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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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Six days after forming an emergency response team, officials have suspended their efforts aboard a disabled fishing vessel in Unalaska.

Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said responders have removed almost 16,000 gallons of oil and sludge from the F/V Akutan, which is moored in Captains Bay.

“The main thing we were trying to do was insure there was no major pollution incident," said Rios. "At this time, we feel confident that we’ve mitigated any kind of imminent threat of pollution.”

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Once again, the Unalaska City Council has taken no action after calling an executive session to discuss the city manager’s contract behind closed doors.

The first session was sparsely attended by the public. But at Tuesday's meeting, councilors got an earful as more than 40 people packed City Hall.

Newscast: 08/21/17

Aug 21, 2017

The ballot is set for Unalaska’s municipal election; Aleutian scientists have finished another research season without solving the 40-year-old mystery of the Steller sea lion decline; and President Trump has signed an executive order to speed up environmental reviews of infrastructure projects. 

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The only air carrier for the Pribilof Islands is asking for financial support to keep its remote market afloat.

PenAir has requested the U.S. Department of Transportation subsidize flights to St. Paul and St. George Islands, which are guaranteed Essential Air Service.

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The ballot is set for Unalaska’s October election, with three contested races for City Council and a proposition to raise the island’s sin tax.

James Fitch and Jeffrey Treannie are challenging Councilor Yudelka Leclere as she tries to hold on to City Council seat B, according to City Clerk Cat Hazen.

Seats E and G are two-way competitions: Councilor John Waldron is vying for reelection against Dennis Robinson, while Shari Coleman tries to unseat Councilor Rachelle Hatfield.

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