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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.

Ways to Connect

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The Rasmuson Foundation has recognized Unalaska's Gert Svarny as its Distinguished Artist of 2017. The award comes with a $40,000 grant so the 87-year-old sculptor can continue developing her craft.

In Gert Svarny’s living room, tucked safely between a cushy armchair and a window looking out on the beach, sits one of her most recent sculptures.

“Her name is Little Feather," says Svarny. "In Unangam Tunuu, it’s Huqdun Angunaqdaayulu.”

Newscast: 05/16/17

May 16, 2017

Unalaska’s Gert Svarny has been named the Distinguished Artist of 2017 by the Rasmuson Foundation; commercial seaweed farming could grow into a new industry for Alaska; and U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan weighs in on hot-button issues at a town hall meeting in the Interior.

Newscast: 05/15/17

May 15, 2017

The Senate has voted against a state income tax; boat owners have been targeted by a third-party service that charges higher rates for U.S. Coast Guard certification; the EPA has announced a new process that could let the Pebble Partnership develop a controversial mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

Newscast: 05/11/17

May 12, 2017

Three months after the F/V Destination disappeared, the search for answers continues; murre colonies are struggling to reproduce after a die-off; and Alaska’s U.S. senators have responded somewhat differently to the firing of FBI Director James Comey. 

Daher Jorge

Three months ago, a crab boat went missing in the Bering Sea with no mayday signal. Three days after that, responders called off their unsuccessful search.

Six fishermen died. A vessel was lost. All just a few miles offshore.

The search for answers is still underway: What happened to the F/V Destination?

It’s a Friday night, and the Norwegian Rat Saloon is packed.