KUCB KIAL Unalaska Community Broadcasting

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: 03/09/17

Mar 9, 2017

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has lowered the alert levels for two Aleutian volcanoes; the search is over for Unalaska’s lost ringed seal; and Alaska’s senators have asked the White House to reconsider funding cuts for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Newscast: 03/08/17

Mar 8, 2017

Bogoslof Volcano has blown in its most powerful eruption since activity began three months ago; Iditarod mushers have reached the Yukon River; and state lawmakers are considering legislation that would require insurers to cover 12-month birth control prescriptions.

Dave Schneider/USGS/AVO

Bogoslof Volcano exploded Tuesday night in its most powerful eruption since activity began three months ago.

Given the intensity of the three-hour blast, scientists expected Unalaskans to wake up and find the island dusted with ash.

Kristi Wallace of the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) said she was puzzled when that didn’t happen.

Newscast: 03/07/17

Mar 7, 2017

A fishing crew has been rescued off Unalaska Island; Republicans have revealed their plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act; and the Iditarod’s top mushers are already out of Manley Hot Springs.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

A fishing crew was rescued Monday morning after their boat ran aground off Unalaska Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the fishing vessel St. Dominick began taking on water around 10 a.m.

“All of the crew members of the St. Dominick were transported to Dutch Harbor by the Good Samaritan vessel Kona Kai,” she said.

Steenson said it’s unclear how many people were aboard the 50-foot steel boat, which is registered to Zachary Nehus of Unalaska. 

She said the Coast Guard’s only involvement has been to keep an eye on the incident from above.