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.

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As the 2020 Legislature kicks into gear, lawmakers have other priorities than just passing a state budget. Bethel Democrat Tiffany Zulkosky, who is also the only Alaska Native woman in the House, is focusing both on the state establishing stronger relationships with Alaska Native tribes, and on drafting a sustainable state budget.

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The state of Alaska approved a right-of-way lease for Donlin Gold’s proposed 315-mile gas pipeline on Jan. 17. The lease is an important step forward in the company’s quest to build the Donlin Gold Mine, which could be one of the largest in the world if completed.

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On Jan. 24, the Village Public Safety Officer working group adopted the final version of the recommendations it introduced earlier this month.

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Tuntutuliak wants all its stray dogs gone, so the traditional council is working with Bethel Friends of Canines and Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends to catch them all in a first-of-its-kind effort. 

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Bethel’s Kuskokwim 300 race begins tonight, Jan. 17. Mushers from around the state have already picked their bib numbers and are looking forward to good race conditions. 

The Bogus Creek 150 will start at 5 p.m., followed by the main event, the Kuskokwim 300, at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will start shortly after. On Saturday, mushers will take off in the Akiak Dash’s mass start at 2 p.m. 

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On Friday, Jan. 17, some of the best sled dog teams around the state will gather on the Kuskokwim River to compete for a piece of the $160,000 purse for the 2020 Kuskokwim 300.

Two shorter races will also take place: The Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

KYUK will take you to the race starts, tell you the standings, describe the trails, and recount stories about the race. Veteran K300 reporters Will Petersen, Lillian Michael, Angela Denning, and KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson sit down and talk about covering the race, relate stories and memorable moments from the trail, and discuss how reporting on the race has changed over the years. The show will air again on Jan. 17. 

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Bethel’s first marijuana store opens for business on Friday, Jan. 17. It took a year and a half to jump through all the bureaucratic hoops, but ALASKABuds, located on Third Avenue by Stan’s Barbershop, will start selling weed in all of its forms in Bethel at noon on Jan. 17.

“Eighteen months. That’s a long time,” said company owner Nick Miller. “And it’s obviously the first retail store in Bethel. It’s a lot of work. You wouldn’t think it would take that long to open a business, but it really, really does in the marijuana industry.”

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