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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.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

State agencies are recommending no subsistence activities in fuel-contaminated areas around the village of Scammon Bay until breakup is complete. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Department of Health and Social Services have issued a community advisory and posted fact sheets around the town with this information.

National Weather Service

Bethel is celebrating its Breakup Bash tonight; boats are already cruising the river between Bethel and Kwethluk; and more boats are expected to head out this weekend. But that does not mean that breakup is over. The water Bethel is seeing is just one open segment of a river still full of significant ice cover.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will manage the federal waters of the lower Kuskokwim River during the king salmon run of 2018.
Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Who will manage the Lower Kuskokwim subsistence fishery this summer and how they will do it will be decided in the middle of this month.


Lilly Carter of Kwigillingok and Ben Kuntz of Bethel were named the Kuskokwim Ice Classic winners when the sinking tripod in front of Bethel stopped the clock at 7:51 p.m. on May 2, 2018. William Savo of Dillingham won the Minute Madness competition.
Kuskokwim Ice Classic

It’s official. The Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel has broken. The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sunk through the ice, stopping the clock at 7:51 p.m. on Wednesday. With that, the competition designated three lucky winners to take home thousands of dollars in prize money.


Sen. Dan Sullivan presents KYUK with a Congressional Tribute to retired KYUK employee John Active. Sullivan presented the honor after a live, call-in show at KYUK with Radio Director Julia Jimmie, News Director Anna Rose MacArthur, and Yup'ik translator P
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

King salmon, alcohol, Medicaid, and climate change are some of the biggest issues facing the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Callers from across the region asked U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan what he could do about them during a live, call-in show on KYUK on Tuesday.


The Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod began sinking Wednesday afternoon on May 2, 2018, but the clock continues counting down to break up.
Kuskokwim Ice Classic

Update: The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod clock stopped at 7:51 p.m. on May 2, 2018. The organizers are determining a winner.

Original story: The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod has sunk, leaving only its colorful, wooden points sticking out of the rotten ice. But the line connecting the tripod to a ticking clock is still holding, and the clock continues counting down to break up.

The Kuskokwim River downstream of Kalskag on May 2, 2018. Kalskag was placed under a flood watch by the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon after the ice began to shift.
National Weather Service

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Kuskokwim River ice remains jammed in the Middle River at Birch Crossing. There the Kuskowkim makes a sharp 100-degree bend, where ice gets trapped every year.

Jumbled ice flows past Aniak on May 1, 2018.
National Weather Service, Alaska, River Watch

Aniak is under a flood advisory and low-lying areas near the barge and gravel pit are under a few inches of water. The ice in the Upper Kuskokwim River moved past the village this morning, and with a risk of flood, the school canceled classes.

The Kuskokwim River will soon have eyes in the sky to monitor breakup and issue updates on river conditions. The NOAA River Watch team is scheduled to launch from Aniak on Tuesday morning. The crew will fly upstream and begin sharing what it sees.

Sheets of thin, rotten Kuskokwim River ice have beached near Napaimute on April 30, 2018. The white marks on the ice pick sit 12 inches apart.
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

Breakup along the Upper Kuskokwim River is happening in sections rather than a crashing cascade from the headwaters. The river by Red Devil and Napaimute is open, but between those villages, ice is jammed by Crooked Creek and Georgetown. From Chuathbaluk downriver, the ice is holding for now.


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