Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel

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With more holes than usual in Kuskokwim River ice near Bethel, Search and Rescue issues safety warning

Last year at this time there was only one hole nine miles from Bethel. This year there are four open holes close to the community.

Kipnuk the latest village to flood as storms rile the ice-free Bering Sea

This has become the new norm across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Late winters and sudden thawing have turned roads into slush and made rivers and sloughs, which are necessary for travel, less safe because they take longer to freeze.

LISTEN: Santa comes to Napakiak in a Black Hawk helicopter

Each year, the Alaska National Guard flies to small, remote Alaska communities off the road system bringing presents, ice cream, and Santa. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1956.

The lights are out on the Quinhagak runway, and the village is searching for solutions

No night flights or medevacs have been able to land on the Native Village of Kwinhagak's runway for the past two months, and it doesn’t look like they will be able to any time soon.

Young filmmaker’s George Attla documentary brings together community and sled dog racing

Sled dogs, community, and teaching the next generation. These themes come together in a new documentary about legendary sprint musher George Attla from the village of Huslia.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

New rural Alaska law enforcement initiative helps nab Napakiak sexual assault suspect

The Rural Alaska Anti-Violence Enforcement Working Group was created after U.S. Attorney General William Barr released millions of dollars in federal funding earlier this year.

New report sheds more light on climate change impacts to Alaska Native villages

A recent report compiled by the Army Corps of Engineers and researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks documents erosion and other environmental threats facing communities in rural Alaska.

BLM responds to tribes’ criticism over planning process for draft resource management plan

The Orutsararmiut Native Council is calling the federal planning process for how 13 million acres of public land is managed in the region “woefully inadequate.” BLM says that they are taking more steps to reach out.

National indigenous group passes resolution opposing Donlin mine in Southwest Alaska

Another resolution against the proposed Donlin mine has passed. This time, at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in New Mexico last month. This is the first time a national organization has supported tribes’ opposition of the mine.

Calista launches effort to help high school students plan for life after graduation

The project⁠ — called Tengluni, or "Take Wing" ⁠— aims to increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for life after high school by using Yup’ik values and curriculum.

Yup’ik elders revive traditional baby parka craft

Constructing the parka and reviving the almost extinct tradition took the efforts of many people.
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.