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.


State Lawmakers Echo Calls to Limit Halibut Bycatch

Wednesday, April 22 2015

Alaska lawmakers are adding their voices to the chorus seeking new limits on the Bering Sea trawl fleet.

A dozen representatives and senators from around the state have sent a letter to the chair of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. They’re asking for a 50 percent reduction in the amount of halibut that trawlers can take as bycatch.

M/V Tustumena Hits Snag in Shipyard

Monday, April 20 2015

Courtesy of Nancy Heise

Southwest residents will have to wait a little longer for the Tustumena ferry to make its return to the region.

The Tusty's first trips in May -- including a run down the Aleutian Chain -- have been canceled due to delays in shipyard.

The vessel was only supposed to undergo minor repairs in Ketchikan this winter. But Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow says the aging ferry needed some extra help.

Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage

Monday, April 20 2015

The Izembek Refuge sits between two major flyways for migrating birds. (Courtesy of USGS)

Right now, a lethal strain of bird flu is wreaking havoc in the Lower 48.

It’s clear that migrating flocks have something to do with spreading the illness between farms and across continents -- but exactly what is still fuzzy.

As KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, a remote spot in southwest Alaska may hold some clues.

Chilly Weekend Brought a Chance of Thundersnow

Monday, April 20 2015

Vertical storm clouds stacked up quickly over the Eastern Aleutians this weekend. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

This weekend brought a wintry blast of hail and rain to the Aleutian Islands -- and the potential for a unique kind of storm.

"Thundering snow is not the loud crack or rolling rumble that you hear with normal thunderstorms," says Michael Kutz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "In fact, a lot of people would mistake it for somebody moving something in another room."

In Seattle, Coast Guard Approves Protest Zone Near Shell Rigs

Thursday, April 16 2015

Protesters can occupy this stretch of Elliott Bay through June 15. (Credit: USCG 13th District External Affairs)

When Shell’s Arctic drill rigs arrive in Seattle next month, they’ll have company.

The Coast Guard has approved a 2-million-square-foot "First Amendment Area" that protestors can legally occupy in the water next to Terminal 5. That’s the dock where Shell’s rigs will tie up under a new lease with Seattle's port commission.

Environmentalists were outraged by that agreement. Now, a coalition called S-Hell No is recruiting kayakers and rowers to paddle out to the port and show their opposition to drilling.

NPFMC Tightens Limits on Chinook Bycatch

Monday, April 13 2015

The Bering Sea pollock fleet is about to face tougher restrictions when it comes to salmon. This weekend, federal regulators agreed to tie the cap on Chinook bycatch to the health of Western Alaska’s runs.

Shell Seeks Injunction to Bar Protesters from Rigs

Friday, April 10 2015

Credit: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace

Shell's attorneys appeared in federal court Friday afternoon to argue for a restraining order against Greenpeace.

The environmental group sent a half-dozen activists to camp out on one of Shell's Arctic rigs as it's towed across the Pacific Ocean. If Shell gets its way, the group would have to surrender to the master of the Blue Marlin effective immediately.

Pollock Fleet Pressed to Cut Salmon Bycatch

Friday, April 10 2015

This week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has been looking at ways to cut back on the number of salmon that get scooped up by commercial trawl boats in the Bering Sea.

The goal is to send more chums and Chinook back to subsistence users around the state. But getting there won’t be easy.

NPFMC to Weigh New Wave of Salmon Bycatch Limits

Wednesday, April 08 2015

This week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will decide whether to mount a new crackdown on salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea's biggest fishery.

The pollock fleet could be asked to fish earlier in the year to avoid salmon. And they may face tighter limits on the number of salmon they can take without shutting down their season.

For the last four years, the hard limit on Chinook salmon has been 60,000 fish. The council is considering a plan to lower that cap by 25 to 60 percent in years when the Chinook aren't doing well.

Greenpeace Protestors Board Arctic Rig

Tuesday, April 07 2015

Credit: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace

Update, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Royal Dutch Shell is seeking a court injunction to remove Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying a Shell oil drilling rig across the Pacific.

The company asked a U.S. District Court judge in Anchorage to order protesters to disembark immediately, according to a Tuesday email from a Shell USA spokesperson.

On Monday, six activists from Greenpeace boarded the Polar Pioneer rig as it traversed the Pacific Ocean.

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