Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
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Sleetmute and Red Devil have declared local disaster emergencies following flood damage

Tim Andreanoff lives in Sleetmute. He remembers the water rising fast, flooding his yard around 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Alaskans have until June 11 to mail in their US House ballot

Many rural post offices are not open on Saturdays and many send their mail to Anchorage for postmark, so voting officials recommend mailing ballots early.
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The largest April wildfire in Alaska in a quarter century is burning near Kwethluk

The fire still is not threatening the community of Kwethluk or any Native allotments.
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Pete Kaiser finishes 5th in the 2022 Iditarod, followed by Richie Diehl in 6th

Pete Kaiser and his dog team raced across the Iditarod finish line at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in fifth place. Family and friends from Anchorage, Aniak, and his hometown of Bethel crowded beneath the famed burled...
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Bogus Creek 150 will race this weekend from Bethel over what could be a slow, snowy trail

The roster is stacked with names familiar to the Kuskokwim mushing community.
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‘So happy’: Akiachak’s John Snyder is final musher across K300 finish line

Despite the early hour, a large crowd gathered to welcome John Snyder and his seven-dog team as he finished his race.
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Federal disasters declared for 14 Alaska fisheries

The federal disaster declarations include the 2020 Kuskokwim River salmon fishery and the 2020 and 2021 Yukon River salmon fisheries.
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Association of Village Council Presidents enacts COVID vaccine mandate for employees

Under the policy, all employees must be fully vaccinated against the virus by Jan. 4, 2022.
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Pilot Station hunters return home after a week stranded at fish camp. Here’s their story.

After seven days, they left fish camp with just the clothes on their backs and what they could fit in their pockets: their phones and GPS.
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Bethel will host Alaska’s only licensed practical nursing certificate program

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for health care workers in rural areas. A quick search on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation website shows 25 job openings for licensed practical nurses in Bethel alone.
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Yukon-Kuskokwim hospital operating under crisis standards of care

It issued a written statement on Wednesday saying that the corporation is operating at capacity and has adopted new clinical guidelines for dispensing care.
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The quality of care is falling in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as cases surge statewide

Alaska is reporting the highest COVID-19 case rate per capita of any state, according to the New York Times tracker. The statewide surge in cases is straining resources and staff, causing patients to receive a lower quality of care than before the surge.
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Bethel doctor advises residents to avoid physical risks as hospital beds grow scarce

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges says if Alaskans get hurt, they might not be able to receive adequate health care as surging COVID-19 cases destabilize the state's health care system.
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Search abandoned for plane that sent distress signal near St. Mary’s

Two weekends ago, Alaska State Troopers were notified of an aircraft emergency locator signal activated about 40 miles northwest of the community of St. Mary’s. But no planes were reported overdue.
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In Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, rapid testing helped slow fall COVID surge

Widespread use of serial rapid testing changed the course of the pandemic in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Yukon-Kuskokwim health CEO urges governor to mandate masks and encourage required vaccination

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation President and CEO Dan Winkelman is urging Gov. Mike Dunleavy to instate public health restrictions to contain the virus’ spread.
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YKHC becomes latest Alaska health care provider to require vaccination

Many other Alaska health care organizations are also requiring their employees to get their COVID-19 vaccines, including Providence Health & Services Alaska and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
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Troopers arrest Chefornak man for threatening health workers offering COVID vaccines

Alaska State Troopers recently arrested a Chefornak man for a list of charges, including terroristic threatening of health care workers offering COVID-19 vaccines. On July 15, a tribal police officer in Chefornak called the Alaska...
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State steps in to coordinate salmon deliveries to Yukon River communities

Low runs have meant no subsistence fishing for king or chum salmon on the Yukon River this summer, so the Dunleavy administration has asked Fish and Game to coordinate deliveries of salmon other Alaska processors to Yukon River communities.