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Laura Kraegel


Originally from Chicago, Laura moved to Alaska to work at KNOM Radio, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. Now, she’s excited to cover Unalaska and the Aleutians while still living on the Bering Sea.

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Newscast: 08/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Unalaska’s city manager says he’s ready to resign after a tense relationship with the mayor and City Council; island residents have one more day to register to vote this October; and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants to do away with special envoys focused on the Arctic and climate change. 

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

Simmering tensions exploded at Wednesday's meeting of the Unalaska City Council. The special session ended with multiple calls for the mayor to resign, while the city manager announced he’s ready to leave a job that’s taken “years off [his] life.”

At City Hall, it’s standing room only as City Manager Dave Martinson makes his first appearance since the council started reviewing his contract behind closed doors three weeks ago.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick mariner Tuesday from a fishing vessel northwest of Unalaska.

Officials say the F/V Seattle Enterprise was fishing 140 miles away from the island when a 26-year-old woman aboard suffered from chest pressure.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sent a helicopter crew to hoist the woman from the vessel and transport her to Unalaska for emergency medical care.  

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

For the last century, reindeer have roamed St. Paul Island without much oversight.

But now, the tribal government is stepping up its management style to boost subsistence options and the local economy.

Fleshy red reindeer quarters are spread across the tables of St. Paul’s tavern. Surrounding them are eager preteens, wielding knives and wearing plastic gloves.

“I don’t think we can cut through this bone," says one student. "It’s like that thick.”

“No! You don’t want to cut through the bone," a teacher responds. 

Newscast: 08/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Unalaska’s city manager may be on his way out; the Alaska National Guard is helping with rescue efforts connected to Hurricane Harvey; and many experts say that SNAP is still the most effective solution to food insecurity.