Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel

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Donlin Gold to begin drilling program

It’s going to be a busy year for Donlin Gold. The company is gearing up for another round of geotechnical drilling, its first in two years.

Murkowski calls for many ‘silver bullets’ to tackle climate change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski stopped in Bethel to celebrate the breakup of the Kuskokwim River. She says climate change “is a reality that we are seeing.”

Murkowski mostly neutral on Dunleavy budget, but urges full education funding

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is keeping mostly neutral on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts. She spoke about his budget on a visit to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this past weekend. 

Melting ice is disrupting daily life in the Y-K Delta in the worst possible way

This spring has seen record-breaking warm temperatures across Alaska. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Kuskokwim River is melting early — with devastating consequences.

Donlin promises economic development if mine goes through

Donlin Gold wants to build one of the biggest gold mines in the world, and it promises to employ hundreds of local people to build and operate it.

49 Voices: Benjamin Agimuk of Bethel

This week we're hearing from Benjamin Agimuk in Bethel. Agimuk is originally from Chevak and is part of several Native dance groups as a yuraq drummer. He performed at this year's Cama-i Dance Festival.

‘Stay off the ice’ BSAR warns as two die from four-wheelers falling through ice

Two four-wheelers carrying five men leaving Bethel broke through needle ice on the upper end of Church Slough on Sunday night. Two of the men died, while three others were treated for hypothermia in Bethel.

AC plans new liquor store in Bethel

There could be a new liquor store in Bethel this summer.

Opposition strong in Dunleavy budget testimony in Bethel

Twenty-five people came out to testify about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget to a full room in Bethel on Saturday.

Winter storms flood houses in Nunapitchuk and Kotlik

Storms battered the southern Bering Sea and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta last month. February storms aren’t unusual, but the amount of rain and flooding is. The combination caused a lot of damage for two communities in the region.

Y-K Delta superintendents say Dunleavy’s budget would be devastating

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed deep cuts to education funding from kindergarten through 12th grade. Those cuts could more than decimate the budgets for school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, according to two superintendents of regional school districts.

NovaGold stakes company future on Donlin Gold mine after major asset sale

NovaGold is staking a lot on the success of the proposed Donlin Gold mine after selling a big asset last year: the Galore Creek project in British Columbia.

Can Bethel afford the costs of climate change?

Alaska's temperatures are warming twice as fast as the global average, and rural Alaska is taking the brunt of the impacts. The costs from dealing with climate change are starting to become more visible in Bethel, a hub town for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Calista shareholders voice dissent over Donlin Mine in letter to board

More than 130 female Calista shareholders signed a letter sent to the Calista Native Corporation protesting the proposed Donlin gold mine.

Brazil dam disaster sparks questions over the safety of Donlin’s tailings dam

A tailings dam collapsed last month in Brazil, killing more than 150 people. That accident raised fears among some residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta about the safety of the tailings facility and dam that Donlin Gold plans to construct for its large gold mine. Donlin says its design is much safer than the one that collapsed in Brazil. 

Y-K Delta tribes appeal Donlin state permits

Thirteen tribes are appealing two key state permits for the proposed Donlin gold mine.

Nonprofit raises questions over recent Donlin state permits

A Montana-based nonprofit group that participates in mine permitting across the U.S. thinks the company has room to improve the mine plans that were recently approved by the state.

How Bethel created four-time K300 sled dog race champ Pete Kaiser

How did Pete Kaiser get to be one of Alaska’s top mushers? He says that it's "basically a lifestyle."

New starting line for this weekend’s K300 races

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee moved the starting line from its traditional place in front of the Joe Lomack building near the river to the front of the small boat harbor.

2018 second warmest year on record for Bethel

Climate changes are hitting home in many ways: the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race had to make a last-minute route change, and the Kuskokwim River is taking longer to freeze, so more residents in remote Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities have to travel by air instead.