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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Newscast: 02/06/19

Feb 6, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the death of 19-year-old crewman Ethan Kelch in Unalaska; data shows Alaska's population is continuing to decline; and lawmakers are emphasizing the economic importance of the state ferry system ahead of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's amended budget proposal.

United States Coast Guard

Eleven days after his body was found on the "west side" of Amaknak Island, the U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the death of 19-year-old Ethan Kelch.

The crewman died in Unalaska last week while his vessel, the Cutter Douglas Munro, was in port for repairs.

"It's still under investigation, and we can't provide any comments as of yet," said Lt. Brian Dykens of the Coast Guard's public affairs office in Juneau.

Newscast: 02/05/19

Feb 5, 2019

A World War II-era mortar has been destroyed in a controlled explosion in Haines; Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants Alaskans to receive permanent fund dividends of roughly $3,000 this year; and President Donald Trump has nominated David Bernhardt to be the next secretary of the Interior.

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This winter, UniSea had planned to employ four prison inmates at its Unalaska fish processing plant.

But company officials say the "Transition to Work" program remains in limbo, following the election of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

"We're basically on standby," said Ferdie Lopez, UniSea's local safety and security manager. "We've been waiting for the Department of Corrections (DOC)."

Newscast: 02/04/19

Feb 4, 2019

UniSea is waiting on the state before it can launch an inmate work program at its Unalaska fish plant; a crewman from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory has died in Homer, less than a week after a crewman died in Dutch Harbor; and both Raider basketball teams took second place in last weekend's Seward Invitational.