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.

KYUK Staff

Yute Commuter Service is suing its former business manager for allegedly embezzling company funds to pay for personal expenses, pay raises, and bonuses. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel buzzed with excitement after two F-16 fighter jets made an emergency landing at the airport on the night of Sept. 22. 

Steve Carr was checking on a few airplanes parked next to the Bethel air traffic tower, when he heard the distinctive sound of two fighter jets approaching. Carr then saw them dip low toward the runway. 

Association of Village Council Presidents

Child care just got cheaper for Alaska Native families in communities served by the Association of Village Council Presidents. The program, using CARES Act funding, is paying for child care to all eligible essential workers, and there are no income requirements for eligibility. Carol Hunter, AVCP’s Child Care Coordinator, said that unlike the current program, there is no co-pay.

“Yes, that is correct,” Hunter said, “and we pay 100%, so the parents wouldn’t have to pay.”

Association of Village Council Presidents

The Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 23. Like many events during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be held virtually. Another change from past years is that the convention will last only one day, instead of its usual three. 

The Association of Village Council Presidents is offering child care for essential workers during the pandemic through CARES Act funding. AVCP's Beverly Turner, Education, Employment, and Training Manager; Carol Hunter, AVCP's Child Care Coordinator; and Azara Mohammadi, AVCP's Communications Director, talked about the child care program on KYUK's morning show. 

Courtesy of AVCP

This week, one of Bethel’s own will be honored at the Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention on Sept. 23. Nikki Corbett's small business, Sew Yup’ik, won small business of the year for her role in donating masks to various organizations. Corbett joined KYUK to talk about her contributions during the pandemic.


Environmental Investigation Agency

On Sept. 21, an environmental group released secretly recorded video clips of Pebble Mine executives saying that Donlin Gold can’t afford to build its gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The executives said that there might be a way for Donlin to reduce its costs if the companies work together to connect the two Southwest Alaska mining projects by building a road through the tundra. 

Donlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed mine.
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It’s going to take Donlin Gold a little longer to get a final decision on whether they will receive the state’s right of way lease for its natural gas pipeline. The lease grants Donlin permission to build its pipeline over state-owned lands.

Update: On Sept. 20, Bethel Police said 16-year old Alec Samuelson has returned home safe

Original Story:

Bethel Police have reported that a 16-year old male has run away. The teenager, Alec Samuelson, is Alaska Native and was last seen on Thursday, Sept. 17 around 9 p.m. in the Tundra Ridge subdivision wearing a blue American Eagle hoodie, black pants, and brown shoes.

If you have information about Samuelson’s location, please contact the Bethel Police at 543-3781.