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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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has scheduled a special meeting in May to consider changing the harvest strategy for Bering Sea tanner crab.

The current strategy sparked controversy last year, when biologists were forced to cancel the $50 million commercial fishery after the bairdi population fell short of the opening threshold.

Newscast: 04/13/17

Apr 13, 2017

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is considering changes to the harvest strategy for Bering Sea tanner crab; southwest Alaska continues to see high rates of tuberculosis; and Unalaska is hosting a forum on immigration and identity in on the island.

City of Unalaska

GCI won’t be allowed to build a new cell phone tower in the Unalaska Valley. At least, not yet.

On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council voted against the telecommunications company and its plan to construct a 65-foot tower on a hillside overlooking the Shaishnikoff Subdivision.

The unanimous decision came after a nearby property owner filed an appeal against the project, which had been approved by the Unalaska Planning Commission, 4-1.

Rufina Shaishnikoff protested the GCI tower, which would have sat on a commercially zoned plot in a mostly residential area.

Newscast: 04/12/17

Apr 12, 2017

The Unalaska City Council has ruled against GCI’s plan to build a new cell phone tower; a large squid has washed ashore on Front Beach; and members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have expressed their support for the Sea Grant program.

Newscast: 04/11/17

Apr 11, 2017

The Unalaska City Council will settle a dispute over GCI’s plan to build a new phone tower on the island; police have charged a Nelson Lagoon man for breaking in to the community clinic; and Kodiak has opened a new school for Alutiiq language immersion.