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.

The Donlin mine will impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world. 

If completed, the proposed Donlin Gold project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance wants the deadline extended for commenting on the proposed reclamation plans for the Donlin Mine. Currently, the deadline is set for August 7.

The proposed mine would affect about 3,500 acres of wetlands.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta does not support the proposed Donlin mine. Eek’s Tribal Council passed its anti-Donlin resolution on July 18. Four members voted in favor of the resolution and one was absent.

Bethel residents will head to the polls to cast their vote for the primaries on August 21.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The clock is ticking down to August 21, which is the day for primary elections in Alaska. 

Courtesy of Sen. Dan Sullivan

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan will be traveling through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this weekend and into next week. He kicks off his tour with a community potluck in Chefornak on Saturday. 

Nursing students from Bethel often work part-time or full-time jobs to pay for transportation and living costs while on rotation outside of the region.

The Bethel Community Services Foundation has a new fund that will help nursing students from Bethel who are on rotation outside of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta pay for various costs.

Courtesy of Kate McWilliams

Before it's finalized, a group of young Alaskans got to weigh in on Governor Bill Walker’s draft climate policy in Anchorage this week. And one of them, Kate McWilliams, is from Bethel. 

Mark Begich knows he needs the votes from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to win a tough, three-way battle for the governor's seat in November.
Courtesy of Mark Begich

Mark Begich knows that he's facing a tough political battle in November for the governor's seat. And that he needs the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s help to win it.

"I know one thing about the Y-K Delta is that they’ll hold me accountable," he said." 

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.