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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The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel near Dutch Harbor Monday morning.

According to a Coast Guard press release, the crewmember experienced abdominal pain, headaches, and a fever for several days before his condition worsened. 

That's when a Seattle health company called the Coast Guard on behalf of the F/V Unimak, requesting an immediate medevac for the sick crewmember.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Golden king crab season opens Monday, but fishermen in the western Aleutians are facing a deep cut to their usual quota.

Driven by concern for the crab population, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has reduced their total allowable catch (TAC) by a quarter.

"There's a 25 percent reduction in the TAC for the western stock this year based on declines in several stock abundance indicators," said Ethan Nichols, the assistant area management biologist for Fish and Game. "We're not exactly sure what's going on, but for the last two seasons, the TAC has not been achieved."

Newscast: 08/01/16

Aug 1, 2016

The search for the abandoned F/V Alaska Juris has been called off; scientists have raised the alert level for Pavlof Volcano; and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has cut the western Aleutian quota for golden king crab by 25 percent.


Scientists have increased the alert level for Pavlof Volcano for the second time this month.

On Thursday, the Alaska Peninsula volcano showed signs of low-level eruptive activity, prompting officials to raise its alert level from "advisory" to "watch."

 "We saw pretty vigorous de-gassing of steam in our web camera images, and we got some detections of volcanic ash in satellite views," said Dave Schneider, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

 But that does not necessarily mean there will be an eruption.

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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is visiting Unalaska next week to help families register for the federal nutrition initiative.

"We serve pregnant women, new moms, and children up until age 5," said Krista Jordan, a WIC dietitian for the State of Alaska.

Jordan said WIC can provide families with health screenings, breastfeeding support, and nutrition education.