Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

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Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Bethel Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser to deliver 2019 AFN keynote address

Pete Kaiser, last year’s Iditarod Champion and Bethel’s own hometown hero, will deliver the Keynote Address at this year's Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

Plans for moving Napakiak school fuel tanks to develop at pace of erosion

There is a dire situation developing on the lower Kuskokwim River. The river is approaching the Napakiak school fuel tanks, and inside those tanks sit 34,000 gallons of diesel. Meanwhile, the season of fall storms lies ahead.

New water tests show Bethel lead and copper levels meet federal standards

A large infrastructure project last fall is the suspected cause of elevated copper and lead levels discovered at some locations in Bethel’s City Subdivision.

Napakiak loses access to a main road as riverbank erosion persists

Storms tore more land away from Napakiak’s already heavily eroded riverbank in early August. About eight feet of bank fell into the Kuskokwim River, adding to the more than 100 feet of shoreline that has already been lost this year.

Why has Bethel been so wet? It’s been swimming in an atmospheric river

An “atmospheric river" is what it sounds like - a channel of very moist air coursing across the globe, up in the air. And it’s what’s been drenching parts of Alaska, including the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Bethel city water testing from September 2018 shows levels of copper exceeding federal standards in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center water system. (Photo by Christine Trudeau, KYUK - Bethel)

Bethel water testing shows lead and copper levels exceeding federal standards

Bethel residents are being advised to take precautions after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in the city’s drinking water from select locations. The city is awaiting results from additional tests and discussing solutions.
Fishermen found dead chum salmon lining the banks of the Koyukuk River. (Photo courtesy of ADF&G)

Scientists need help studying dead salmon in Yukon area

Dead chum salmon are lining the banks of one of the Yukon River’s largest tributaries. Koyukuk River residents and scientists alike suspect the deaths are related to the river’s warm water. A team of scientists headed to the river on July 26 to gather data.
(Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK - Bethel)

Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

Never-before-seen temperatures in the Kuskokwim River likely sent salmon into cardiac arrest.

Questions surrounding Supreme Court decision mean no federal officers patrolling Lower Kuskokwim

A U.S. Supreme Court decision is impacting the enforcement of fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim River. For the first time in at least seven years, no federal wildlife officers are patrolling the lower Kuskokwim River during king salmon season.

If you’ve reported a sexual assault to Alaska State Troopers, a UAA researcher wants to hear from you

Alaska has one of the nation’s highest rates of sexual assault, and the state wants to improve how it responds to people who report these crimes to state troopers. A researcher leading a study on the topic is asking for help.

Napakiak mourns after two prisoners die in jail fire

Two prisoners died early Sunday morning when flames engulfed the Napakiak jail.

AK: What happens when a community gets running water? People get healthier

What’s it like to go from hauling all your water and sewer to one day being able to turn on the faucet and flush a toilet? In Eek, a multi-year project is wrapping up bringing running water to the community for the first time.

Bethel gives hero’s welcome to Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser

Bethel welcomed home its own Iditarod champion in grand fashion Monday night. Musher Pete Kaiser returned to Bethel on the evening jet after winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Pete Kaiser fans in Bethel celebrate hometown musher’s victory

If you heard a roar early Wednesday morning, it likely came from Pete Kaiser fans cheering across Alaska.

Musher Mike Williams Jr. spending this Iditarod at home with family and dogs

The Iditarod restart kicked off Sunday afternoon in Willow. A notable Western Alaska musher will be absent from the pack.

49 Voices: Katy Miller of Eek

This week we're hearing from Katy Miller in Eek. Miller is the Yup'ik teacher at the village school.

49 Voices: Peter Atchak of Bethel

This week we're hearing from Peter Atchak in Bethel. Atchak was the president of the Bethel volunteer Search and Rescue team for years, before retiring 6 years ago.

AK: Hunters sleep in Bethel parking lot to get muskox permits

Muskoxen are prized for their fatty, flavorful meat and soft, warm fur. Every year, thousands of people apply online for less than 200 winter permits to hunt them in Alaska. Or, for the truly devoted, you can travel to Bethel to sign up in person.

Federal government shutdown makes safety on the Kuskokwim more expensive

Usually, Bethel Search and Rescue would be calling a pilot at the local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office to schedule a survey of Kuskokwim River ice conditions, but the current government shutdown has shuttered that partnership.

Meet the woman who makes sure K300 dogs are ready to race

There’s no physician for the mushers during the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, but a team of volunteer veterinarians checks each dog before the race, at the checkpoints, and after the teams cross the finish. The program has come together for nearly 30 years largely through of the efforts of one woman.