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.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Earlier in August, pilots trying to land at the Aniak airport got a last-minute notice that they were not allowed to land, disrupting cargo and passenger service to the small hub in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Alaska Department of Transportation said that the cause of the incident was a failure to communicate about a runway project. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold is touting the results from its most ambitious drilling program yet. This news follows a recent financial report that said that the mining prospect in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta was too expensive to build, and likely not going to happen. 


Update: The deadline for this program has been extended to Sept. 30.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed another big event in Bethel into the virtual space. The Association of Village Council Presidents plans to hold its annual convention online, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 23. 

On Aug. 13, A Grant Aviation pilot was confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus, exposing nearly a hundred people who flew with him to villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Grant Aviation Vice President of Operations Dan Knesek joins Coffee@KYUK to talk about what precautions Grant is taking.


A COVID-19 testing sample at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the Yukon-Kuskowkim Delta skyrocketed this weekend. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced 17 new cases on Aug. 22 and 23, marking the biggest spike in cases since mid-August. All 17 patients are currently self-isolating.