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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A student in Nunapitchuk brought an airsoft pistol to school during a make-up day on Oct. 19, putting the school on lockdown. The student has since been arrested and charged with third degree assault and terroristic threatening. 

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Calista Corporation says that this year’s Akilista distribution is the biggest yet. The amount of money that will be dispersed has increased 15 percent compared to last year. In dollars, that means Calista will distribute a total of $2.97million to shareholders. Last year, the number was $2.7 million.

There is a school bus schedule change taking effect Thursday, Oct. 24. In the morning, Bethel students will have to wait an extra 15 or 20 minutes for the bus to show up if they live in the City Subdivision or Slough neighborhoods.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker says that it’s because the district is adjusting the route to “deliver students home more efficiently.”

The Kuskokwim River in the process of freezing up.
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It's preparing to be another long freeze-up, according to Bethel Search and Rescue volunteer Mark Leary. Pictures of the Kuskokwim River with floating chunks of ice are making the rounds on Facebook. BSAR President Mike Riley warns boaters to stay off the river.

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A man is dead in Scammon Bay after his brother shot him on the night of Oct. 20. He died in the early morning the next day. Village police officers currently have his brother in custody.

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The first day of the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention was a big one for Bethel. The 2019 Iditarod champion, Bethel's Pete Kaiser, was the keynote speaker for the event. 

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that he will propose legislation that recognizes tribal authority over education in their communities. He made the announcement last week at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in Fairbanks.  

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Bethel Native Corporation CEO Ana Hoffman has again been elected co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives during the final day of its annual convention on Oct. 19. Hoffman has served as co-chair since 2013, but the board of the Calista Corporation, the regional native corporation for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, cast their vote for another candidate.