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)

Due to damaged reservoir, St. George Island waits for water delivery

St. George Island is waiting on an emergency water delivery after falling ice damaged the community’s reservoir yesterday (Feb. 6). Listen now

Volcanic ash falls on Unalaska in Bogoslof’s longest eruption yet

After more than two dozen explosions, Bogoslof Volcano has finally dropped ash on Unalaska. Listen now

Another eruption and growing unrest for Aleutian volcanoes

One Aleutian volcano has erupted again, and another is showing signs of life. Bogoslof Volcano erupted early Tuesday morning, continuing a series of explosions that date back to mid-December. Listen now

Puffin die-off on St. Paul Island may point to larger ecosystem problems

In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade. Listen Now

Exito sinking victim search called off

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for two people who went missing Tuesday after their ship sank north of Unalaska. Listen Now

Two missing after vessel sinks near Dutch Harbor

Two people are missing after a commercial fishing vessel sank near Unalaska Tuesday night, forcing crew members to abandon ship. Listen Now

Coast Guard still investigating what sank the Alaska Juris

It's been four months since the F/V Alaska Juris sank in the Bering Sea, and the U.S. Coast Guard is still trying to figure out why its engine room flooded, forcing 46 crew-members to abandon ship near Kiska Island. Listen Now 

Too close to call Unalaska municipal ballots for mayor, marijuana after record voter turnout

The polls have closed, but it's still too close to call for half of Unalaska's municipal races.

Dead body discovered in Unalaska Creek

Police are investigating after a dead body was discovered Monday in Unalaska's Ruth Rock Creek at the end of Captains Bay. Listen now

Museum of the Aleutians reopens after yearlong closure

The Museum of the Aleutians has officially reopened in Unalaska — after a scandal closed the space for nearly a year.

Scientists have increased alert level for Pavlof Volcano

Scientists have increased the alert level for Pavlof Volcano for the second time this month. On Thursday, the Alaska Peninsula volcano showed signs of low-level eruptive activity, prompting officials to raise its alert level from "advisory" to "watch." Listen now

Where are the herring? Unalaska’s fishery remains on hold while seiners search

The commercial herring fishery is on hold in Unalaska — because no one can find the fish.

A closer look at the ship bringing high-speed internet to Western Alaska

Western Alaska just got one step closer to high-speed internet. Listen now

What happened to all the Chinook Salmon? New research points to potential predators

In the 1960s, king salmon were abundant in Alaska, and it stayed that way through the 90s. After the new millennium, though, Chinook numbers fell — and they've remained low since.

In Northwest Arctic, controversy continues on eve of new caribou restrictions

For the first time ever, hunters who live outside the Northwest Arctic will not be allowed to hunt caribou on federal lands. The Federal Subsistence Board has closed Game Management Unit 23 starting July 1 in an effort to conserve Alaska’s largest herd and protect subsistence. Download Audio

Hydroponics business brings local produce to Kotzebue

In the middle of a gravel lot, surrounded by rusty equipment and old storage containers, one brand-new connex is making history. Inside, it’s filled with hydroponically grown, leafy green vegetables — the inaugural crop from Arctic Greens. Download Audio

Department of Fish and Game seeks to prevent closing of caribou hunting to outsiders

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has asked the Federal Subsistence Board to repeal its controversial decision to close caribou hunting in the Northwest Arctic to all non-local hunters. Download Audio

Nearing graduation, musician Byron Nicholai looks to college and new challenges

Byron Nicholai began posting fun, silly music videos on Facebook when he was 14 years old. Now, the Toksook Bay musician is 18, and his drumming and singing is celebrated for sharing traditional Yup’ik culture.

Federal Board closes caribou hunting to non-locals in the Northwest Arctic

In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline, while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters. Download Audio
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Emmonak public safety official arrested for pointing gun at residents

A village public safety officer from Emmonak was arrested Wednesday for pointing a firearm at three residents of the community. Alaska State Troopers say they responded to the incident last Friday and their investigation led to the arrest of 68-year-old Jay Leroy Levan. Download Audio