Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk


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.

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

A coronavirus case has yet to be confirmed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Even so, regional leaders, businesses, local governments and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation are taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ten new cases were announced in Alaska on March 26, bringing the state’s total to 69.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Leaders in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta want Gov. Mike Dunleavy to sign a shelter-in-place order, and to support economic relief for regional airlines. The Association of Village Council Presidents, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, the Lower Kuskokwim School District, Yuut Elitnaurviat, and the Bethel Native Corporation all signed a letter which was sent to the governor on March 25.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Public health nurses, or PHNs, are among the healthcare workers on the frontlines of disease and outbreaks in rural Alaska. With the coronavirus pandemic, PHNs are figuring out how to work with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and its health aides to battle the pandemic. At the same time, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is also experiencing an outbreak of tuberculosis.

Katie Basile / KYUK

City Attorney Libby Bakalar and Acting City Manager Bill Howell talk with KYUK's Krysti Shallenberger about how the City of Bethel is handling the COVID-19 emergency.

Family photo

Charges filed Tuesday, March 24 in state Superior Court show what investigators think happened in the abduction and death of 10-year-old Ida “Girlie” Aguchak in Quinhagak on March 15.

Eighteen-year-old Quinhagak resident Jordan Tyler Mark faces felony criminal counts of murder, sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping, and evidence tampering connected with her death.

Courtesy of TKC

The Kuskokwim Corporation has closed the doors of its office in Anchorage to the public, and will distribute its annual dividend early to offset the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Shareholders will begin receiving these dividends on April 10, according to a TKC Facebook post.

Katie Basile

Grocery stores in Bethel are setting aside designated shopping hours meant to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus to those populations most likely to become severly ill with COVID-19.

The Association of Village Council Presidents has closed its doors to the public, but will continue taking appointments with clients. AVCP says that its employees will work to ensure that services are not interrupted. The nonprofit has also suspended all employee travel.


Greg Kim / KYUK

A new Alaska mandate has banned elective health procedures for three months to increase health care capacity and preserve personal protective equipment, such as face masks. Already, some hospitals nationwide are rationing face masks for their nurses and doctors.