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.

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A 19-year-old man from Alakanuk has been recovered. Alaska State Troopers report that Alakanuk Search and Rescue found the body of Clyde Edmund Jr. on Sunday and sent it to Anchorage for an autopsy.

Clyde Edmund Jr. had jumped into a slough in front of Alakanuk and never came out. The troopers in Emmonak were contacted on July 24.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Temperatures have cooled in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta thanks to some rain, but the lightning that came with those storms has ignited 10 more fires in Southwest Alaska; others have grown. Those wildfires forced Donlin Gold to evacuate the rest of its employees from its mine site. 

Courtesy of Lucy Chingliak.

A man from Akiachak has been missing since the afternoon of July 19. Akiachak Tribal Police Chief Mark Mata says that 35-year-old Joseph Ekamrak was last seen by his brother in Akiachak with Marie Peter of Bethel.

Alaska Native tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta can attend a webinar on July 25 to get a handle on how to apply for federal funds to improve services for crime victims. The webinar will be hosted by Yuut Elitnaurviat from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 25.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The village of Napakiak has moved two more buildings as the Kuskokwim River encroaches. Moving buildings away from the river is becoming routine for Napakiak. 

Courtesy of Ruby Egrass

Wildfires have consumed nearly 2 million acres in Alaska so far this summer. In the Southwest part of the state, fires have scorched almost 500,000 acres in the past month. Alaska climatologist Rick Thoman says that this year fits into a trend of longer and more devastating wildfire seasons. 

Courtesy of Bethel Community Services Foundation

The inaugural John Active and Mary Pete scholarships have been awarded: Corey Joseph of Kwigillingok and Janice Wiseman of Tuntutuliak are the recipients. 

Skip Gray / 360 North

Lawmakers failed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes last week. Now, as the Legislature figures out how to fund vital state programs, organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are doing the same. The Association of Village Council Presidents is examining alternatives to fund programs like Head Start.