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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Bethel is gearing up for a big sled dog racing weekend as top-tier mushers from around the state arrive to compete in the Kuskowkim 300. Each year, the K300 Race Committee puts on its three big races during one big weekend, including its signature K300 race, the Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will be headed out on the trail: Ron Kaiser, the father of reigning Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser. 

Greg Larson of Napaskiak took first place in the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on Jan. 11. Larson’s team ran the 50-mile race in 2 hours and 19 minutes. Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak came in second with a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. John George of Akiachak finished a minute behind Williams Jr. with a time of 2 hours and 31 minutes.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars basketball tournament was held at Bethel Regional High School Jan. 10 - 11. On Jan. 10, the Dillingham junior varsity boys team beat Bethel by 20 points, with a final score of 62 to 42. That same day, Dillingham’s girls junior varsity team beat Bethel 39 to 21.

Courtesy of KTOO.

In 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a public law enforcement emergency for rural Alaska after his visit to the state. Alaska lawmakers then formed a working group to fix the Village Public Safety Officer program, a key state service which has battled budget cuts, high turnover and an evolving job description. Now the working group has come up with a list of recommendations that lawmakers hope will  solve some of the issues with the program.