or by calling or texing RELIEF to 833-440-0420.