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Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk

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Krysti Shallenberger reports on climate, energy and natural resources development for KYUK. She travels to Alaska by way of Washington D.C., where she was an editor at Utility Dive, a trade publication, and a reporting fellow at E&E News. Krysti also reported in Wyoming, Montana and Alabama. She holds a master's in journalism from the University of Montana, focusing on natural resource and environmental issues.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska officials are hosting a public hearing at the Bethel Cultural Center on September 25 about a controversial salmon habitat initiative. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will attend.

Residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta can testify about the salmon habitat ballot initiative from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The state will use a translator for those who wish to testify or listen in Yup’ik.

The Bethel ONC Tribe passed a resolution supporting a controversial salmon ballot initiative last week. Thus far, the tribe is the first one in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to pass a resolution specifically endorsing it.

"We see this as just another step for protecting our river and protecting our way of life subsistence-wise," said ONC Executive Director Peter Evon.

Katie Basile / KYUK

While Alaska’s two biggest sled dog races have reduced their prize money, the Kuskokwim 300 is doing the opposite. The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has raised the purses of its three largest races for the fifth time in seven years. The increase is $10,000 per race. 


Patrick Sergie.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest rate of airport runway vandalism in the state, and the village of Kasigluk is the latest community to suffer from it. This time the consequences are severe: medevacs weren’t able to land in the village at night this week. 

Courtesy of Tim Leach

Colleen Fisk works for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. She travels all over the state to talk about electricity to students, and she visited Bethel last week.

"So the main purpose was visiting the schools," Fisk said. "Part of my job is teaching about energy efficiency and wind energy." 


Katie Basile / KYUK

The environmental group Earthjustice is requesting an informal review of a key water quality permit that the Department of Environmental Conservation granted to the Donlin Gold mine. Donlin could build one of the biggest gold mines in the world and is moving through the permitting process.

KYUK

Alaska state officials will hold a public hearing about a controversial ballot initiative that would toughen salmon habitat protections on September 25 in Bethel.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Public hearings for massive mining projects can be emotional. And in the case of the Donlin Mine public hearing last week in Bethel, many residents were angry with how state government officials conducted it. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

The deadline to comment on draft reclamation plans and financial assurances for the proposed Donlin gold mine is today at 5 p.m. State officials say that the comments should target the contents of the permits, and not just be a general statement of opposition against the mine. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

How Donlin Gold will clean up its huge proposed gold mine up, and pay for it, was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday night at the Bethel Cultural Center. 


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