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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This week, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is turning off power for people who have past-due bills of more than $200. The cooperative has notified these people of the consequenses twice.

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On May 26, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed a third case of coronavirus in an unnamed village resident, days after Gov. Mike Dunleavy lifted many restrictions that had been instituted to slow the spread of the virus. 

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As summer kicks into high gear, Aniak is figuring out how to protect its community from the novel coronavirus with two major construction projects underway. Also, the tribal council is starting a community garden program for everyone in town. With us today is Wayne Morgan, Chief of the Village of Aniak  

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Bethel’s Department of Motor Vehicles office will open for four days next week after being closed for more than a month. Residents must make appointments online or by phone at (907)-269-5551 to get a driver’s license or other forms of identification, or to take a written driving test. The DMV urges residents to renew licenses online to reduce the number of people coming into the office.

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The packets are on their way to Calista Corporation shareholders. Calista Director of Communications Thom Leonard says that information for the annual meeting in July will go in the mail Friday, May 22, and arrive in electronic mailboxes that afternoon.

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The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is reviewing the right-of-way lease for the Donlin Gold mine’s proposed gas pipeline after the agency approved it in January 2020.

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There are two confirmed positive coronavirus cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta so far: one in the hub of Bethel, and the other in the small village of Nunapitchuk. Now Nunapitchuk residents are grappling with a positive case of coronavirus on the heels of the worst flooding in several years. 

Nunapitchuk declared a lockdown on May 15 after a traveler to the village tested positive for COVID-19. The lockdown comes a week after the community experienced its worst flooding in a decade, pictured here on May 8, 2020.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that the person was traveling from Anchorage when they tested positive at the Bethel airport before heading to a nearby village the same day. YKHC received the confirmed lab results on Friday, May 15.