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Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk

Reporter

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 Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

So far, four tribes have opposed the Donlin Mine through resolutions or marching against the project.
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Two more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta oppose the proposed Donlin gold mine. Napakiak and Kongiganak passed resolutions last week against the mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.


The proposed Donlin Gold mine would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has come out against the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The Tuluksak Native Village Council passed a resolution on July 5 opposing the mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.

The camp for Donlin Gold employees is mostly empty this year as the company prepares for more permits.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Orutsararmiut Native Council hopes to gauge how residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region feel about the proposed Donlin Gold mine. Last week, the council sent a survey to villages up and down the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.

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