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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

Newscast: 04/11/18

Apr 11, 2018

Unalaska has taken its first official step toward banning plastic bags; a state bill that would ban smoking in workplaces has also made progress in the House; and the Kobuk 440 Sled Dog Race starts tomorrow.

Newscast: 04/10/18

Apr 10, 2018

Unalaskans are lobbying the City Council to ban single-use plastic bags; mechanical problems on a state ferry have stranded passengers in Homer; and the 90-day legislative session is winding down for Alaska lawmakers.

Newscast: 04/09/18

Apr 9, 2018

Unalaska’s proposed capital budget has grown to $11.2 million; the Qawalangin Tribe is organizing a recycling drive for Earth Day; and it’s increasingly likely that Alaska Permanent Fund dividends will be roughly $1,600 this year.

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

For decades, the Northern Victor was a nomadic vessel.

It spent part of the year processing pollock in Unalaska’s Beaver Inlet. And the rest, it spent traveling back and forth from Seattle for maintenance.

That finally changed this season, when Icicle Seafoods had the boat drop its vagabond act and settle down at the dock for good.

KUCB stopped by the Northern Victor recently to see how its new home has affected business.

It’s a windy day on the Unalaska spit, with gusts reaching more than 90 miles per hour.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska’s proposed capital budget has grown 12 percent since February, when the Planning Department first presented a draft to the City Council.

Now, it totals $11.2 million.

The updated capital and major maintenance plan — unveiled this week — still includes money for generator upgrades, library renovations, and a live fire training facility.