Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel

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.

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.

Donlin Gold slowly restarts drilling program

Donlin Gold has announced plans to restart its drilling program as the state loosens coronavirus health mandates and travel restrictions.

Airlines say all Y-K Delta villages have service. But it’s not the same as before the pandemic

Ravn Air Group’s March bankruptcy filing during the coronavirus pandemic left many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages without mail or passenger service, but three airlines stepped in to make sure that residents got their mail and access to medical care. Still, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation claims that there are still villages without regular air service.

Three still hospitalized after forestry plane crash in Aniak

Officials say the pilot and one passenger are still recovering from surgeries performed after the crash.

There’s a third case of COVID-19 in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

The person was in Bethel when they tested positive for the coronavirus at the hospital.

State agency opens review of Donlin Gold’s pipeline right-of-way

Despite an appeal by mine opponents, the state says it will move ahead with a review.

Southwest Alaska village of Nunapitchuk grapples with flooding and coronavirus

Residents in the village of 500 can only leave to visit neighbors for essential visits. Even the gas station is closed.

Y-K Delta tribes protest Donlin Gold in letter to mining company Novagold

In the letter, ten tribes ask investors to withdraw their support of the project, which they say doesn't have support of the region.

Rogue gravel barge stranded in Kuskokwim ice is recovered

The barge got stuck in ice on the Kuskokwim River last winter, and was recently seen floating past Bethel during the river breakup.

Calista Wants to help form a regional Tribal government. Donlin Gold could help pay for it

Tribes began work on the project 40 years ago, but have recently run into challenges paying for it. Now, Donlin Gold is offering to pay some of the money to support it in lieu of federal taxes.

Newtok man tells troopers he assaulted girl because he “got bored”

Pedro John Mark Active was arrested on May 1, five months after a 15-year-old girl reported that he assaulted her while she slept on November 3, 2019.