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.

ONC says that Bethel residents mixed up trash with recycling and are now changing the rules.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Bethel ONC Tribe is changing its rules on recycling. Residents can no longer just drop off recycling at its office building. Now, they have to call ahead.

It’s expensive to remove household waste from communities in rural Alaska. One organization did just that for six villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta earlier this month, but it wouldn’t have been possible without help from Donlin Gold, the company developing one of the biggest gold mines in the world right in the heart of the Y-K Delta. 

Students spend long hours in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta documenting how climate change is impacting the tundra.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A national organization called the Polaris Project takes young scientists into the field to study climate change in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. They flew participants to a site about 57 miles west of Bethel this year. 

But last year, Jasmine Gil, a young scientist from Bethel who participated, said that the group marginalized her project because it relied on traditional knowledge. Now, the organization is trying to make amends.  

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker will retire after this school year, completing a 28-year career at LKSD.
Courtesy of LKSD

Bus-riding students in the Lower Kuskokwim School District will have to find new ways to get to school for August and most of September. LKSD parted ways with Golden Eagle, a Bethel-based company which owned the bus fleet and serviced the school district for years. The school district has decided to buy its own school buses.

Deborah White replaces LeTesia Guinn, who abruptly resigned earlier this year.
Courtesy of Bethel Family Health Clinic

The Bethel Family Clinic has a new executive director: Deborah White, who took control on July 18.

Alaska State Troopers and the Bethel Police Department arrested a Bethel woman for driving while intoxicated after a vehicle chase Monday morning. 

The proposed Donlin mine needs more than 100 permits to begin operations.

Public comments are due for the proposed Donlin mine’s reclamation and closure plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if developed.

The Donlin mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if developed.

Two more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta passed resolutions in the past month against the proposed Donlin gold mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.

The Donlin Mine could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if developed.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Kwigillingok passed a resolution against the proposed Donlin gold mine last week. Tribal Administrator Darrel John says that the tribe has opposed the mine since it was first proposed in 2007. 

The proposed site for the Donlin gold mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

More than 100 residents, six tribes, and one organization in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta sent a letter to Gov. Bill Walker protesting the proposed Donlin gold mine. Meanwhile, a national environmental group, Earthjustice, asked the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to deny a crucial permit for Donlin.