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On this episode of Coffee at KYUK, we hear part two of a list of Yup’ik teachings to help us get through this pandemic. Our guests are Rose Dominik, Director of Preventative Services for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Behavioral Health Department, and Mary Beaver, an advisory Elder to the program who worked in behavioral health for many years.


Diane McEachern

As of Dec. 7, 15 people with the virus have been medevaced out of the Y-K Delta for serious illness related to COVID-19. But what happens after? Wilson Green talks about taking care of his mother, Bethel Elder Esther Green, after she was medevaced from Bethel due to COVID-19.


It’s been a long, hard year dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and things could get even harder this winter. To learn how to better cope with what’s happening, KYUK turned to two women who have spent their careers guiding people through hard times using traditional Yup’ik teachings. Our guests are Rose Dominik, Director of Preventative Services for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Behavioral Health Department, and Mary Beaver, who worked in that department for many years and is now an advisory Elder with the program. KYUK talks with Beaver and Dominik about a list of Yup'ik teachings to help us get through the pandemic. Dominik responds to the inital question first.


The Bethel Winter House, located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, provides a warm place for people to sleep during the coldest months of the year.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for housing for Bethel's homeless is growing more apparent. To address that need, the Bethel Winter House is remodeling the old senior center to become a year-round homeless shelter. Also, COVID-19 has proven to be a problem for Bethel's homeless population.

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Bethel's Saturday Markets take a new form this holiday season.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

This year, the Holiday Saturday markets in Bethel are going virtual. Our guest is Teddi Worrock, a coordinator for the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center. She gives us the run-down on the Virtual Holiday Bazaar.

Lucy Ivan of Akiak
Photo by Rachel Williams, courtesy of Cynthia Ivan

Cynthia Ivan of Akiak lost her Grandmother, Lucy Ivan, to COVID-19 earlier this month. Cynthia wrote about the experience on Facebook, and her thoughts and observations were later printed in the Anchorage Daily News. On Coffee at KYUK, Cynthia reads the first part of her story, and then talks about her experience and why she wanted to share it with others.


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation held a virtual town hall on Nov. 23 to answer the region’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic. We’re airing a portion of that town hall, which focuses on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and testing. Panelists included YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, YKHC Infection Prevention physician Dr. Elizabeth Bates, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, ANMC Acting Administrator Dr. Bob Onders, State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin, and AVCP President Vivian Korthuis. The event was moderated by YKHC Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky.


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation held a virtual town hall on Nov. 23 to answer the region’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the first part of the town hall, which has been slightly edited for broadcast. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges started off speaking about the state of the pandemic in the region.


Many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are in lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, including Kwethluk on the Kuskokwim River. Kwethluk has been under strict pandemic restrictions since spring, and entered lockdown in mid-October. On Nov. 19, KYUK spoke with Jordan Fisher, the COVID-19 Incident Commander for the Organized Village of Kwethluk, about the village's pandemic restrictions.


Alaskan author and poet Don Rearden.
Joe Yelverton

Listen to Don Rearden, who grew up in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, read from his first book of poems, "Without a Paddle". The poems reflect his life as lived and remembered. It’s possible to recognize friends and neighbors in the words, and to step a bit into the reality of rural Alaska life.


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