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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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Two U.S. Army helicopters arrived in Unalaska last week, but their mission is unclear.

The CH-47 Chinooks have been sitting on the airport tarmac, and soldiers have been spotted moving about and inspecting them.

"They're there as part of a joint effort with the U.S. Air Force and — I think — the U.S. Coast Guard," said Lt. Colonel Martyn Crighton, a public affairs officer for U.S. Army Alaska. "But honestly, I don't have the details."

He said the unit is from Fort Wainwright, the Army post near Fairbanks.

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Unalaska's main airline will be sold this October; the city's fall ballot will feature only one contested race; and election season starts in earnest Tuesday with the state primary.

Alaska Division of Elections

Election season starts in earnest Tuesday with the state primary.

Beyond picking the nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, and U.S. Representative, voters will decide who challenges incumbent Bryce Edgmon for House District 37.

The district covers a massive swath of southwest Alaska, including the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Edgmon has represented the area in Juneau for more than a decade.

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After filing for bankruptcy protection last summer, PenAir has been ordered to sell off its assets to avoid a shutdown.

A federal judge has scheduled the auction for early October, following an emergency motion by the trustee appointed to oversee the airline's bankruptcy proceedings.

In the motion filed Wednesday, Trustee Gerald McHale argued for the "expedited sale schedule" in light of PenAir's "quickly deteriorating cash position."


Unalaska's fall election will feature only one contested race.

Released Friday, the final ballot shows two candidates vying for City Council seat G: incumbent Shari Coleman and Vincent Tutiakoff Sr.

Coleman is a compliance supervisor at the UniSea, Inc. seafood plant. Last October, she ousted Rachelle Hatfield, who was appointed when Frank Kelty vacated the spot to become mayor in 2016.