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.

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. 

The Donlin Mine needs at least 100 permits before it can begin operations.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The proposed Donlin gold mine has nabbed another key state permit. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued the state water quality certification last week, just before the Army Corps of Engineers and Burearu of Land Management issued theirs on Monday. 

Maver Carey (far left), CEO of the Kuskowkim Corporation and Andrew Guy (far right) CEO of Calista Regional Native Corporation watches the signing ceremony for Donlin Gold's federal permits.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A huge proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta cleared a major hurdle on Monday. Donlin Gold recieved two major permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Land Management, the final federal permits it needs. Donlin is trying to develop one of the biggest gold mines in the world. 

The proposed Donlin mine would impact about 3,500 acres of wetlands.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Chevak passed an anti-Donlin mine resolution earlier this week. All five of its Traditional Council members voted for it. 

The Donlin Mine could clear a major permitting hurdle on Monday.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Army Corps of Engineers will roll out its record of decision for the proposed Donlin mine on Monday, August 13. This could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if approved.  

Courtesy of Dan Sullivan

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan visited 11 Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages in four days last week.  

The Donlin mine could impact 3,500 acres of wetlands.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A state agency, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, will host a public hearing at the end of August about the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The hearing will also address how Donlin Gold, the company developing the mine, plans to pay for the clean up.

The proposed Donlin mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Chefornak is the 10th tribe to pass an anti-Donlin resolution. Its council passed the measure opposing the proposed Donlin gold mine on Tuesday.

Courtesy of LKSD

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is getting ready for school to start next week. LKSD Superintendent Daniel Walker says that Bethel public schools are set to begin on August 15, while other schools in the district could start on August 16. Walker says that parents should contact their schools for start dates.

Dean Swope / KYUK

When the AC Quickstop liquor store opened two years ago, local emergency services, law enforcement and social services saw a sharp rise in alcohol-related incidents — mostly public intoxication.