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)

State DA will decide whether to charge Unalaska teen in fatal Ballyhoo crash case

The state office will decide if there's enough evidence to prosecute Dustin Ruckman, 18, who suffered minor injuries in the crash that killed passengers Karly McDonald, 16, and Kiara Renteria Haist, 18.

Bristol Bay red king crab fishery trends toward closure as fleet reports slow fishing, aging stock

The last time there was no red king crab season was in 1994. The closure of the multimillion-dollar fishery had significant financial impacts for the fleet, processors, and port communities like Unalaska.

A month after PenAir crash, Unalaska explores legal action against airlines over flight suspension

The City of Unalaska may consider legal action against the airlines involved in last month's fatal plane crash.

A month after PenAir crash, Ravn to resume Unalaska flights, but travel headaches continue with reservations, miles

While regular flights are set to resume in tentatively this week, Unalaskans still have a lot of unanswered questions about flying to and from Anchorage.

Unalaska declares emergency over suspended air service; city plans to charter flights for community

The order allows the city to charter as many as three flights per week — and to resell the seats to the many community members looking to travel for work, vacation, medical appointments and more.

‘There’s no plan B’: As Unalaska flight delays continue, residents call for air service affordability, reliability

In the aftermath of October's fatal plane crash, Unalaskans held a community meeting to voice their concerns about the island's air travel situation.

With regular flights still suspended, Unalaska considers emergency declaration after crash

Unalaska is still recovering following a fatal plane crash on the island this month. But now the busy winter fishing season is approaching, and the community is trying to head off negative impacts to its economy, as well as ensure its safe and daily flight service.

With Ravn flights suspended, other airlines offer routes to and from Unalaska

With PenAir and Ravn's regular air service to Unalaska suspended until next month, Grant Aviation and Security Aviation are now offering additional flights off the island.

Six days after the PenAir crash, still without flight service, anxiety grows in Unalaska

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator examines the crashed Saab 2000 plane in Unalaska on Saturday, Oct. 19. NTSB officials said the suspension of the community's regular flight service is...

With flights expected to resume in Unalaska, shaken crash survivors contemplate getting back on a plane

Passenger flights, which have been mostly grounded, are expected to resume this week.

After PenAir crash, air travel tentatively expected to resume, Unalaska port returns to normal

A barge moves PenAir's Saab 2000 airplane that crashed in Unalaska on Thursday. The damaged plane was hoisted from the crash site by cranes on Saturday afternoon. CREDIT LAURA KRAEGEL/KUCB...

UPDATE: Critical injuries reported after plane goes off runway in Unalaska

Multiple people were transported from the scene by ambulance after a PenAir flight arriving from Anchorage went off the runway near Unalaska's airport on Thursday evening.

Fisheries managers announce crab quotas, season closures

This season, snow crab is the only species to see a quota increase.

Wanted: Unalaska birders and beachcombers to help track seabird mortalities

Thousands of dead seabirds washed up on Alaska's shores this summer, marking the state's fifth straight year of mass die-offs. Now the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey team is training volunteers to monitor the trend.

After fears of closure, Atka’s school is back to 10 students and staying open

In the Aleutian Island community of Atka, low enrollment threatened to close the local school. The addition of five new students helps keep it open for another year.
Lauren Divine holds the dead rat, which was discovered June 30. Divine works for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island's Ecosystem Conservation Office, which partnered with several local and federal organizations to capture the rodent. (CREDIT JESSICA TRAN/ALEUT COMMUNITY OF ST. PAUL ISLAND ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION OFFICE)

St. Paul’s rogue rat is dead after 10 months of evading traps and causing ecosystem concerns

St. Paul Island's rogue rat has met its demise after 10 months of evading capture and living large at the local fish plant. The rat was found dead last weekend by a visiting birder. The discovery has sent tempered relief throughout the community, which has worked for decades to remain rodent-free.

Runner reports first eagle attack of Unalaska’s nesting season

Local runner Joni Scott earned the painful distinction last week while training for a half-marathon.

Partnering with FBI, Unalaska police aim to finish Ballyhoo crash investigation

Two local high school students were killed when a truck plunged off the cliffside and fell about 900 feet to the shoreline below. Authorities said they hope to have an explanation by the end of June.

49 Voices: Shane Baldwin of St. Paul

This week we're hearing from Shane Baldwin in St. Paul. Baldwin makes his living as a halibut fisherman.

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.