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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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Newscast: 02/06/18

Feb 6, 2018

Unalaska’s Brian Conwell has been selected as a youth ambassador to the Arctic Council; the local Fish and Game Advisory Committee is meeting about sport and subsistence fishing; and Vice President Mike Pence made a pit stop in Alaska on his way to South Korea. 

Newscast: 02/05/18

Feb 5, 2018

Unalaska has selected a new city manager; Monday is the last day to register to vote in the mayoral recall election; and the EPA has announced the Pebble Mine may pose an “unacceptable” risk to Bristol Bay fisheries. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska has selected a new city manager.

On Sunday, the City Council voted unanimously to offer the job to Thomas E. Thomas, who served most recently as city manager in Rock Island, Illinois.

He beat out three other finalists, including Assistant City Manager Erin Reinders.

“Our consulting firm brought us four wonderful candidates," said Councilor Roger Rowland. "This was not an easy decision.”

Berett Wilber/KUCB

This weekend, the Unalaska City Council is interviewing four finalists for the city manager position.

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with the candidates to learn about their backgrounds — and ask why they want to work on the island.

Unalaskans are invited to meet the finalists at a public reception Friday night. The Grand Aleutian Hotel is hosting the event from 5 to 7 p.m.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The four finalists vying to be Unalaska’s next city manager have arrived on the island — and their interviews will take place behind closed doors.

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the City Council has confirmed that holding interviews in executive session does not violate Alaska’s Open Meetings Act.

Peterson said they verified with City Attorney Brooks Chandler.