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.

This year, as in previous years, the Kuskokwim River drainage will close to sport fishing for king salmon. The earlier closures were prompted by low king numbers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts another low return of king salmon along the river and is issuing regulations to conserve the species.

The office of Sen. Dan Sullivan

Join KYUK for a live, call-in show with U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan on Tuesday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to noon. We'll have a Yup'ik translator on board. There’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital, and you have a chance to ask questions to someone who is there to represent you. So call in with your questions for the Senator. Or email your questions to or to KYUK's Facebook messenger. Thanks for participating!

Google Earth / Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

How gasoline escaped the community of Scammon Bay’s tank farm and entered a nearby river may be due to an oversight during a routine operation. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reports that as the owners were removing water that had collected around the tanks, leaked gasoline might have been pumped out with it.

Gasoline is flowing into the Kun River near the community of Scammon Bay after thousands of gallons of fuel leaked from its tank farm. The Village Corporation that operates the tanks is not commenting on the incident at this time, but the City of Scammon Bay and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are advising people not to fish or hunt near the contaminated area.

Broken light fixtures line the Russian Mission runway following a vandalism spree by a group of young children during the third weekend in April of 2018.
Jim Duffy

Night flights can now land in Russian Mission. All the runway lights in the community are fixed following a vandalism spree over the weekend.

The rotting Kuskokwim River at Crooked Creek on April 24, 2018.
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

Breakup has begun on the Upper Kuskokwim, and the rest of the river is expected to follow soon. Rain and warming temperatures are rapidly weakening the ice, and Search and Rescue groups are issuing travel warnings urging people to stay off the river.

The Russian Mission airstrip should be fully functional again as soon as Tuesday afternoon. Over the weekend, a group of young children smashed more than 50 runway lights in a single evening, destroying the lighting system. That meant no planes could land after dark, including medevacs.

Open holes have appeared near Tuluksak and Kwethluk, and the rest of the river is expected to break up soon. 

Extreme ice encasing a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has disrupted phone and internet services throughout the area since March.

Lower Yukon and nearby coastal communities can expect spotty phone and internet services to continue. Unusually thick ice on a GCI communications tower near Scammon Bay has meant frequent service interruptions for surrounding communities since March.

Jessica Klejka grew up training dogs in Bethel and now works as a veterinarian in Big Lake. Her dog care skills shone as she took home fourth place and the Humanitarian Award in the Kobuk 440 Sled Dog Race this weekend in Northwest Alaska.