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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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About 75 years ago, the U.S. Navy built a marine railway in Unalaska. It was basically an underwater railroad that helped the military haul boats out of the Bering Sea during World War II.

Since then, the railway has slowly gone to seed and recently, it was demolished for good.

Next to Unalaska’s small boat harbor, in the shadow of Bunker Hill, construction crews are tearing down a piece of history.

“They’re loading up the steel carriage that they used to pull the boats up in,” says Joe Sacramento.

Newscast: 03/16/17

Mar 16, 2017

Unalaska’s marine railway has been demolished after 75 years; the Raiders have advanced in the state basketball tournament; and scientists are trying crowdsourcing to figure out what’s behind the mysterious decline of Steller sea lions.

Newscast: 03/15/17

Mar 15, 2017

Unalaskans will soon pay more for utilities; the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is on shaky ground in Congress; and Mitch Seavey has won Iditarod 45 in a record-setting run.

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Over the next four years, Unalaskans will see their monthly utility bills grow by $18.86 on average. For island businesses, it’ll be an $837.52 jump.

The City Council unanimously approved the rate hikes at a lightning-fast meeting Tuesday night.

The cost of wastewater utilities will increase by 15 percent over four years, while the cost of solid waste grows by 13.5 percent over three years.

Newscast: 03/14/17

Mar 14, 2017

Unalaska officials have reopened Captains Bay Road after a car accident; Harvard University students are trying to help rural Alaska fight its reliance on diesel; and top Iditarod mushers finally have the finish line in sight.