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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Michelle DeWitt is one of four candidates running for the three open seats on Bethel City Council. Tune in for a live forum with all the candidates on KYUK next Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Elections are a couple weeks after that, on Oct. 6.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has confirmed the community spread of COVID-19 in Nunapitchuk after a positive case in the village could not be linked to travel. YKHC, along with the Native Village of Nunapitchuk and the City of Nunapitchuk, released the information on Sept. 16, 2020. Nunapitchuk is the second village in the region, not including Bethel, where health officials have found evidence of community spread.

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When Michelle DeWitt was appointed to replace a Bethel City Council member, she said that she did not intend to run for reelection. But now she wants to stay. DeWitt said that she changed her mind because of the unique challenges facing the city during these times of pandemic and transition in the city’s management team.

Twelve-year-old Christopher Charles II was reported found at 8 p.m. on Sept. 16, according to the Bethel Police Department. 

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A 12 year old boy is missing in Bethel. Christopher Charles II is Alaska Native, and was last seen walking toward the Tundra Ridge subdivision on Monday, Sept. 14, wearing all black clothing. If you have information about Charles II, please call the Bethel Police Department at 543-3781. 


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On Sept. 6, a Knik Construction employee was digging up ground in Aniak to install power lines for the ongoing runway project, when the worker also dug up a human jawbone.

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The only store the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village of Kasigluk burned down on the night of Sept. 10, leaving residents without a place in town to buy groceries, clothes, and other supplies. The community is locked down to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, which meant that Kasigluk couldn’t get help from nearby villages to fight the flames.