Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk - Bethel


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.
Rocks (ore) separated by wooden planks

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
dirt runway with hills in the background

Donlin Gold talks about reclamation and finances ahead of public hearing

A public hearing is being held in Bethel today about Donlin Gold’s plans to clean up its proposed mine, and how the company will pay for the clean up. The proposed gold mine could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed, and this step is essential before it begins mining. Listen now

Donlin Mine nabs two major permits at Army Corps signing

The Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Land Management gave the proposed Donlin mine two permits along with their joint record of decision during a signing ceremony on Monday. Listen now

Sen. Sullivan talks erosion, Donlin Mine and jobs in Y-K Delta visit

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan visited 11 Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages in four days last week. Listen now

Anchorage non-profit to study local option data in Bethel

A small non-profit in Anchorage thinks that Bethel can fill in key informational gaps about how rural Alaska deals with alcohol, specifically local option. Listen now

Comment period extended for draft Donlin reclamation plan

A state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Listen now

Six Y-K Delta communities clean up household waste with help from Donlin Gold

This is the first time that the Green Star program has helped out in the Y-K Delta. Before then, villages stored household waste in a container and waited for the barges to come in the spring. Listen now

Science program tries to make amends after sending mixed signals to native youth in Y-K Delta

Last year, Jasmine Gil, a young scientist from Bethel who participated in Polaris, said that the group marginalized her project because it relied on traditional knowledge. Now, the organization is trying to make amends. Listen now
A gravel road in a treed area

More Y-K Delta tribes protest Donlin Mine as permitting process progresses

Six tribes have passed resolutions against the proposed mine in the past two months; and eight have spoken out against it in the last two years. Listen now
dirt runway with hills in the background

Top four gubernatorial candidates voice support for Donlin mine

Walker, who is running for re-election as an independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Listen now

Stand for Salmon ballot initiative has big implications for Donlin mine

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the stakes are especially high for the controversial Stand for Salmon ballot initiative because it could kill one of the biggest proposed gold mines in the world — the Donlin Mine.

49 Voices: Apayo Moore of Aleknagik

This week we're hearing from Apayo Moore from Aleknagik. Moore is an artist who recently painted an 80-foot mural at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel. Listen now

First Y-K Delta tribe marches against Donlin Gold in Bethel

The mine would be built in a region where many residents practice subsistence and would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Listen now

Gov. Walker signs bill to help villages run background checks on police

The bill allows the Alaska Police Standards Council to work with villages to conduct background checks for future police officers. But for village police officers, it will be voluntary. Listen now

Alaska steps into legal battle over hard rock mining regulation

The state is intervening in a lawsuit over the EPA’s decision to rescind an Obama-era rule. Listen now