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.

Greg Kim / KYUK

In response to concerns over the coronavirus, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel has suspended all future non-essential out-of-state business travel for its employees. That’s according to YKHC spokesperson Mitchell Forbes, who says that the measure is just a precaution to protect employees’ health. Forbes says that the Native health corporation will continually evaluate its decision, and that travel will still continue for providers and patients.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is the largest in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Like many school districts, LKSD is currently discussing how to handle the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more 100,000 people worldwide. There have been no confirmed cases in Alaska as of Tuesday, March 10, but there nine people being tested

As the Lower Kuskokwim School District hosted its big regional championship game in Bethel this weekend, other regional school districts were doing the same.

Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media

Current Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser is gearing up for another bid at winning the 1,000 mile sled dog race. 

While Pete's busy schedule didn’t allow him to sit down for an interview before he headed off to Anchorage, he did give a hint of how training was going for him just before the start of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race in January.

Courtesy of BPD


Fred Charles Sr., who was reported missing earlier, has been found safe. 

Original story:

A 70-year-old Bethel man with dementia has been reported missing since early Friday, March 6, according to a report from the Bethel Police Department. He was last seen near 263 Weber Circle wearing a dark blue coat, black pants, and a blue musher hat. He is approximately 5 feet 5 inches and weighs about 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and is not wearing his glasses.

Creative Commons photo by IceCreamForEveryone

In May of 2019, a Ravn plane landed so hard on the Quinhagak airstrip that it knocked off one of its landing wheels and scared the three passengers on board. Those passengers are suing Ravn, but Ravn blames the Native Village of Kwinhagak, which owns the airstrip, for the incident.  

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Calista Corporation has reaffirmed its Alaska Federation of Natives membership in response to a caller on a Feb. 28 KYUK talk show, who claimed that Calista had pulled out of the organization.