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.

Nunapitchuk Village Police Officer Kyle Wassillie, 26, was shot and killed Sunday in Napaskiak.

Adam Williams, 19, of Napaskiak has been arrested for murder in the first degree. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 to 99 years in prison.

Dept. of the Interior

Update 9 a.m. August 1, 2017: The FAA has fixed the weather observation system in St. Mary's, and large planes are now able to fly in and out of the airport.  

Original story posted July 31, 2017: The number of fish buyers on the Yukon River remains at one: Kwik’Pak Fisheries based in District 1. That number was set to rise to two on Monday, but problems with air transportation prevented it.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Marie Beebe Lupie, 46, was dead when the police arrived at a Bethel home early Sunday morning. She appeared to have suffered multiple bruises and lacerations, usually associated with a severe beating.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Meat and blubber from the whale killed Thursday evening in the Kuskokwim River is currently being distributed to surrounding villages. Six boats dragged the 37-foot long whale to shallow water between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. A yellow front end loader then carried the carcass to the Napaskiak shore. 

Courtesy of Paul Smith II

A video posted on Facebook Thursday night shows locals shooting a whale in the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak. The video may be disturbing for some viewers.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Fishermen from Napaskiak and surrounding communities have found the whale that sank to the bottom of the Kuskokwim River after being killed on Thursday.

Courtesy of Paul Smith II from Facebook

Napaskiak and surrounding villages are working to salvage a whale killed yesterday in the Kuskokwim River. Fishermen are currently out on the water during this evening’s low tide, trying to bring the carcass to shore.

The legal implications of this incident are unclear at this point, but it is clear that whales are protected species under federal law and international treaty.

Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The lone buyer registered to purchase silver salmon on the Kuskokwim says not to count on him showing up. The processing vessel Akutan was scheduled to anchor in Kuskokwim Bay next week, but its owner says that the bank won’t lend him the money to buy fish. 

Drying salmon strips

Most subsistence users in the Middle Kuskokwim did not get the amount of salmon they were hoping for this season. That’s according to fish surveys conducted by the Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC). They talked with nearly 80 fish camps from early June through last week about their experience fishing on the Kuskokwim River this season.

From left to right, Avery Hoffman, Anna Pavila, and Janessa Esquible spent the summer conducting fish surveys for ONC. Today they share what subsistence users told them about fishing on the Kuskokwim this season.
Katie Basile / KYUK

From early June until last week, Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) surveyors visited fish camps in the Middle Kuskokwim. They talked with subsistence users about their experience fishing this season, asking how many fish they were catching, how many were caught, if users were harvesting as much as they had planned, and more. Responses varied. ONC has been conducting these surveys for about 15 years. This seaspn, many of the surveyors were local youth. We discuss how youth can get involved with this work, and what they gain professionally and personally when they do. John Active translates the show into Yup'ik.