Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

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Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
A man and a woman with american flag gear stand at a table. The man is looking at his phone, the wooan is signing a paper

Bethel elections chairperson hung Trump flags near polling site. Voters aren’t happy about it

The partisan displays have seeded doubts about the Bethel election process and raised ethical concerns.
An Alaska Native man stands on the beach with bots seen behind him.

Plans for Y-K Delta tribal government move forward, with help from regional corp.

Calista offered support and funding to set up a regional tribal government. The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government recently created a constitution.
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Search for 7 missing Quinhagak boaters paused indefinitely

The search for seven boaters missing since Oct. 20 was called off as ice formed across the river and a blizzard hit the region.
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Coast Guard ends search for 7 boaters missing from Quinhagak

Local search efforts continued for the boaters, who were last seen near Eek.
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Search continues for 7 boaters missing near Quinhagak

Searchers continue looking for the seven people who went missing while boating to Quinhagak last week.
A hand with a blue glove drops a test tube in a ziploc bag held by two green hands.

Due to national shortage, health workers in Western Alaska are forced to reuse gloves

Workers are wearing the same gloves for up to six patients and sanitizing the gloves with alcohol-based hand sanitizer between patients.
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COVID-19 surge in Y-K Delta continues with 92 new cases on Wednesday

The area now has the highest case rate in the state.
A man in a blue hospital gown and a blue surgical mask passes a swab to a man in a blue hoody from across the table

“Dramatic surge” of COVID-19 in Yukon-Kuskokwim region: 78 cases reported in one day

A Y-K Delta Elder in their 70s passed away due to COVID-19 complications, the fourth death in the region attributed to COVID-19
A hand with a blue glove drops a test tube in a ziploc bag held by two green hands.

Yukon-Kuskokwim COVID-19 spike shows pandemic could be ‘out of control’

Health officials are urging residents of the Y-K Delta to avoid all gatherings after 126 new cases were reported in the past two weeks.

COVID-19 puts 3 Southwest Alaska villages into lockdown

At least three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are in lockdown after residents tested positive for COVID-19: Quinhagak, Kipnuk and Kasigluk.
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Aniak honors 5 teenagers who rescued survivors from plane crash

The teenagers helped pull the survivors from a Division of Forestry plane that crashed into a lake this spring.
A woman dressed in a white lab coat stands in front of a table. Another woman with protective gear stands in a dooray befhind her.

Halfway through July, number of COVID-19 cases tied to Y-K Delta doubles

So far, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 26 cases of COVID-19 related to the region.

Napaskiak residents asked to shelter in place after COVID-19 case identified

A Napaskiak resident tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and officials worry about community spread of the virus in the small Southwest Alaska village of about 400 people.

Second test on Quinhagak girl suggests false positive

After a girl under the age of 10 reportedly tested positive in the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak, health officials now say that they believe that test result was incorrect.

A young girl tested positive for coronavirus in Quinhagak, but leaders say they’re ready

Representatives from the regional health corporation landed in the village within hours of the announcement and immediately began testing community members.

Health corporation urges coronavirus testing for anyone traveling to Bethel

Healthcare workers are worried after the first case in the region outside of Bethel was reported last week.

Special hunt opens for two musk ox stranded on island off of Nunivak coast

Biologists fear the animals will starve on the small island that lacks fresh water and enough vegetation

Nunapitchuk, a small village in the Y-K Delta, is in lockdown after a positive test for COVID-19

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that the person was traveling from Anchorage when they tested positive at the Bethel airport before heading to a nearby village, Nunapitchuk, the same day.
An aerial view of Toksook Bay, showing snow-covered houses in a compact village with snowy sea ice in the foreground.

U.S. Census Bureau restarts door-to-door counting

The hand-delivery of census materials began in rural Alaska in mid-March, but was discontinued three days later.