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Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk

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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.

The University of Alaska system, including the Kuskokwim Campus, is extending spring break, moving most classes online, and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus. 

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The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus. The festival normally brings Indigenous dance groups from all around the country to Bethel during March.


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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is now requiring all of its employees who are traveling to have a health screening when they return. Employees must monitor and record their temperatures three times a day for 14 days after returning from travel anywhere in Alaska, the lower 48, or abroad.

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The Kalskag Grizzlies are heading to state after beating the Akiak Thunderbolts 75-66 during the Greater Kuskokwim Conference basketball tournament. Meanwhile, the Akiachak Lady Huskies beat the Akiak Lady Thunderbolts 76-22 to clinch a spot at state as well. It’s the first time that either team has made it to state since 2009.

However, state championships for high school basketball will be postponed until further notice due to concerns over the coronavirus.

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The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus. Dance groups from across the region, the state, and the lower 48 gather every year in Bethel to share dance, culture, tradition, and community.

Linda Curda is the coordinator for the festival. She said in an email that the decision came to protect the health of Elders, and because spring break is in full swing for many schools with teachers and families who are traveling. Many of them would return the weekend of the festival, and Curda didn’t want to place anyone in jeopardy should someone be carrying the virus.

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