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Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur is KYUK’s English Language News Reporter. 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.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Last week, Governor Bill Walker declared the state’s opioid epidemic a public health disaster and issued administrative orders directing all departments of the state government to apply for federal funds to address the crisis. As the executive branch is mobilizing in hopes of mitigating the epidemic, KYUK is checking in with the opioid treatment program at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for an update.


Will Mader / KTVA

Twenty years ago this past weekend, Evan Ramsey shot and killed two people at the Bethel High School: Principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios. This week, KYUK, in partnership with KTVA’s Rhonda McBride, is re-broadcasting a series that looks back on the tragedy and the Ramsey family. McBride produced the five-part series for Alaska News Nightly in 1999, two years after the shooting.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A woman was found dead after hours in the VFW sauna.

Maria Bell, age 31, of Chevak was unresponsive when she was discovered in the sauna of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in Bethel. She was taken to the Emergency Room and pronounced dead.

Alaska State Troopers

A man from Alakanuk was found dead about 50 yards from his house after getting his snowmachine stuck in a deep snowbank. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

At least through the spring, there will be no change in the schedule at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center. A motion to close the center on Fridays and open it on Mondays failed 2-2 at last week’s Bethel City Council meeting.


Kyra John of Kwigillingok builds a computer at the February 2017 Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University Alaska Anchorage.
ANSEP

Thirty-six middle school students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District are in Anchorage completing their second week of ANSEP, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.

Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 state Rep. Zach Fansler laid out his position on proposed taxes, the Governor’s opioid disaster declaration, changes to oil and gas subsidies, and more during a live KYUK call-in show with constituents on Friday.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Lewis Pavila of Kwethluk won the 100 Mile Challenge sled dog race on Saturday. He made the run to Akiachak and down the Gweek River and back to Bethel in 7 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds, and taking home $3,237 dollars.


Representative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

District 38 Rep. Zach Fansler responded to constituent questions during a live call-in show with KYUK on February 17. Rep. Fansler commented on the House Finance Committee's proposed income tax, on the Governor declaring the state’s opioid epidemic a public health disaster, on a proposed increase in motor fuel tax, and more. Listen to the full show by clicking the play button below or by listening to a rebroadcast on Monday, February 20 at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Rachel Ayuprun / CVRF

Rural and urban Alaska can be very different worlds, and skills used in constructing buildings or maintaining equipment in one might not apply to the other. For example, most rural Alaskan communities use fuel oil for heating, while cities largely use natural gas. Most rural homes use metal roofing, while urban homes use shingles. This week, a new partnership of urban trainers and rural workers is seeing if it can take what’s taught in urban Alaska and create an apprenticeship program for rural communities. 


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