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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.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This Sunday, Feb. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of the F/V Destination.

Its sinking ranks as the Bering Sea crab fleet’s deadliest accident in more than a decade.

While the cause remains a mystery, memories of the crew are inspiring fishermen to stay extra safe this winter.

Last March, Unalaskans and seasonal fishermen held a memorial service at the Norwegian Rat Saloon.

Newscast: 02/08/18

Feb 8, 2018

This Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of the F/V Destination; Unalaska is facing its third day of flight cancellations; and the 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Pipa Escalante/KUCB

Updated 2/8/18 at 12:30 p.m. 

Unalaska is facing its third day of flight cancellations.

On Tuesday, the problem was weather. But since then, the trouble has stemmed from a navigational beacon at the airport.

"For whatever reason, that piece of equipment expired before it was re-certified," said Missy Roberts of PenAir, Unalaska’s only carrier with flights to and from Anchorage.

Newscast: 02/07/18

Feb 7, 2018

Invasive species are eyeing the Bering Sea; APICDA’s outgoing CEO is running for office; and a Homer program is helping teens talk about being LGBTQ in rural Alaska.

Courtesy of Alaska Geographic Field Institute

Unalaska’s Brian Conwell has been selected as a youth ambassador to the Arctic Council.

For the next two years, he’ll represent Alaska and the Aleutian Islands at high-level meetings focused on the changing Arctic.   

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with the high school senior to learn more.

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