Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
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Here’s how the Bethel hospital is preparing to respond to coronavirus

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is increasing its inventory of personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves, at its Bethel hospital and village clinics.

For rescuers retrieving passengers from Y-K crash site, the task was grim and cold

Carl Andrew has volunteered with Tuntutuliak Search and Rescue for 38 years. It’s always the hope that when searchers go out, it’s for a rescue, not a recovery, he said.

Yute Commuter Service has named pilot of plane that crashed, killing 5

Yute Commuter Service has released the name of the pilot killed in a plane accident on Thursday, Feb. 6, along the lower Kuskokwim River that also killed four passengers. The pilot, Tony Matthews, was flying a Piper PA-32R from Bethel to Kipnuk when it crashed about 11 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015.

Five dead in small commercial plane crash outside of Bethel

Bethel, Alaska — Five people are dead following a plane crash Thursday near the lower Kuskokwim community of Tuntutuliak, according to Alaska State Troopers. At 1:42 p.m., troopers were alerted to an overdue Yute...

Citing population decline, ADF&G closing hunt early for Mulchatna caribou herd

The restriction is a conservation measure following the herd’s dramatic population drop to half the size that it was three years ago.

Toksook Bay prepares to be first town counted in 2020 U.S. Census

The national count will begin in two weeks in a town in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Toksook Bay, population 590 during the previous census.

Eek Traditional Council approves funds to bring DMV to town to issue Real IDs

Starting Oct. 1, 2020 Alaskans will need Real ID compliant identification to board commercial airlines, access military bases and enter federal facilities. But the state's vast geography can make getting the document complicated.

As REAL ID deadline approaches, Toksook Bay plans to pay for a visit from the DMV

The city will be required to pay the DMV workers' airfare, lodging, and miscellaneous travel expenses, like airport parking and per diem.

Mulchatna caribou conservation efforts are just beginning, manager says

A call-in radio show hosted by Bethel-based KYUK gave local subsistence users and federal managers a chance to share local knowledge of the Mulchatna caribou and to discuss how federal authorities plan to manage the hunt.
A man pulls in a net frm a boat

Kwethluk tribe seeks to loosen some Kuskokwim set net restrictions

The tribe has submitted a proposal to the Board of Fish to allow set nets of 6-inch or less mesh to be used anywhere in the Kuskokwim River during times of king salmon conservation.
Two caribou in redish tundra and a few scattered sprice trees in the background

No one is sure why the Mulchatna caribou are disappearing in Southwest Alaska

Perhaps the animals trampled their food, but the herd was not at the peak numbers it once had decades ago. Perhaps there was heavy predation, like from wolves, but predators don’t usually cause a population to drop by half. Then there’s a theory of over-hunting, which could be a contributing factor.

A barista ministry opens the only real coffee shop in Bethel

The purpose of opening the shop is to create something rare in Bethel: a place to sit and relax in a social setting that’s not work and not home, and where you’re not expected to drop money in the double digits, like at a restaurant, Pastor Adam London said.

Mulchatna caribou herd population drops by half, prompting hunting bag limit reduction

The reason behind the disappearance of high numbers of adult caribou remains a mystery, and with the Mulchatna herd declining so quickly, managers had no choice but to reduce the bag limit.

Marshall voters want to open city-run alcohol store in dry community

After three decades of prohibiting alcohol, the dry Lower Yukon community of Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store and has begun moving in that direction.

‘It felt like we were all connected.’ Akiak teen returns from U.N. climate summit

For 17-year-old Carl Smith of Akiak, the climate crisis became real one night while driving the ice road to Bethel.

Akiak boy among those who filed legal complaint about climate change with a United Nations committee

The complaint alleges that five countries are violating children’s rights by failing to curb fossil fuel emissions and reduce the effects of the climate crisis.

Study: As alcohol access increases in Bethel, so do demands on health and safety responders

The study examined more than a decade of data from law enforcement, health providers, state agencies and non-profits.

Napakiak school fuel tanks transported to Bethel between Fall storms

The U.S. Coast Guard ordered the Lower Kuskokwim School District to empty the tanks to prevent an environmental disaster as the eroding Kuskokwim riverbank advanced towards the fuel site.

Typhoon morphs into fall storm expected to hit Kuskokwim Delta

Image from the National Weather Service Anchorage Office on Sept. 10, 2019 showing current hazards — purple means storm warning. (Image credit National Weather Service) A fall storm forming over the Bering Sea is expected to hit the...

Private plane heavy with muskox meat crashes on Nunivak Island

The four-seater aircraft crashed shortly after taking off near Cape Corwin, about 50 miles south of the community of Mekoryuk.