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.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The mat is where it’s at this weekend, and Bethel could see some of the best matches in the country as the three-day Bethel Wrestling Invitational begins Thursday. Around 300 wrestlers from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and beyond are competing at the Bethel Regional High School gym.

He says that his cast throws off his balance but increases his momentum.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Only half the teams were able to make the trip due to the weather, but Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Kasigluk’s Akiuk Memorial School, Goodnews Bay, and Oscarville made it through the low clouds and fog to compete in traditional sports at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School.


Teana Pavilla of Kasigluk's Akiuk Memorial School took second place in the Junior High School Girls One-Arm Reach, smacking a ball suspended 36 inches from the ground with one hand while balancing her body on the other hand.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

It was a smaller competition than expected, but the ambition and sweat of athletes still filled a Bethel gym this weekend at the Native Youth Olympics Invitational.

The Kuskokwim river by Aniak in late October 2017.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

Though it’s November, temperatures are above freezing, and the Kuskokwim is running ice-free. After a warm front swept through the region last week, rising temperatures and rain melted the little ice that had formed.

Mark Leary has been measuring the Kuskokwim’s ice thickness for the National Weather Service for 20 years. Standing on the bank of the river in front of Bethel on Thursday, he told KYUK that this open water is unusual, but that we have been here before.

Isaiah Charles from Newtok competes in the one-foot high kick.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Native Youth Olympics is the sport to watch this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, two NYO Invitationals are happening in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. One in Bethel at Gladys Jung Elementary, the other in Mekoryuk at the Nuniwarmiut School.

Lisa Demer, ADN Western Alaska correspondent, in April 2017 outside her Bethel home/office.
Lisa Demer / Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Dispatch News reporter Lisa Demer is really going to miss Bethel. After covering Western Alaska for three years, the paper has pulled Demer back to Anchorage following a large reduction in staff. Demer has become a friend to the region and hopes to continue covering the area.

The Bethel Warriors placed third at the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament at Bethel Regional High School on October 27 and 28, 2017.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Utqiaġvik Whalers and Kotzebue Huskies are heading to the state volleyball championships after wins in Bethel this weekend. Bethel Regional High School hosted the 3A Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Bethel Regional High School's volleyball team is competing on their home turf in the Western Conference Regional Tournament on October 27 and 28, 2017.
Courtesy of Bethel Warrior Volleyball

Volleyball teams from Northwest Alaska hubs are competing in Bethel this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Bethel Regional High School is hosting the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament. The competition begins at 1 p.m., with Nome playing Kotzebue. Bethel and Utqiaġvik will face off at 3 p.m. Second round games begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The winner of the 8:30 p.m. game will be named conference champion and head to state. Second place will be determined by the winner of Saturday's match at 2 p.m.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Friday marks the end of an era at KYUK: the Geezer Rock era. After working with the radio station since its beginning in 1971, Peter Twitchell is signing off. For the last time, Peter’s music show “Geezer Rock” will broadcast live into homes across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta from 1 to 3 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Tuntutuliak elder James Charles as a "Conservation Hero" at the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention for his more than 50 years of partnership with the federal service.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

When there’s a meeting on the Kuskokwim concerning fish or wildlife, Tuntutuliak elder James Charles is usually at the table. He’s been at that table for decades, kindly looking at managers over his glasses and offering a guiding voice. At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Charles as a “Conservation Hero.”