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 Grant Aviation pilot who works in Bethel tested positive for coronavirus on Aug. 11. The regional airline is going through its passenger list dating back to Aug. 3 to trace all contacts. Grant Aviation is working with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and the state to notify people who have been exposed. It’s unclear how many people were on those flights.

YKHC Dentist David Humphrey holds a test tube at the drive-thru test site where he was helping on April 10, 2020.
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On Aug. 12, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reported that five people tested positive for coronavirus. This is the biggest spike of cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since the pandemic began. All were close contacts of prior cases. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges and Director of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky talked about the implications for the region on Coffee@KYUK.

Greg Kim

On Aug. 12, Bethel saw its biggest spike in positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed five positive cases. Four are Bethel residents, and one is not. All five are close contacts of previously reported cases, and all are currently self-isolating. 

The U.S. Census Bureau will end its count a month earlier than planned, which could leave a lot of rural Alaskans uncounted. That means communities might lose thousands of dollars in funding, and Alaska already has a low response rate. Bethel's Donna Bach, tribal partner specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, talks about the new deadline on Coffee@KYUK.

Greg Kim / KYUK

On Aug. 10, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed two positive coronavirus cases in residents from two villages in YKHC’s service area. Both are currently self-isolating. One person was tested coming into Bethel at the airport; it’s unclear whether both cases are travel-related. These mark the 42st and 43nd cases that YKHC has announced.

The annual YK Work Session kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 12. The session typically brings stakeholders from all over the region to talk about some of the biggest economic issues facing the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and how to solve them. While normally held in Bethel, this year the session is going online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Clarence Daniel, AVCP Community Development Division Director, and Shelly Wade from Agnew Beck, a consulting firm that helps put on the session, talk about what to expect on Coffee@KYUK.