Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Casey Grove is host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media. cgrove [at] alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8446 | About Casey

LISTEN: Coronavirus further widening race-correlated health disparities

As members of the Alaska Black Caucus put it during a recent discussion of race-related health disparities in the pandemic, it's not race that's a risk factor for getting the disease, it's racism that's a risk factor.

Anchorage police investigate four homicides over three-day span

Four people died in Anchorage homicides from Thursday to Saturday, the deadliest stretch of 2020, a year marked by fewer homicides than usual, according to police.
gasline trail

LISTEN: Norwegian concept of frifluftsliv offers insight to coping with pandemic

Skiing on the Gasline Trail in Chugach State Park. (Paul Twardock) There's a Norwegian term for deliberately embracing time spent outside, for both the mental and physical benefits.
An aerial view of evergreen trees with a mountain ridge in the background.

University eyes future gravel mine in Matanuska Greenbelt, drawing ire from trail users

Officials at the cash-strapped university say they need to know how much the land is worth, and whether excavating gravel could provide a stream of revenue.

LISTEN: Governor’s office slow to act in addressing attorney general’s misconduct

The victim in a misconduct scandal that caused former Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson to resign in August says the governor’s office knew for months prior to the resignation about inappropriate texts Clarkson sent the woman.

LISTEN: A COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon, but Alaska faces unique challenges

There will be challenges with getting a COVID-19 vaccine to people, especially in rural areas like those in Alaska.
From left to right, a white woman, a black woman and an Alaska Native woman with their arms on each other's shoulders, smiling and posing for a photo with skyscrapers in the background.

LISTEN: Featuring Alaskan, new doc puts single moms on the road to finding fulfilling careers

It's called "Roadtrip Nation: A Single Mom's Story," and it features Wasilla resident Maliaq Kairaiuak traveling with her fellow moms, interviewing other women to highlight the different paths they took to find fulfilling careers.
The sign outside the federal courthouse in Anchorage along 7th Avenue with the museum in the background

Wasilla woman’s lawsuit says she was fired after asking to telework amid COVID-19

Kimberly Thacker claims in her lawsuit against Quest Diagnostics that the company violated the Family Medical Leave Act when it refused her requests to telework and then terminated her over the ongoing dispute in March.

LISTEN: Alex Trebek visited Alaska because he loved this animal. (What is a musk ox?)

Those mourning the "Jeopardy!" host's passing include current and former staff at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, which Trebek visited and donated to for more than three decades.
Split screen image of a courtroom, with four panels, showing, clockwise from top left, a judge, a defendant and his attorney, a prosecutor, all wearing masks, and another prosecutor maskless in another location.

LISTEN: Alaska’s first Zoom trial of pandemic ends in guilty verdicts over 2001 rape

Listen to a conversation with ADN/ProPublica's Kyle Hopkins, who covered the state's first felony Zoom trial, which found Carmen Perzechino guilty of kidnapping and rape, 19 years after he attacked a woman in his van along the Sterling Highway in 2001.
three people behind a table looking at papers

With thousands of votes still uncounted, Alaska’s initial results show many Republicans ahead

The state’s Division of Elections updated results a little before 1 a.m. Wednesday, showing a total of about 157,0000 votes cast statewide. More than 120,000 early absentee votes remain to be counted in a week, starting on Nov. 10.

Expecting higher pandemic traffic, hundreds of Alaskans ask for better Turnagain Pass plowing

More than 1,600 Alaskans are asking Governor Mike Dunleavy to restore money for snow plowing in Turnagain Pass, which they say is needed more than ever during the ongoing pandemic.
Drift wood in the foreground of a photo of a beach, greenish ocean water and jagged cliffs in the background

LISTEN: Here’s how it feels to go to the most remote place in Alaska

Writer Sarah Gilman went to St. Matthew last year on the research vessel Tiĝlax̂, and her piece, "The Island That Humans Can't Conquer" appeared recently in Hakai Magazine.

Anchorage police officer charged with violating man’s civil rights

Cornelius Pettus, 33, was already facing misdemeanor assault charges and felony charges of records tampering in state court.
A girl embraces her much bigger dad in a hug

Cleared of quarantine charges, Anchorage man dies after being shot at Anchorage Hotel

Duane Fields got out of prison in early May, and he appeared in news stories a couple weeks later when federal prosecutors charged him with ignoring a mandate to quarantine in Alaska upon his release from a California prison, Terminal Island, the site of one of the country’s worst outbreaks of COVID-19 at a prison. They ultimately dropped the charges.

Campaign to unseat Alaska Supreme Court justice gets $10K donation from Outside

A group of conservative and religious leaders is asking Alaskans to vote “no” on retaining Alaska Supreme Court Justice Susan Carney. Campaign finance donations show that

Police fatally shot Eagle River man involved in domestic violence incident

An Eagle River man is dead after an hours-long standoff with police Thursday morning that ended when he left his home holding a shotgun and five officers fired at him, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

LISTEN: Congolese refugees arrival in Alaska featured in documentary on kindness

"The Antidote" shows members of a Congolese immigrant family -- including a 104-year-old grandma -- arriving on the icy streets of mid-winter Anchorage, with the help of Catholic Social Services' Refugee Assistance program, after 17 years in a Rwandan refugee camp.
A multi-colored figure holds their hands up as if speaking while wearing a hat with earflaps and a traditional necklace.

LISTEN: ‘The Storyteller’ resurrects Alaska Native stories for a modern audience

In an effort to bring traditional Alaska Native stories to a modern audience, Koahnic Broadcast Corp and Rising Indigenous Voices Radio have been putting previously recorded oral culture stories and folk tales to animation.

LISTEN: How a TV interview led to Anchorage mayor’s resignation

Many questions remain unanswered, but reporting by the Anchorage Daily News has pinpointed an interview Friday as the trigger point for what exploded into a full-blown scandal.