Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel

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Grey and white sled dogs howl in nblack harnesses

Yukon mushers struggle to feed dogs after poor salmon runs

Mushers usually rely on king and chum salmon - this year, both species have hadd poor returns.
Blue ticket counters with the logo "Yute Air"'

Former Yute Commuter Services business manager sued for embezzlement

Yute Commuter Service is suing its former business manager for allegedly embezzling company funds to pay for personal expenses, pay raises and bonuses.
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In secret recordings, Pebble Mine execs say Donlin mine is too expensive to build

On September 21, an environmental group leaked footage of top mining executives discussing the proposed Donlin Gold mine. ( Environmental Investigation Agency) On Sept. 21, an environmental group released secretly...
About 50 buildings next to an airstrip and some rivers as seen from the air.

Kasigluk’s only store burns down

The village has closed off entry, but residents will now have to travel to nearby villages in order to get groceries.
A loader in a puddly asphalt runway

‘A Swiss cheese moment’: How a communication failure kept cargo from getting to Aniak

The Department of Transportation and FAA failed to make a timely notice to pilots after closing down the old runway, which resulted in a week where residents of Aniak didn't receive Bypass mail.
Rocks (ore) separated by wooden planks

Amidst concerns about profitability, companies tout Donlin Gold test results

The two Canadian companies developing the Donlin mine are praising the results from Donlin Gold’s most ambitious drilling project to date.
A hand with a blue glove drops a test tube in a ziploc bag held by two green hands.

COVID-19 cases spike in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region

The local health corporation announced 17 new cases over the weekend.
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Yukon-Kuskokwim area fights against complacency as cases rise

As more people have started traveling into the region, case numbers have risen dramatically.
three white quonset huts sit on a dirt road

Donlin Gold pushed back on textbook content. The Lower Kuskokwim School District removed it.

Teachers were working on curriculum for a fifth grade textbook about human impacts on the environment.
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Five employees of Bethel courthouse and jail test positive for COVID-19

The positive cases include two Bethel courthouse employees, and three staff members at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.
An aerial image shows a winding river delta next to a bluff. Several dozen wooden houses stand on the berm abutting the water.

Troopers investigate death of Tununak woman

Troopers say that 56-year-old Josephine Link was found unresponsive in an open field near the coastal community.
Puddles in front of a log cabin, Mountain Village's office building in 2018

Mountain Village closes its doors to nonresidents

The Lower Yukon community of Mountain Village is shutting its doors to nearby nonresidents unless they have permission to enter from the tribe.

Eek VPSO arrested for sex assault, human trafficking

A 22-year-old village public safety officer in the Southwest Alaska community of Eek has been charged with sexual assault and human trafficking.

Some Lower Yukon villages are going on lockdown to stop spread of COVID-19

The communities are shutting down in order to help one another out, after cases are first reported in nearby communities.

Wrong fuel caused May crash of Department of Forestry plane, says NTSB report

There were no fatalities in the accident, but the Division of Forestry says only one of the three firefighters who was injured has returned to work.
An aerial view of a mining camp, which looks like a clearing in the trees

NovaGold sues research firm for report on Donlin Gold mine

After the short-selling firm J Capital Research released a report suggesting the Donlin Gold mine was too expensive to build, NovaGold's stock price dropped, but since then its prices have rebounded.

Petition calls for Calista shareholder vote on Donlin mine

A group of shareholders wants a vote on whether or not the controversial gold mine should be built.

One short-selling financial firm says the Donlin Gold mine is too expensive to build

The firm acknowledges that it would benefit from the a decline in Donlin's stock, but others agree that the cost of building the mine is the biggest obstacle to its profitability.

Bethel residents march against police racism and brutality

About 50 of the town's 6,500 residents met at the cultural center and shared stories about racist police treatment of African-American and Alaska Native citizens.