Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Casey Grove is a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media covering the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, among other things.. cgrove [at] alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8446 | About Casey

A Wasilla teacher is charged with abusing students. Now their parents are suing the school district

The families of three Wasilla children allege a teacher molested their kids and are now suing the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, accusing officials of negligence.

Iditapod: An abridged history of Alaska dog mushing and 2018 Iditarod

Ramping up our 2019 Iditarod coverage, we look back at the history of dog mushing in Alaska, the dawn of long-distance racing and... yes, we talk a little about last year's race.

Move over mushers and planes, drones to deliver emergency supplies

UAF recently announced an upcoming test to fly a test package across Turnagain Arm from Indian to Hope, and while that package is only one step toward those goals, it could eventually lead to major changes for Alaska communities off the road system.

State sues second opioid manufacturer

State attorneys announced Monday a lawsuit against Mallinckrodt, manufacturer of several opioid medications. The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt played down the risks of its products while exaggerating the benefits and using deception in marketing the drugs to doctors and other prescribers.

State trooper charged with illegal use of computer

An Alaska State Trooper serving on active duty with the Alaska National Guard has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of illegal use of a computer.

Dillingham well tests positive for PFAS contamination

The Department of Transportation says it was recently alerted to potentially harmful chemicals contaminating a drinking water source near the Dillingham airport.

Mat-Su emergency services director resigns with incendiary letter

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough's emergency services director has resigned in a fiery, accusatory letter to the borough.

On Alaska’s stately birds, some ponder the beguiling raven

There are flutterings of a small movement taking wing in Alaska to change the state bird from willow ptarmigan to raven.

Anchorage detective’s 30-year career started with fleeing Communism

A longtime Anchorage homicide detective, Slawomir Markiewicz, recently retired after three decades on the force. As detective sergeant of the Anchorage Police Department's homicide unit, Markowitz was a familiar face and voice in news stories about Anchorage murders.
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

First-of-its-kind program to offer Alaska banking for cannabis businesses

An Alaska credit union wants to offer banking services to businesses in the state's legal cannabis industry. Based in Anchorage, Credit Union 1 is starting a pilot program to learn more, and Credit Union 1 CEO James Wileman talked with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove about the program.

Are mine’s investors online ‘Pebble trolls’ or ‘social engineers’?

There are some long-term investors in the proposed Pebble Mine that are fighting for the project online. Many have held onto their stock for years hoping the massive gold and copper deposit in Southwest Alaska gets developed. The political fight and concerns over its proximity and potential risk to Bristol Bay salmon have left their dreams, so far, unrealized.

Sheffield memoir ‘from Great Depression to Alaska Governor’s mansion’

The autobiography chronicles former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield's beginnings as the son of a farmer in the Great Depression, to when he arrived in Alaska in the 1950s, to his term as governor from 1982 to 1986. Sheffield was also CEO of the Alaska Railroad and director of the Port of Anchorage.

South Pole or bust: UAF students make Alaska-Antarctica trek

Science can sometimes take Alaska-based researchers on adventures to distant lands. And a project bringing together data from the Arctic and Antarctic recently sent two University of Alaska space physics students all the way from Fairbanks to the South Pole.

Seattle’s new hockey team would be the closest US-based team to Alaska

Seattle is going to have a team in the National Hockey League, and for Alaska hockey fans, it'll be the closest U.S.-based team and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest.

Alaska senators sometimes split on recent votes

The US Senate took some big votes last week, and Alaska's senators sometimes split over them. Alaska Public Media Washington D.C. correspondent Liz Ruskin talked to Alaska News Nightly host Casey Grove.

Ask A Climatologist: What hope is there for snow lovers this season?

The lack of snow for a lot of Alaska is again on our minds in this week's Ask a Climatologist segment.

Mat-Su Salvation Army gets $1200 gold coin in red kettle

An anonymous donor dropped a gold coin, which the Salvation Army says is worth $1,251, into the kettle at the Three Bears store on Knik-Goose Bay Road in Knik.

Anchorage logs 28th homicide of 2018 as gun sale goes awry

According to a written statement from Anchorage police, the men met in a pickup on West 29th Avenue a little after 5 p.m. Sunday to discuss the gun sale, then got into an argument that resulted in both being killed. Police say neighbors heard shots and found both men dead.
(Photo via Alaska Native Medical Center)

After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M

Staff at Alaska Native Medical Center in 2011 thought the woman had shingles, when she actually had a worsening skin infection and was in the early stages of sepsis. They sent her home, but several days later, Mardi Strong returned near death, suffering septic shock. Ultimately, doctors were forced to amputate her limbs.

Anchorage prosecutors failed victim in Schneider assault, lawsuit says

There have been more court filings this week against 34-year-old Anchorage resident Justin Schneider, who received a plea agreement earlier this fall for what many people thought amounted to a sexual assault. But this time the filings aren't criminal charges. Instead, Schneider is the defendant in a civil lawsuit brought by the woman he attacked.