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Laurelin Kruse


Laurelin Kruse is a writer and radio producer from rural Colorado. She has a BA in American Studies from Yale, and she learned radio at the Transom Story Workshop in Massachusetts, where she reported stories for the local public radio station. Kruse is excited to spend the summer roaming the tundra and doing stories for the Unalaska community.

  • The Unalaska City Council is interviewing a candidate for city manager tonight; an international team of scientists is mapping out life in the deep ocean; and earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its first-ever strategic plan for mariculture in the state of Alaska.
  • A group of international researchers is out in the Bering Sea this summer exploring a world we humans don’t know much about—the deep ocean. Scientists from 12 countries are conducting research on the AleutBio expedition, an initiative to map deep sea biodiversity in the eastern Bering Sea and the Aleutian Trench.
  • Aleutian Airways has been cleared to begin flying in Alaska, but Dutch Harbor will have to wait; The City of Unalaska has a candidate for city manager; and Alaska voters tried out ranked choice voting for the very first time this week.
  • The Qawalangin Tribe hosted the annual culture camp July 31-Aug. 6 in Unalaska. During the weeklong celebration of Unangax̂ culture, mentors passed down knowledge and skills, and even started a new tradition of their own.
  • The Qawalangin Tribe hosted the 25th annual Camp Qungaayux̂ last week in Unalaska; the 2022 Alaska Federation of Natives convention will be in-person for the first time in three years this fall; and the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak finds a new way to reduce the number of invasive signal crayfish.
  • A historic anchor showed up at the dock in Unalaska on Saturday. A cargo ship had pulled it up while in Bristol Bay for the salmon fishery. Now someone in Unalaska has to figure out when and where that anchor came from, and how to preserve it.
  • An historic anchor showed up at the dock in Unalaska on Saturday; it's voting season in Alaska with the primary and special general election on August 16; and longtime Alaska journalist, author and historian Lael Morgan died last week at age 86.
  • Mack Rutherford is on a quest to be the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world. The 17-year-old landed Monday in Unalaska in his Shark ultralight plane.
  • Work has started to lay 800 miles of subsea cable that project engineers say will bring high speed internet to Unalaska and Akutan by the end of the year.
  • A teenage pilot trying to break the record for youngest person to fly solo around the world landed in Unalaska yesterday; Climate research in Kodiak could hold clues for the future of fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska; and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Unalaska tomorrow for a Restoration Advisory Board meeting.