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.

The Toksook Bay dance group performs at the 2016 Cama-i Festival in Bethel.
Dean Swope / KYUK

In the 1980s, a gathering of a few traditional village dance groups in Bethel started what may now be the world's largest gathering of Alaska Native dancers: the Cama-i Dance Festival. The elders that kept the drums pounding through the generations remain the roots of this tradition, and in less than two weeks the drums will beat again. KYUK sat down with two of the Cama-i organizers to discuss how this year’s festival honors its foundation.

Oscar Samuelson drives the Napaimute plow truck "Tumlista, The One Who Makes a Trail."
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

The Kuskokwim River now has its longest ice road ever in a year when people thought there might not be any ice road at all. As of this weekend, the graded, marked road stretches 200 miles from Bethel upstream to Crooked Creek. The project has involved almost a dozen tribes, working together across months.

Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

It’s the same story, different year. Biologists are expecting another low king salmon run on the Kuskokwim River this summer, and to conserve these stocks, federal managers want to restrict fishing in the same ways as in recent years.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Maurice Andrews is the one to beat this season. The Bethel musher has won every local sled dog race he’s entered since December, except for one. And in that race, he took third. There’s also the time he lent his dog team out and they returned home champions. KYUK visited Andrews at his home to learn how he went from never having won a local race to winning four so far this season.

Courtesy of CVRF

New leaders are at the helm of the Coastal Villages Region Fund. The nonprofit swore in and formally seated seven board members this week.

Six are serving for the first time; one is an incumbent. CVRF has 20 board members total, one for each of the organization’s villages.

Garrett Lieb helped hide students in a warehouse who were running for their lives during the 1997 shooting at Bethel Regional High School. Now his daughter, Farrah Lieb, goes to school there. Both held signs during the walkout on February 28, 2018.
Amara Freeman / KYUK

On Wednesday afternoon, students walked out of class at Bethel Regional High School to raise awareness about school shootings and to demand stricter gun laws. Community members, parents, and former school staff joined them. The demonstration lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting two weeks ago. KYUK was at the Bethel school when the walkout began.

Tribal transportation departments along the Kuskokwim joined forces to plow the ice road from Bethel to Chuathbaluk, finishing on February 27, 2018.
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

It’s smooth riding from Bethel to Chuathbaluk. The ice road between the two communities has been plowed, creating 135 miles of frozen Kuskokwim highway.

Bethel musher Maurice Andrews takes first in the February 50 sled dog race on February 24, 2018.
Madelene Reichard / Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

Bethel musher Maurice Andrews is on fire. On Saturday he took first in the February 50 sled dog race, marking his fourth win of the local race season.

The Bethel Winter House will open every night at 9 p.m. from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Every night since December 1, community members in Bethel have cooked a meal for the Bethel Winter House. Each meal is a donation cooked in the home and brought to the shelter to share with people needing a warm, safe place to spend the night. After two-and-a-half months of hot meals, the Winter House needs help. It’s facing its first gap on the meal calendar on Sunday, and needs people to volunteer to make meals for most of March.

Former KYUK General Manager John McDonald has begun the long process of organizing, cataloguing, and packing the KYUK 5,000-piece video collection for shipment to Anchorage where they'll be preserved. He is pictured here in the KYUK television studio on F
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Inside KYUK, tucked deep in the station, sits the world’s largest collection of videos documenting life in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. No one knows what all 5,000 tapes contain. The cataloguing is inconsistent, and the hours of footage are uncounted. But the station believes that it’s all important and is taking steps to save it.