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.

Bethel residents Beverly Hoffman and Danielle Craven handed out t-shirts protesting the Donlin Gold mine.
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Multiple shareholders voiced concerns over the proposed Donlin mine’s impact to subsistence living at Calista Regional Native Corporation’s annual meeting on Friday. 

Danielle Craven speaks to John Nick, a shareholder with the Calista Regional Native Corporation, about concerns over the environmental impacts of the proposed Donlin Mine.
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One of the largest gold mines in the world is being developed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and that worries many people in the region. Residents are spread out over 55,000 square miles, which creates hurdles toward information getting to people. 

The Calista Corporation owns the mineral rights to the land where the Donlin gold mine is being developed.
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A new organization plans to protest the proposed Donlin Gold mine on Friday at the annual meeting of the Calista Regional Native Corporation, which owns the mineral rights on the land where the mine would be located. The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance will host a sit-in before the shareholder meeting held at Bethel Regional High School.

The group is a new local working group that was formed last month to oppose the Donlin mine and protect salmon habitats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The proposed site for what could be one of the largest gold mines in the world: the Donlin mine.
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Governor Bill Walker made headlines this past weekend after he requested that the Army Corps of Engineers suspend the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Pebble mine in Bristol Bay.

But Walker, who is running for re-election as an Independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Walker says that Donlin, so far, appears to be following the rules of regulatory process.

Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman is one of several people informing the community about the Stand For Salmon initiative.
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In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the stakes are especially high for the controversial Stand for Salmon ballot initiative because it could kill one of the biggest proposed gold mines in the world: the Donlin Mine. 

Public comments for the water quality certification permit for the Donlin gold mine are due July 13.

A deadline is quickly approaching for an important state water quality permit that the proposed Donlin gold mine needs to begin operations. The mine would be one of the biggest in the world if completed. 

By July 13, all public comments must be submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC, for the state water quality certification permit.

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Orutsararmiut Native Council held their first public demonstration against the proposed Donlin gold mine on June 22, 2018, becoming the first tribe to do so in the region. The mine would be built in a region where many residents practice subsistence and would be one of the biggest in the world once completed.

Calls about public intoxication slowed down in the weeks after AC Quickstop Liquor store closed.

Bethel became a different town after the AC Quickstop liquor store opened in 2016. Police and emergency services reported strained resources and higher calls for public intoxication. Residents say that Pinky’s Park was littered with broken glass and passed out people, but much of that has changed since the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board refused to renew AC's liquor license in May and the store abruptly shut down. 

  Orutsararmiut Native Council has made its stance against Donlin Gold official. The tribe’s governing body marched in Bethel last Friday against the proposed gold mine, which would be located north of Crooked Creek on a tributary of the Kuskokwim river. The Donlin gold mine would be one of the biggest in the world if completed.

Gov. Walker signed Senate Bill 148 on June 22, 2018. The bill will help villages to run background checks on future police officers, but it is voluntary for village police officers.
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Governor Bill Walker visited Bethel last week to sign Senate Bill 148 into law. The bill allows the Alaska Police Standards Council to work with villages to conduct background checks for future police officers. But for tribal police officers, it will be voluntary.