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Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur is the KYUK News Director. She got her start reporting in Alaska at KNOM in Nome and then traveled South to report with KRTS in Marfa, Texas. Anna Rose soon missed rural Alaska and returned to the bush to join KYUK in September 2015. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop graduate.

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

How you fish on the Kuskokwim River depends on where you are. According to local fishermen, how you fish near Upper and Lower Kalskag is unlike anywhere else on the river. Fishermen in these communities claim that their unique situation requires unique fishing regulations and are meeting with tribal, federal, and state managers Tuesday, June 19 to negotiate a solution.


It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the O
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s Alcohol Task Force is convening for the first time since the AC Quickstop liquor store shut down and effectively ended legal hard liquor sales in Bethel. The Task Force is meeting on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. at Bethel City Hall.

A gillnet stretches across the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

State waters of the Kuskokwim River will have a gillnet opening on Tuesday in Section 4 of the river from Aniak upstream to the Holitna River mouth.

NORTH PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

Restrictions will likely tighten next year on the amount of salmon that the Bering Sea pollock fishery is allowed to incidentally catch, but the restrictions are not expected to have a big impact on Kuskokwim salmon returns. The offshore pollock fleet has been harvesting below the lower limit of its bycatch cap for years.


A king salmon is harvested during the Kuskokwim's gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River has entered is fifth year of fishing restrictions because of low king salmon returns, and many people along the river are urging their fellow residents to support each other during this changing time when everyone is under difficult constraints.


A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during the opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The federal waters of the lower Kuskokwim River will have another gillnet opening on Saturday, June 16 to target salmon. The regulations will be the same as the previous 6-inch opening. The next gillnet opening in state waters will be Tuesday, June 19.


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Today is the Kuskokwim River’s first 6-inch gillnet opening of the season. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., fishermen can drift and set net along the entire main stem and most tributaries. In many lower river communities, when fishermen bring their harvests to camp or to the harbor, surveyors will be there to ask questions about their catch. The surveys are anonymous and are conducted by people who live in the community. Surveyors will be in Tuntutuliak, Napaskiak, Napakiak, Kwethluk, Akiachak, and Akiak.


NORTH PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

New state data reveals that the number of king salmon returning to the Kuskokwim River has been inflated for decades. Now, the state is recommending that the body governing the Bering Sea pollock fishery adopt this new information.  If it does, restrictions on the fleet’s bycatch of king salmon could tighten, and a long-voiced demand from Kuskokwim residents could be met.

Brian Henry addresses Bethel City Council before his appointment to the body on June 5, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council has appointed Brian Henry as its newest council member. Henry fills the seat left vacant by Naim Shabani’s resignation and will serve until the October municipal elections.

A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active has retired from KYUK.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Monday, June 4, 2018 6:40 p.m. This story has been updated with more details about John's life since it was first published.

It’s a sad day at KYUK. Our friend, Yup’ik storyteller, culture bearer, translator, and longtime KYUK radio and TV host John "Aqumgaciq” Active died this Monday morning at age 69. John is irreplaceable. His broadcasting career at KYUK began in the early 1970s, and he is celebrated as a pioneer in Native media for his work spreading and preserving the Yup’ik language and culture.


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