Ninety-one percent of eligible St. Paul residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to city officials.
In the Y-K Delta, health care providers worry that the state’s overwhelmed hospitals could mean that if someone gets injured, medical care might not be available to them.
Nobody has moved from Newtok to Mertarvik since 2019, when about a third of the community’s approximately 350 residents migrated over.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is urging the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to change how hospitals connect patients to intensive care beds across Alaska.
Widespread use of serial rapid testing changed the course of the pandemic in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
For Yukon River families, chum is particularly important. Chinook salmon have been low for decades, but chum were the fish they could depend on.
With salmon runs low and commercial fishing closed, the Yukon River’s only fish processor is offering few jobs this summer.
Subsistence fishing on the lower Yukon River is closed for both king and chum salmon. Residents who usually depend heavily on the fish are pivoting toward other ways to get meat.
The Yukon River has seen its worst summer chum salmon run on record, and its third-worst chinook run.
It was the summer of 1996 when William Young — an Alaskan fond of wilderness and solitude — survived an attack by a brown bear.