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.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Ten tribes have sent a letter protesting the proposed Donlin Gold mine to the two companies trying to build it in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The letter comes as one of the companies, Novagold, is preparing to deliver its annual report to its shareholders this weekend.

Courtesy of Anne Kosacheff

The ghost gravel barge that enthralled social media in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has finally been recovered. The vessel froze into the Kuskokwim River on its way to Red Devil last fall, stopping just past Aniak before this spring’s river breakup freed it.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is spearheading an effort to form a federally-recognized regional tribal government in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The regional native corporation says that tribes have requested the corporation’s support in this endeavor.

Courtesy of Jacob Tobeluk

While many communities along the Kuskokwim River escaped major flooding, one small village is still seeing high water. One Nunapitchuk resident, Moses Tobeluk, spoke on KYUK's morning show about the flooding. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Quinhagak has extended its travel restrictions until June 15. Non-residents cannot travel into the community unless they are essential personnel. 

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Census field workers have started delivering packets to households that don’t have an official postal address, which includes most household in rural Alaska. Jeff Enos is the Regional Deputy Chief of the U.S. Census Bureau, based in Los Angeles. 

William McCarr watches the water rise near his home on Hangar Lake Road. "This isn't the highest it's been, it's come up since last night. I'm not worried because we've had this kind of flood occasion before," McCarr said. May 7, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Most Kuskokwim River communities have escaped heavy flooding so far, but not Kwethluk. Social media photos show water rising high and completely covering some roads. The IRA Council passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency on May 6. Phone calls to the council president and to the city manager were not returned by publication. 

Newtok, Alaska on October 12, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

An 18-year old Newtok man was arrested last week, and was charged with with three felony counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor that happened in the community in November 2019. 

Courtesy of Kuskokwim Ice Classic

A Kipnuk commercial fisherman won this year’s Kuskokwim Ice Classic on his first try. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

This is the time of year that graduating college students walk down the aisle solemnly, sometimes awkwardly. Families and friends smile, and hold up phones and cameras to snap pictures. University leaders and professors give speeches.

But the coronavirus pandemic has shut down schools, prompting all of them to cancel graduation ceremonies. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel was no exception. Instead, staff took to the KYUK airwaves to recognize its 2020 graduates on May 1.