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 village corporation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta wants Calista Corporation shareholders to vote on whether Calista should support the proposed Donlin Gold mine. Calista owns the mineral rights to the mine. Azachorok’s president, Loren Peterson, says that the resolution isn’t a stance on the mine, but it would give shareholders a chance to decide if they want it. 

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Novagold, one of two companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is looking at building the mine in stages to reduce construction costs. That’s according to its latest quarterly earnings call. 

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It’s that time of year again: sled dog race season! The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee will be opening the registration for its signature 300-mile race on Monday, Oct. 14. This year's K300 will take place on Jan. 17, 2020.

Krysti Shallenberger / Crooked Creek

A man from Crooked Creek faces homicide charges in the August death of his girlfriend, Cheryl Sakar, also from Crooked Creek. He was arraigned Oct. 8.  


Update 3 p.m. Oct., 8, 2019: Acting Bethel Police Chief Amy Davis says the Bethel Police Department still has not substantiated the report detailing plans for a school shooting in Bethel. Davis says the report comes from a student who found a note in a school bathroom describing plans for a shooting. The student reported the contents of the note to school officials but had thrown the note away, and it has yet to be recovered. Davis has posted a Bethel police officer at the main Bethel school campus this week to provide extra security to the schools. She had already scheduled an extra police officer to be working in Bethel this week in anticipation of any trouble arising from Permanent Fund Dividend deposits. 

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Bethel shoppers might have seen a Facebook post this past weekend that brought some sad news: Meyers Farm has shut down its market on Ptarmigan Street. Tim Meyers says that the priorities have changed at Meyers Farm.


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Bethel had its first frost in September of this year. It’s not as late as last year's, but it’s still late. And that, one climatologist says, is the new normal. 

At its annual convention last week, the Association of Village Council Presidents gave out awards to members of the 56 tribes it represents. AVCP models these awards on similar ones given out during the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention.