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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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After a dangerous ammonia leak last winter, Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor is renovating its refrigeration system, investing in its hazmat team, and paying a $10,008 fine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement this week.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner Wednesday morning after he was hit in the head by block of frozen fish.

Officials say the F/V Defender was fishing 260 miles north of Cold Bay when a 37-pound block of frozen fish struck the man’s head.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew stationed in Cold Bay was sent to hoist the 21-year-old crew member from the vessel. He was transported to St. Paul and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

Newscast: 11/08/17

Nov 8, 2017

Arlie Colvin is Unalaska’s new fire chief; a PenAir flight suffered engine failure Tuesday after taking off from Sand Point; and 13 mushers have registered to compete in this year’s Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race.

Courtesy of Nate Julian

A PenAir flight made an emergency landing in Sand Point on Tuesday, following an engine failure shortly after takeoff.

The Saab 340 aircraft returned to the airport safely, but passenger Nate Julian said it was a scary experience.

“It was kind of sketchy," he said. "A little bit hairy there for a minute.”

Headed to Anchorage, Julian said everything seemed normal until the plane reached the end of the runway.

“They went to ramp up the engines for takeoff," he said. "The left engine cut out a minute and then ramped up. Not a normal sound.”

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska has welcomed a handful of new community leaders in the last few months.

That includes Arlie Colvin, the new fire chief at the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Colvin to ask how he’s reforming the island's overloaded fire division.


ARLIE COLVIN: I’ve been doing fire service for 19 years, EMS [emergency medical services] for just over 18, and I’ve been a paramedic for 11 years. I love it. It’s all I do. It’s all I want to do for the rest of my life.