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 Peter Evon

Peter Evon is leaving his job as executive director for the Orutsararmiut Native Council in Bethel, but he saw some big milestones at ONC during his nearly two-year tenure there. 

Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

Alaska State Troopers released the names of the four passengers who died in a plane crash near the village of Tuntutuliak on Feb. 6.

With the exception of  the pilot, all lived in Kipnuk. The Kipnuk residents are Charlie Carl, 66, Carrie "Girlie" Peter, 45, and her son, Quintin "Muggie" Peter, 18 and Donna Mesak, 42. The pilot was 34-year old Tony Matthews.

Courtesy of Bethel Friends of Canines

In January, one village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta removed all its stray dogs with the help of two nonprofits, including Bethel Friends of Canines. It took a lot of planning to ensure that the ambitious effort was a success. 

Amara Freeman / KYUK

Cab companies in Bethel have decided to stop accepting Medicaid vouchers for payment. This is important because taxis are a main form of transportation to and from medical appointments for people who travel to Bethel for healthcare.

Courtesy of Mark Leary

The river is so rough in the Upper Kuskokwim area that it is impassable to vehicle and snowmachine traffic. Big boulders of snow-covered ice are scattered across the river from Chuathbaluk and up. But Mark Leary, who works for the village of Napaimute, hopes to clear the river so that people can travel this week.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The final feasibility study detailing cleanup options for the contaminated Red Devil mercury mine site is out. The Bureau of Land Management plans to hold public meetings in the villages near the mine site to collect feedback about the remediation plans.

According to BLM spokesperson James Hart, BLM will open public comments on the plan for 60 days, beginning March 1 and ending April 30.