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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Enrollment is up to a record high at the Unalaska City School District.

Superintendent John Conwell recently announced that 417 students are studying at the island's schools.

That's nine more than at this time last year — and 42 more than in fiscal year 2016, when the district struggled with an unexplained dip.

"It appears that our enrollment has stabilized and may even be growing some," said Conwell at the school board's Sept. 20 meeting. "I'd love to see us [stay] above 415 this year. That would be a record for us."

Newscast: 10/01/18

Oct 1, 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a commercial fisherman who went missing north of St. Matthew Island; enrollment is up to a record high at the Unalaska City School District; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing in on its final recommendations for a dredging project in Iliuliuk Bay.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

This winter, Unalaska's seafood plants could host a handful of prison inmates — if the community joins a work release program run by the state Department of Corrections.

DOC Commissioner Dean Williams proposed the idea to the City Council this week, citing interest from at least one local processor that he declined to name.

Williams said he'd like to start with four or five inmates, who would go through a thorough vetting and selection process. They'd work at plants and live at bunkhouses under strict rules and electronic surveillance.

Newscast: 09/27/18

Sep 27, 2018

This winter, Unalaska's seafood plants could host a handful of prison inmates — if the community joins a work release program run by the Department of Corrections; the island's municipal election is five days away; and Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence is hosting its annual "Make A Difference" Dinner tonight.

KUCB Staff

The city is adding staff at Unalaska's landfill and powerhouse in an effort to meet growing demand on local utilities. 

On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to fund three new full-time positions at the Department of Public Utilities this fiscal year.

Councilor James Fitch, a former powerhouse employee, says that'll be $434,598 well spent.

"This has been a long time coming," said Fitch. "It really needs to be done to protect the safety of the people who work there and to protect the city's investment in that power plant and landfill."

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