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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Bull moose season will open for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in just a week and a half. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is issuing permits (RM615)  for Unit 18 right now.

Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s becoming a regular discussion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: how to adapt to a changing climate.

Leaders across the region are gathering in the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the issue. Ray Born, Deputy Manager of the Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge, is one of the organizers of the two-day workshop.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Six candidates have registered to run for Bethel City Council. The deadline to file for the four open seats on the Council was 4 p.m. on Monday. Any names submitted after the deadline will be write-in candidates.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A couple of months ago, many Bethel residents got a surprise after receiving a letter from Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. 

AVEC's letter told residents that they needed to repair their power equipment to put it in compliance with the National Electical Code. That included anything attached to the house. 

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The village of Tuluksak got good news this month: it gets a new generator and an emergency opening to hunt moose. The village had a couple of power outages this summer that nearly wiped out the food stores residents had socked away for winter. 

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Three people were found dead on the banks of the Kuskokwim River, near its tributary, the Tuntutuliak River on Sunday. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government held a meeting in Bethel over the course of two days, and focused on the proposed Donlin Gold mine. However, no resolutions either supporting or opposing the proposed project were passed by attendees. The group aims to unite all 56 of the villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Cars backed up to the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday morning.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Wednesday was the first day of school for many Bethel students. And it was the first day for the Lower Kuskokwim School District to put its plans to get kids to school into effect after it cut ties with longtime bus contractor, Golden Eagle Unlimited.  

Nora Lefferts gets ready for kindergarten with her big brother, Silas, and her mother, Lori Strickler.
Courtesy of Lori Strickler.

Nora Lefferts had a big day on Wednesday: her first day of kindergarten. Like most kindergartners, she was nervous, but also a little excited. 

She ate her breakfast, packed her bag, and practiced her Yup'ik on the way to Ayaprun Elitnaurvik. KYUK tagged along.