Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

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Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
a fish, a chum salmon, underwater.

Chum fishing will remain closed on the Yukon amid projections for another low fall run

Fish and Game is projecting that fewer than 300,000 fall chum will return to the Yukon River.
people in a boat pull up a net

Subsistence fishing for Yukon River Chinook and summer chum will likely remain closed through the end of the season

It’s a possibility that fishery managers had warned could happen since before the salmon arrived.
An aerial photo of smoldering tundra

The East Fork Fire is no longer threatening lower Yukon River communities

Cooler, moister weather forecast for the coming days is expected to reduce the fire risk even more.
A mother and children sit at the National Guard Armory in Bethel, AK.

People who fled the lower Yukon River tundra fires are asking when they can return home

People who left communities threatened by the East Fork Fire on the lower Yukon River are asking when they will be able to return home.
A fire crew moves brush away from a firebreak

Historic tundra fire spreads within 3.5 miles of St. Mary’s as another fire burns 10 miles from Sleetmute

“The next 72 hours are critical,” the BLM wrote in a statement on Sunday morning.
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Two people severely hurt in Bethel fire that burned two homes

The fire department determined the fire started unintentionally from “discarded smoking material in dry grass.”
Smoking ruins of burned buildings

Kasigluk fire destroyed 3 buildings on campus but spared the school

More is now known about the extent of the damage from the fire that burned on May 26 at the Akiuk Memorial School campus in Kasigluk.
two people look out on the water

Beluga whales swam up the Kuskokwim River to Bethel and scientists want samples of them

In an unusual event, a pair of beluga whales swam about 60 miles up the Kuskokwim River to Bethel. After word got out, boaters pursued the belugas and took at least one of them. Now, an official is working to collect samples of the animal to better understand where it came from.
Smoke rises from a school building off the water

Crews contain fire in Southwest Alaska that burned school buildings

The fire burned a building that housed the school's old generator and then spread to principal and teacher housing.
a community seen by plane

Sleetmute and Red Devil have declared local disaster emergencies following flood damage

Tim Andreanoff lives in Sleetmute. He remembers the water rising fast, flooding his yard around 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Alaskans have until June 11 to mail in their US House ballot

Many rural post offices are not open on Saturdays and many send their mail to Anchorage for postmark, so voting officials recommend mailing ballots early.
Aerial photo of a large fire burning in brown tundra

The largest April wildfire in Alaska in a quarter century is burning near Kwethluk

The fire still is not threatening the community of Kwethluk or any Native allotments.
a musher and a small child arrive to Nome

Pete Kaiser finishes 5th in the 2022 Iditarod, followed by Richie Diehl in 6th

Pete Kaiser and his dog team raced across the Iditarod finish line at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in fifth place. Family and friends from Anchorage, Aniak, and his hometown of Bethel crowded beneath the famed burled...
Dogs jumping in their harnasses

Bogus Creek 150 will race this weekend from Bethel over what could be a slow, snowy trail

The roster is stacked with names familiar to the Kuskokwim mushing community.
Man smoking cigarette and waving in sealskin hat

‘So happy’: Akiachak’s John Snyder is final musher across K300 finish line

Despite the early hour, a large crowd gathered to welcome John Snyder and his seven-dog team as he finished his race.
A man and a girl stand on a river shore with boats in the background.

Federal disasters declared for 14 Alaska fisheries

The federal disaster declarations include the 2020 Kuskokwim River salmon fishery and the 2020 and 2021 Yukon River salmon fisheries.
The outside of a building that says: Joe Lomack Building.

Association of Village Council Presidents enacts COVID vaccine mandate for employees

Under the policy, all employees must be fully vaccinated against the virus by Jan. 4, 2022.