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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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City officials have released the final results of Unalaska’s municipal election, after canvassing absentee and questioned ballots.

The official data shows that voters narrowly rejected a proposal to double the local sin tax. It also confirms all preliminary results for the City Council and school board races.

The City Council is expected to certify election results on Tuesday night.

Newscast: 10/05/17

Oct 5, 2017

Crab fisheries in southwest Alaska are facing steep cuts; the Qawalangin Tribe is holding its elections this weekend; and the Pacific walrus won’t be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Courtesy of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska

This weekend, the Qawalangin Tribe is holding its annual election and membership meeting.

Competing for three seats on the tribal council are Helen Brown, Thomas Robinson, Edith “Marie” Schliebe, Alena Syverson, Laresa Syverson, and Pauline Tutiakoff. Vincent Tutiakoff Sr. is also running as a write-in candidate.

Those elected will serve three-year terms.

Tribal members can vote Saturday, Oct. 7 at the senior center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will start after the polls close, followed by a potluck at 5 p.m.

Newscast: 10/04/17

Oct 4, 2017

Unalaska voters have ousted half the City Council; Cleveland Volcano has formed a new lava dome; and very few Alaskans would earn big tax breaks under President Trump's proposal.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska voters have ousted half the City Council.

During Tuesday's municipal election, all three council incumbents were defeated easily by their challengers, two of whom are newcomers to local politics.

That includes Councilor-Elect Shari Coleman, who won Seat G. She unseated Rachelle Hatfield with about 56 percent of the vote.

“There are really no words to describe it," she said. "I’ve never been in this position before, and it’s just exciting."