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 Alaska Legislature wants to set aside the month of November to celebrate Alaska Native heritage, and a bill to make that happen just passed both houses. All it needs is Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s signature. 

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Napakiak doesn’t have a boat landing anymore. Storms over the past week ate huge chunks from the Kuskokwim riverbank close to the city school and fuel tanks. That includes the banks where people land their boats. The village has been dealing with river erosion for decades, but they’ve seen it accelerate over the past few years because of climate change.

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Another death in a western Alaskan jail has occurred, this time in Akiachak. Tribal jail guards found Robert Nick, age 54, unresponsive on Friday, May 10. 

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The Bethel DMV office closed without warning on Friday, May 10. A sign posted next to the door said that the office is closed indefinitely. 

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The Napakiak Moravian church was packed on Wednesday, May 8, as people came to say their final goodbyes to two residents who died in a fire in the city jail last week.  

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When children are first placed into emergency foster homes, they often don’t bring their personal belongings. But a new partnership could change that for Western Alaska. 

Children in the region who are placed in an emergency foster home will now get a special tote bag, called a “comfort case,” filled with basic supplies. 

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Funeral services are scheduled for two Napakiak community members: Becca White, age 24, and Isaiah Parka, age 22. The services will be held at the Napakiak Moravian Church on Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

There’s no reports of flooding in communities along the Kuskokwim River so far, and that’s a good thing.

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus notched another graduation, celebrating its 45th commencement on May 2. But this time, there was a notable absence. Staff and attendees paid tribute to former director Mary Pete, who passed away last year.  

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Donlin Gold promised to hire local workers for its proposed gold mine. To fulfill that promise, the company knows that it has to start now and it has to start young. Donlin is already investing in schools and programs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in anticipation.