Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
Two lab technicians wearing protective equipment transfer vials from a box.

After 4 months, Y-K Delta no longer has highest COVID-19 rate in Alaska

The highest case rate in the state is now in the Mat-Su Borough.
A vial of vaccine

For the first time in 6 months, Bethel has week with no new COVID-19 cases

Despite the declines, the region still maintains the highest COVID-19 case rate in the state, a position the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has held since October 2020.
A health worker in a blue gown swabs travelers waiting in line outside the bethel airport

With quarter of population vaccinated, COVID-19 cases in Southwest Alaska on decline

After months with some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the country, the Y-K Delta is finally seeing a decline in cases.
Three men in big fur parkas in a cold day

Despite pandemic, Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race brings top-notch competition

Richie Diehl won the 2021 race but was followed closely by a nail-biter finish for second place between a father and his well-known son.
A health worker in a blue gown swabs travelers waiting in line outside the bethel airport

Y-K Delta health corporation recommends regional lockdown for third straight month

The region has recorded the highest COVID-19 rates in the state for months.
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Southwest Alaska villages open vaccinations for general public

Officials say everyone above the age of 16 years old will be eligible for the vaccine, after many people in the region declined to be vaccinated.
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Body identified of snowmachiner missing out of Bethel

The body of the man pulled from the open hole near Tuluksak has been identified as Joseph Hale of Hooper Bay.
A man sits at the back of the boat navigating through ice in twilight

Looking for a ‘lost one,’ young searchers find new recovery skills

The search for twp missing men has become a training ground for a new generation of search and rescue volunteers.
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2 snowmachiners drown in open water on the Kuskokwim on New Year’s Day

Two men, Peter Sallaffie and Joseph Hale, drove into an unmarked open hole in the ice near Tuluksak. The loss marks the first deaths to open water along the Kuskokwim River this winter.
Two people carry a large box into a walk-in freezer.

Project Togo underway with nearly three times the COVID-19 vaccine doses expected for Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

Nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Bethel last week. That was a welcome surprise: It was nearly three times as many doses as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation expected.
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YKHC recommends Southwest villages extend lockdown another month

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommended that all villages in the region extend their community lockdowns for an additional 30 days, until Jan. 16, 2021.
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.

Project Togo: “Light on the horizon” as Y-K Delta plans first distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Some priority residents of Y-K Delta villages, which have been hard hit by the coronavirus, will have bear their arms at the airport, likely in freezing conditions, to receive their vaccines.
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