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.


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.

Barrera Seeks a Sure Path to Academic Success

Wednesday, September 24 2014

When Fernando Barrera won his election last fall for an open seat on the Unalaska school board, he had a clear vision for the one-year term that lay ahead of him.

Barrera wanted to improve STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and math. But he says he had some misconceptions about how to get there from his position on the board.

"We can propose things, but you don’t decide as a person what to do," he says. "It’s a team."

Jordan Seeks to Broaden Students’ Horizons

Tuesday, September 23 2014

(Credit: Pipa Escalante)

This fall, Cathy Jordan is running unopposed to keep seat B on Unalaska's school board.

As a former resident of Michigan and Texas, a parent to two sons, and a frequent class volunteer, Jordan has spent time in classrooms across the country. 

"Given where we are, we know there are restrictions on some things that we can do and some things we can offer," she says. 

Jury Pool Convenes for Homicide Trial

Tuesday, September 02 2014

Jury selection started today in the trial of two men accused of beating their co-worker to death.

Leonardo Bongolto, Jr. and Denison Soria were processing workers at Bering Fisheries back in February 2012 when they allegedly got into a fight with Jonathan Adams. Adams, 55, was found on the steps of his bunkhouse with severe head injuries, and died the same evening.

Bongolto, now 36, and Soria, 42, are now being tried for second-degree murder. They each face a felony assault charge, and both men stand accused of tampering with physical evidence in the case. 

Shell Sketches Plans for Arctic Drilling in 2015

Thursday, August 28 2014

Shell's tentative exploration plan for 2015 includes the Noble Discoverer drill rig.

Shell Oil took its first step toward returning to the Arctic this morning.

The company filed a new plan to explore the Chukchi Sea with federal regulators in Anchorage.

But as KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal reports, that filing is far from a commitment.

Alaska Politicians Float Russian Fish Embargo

Tuesday, August 26 2014

Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

Alaska’s congressional delegation is pressing for a quick resolution to the country's seafood standoff with Russia.

The politicians sent a letter to President Barack Obama today, asking him to pick up the pace of negotiations so Russia will drop their import ban on American fish. But if diplomats can’t make that happen, the Alaska delegation wants to see a ban on Russian seafood entering the United States.

Summer Quake Spurs Researchers to Amchitka

Monday, August 25 2014

Amchitka Island (Courtesy of USFWS)

A team of scientists is descending on a former nuclear test site in the Aleutians today to look for damage from a massive earthquake.

The 7.9 quake that struck this June was pretty close to the old nuclear sites at Amchitka, according to the federal site manager.

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