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.

Joey Mendolia / Alaska's Energy Desk/Alaska Public Media

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is visiting Bethel and Napaskiak today, May 31, to talk with leaders in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta about rural justice. The issues include murdered and missing indigenous women, the lack of law enforcement in Alaska Native communities, and the role that the Department of Justice could play in giving tribes more resources. 

U.S. Attorney General William Barr heard concerns from Alaska Native leaders about the lack of law enforcement and high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in rural Alaska.
Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is coming to Bethel and Napaskiak on Friday to talk with leaders about rural justice issues, including the public safety crisis and the high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in Western Alaska.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

This is House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky’s first full session as a state legislator, and she has some significant challenges as the chairwoman of a newly-created special committee on tribal affairs. The Dunleavy administration has taken stances that tribal advocates oppose.  But overall, she says she is pleased with how her fellow lawmakers received the discussions about tribes' role in the state.  

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A suspect in an attack on Don Black, who manages the Long House Hotel in Bethel, has been caught in Kotlik, Alaska. State troopers arrested 30-year-old Jarvis Prince, who is charged with assault in the first degree.

Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

Negotiations broke down Friday, May 20 over a compact between Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, and the state Department of Health and Social Services. That agreement is called the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact, and was signed in 2017 by former Gov. Bill Walker’s administration.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has a new manager: Paul Basile.

He’s the race's first full-time race manager, and will oversee the three signature races and the local races. The K300 Race Committee had relied on two part-time employees for the past few years, but the organization felt that it was time for a change.  

Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

The Alaska Legislature wants to set aside the month of November to celebrate Alaska Native heritage, and a bill to make that happen just passed both houses. All it needs is Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s signature. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Napakiak doesn’t have a boat landing anymore. Storms over the past week ate huge chunks from the Kuskokwim riverbank close to the city school and fuel tanks. That includes the banks where people land their boats. The village has been dealing with river erosion for decades, but they’ve seen it accelerate over the past few years because of climate change.

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Another death in a western Alaskan jail has occurred, this time in Akiachak. Tribal jail guards found Robert Nick, age 54, unresponsive on Friday, May 10. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Bethel DMV office closed without warning on Friday, May 10. A sign posted next to the door said that the office is closed indefinitely.