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Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk

Reporter

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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Unofficial election results show that Alaska is a little redder this year. Republican Mike Dunleavy will be the next Governor of Alaska, and Don Young, another Republican, will hold onto his seat at the U.S. House of Representatives, adding another two years to the more than four decades he's served. 


Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Tiffany Zulkosky will keep her House District 38 seat, according to unofficial election results. She defeated her GOP challenger, Darren Deacon, by a big margin: Zulkosky got 55 percent of the vote, while Deacon only received 44 percent.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold, the company developing a proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, says that it hopes to get most of its major permits out of the way this year. But so far, progress has been a bit slow. 


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Election Day is next week, and candidates are ramping up their campaigns. Debra Call is the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and she's running for office with Mark Begich. She visited Bethel on Oct. 23 to check out the region’s top priorities, which include public safety, the Permanent Fund Dividend, the proposed Donlin gold mine, and a controversial salmon habitat ballot initiative.  


Darren Deacon/Christine Trudeau/KYUK

On Tuesday night, KYUK hosted a live debate between the two candidates vying for state House District 38: Incumbent Tiffany Zulkosky, a Bethel Democrat, and her Republican challenger, Darren Deacon from Upper Kalskag. 

Courtesy of Alaska Division of Elections

Election Day (Nov. 6) is just a week away, but Bethel residents who plan to vote early got some good news this week: the state Division of Elections has added Bethel to a list of towns that will get colorful early voting stickers.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Climate change and rural aviation are major issues in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed both during her visit to the region last week. 


Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In two weeks, voters in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta will get to choose between two candidates to represent them in House District 38. Incumbent Tiffany Zulkosky, a Democrat from Bethel, laid out her priorities on public safety, the Donlin mine, climate change, and a controversial salmon habitat ballot initiative. 


Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) endorsed Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy in the battle for the governor’s seat during her visit to Bethel on Friday. 


Courtesy of Alaska Division of Elections

The state Division of Elections used the Alaska Federation of Natives convention to unveil a set of special stickers to be given to people who vote early. But as it turns out, you can't do early voting in-person in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The new stickers are cartoon versions of Alaskan animals in familiar Alaskan landscapes. And they come in several languages, including Alaska Native languages. But they won't be available in the Y-K Delta, which has the most tribes of any region in Alaska.

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