Laura Kraegel, KUCB - Unalaska

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Laura Kraegel covers Unalaska and the Aleutian Islands for KUCB . Originally from Chicago, she first came to Alaska to work at KNOM, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. (laura@kucb.org / 907.581.6700)

USCG report blames Destination sinking on overloading, outdated stability book

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering civil penalties against the owners of the F/V Destination — the crab boat that capsized two years ago in the Bering Sea, killing all six crew members.

5 people rescued from life raft after vessel sinks southwest of Unalaska

Five people were rescued safely from a life raft in the Bering Sea Friday, after their fishing vessel sank about 40 miles southwest of Unalaska.

Death of Coast Guard member sparks investigation in Unalaska

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Unalaska City Council rejects proposal to employ inmates at fish plant — for now

A proposal from the state’s Department of Corrections would allow four inmates to work at an Unalaska fish processing plant. The resolution could still pass if the Unalaska City Council revisits the issue.

Charging details remain confidential for Unalaska teens that allegedly threatened teen with handgun

The state has filed charges against two Unalaska teenagers who allegedly threatened another teen with a handgun this July. That's likely all the information Unalaskans will get about the case — unless it moves to the adult court system. Listen now

International group gathers in Unalaska to talk Arctic biodiversity

This week, Unalaska is hosting an international gathering of scientists, wildlife managers and indigenous leaders — all focused on biodiversity in the circumpolar north. Listen now

PenAir trustee promises no flight interruptions during sale of airline

One of Southwest Alaska's largest airlines will soon be up for sale. Listen now

PenAir ordered to sell assets over ‘quickly deteriorating cash position’

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

Unalaska approves plastic bag ban, to take effect Jan. 1

Starting next year, Unalaska retailers won't be allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags to their customers. If they do, they'll be hit with $100 fines each time. Listen now

FCC Commissioner to visit Unalaska during state broadband tour

Commissioner Brendan Carr will arrive Monday night and spend about 24 hours on the island to learn about the broadband challenges facing rural Alaska. Listen now

NTSB: The F/V Destination sank after accumulating ice in heavy freezing spray

A crab boat that sank in the Bering Sea last winter likely capsized after the vessel became coated in hundreds of thousands of pounds of ice. Listen now

Ukrainian seafood buyers want to connect with Unalaska’s fisheries

International seafood buyers are scheduled to visit Unalaska this month, but they don't hail from a massive importer like China or Japan. Listen now

Paul Schaughency And Martin Aure reflect on evacuating Attu

Today, we hear from Martin Aure and U.S. Army veteran Paul Schaughency. Aure was sent to Seattle after the bombing of Dutch Harbor, and Schaughency spent parts of WWII on Adak. Listen now

Kashega elder Eva Tcheripanoff dies at age 90

Eva Tcheripanoff — the last person born in the traditional village of Kashega — has died. Listen now

Coast Guard suspends search for man missing from oil tanker south of Sand Point

About 24 hours after he went missing from an oil tanker, the U.S. Coast Guard is deciding whether to continue its search for a man who reportedly fell overboard in Aleutian waters.

Recall election fails to oust Unalaska’s mayor

Unalaska’s mayor has survived a recall effort that accused him of misconduct and poor leadership. Listen now

Kuskokwim 300 no stranger to severe weather

In nearly four decades of competing, K300 mushers have endured everything from brutal cold and bare tundra to hard ice and heavy overflow. But this year, Bethel is experiencing its warmest winter ever - so warm that officials have had to contract and repeat the route to avoid open water. Listen now

Russian Unangax reconnect with Alaska neighbors during St. Paul trip

Look to the farthest end of the Aleutian chain, so far west that it’s actually east, and you’ll find the Komandorski Islands of Russia. In 1867, the Alaska Purchase separated them from the rest of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. But today, people across the archipelago are still connected by a common history. A recent cultural exchange helped to renew those ties, bringing Russians and Alaskans together on St. Paul Island. Listen now

Kloosterboer fined $10,000 for late reporting of ammonia leak

After a dangerous ammonia leak last winter, Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor is renovating its refrigeration system, investing in its hazmat team, and paying a $10,008 fine. Listen now

Dutch Harbor ranks as nation’s top port for 20th consecutive year

For the 20th year in a row, Dutch Harbor has been recognized as the largest fishing port in America. Listen now