Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel

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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.
three white quonset huts sit on a dirt road

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.
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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.

Ravn’s bankruptcy leaves medical transport vacuum in rural Alaska

Ravn’s bankruptcy earlier this month left a lot of questions for rural healthcare providers who depend on those airlines to fly patients in for medical care.
Dr. Elizabeth Bates runs through protocol with a YKHC employee at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site in Bethel.

How Bethel and other rural Alaska villages are preparing for COVID-19 | Alaska Insight

With the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in Southwest Alaska, state and tribal health officials are working to provide adequate supplies for medical staff and village health aides and ramping up testing...

Testing ramps up in rural Alaska, but is it enough?

Ravn Air's bankruptcy and travel restrictions are among the challenges health workers face in getting tests done in rural communities.
three white quonset huts sit on a dirt road

Donlin Gold suspends drilling program, moves employees from work camp

This year was supposed to be Donlin's biggest drilling program in over a decade.
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Quinhagak girl was assaulted and murdered, charges say

Jordan Mark, 18, was charged with murder, sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping and evidence tampering in her death.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015.

Missing girl’s body found at the Quinhagak dump

The young girl was reported missing to Alaska State Troopers on Monday at approximately 5 p.m. A trooper report said that about two hours later, Tribal Police Officers located her body.

Bethel’s Cama’i Dance Festival postponed over coronavirus concerns

The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus.

Ravn blames Quinhagak for hard landing that lead to lawsuit

Quinhagak runway maintenance problems have been well-documented for years. The airport struggles with erosion, and last year planes couldn’t land at night because the runway lights were out.