Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel

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Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Mountain Village corporation wants vote on Donlin mine

Azachorok, a village corporation in Mountain Village, seeks to give shareholders who live closest to the proposed Donlin mine a say in whether it’s built.

Novagold talks expansion, mine development in latest earnings call

Novagold, one of two companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is looking at building the mine in stages to reduce construction costs, according to its latest quarterly earnings call.

Bethel’s Meyers Farm shuts down market, focuses on internet sales

Tim Meyers says his Bethel farm was not selling enough produce in its store, and switching to produce boxes could be one way to reduce food waste.

How do you rebuild a dying town in remote Alaska? Ask the 20 residents of Red Devil

This is the third of a three-part series reported from a village of 20 people on the Upper Kuskokwim River that stands to gain the most from the proposed Donlin Mine. Red Devil was built by mining almost 100 years ago, and now carries a toxic legacy of mine pollution. But to its residents, the Donlin Gold mine represents hope. Like so many communities in Alaska, resource extraction is at once a lifeline and a risk.

In Red Devil, an old mine’s pollution is not enough to doubt Donlin’s promise

This is part two of a three-part series reported from a village of 20 people on the Upper Kuskokwim River that stands to gain the most from the proposed Donlin Mine. Red Devil was built by mining almost 100 years ago, and now carries a toxic legacy of mine pollution. But to its residents, the Donlin Gold mine represents hope. Like so many communities in Alaska, resource extraction is at once a lifeline and a risk.

This old Alaska mining town is almost a ghost town. It has everything to gain from Donlin Mine.

This is part one of a three-part series reported from a village of 20 people on the Upper Kuskokwim River that stands to gain the most from the proposed Donlin Mine. Red Devil was built by mining almost 100 years ago, and now carries a toxic legacy of mine pollution. But to its residents, the Donlin Gold mine represents hope. Like so many communities in Alaska, resource extraction is at once a lifeline and a risk.

AVCP delegates pass resolution against Donlin Gold Mine

After two hours of passionate debate, delegates from 56 Alaska tribes overwhelmingly voted to withdraw a resolution supporting the mine, and then voted to pass a separate resolution that opposes it.

YK Delta tribal consortium withdraws support for Donlin Gold mine

The decision came after two hours of passionate debate Wednesday, during the organization's annual convention.

Kwethluk gets new battery storage project that might help it wean from diesel

The new system will help keep the power on during outages, and could one day help wean the community off diesel fuel.

Alaska Division of Public Health short on nurses in Bethel

Three public health nurses left Bethel in the past four months, and it’s taking a while to train and bring new ones up to speed.

At the moment, Donlin Gold isn’t building a mine. But it is building a church

The company that wants to build one of the world’s biggest gold mines is currently renovating a church in Chuathbaluk in the middle Kuskokwim River. Donlin says that investing in communities near the mine is being “a good neighbor.”

Quinhagak opposes Donlin Gold mine

There haven’t been any public protests against the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since last summer. But one tribe broke the silence with a resolution opposing the mine this month.
High storm surge floods Kotlik. (Photo courtesy of Alaska National Weather Service Facebook)

Storms flood Kotlik, but other communities see little damage

Weekend storms battered the coast of Western Alaska. While they damaged some villages, others fared much better.
(Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK - Bethel)

Alaska heat wave hits Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

People living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta felt something unusual this past holiday weekend: a heat wave. Temperatures crept close to 90 degrees in many parts of the region, including Bethel, but a malfunctioning thermometer and not enough data could prevent this summer from making it into the record books.

Justice department pledges $10.5M in emergency funds for public safety

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on June 28. The announcement follows a visit to the state where he saw firsthand how many rural communities have little to no public safety.

For Quinhagak, climate change means they may have to move

In Western Alaska, accelerating erosion is forcing several villages to consider moving. In Quinhagak, a village on the Bering Sea, erosion is threatening the sewer lagoon and the building that houses its washeteria and health clinic.

Attorney General Barr says ‘very basics of public safety are lacking in the villages’

The visit to Western Alaska continues Barr's tour of the state, meeting with public officials and Alaska Native leaders to discuss public safety, the lack of law enforcement in rural communities and how the federal government can help.

Negotiations sour on tribal child welfare agreement

The agreement, which was signed in 2017 by then-Gov. Bill Walker, is being renegotiated by tribal organizations and the Dunleavy administration. The compact gives tribes more control over children’s welfare.

49 Voices: Maurice Nanalook of Bethel

This week we're hearing from Maurice Nanalook of Bethel. Nanalook was one of several drummers at this year's Cama-i Dance Festival.

Napakiak says goodbye to residents who died in jail fire

The Napakiak Moravian church was packed on Wednesday, May 8, as people came to say their final goodbyes to two residents who died in a fire in the city jail last week.