Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel


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.

Donlin Gold signs major wetland mitigation agreement

The company is trying to develop one of the biggest gold mines in the world in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The mine, if built, would disturb 2,800 acres of wetlands. Because Donlin can’t restore all of those wetlands, it is required to protect wetlands somewhere else.

As Alaska warms, the Y-K Delta heats up even faster

Regional temperatures are a big deal because Y-K Delta residents can only travel to other villages by water or by plane. In the past the river usually froze thick enough before December to allow for an ice road, but that hasn’t been the case for the last couple of years.

Report: Alaska Native communities will face the brunt of climate change

For the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the climate change stakes are especially high because the region is home to the most tribes in the state.

Bethel remembers Mary Ciuniq Pete

Former University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus Director Mary Ciuniq Pete was a fierce protector of subsistence practices and a strong advocated for her students. She died November 17 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

The only thing people in Crooked Creek agree on about the Donlin Mine is that it’s coming

Some residents of Crooked Creek see the potential for much needed economic development while others see the possible disruption of their subsistence lifestyle.

K300 race nominated for Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

The effort to get the Kuskokwim 300 into the Hall of Fame began three years ago.

Donlin Gold still waiting for big state permits

So far in the permitting process, Donlin Gold's biggest milestone has been the Army Corps of Engineers’ joint record of decision, issued in August. Listen now

Sen. Murkowski talks aviation, climate change in Bethel visit

Climate change and rural aviation are major issues in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed both during her visit to the region last week.

Sen. Murkowski endorses Republican Mike Dunleavy for governor

Sen. Murkowski says that Dunleavy’s stance on Ballot Measure 1, a controversial salmon habitat ballot measure, was a big factor in her support.

State to repair parallel runway at Bethel airport next summer

The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to repave the runway after repairing the dips caused by melting permafrost.

Barrick Gold takes Donlin mine development ‘very seriously’ during big merger

Barrick Gold also wants to build one of the world’s largest gold mines, the Donlin gold mine, in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. And this merger could have future implications for the project.

Donlin gold mine needs to move a mountain. How close is that to happening?

There isn’t much at the proposed mine site right now: just a long airstrip, with clusters of sturdy buildings in the middle of green mountains close to the Middle Kuskokwim River. But if completed, the Donlin gold mine would be one of the biggest in the world. Listen now