Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

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Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

KYUK has begun adding to the web its self-proclaimed world’s largest collection of Yup’ik and Cup’ik videos. The collection captures glimpses of nearly half a century of life on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and for the first time is becoming available to anyone searching the web. Listen now

Taking a moose usually means carrying home 500 pounds of meat. Cutting and preparing that meat can take all day. But Bill Howell can do it in a few hours. Add another Bill and they can do it in half. Bethel has a small shop where customers come with legs and torsos, and leave with packages of steaks, ribs, roasts, and other tasty meats. Listen now

Desa Jacobsson is remembered for her weeks long fasts and multiple arrests to call attention to violence against Alaska Native women, Native rights, subsistence, and environmental issues. Listen now

A two-year-long investigation culminated today with the charging of 23 Bethel residents, most of them cab drivers, for allegedly selling alcohol without a license.Listen now

Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management. Listen now

Alaskans across the state will continue developing technical skills, like welding and dental therapy, with the signing of House Bill 141. Listen now

With gillnet fishing limited to only a few days on the Kuskokwim for most of June and July, some people on the river turned to alternative ways of filling their smokehouses. In Sleetmute, Barb Carlson and Maggie Bobby ran a fish wheel to get their season's catch of red salmon and to help their neighbors. Listen now

Rural health aides have a long, successful history of improving access to health care in Alaska. Now, a dental program based on that model is improving oral care in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Listen now

Climate change may be responsible for pushing Alaska’s Gray Whales up into estuaries and rivers like the Kuskokwim. Listen now
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For the second year in a row, there will be no commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim. Listen now

The state has reversed its decision to allow Yukon River fishermen to sell king salmon. Listen now

Fishermen are selling more salmon than the Yukon River’s only buyer can handle. On Monday, record-breaking sales closed a commercial opening for fishermen upriver. Those fishermen spent Tuesday watching tens of thousands of dollars swim by during the river’s first opportunity to sell king salmon this decade. Listen now

The Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers are having opposite experiences with king salmon this season. Listen now

What happens after fire scorches the tundra, and what follows when carbon that’s been locked away for millennia gets released? Currently, a group of scientists is camping 50 miles north of Bethel, attempting to answer these questions. For one scientist the research is personal, because it means coming home. Listen now

Anyone hoping to hear good news about the king salmon run on the Kuskokwim is going to be disappointed; the numbers are just not there. No decision on another opening is likely until Friday. Listen now

The driving question over the last several years, and the one that’s being asked again as biologists warn that 2017 could be the lowest king salmon run on record, is: why is the king run on the Kuskokwim so low? Listen now

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has more dogs than it can care for. A veterinarian travels to Bethel once a month, but no such service exists in the villages. Unvaccinated and uncared for, stray dogs threaten a community’s well being. Now, two organizations have teamed up to work with Delta communities to fix the issue. Listen now

The Association of Village Council Presidents is calling for the reinstatement of the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area. Listen now

One of the most significant films about Yup’ik culture has been digitally restored. The Drums of Winter is an award-winning documentary shot in Emmonak 40 years ago that tells the story of Yup’ik dancing and potlatching between Emmonak and Alakanuk. After three years of restoration work, it's now being shown around the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Listen now
“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.

Beginning June 12, management of king salmon on the lower and middle Kuskokwim River will switch from state to federal control. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hand over management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Listen now