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Over three times as many people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as compared to the rest of the nation. Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, talks with KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur about how the region became a national leader in COVID-19 vaccinations.


Michael McCastle is an American endurance athlete and philanthropist, and is also an air traffic controller in Bethel. He is the current world record holder for the number of pull-ups completed in 24 hours (5,804) while wearing a 30 pound pack. He is the founder of the Twelve Labors Project, a philanthropic organization in which McCastle performs feats of strength and endurance to raise awareness for causes. 


This morning Jamin Crow, a senior at Bethel Regional High School, talked with Kaylee King in Atmautluak and Ethan Lincoln in Toksook Bay about what life is like during the pandemic.


The Mulchatna Caribou Herd is half the size it was five years ago, and hunting the animals is closed to preserve the herd. New data shows brucellosis, a highly contagious bacteria that causes lameness and miscarriages, has infected the herd, and could make it harder for the caribou to bounce back. KYUK talks with Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen, who is researching the bacteria’s impact on the caribou.


A round up of finish line interviews with local mushers who finished in the top five places of the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Interviews include Richie Diehl, Pete Kaiser, Fr. Alexander Larson, and Isaac Underwood.

  

In the fourth and final K300 Facebook Live special, "Tales From The Trail", Will Peterson interviewed current and former KYUK staff to talk about the yearly race. Peterson sat down with former KYUK employees Rich Trotto, John McDonald, Angela Denning, and Rhonda McBride, as well as current general manager Shane Iverson to discuss how KYUK's race coverage has changed over the years.

Tune in all weekend long for coverage from the 42nd annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. 


On Friday, Jan. 30, Patrick Williams was preparing his sixth Facebook Live for the Lower Kuskokwim School District when three students jumped on and took over. In their takeover, Jamin Crow from Bethel, Ethan Lincoln from Toksook Bay, and Kaylee King from Atmautluak discussed what life and school have been like since the start of the pandemic.


The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race begins Friday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the mouth of Bethel's small boat harbor. The course will mirror the 2018 route, with mushers racing from Bethel to Bogus Creek and back, and then repeating the route. The approximately 65-mile Akiak Dash will begin Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., also at the mouth of Bethel's small boat harbor. Listen to this interview with K300 Race Manager Paul Basile to find out what to expect from this year's race, how to participate as a fan, and how to bet on the action.


On Feb. 7, Wayne Don from Mekoryuk, who is a Calista board member, was promoted to brigadier general in the Alaska National Guard. That makes him the highest ranking Alaska Native currently serving in the Alaska National Guard, and the first Alaska Native from the Y-K Delta to become a general in the Alaska National Guard.

  

In the third episode of  the "Tales from the Trail" series, Will Peterson sat down with Pete Kaiser, Richie Diehl, and their dads to discuss how they each got into mushing. Dave Diehl and Ron Kaiser looked back at their dog mushing career, while Pete and Richie look toward their future as mushers. 


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