News Director

Lauren joined KUCB as a summer intern, and stuck around to work as a producer and reporter. She now covers transportation, local politics, Arctic shipping, unexploded ordnance, and much more.

In the past, Lauren has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Conservation Minnesota. She is a product of western Washington State.


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Crabber

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Just days after crab season kicked off, the Coast Guard was called to airlift an injured fisherman this weekend.

The man was loading gear aboard the F/V Icy Mist on Sunday when he was struck by a crab pot. His arm and leg were hurt badly enough that a Coast Guard duty surgeon recommended a medevac.

The Icy Mist was about 150 miles south of Sand Point -- hours away from the nearest flight base.

False Pass Forges Ahead With Tidal Power

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Courtesy of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association

The 40-odd residents of False Pass have waited years to find out if their turbulent seas could ever be used as a source of energy. Now, they may finally have an answer -- and a path to renewable power.

Fisherman Dies After Medical Crisis At Sea

Friday, October 17 2014

Credit: Hockema & Whalen Associates

An Unalaska-based fishing vessel lost a crew member this week after a medical emergency on the water.

Jonathan Brown, 44, of Colorado, was working on the F/V Cynosure Wednesday morning when he started showing symptoms from an existing health condition.

The crew took Brown to Atka for treatment at the local clinic. Within a half hour of arriving, Brown had passed away.

The Alaska State Troopers have arranged for an autopsy. But as trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen wrote in an email Friday, they don't suspect foul play.

American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering

Wednesday, October 15 2014

A Seattle-based seafood company accused of stealing groundfish from the Bering Sea has agreed to pay up.

American Seafoods will pay $1.75 million to settle violations on three of its catcher-processors. The American Dynasty, the Ocean Rover, and the Northern Eagle were all accused of tampering with their scales for weighing fish at sea over a five-year period.

Governor's Race Brings Walker to Unalaska

Monday, October 06 2014

Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

With less than a month until election day, the race to become Alaska's next governor is heating up.

Independent candidate Bill Walker and his Democrat running mate are canvassing the state for votes -- all the way out to the Aleutians. 

It might be a big port community, but it’s not unusual for political campaigns to skip Unalaska. The town is hard to get to and there aren’t a lot of voters on the other side.

As Biomass Booms, Pollock B Season Wraps Early

Thursday, October 02 2014

In the Bering Sea, it’s normal for pollock fishing to continue all the way up to Halloween. That’s what Krista Milani has seen in her time tracking the harvest for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Unalaska.

"I looked back several years, and that tends to be how it usually goes," Milani says.

But this season, the trawl fleet wrapped up a full month early thanks to an abundance of mature pollock.

Plea Deal Reached in Homicide Case

Wednesday, October 01 2014

A man accused of dealing a fatal blow during a brief fight outside the Harbor View Bar this spring has reached a deal with prosecutors.

Anthony Pouesi, 28, of Shelton, Wash., has pleaded guilty to a reduced murder charge in the death of 44-year-old Marlo Adams, of Yakima, Wash.

Pouesi won't be sentenced until 2015. But he's agreed to serve between one and three years in jail for negligent homicide. That's far less than the 20-year maximum sentence he was facing for his original felony manslaughter charge.

UniSea Settles Alleged Chemical Safety Violations

Tuesday, September 30 2014

Unalaska’s biggest processing plant has agreed to pay a $142,000 fine for allegedly lagging on safety procedures meant to prevent chemical spills.

UniSea keeps large quantities of ammonia on hand for refrigerating fish, plus chlorine for treating its water supply. The Clean Air Act requires facilities to maintain a risk management program for those chemicals.

Aleutian Towns Struggle to Retain Safety Officers

Monday, September 29 2014

Two Aleutian communities are going without local law enforcement after their village public safety officers resigned.

Akutan's officer has stepped down for personal reasons. And False Pass lost its VPSO two months ago, when the officer decided to move closer to his family on the East Coast.

Both of those officers were employed by the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, or APIA. They get funding from the state of Alaska to put officers in five communities.

Preservation Board Supports Torpedo Demolition

Friday, September 26 2014

The airport long-term parking lot is littered with debris after a windstorm. (Courtesy: FAA)

Unalaska’s historic preservation commission met for the first time in six years to weigh in on a landmark in disrepair.

On Thursday, the commission -- now made up of planning board members and city staff -- voted in favor of a plan to demolish the torpedo storage facility near the airport.

Technically, it’s part of the National Historic Landmark at Fort Mears. But as the World War II-era building sheds debris, it's also gotten a reputation as a public hazard.

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