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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.

The earliest break up on record has begun in the middle Kuskokwim, but ice is still holding in the upper and lower sections of the river. That’s the results from an aerial survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which photographed the Kuskokwim from the Holitna River tributary to Napakiak on Monday.

Middle Kuskokwim river ice is shifting and jamming as what’s predicted to be the Kuskokwim’s earliest break up on record gets underway.

The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two weeks remain to comment on the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. Most comments so far focus on subsistence and economic impacts, according to Keith Gordon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager overseeing the over 5,000 page document.

(Left to right) Barrick USA Executive Director Andy Cole, Donlin Gold General Manager Stan Foo, and NOVAGOLD President and CEO Greg Lang.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Two weeks remain to submit public comments on the proposed Donlin Gold mine’s draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. This week, we have a two-part episode on the proposed mine.

Part 1: A conversation with Donlin General Manager Stan Foo, NOVAGOLD President and CEO Greg Lang, and USA Barrick Gold General Manager Andy Cole discussing how the proposed mine might affect the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Listen to Part 1:

  

The board of the Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority has designated Mark Charlie as the organization’s new president and CEO.

“I look forward to working with every tribe and their tribal members and addressing their housing needs. And I want to hear from them on what we’re doing and how we can improve,” Charlie said.

Charlie has worked with the Housing Authority for more than 20 years, beginning as Director of Housing Management in 1995, transitioning to Deputy Director, and then becoming Chief Financial Officer.

Washers at Q2’s laundromat.
Dean Swope / KYUK

A new laundromat is being constructed in Bethel. The Swanson’s Quick Food Center, better known as Q2, broke ground on the new addition last fall and expects to open to the public June 1.

The laundromat holds six standard washers and dryers along with one super washer and dryer for bulk items like blankets and sleeping bags. Cliff Linderoth, facilities manager, says the machines are quarter operated with a quarter dispenser available in the laundry area.

The price per load, Linderoth says, is still being worked out.

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Bethel City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday to authorize reimbursements to Bethel property owners who the city overcharged on real estate taxes for more than a decade, following a typo in the city’s tax code.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel City Council introduced an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting to cap council meeting times. The proposal, introduced by Council Member Nikki Hoffman, would stop regularly scheduled meetings at 11:00 p.m. with the option to recess until the following day with a two-thirds majority vote.

June McAtee, vice president of Land and Shareholder Services at Calista, with Greg Lang, NOVAGOLD president and CEO. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)
Dean Swope / KYUK

Donlin Gold leaders are meeting with key entities along the Kuskokwim this week.

NOVAGOLD President and CEO Greg Lang, Barrick Executive Director Andy Cole, and Donlin Gold General Manager Stan Foo arrived in Bethel Monday to meet with community members and leaders on the proposed Donlin Gold mine.

The group, joined by partners and consultants, held a community forum to answer questions and present information on the project.

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