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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The Calista Corporation is backing incumbent Republicans Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young for the upcoming general election.


Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Tununak woman. Troopers say that 56-year-old Josephine Link was found unresponsive in an open field near the coastal community. 

Update: At 5:44 p.m. on Aug. 5, the Bethel Police Department reported that Eddie Changsak had been found safe and sound. 

Original Story

A 12-year-old Alaska Native boy is missing in Bethel. The Bethel Police Department reports that Eddie Changsak left a residence, 1023 Ridgecrest, around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and has not been seen since. Changsak was last seen wearing a black shirt and grey pants. If you have news or information on his whereabouts, please call the BPD at 907-543-3781.

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On Aug. 4, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed another positive COVID-19 case in a resident of a village in their service area. The person tested positive in Anchorage, and YKHC was notified late on Aug. 3. The person has been out of the region for the past two weeks and is currently self-isolating in Anchorage. That makes the fourth case this week, and the 38th case that YKHC has announced. 

Theresa Quiner, library director at the Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and Elisabeth Jacobson joined Coffee@KYUK to talk about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program for kids, newborn to age five, in Bethel.

A 22-year-old village public safety officer in the Southwest Alaska community of Eek has been charged with sexual assault and human trafficking.

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The Lower Yukon community of Mountain Village is shutting its doors to nearby nonresidents unless they have permission to enter from the tribe, according to City Manager Michelle Peterson.

Update 11:36 a.m.:

Nine-year-old Lawrence Charles Jr. has been found. Bethel Police Department sent out an alert at 11:26 a.m. saying that the child had been found "safe and sound."

Original Story

A Bethel child has been missing since 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Nine-year-old Lawrence Charles Jr. went to get something outside of his home on Ptarmigan Street Sunday night. He’s Alaska Native, 4-feet tall, weighs 90 pounds, and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, red shirt, and blue or black sandals. Anyone with news of his whereabouts, please call 911 or contact the police at 907-543-3781.


The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced two more positive coronavirus cases today. Both people tested positive at the Bethel airport, and neither are Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta residents. But one of the people who tested positive temporarily lives in a village that YKHC serves.