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Laura Kraegel

Reporter

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

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Is it time for Unalaska’s firefighters to have their own department — separate from the police force? Or should both divisions continue living under the consolidated Department of Public Safety?

Those questions sparked heated discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

“The fire department is in crisis mode now, and it’s been that way for years," said City Councilor Dave Gregory.

Newscast: 06/14/17

Jun 14, 2017

The City Council is debating the future of Unalaska’s fire division; elementary school students are using salmon to develop their skill sets; and ferry service would be severely reduced if the Legislature fails to pass a budget before July 1.

Newscast: 06/12/17

Jun 12, 2017

Three Aleutian volcanoes are showing signs of unrest; rural Alaskans are experimenting with beekeeping; and government services will grind to a halt on July 1, if lawmakers can’t agree on a state budget. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

It’s been 75 years since the U.S. government removed the Unangax from their homes in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, following a deadly attack by the Japanese.

Hundreds of people gathered in Unalaska last weekend to commemorate the bombing of Dutch Harbor during World War II and hear stories from survivors.

U.S. Navy

This week, the U.S. Navy is searching for World War II-era explosives that may still be hiding in waters around Unalaska.

It’s unclear how much leftover ordnance is lurking offshore, according to Leslie Yuenger of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. But she needs help from Unalaskans to find it.

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