Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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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: In Alaska crab boat’s deadly sinking, expert witnesses point to flawed stability calculations

So far, expert witnesses have described serious problems with the boat’s stability report, which is a rating of how stable the vessel is and how much equipment it can bear. And those issues might extend to many other fishing boats around Alaska.

LISTEN: Katie Hurley remembered for charisma, energy and love for Alaska

Hurley was a longtime assistant to territorial Governor Ernest Gruening, the chief clerk at the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and, later, a state legislator, among many other roles.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, February 22, 2021

FEMA will provide disaster assistance to Haines, to recover from the deadly landslides in December. And, a large solar array will power a lodge at Denali National Park, after a delicate installation. Plus, remembering Katie Hurley, who helped draft Alaska's constitution.
Two uniformed police officer crouch over a woman they have pinned to the floor in front of several grocery store checkout aisles.

LISTEN: Inside the viral video of a Wasilla police officer’s forceful arrest

A Facebook video of Wasilla police pinning down and arresting a woman last weekend at the local Walmart has gotten tens of thousands of views and drawn some criticism to the Wasilla Police Department.
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Anchorage police chief to retire, up for San Jose top cop spot

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll plans to leave the police department this summer and is under consideration for a job as chief of police in San Jose, California.

Several Mat-Su schools close after increase of COVID-19 cases tied to maskless sports, activities

Several Matanuska-Susitna Borough schools remain closed this week amid an increase in COVID-19 infections that the school district attributes mostly to student athletes going maskless while playing indoor sports.

LISTEN: Sure it’s cold, Alaska. But these chilly days are becoming more scarce.

Temperatures have dipped to colder than 40 below in parts of the Interior and windchills down to 70, 80 and even 90 below in some places.
A woman wearing scrubs and a face mask receives a shot from a man in scrubs and a mask.

LISTEN: Alaska’s top doctor says misinformation hurts vaccination effort

In part, Dr. Anne Zink is responding to a report this week by the conservative blog Alaska Watchman under the headline, "At least five Alaskans died and 111 suffered adverse reactions after COVID vaccines."
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Alaska public safety group to review fatal, near-fatal domestic violence cases

State public safety officials say they hope to find ways to prevent people from being killed or seriously injured by their partners or someone with whom they live.
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LISTEN: Another Alaska attorney general resigns amid scandal

For the second time in about six months, Alaska’s attorney general has resigned amid questions by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica into their behavior. One case involved harassment of a state employee. The other involves possible criminal allegations of sexual abuse.
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Feds investigate: Does Alaska lock up too many kids with behavioral health issues?

The investigation is the result, in part, of the Alaska Disability Law Center's 2020 complaint that the state has failed to provide appropriate treatment and relied too heavily on locking up children with behavioral health disorders, often at out-of-state, for-profit psychiatric institutions.

Former Alaska Bush pilot found guilty of international parental kidnapping

More than six years after he took his children from Alaska to the Philippines, a former Anchorage-based pilot has been convicted of international parental kidnapping.

LISTEN: Giant Alaskan legend from early UFC dies of COVID-19

Paul Varelans was a 6-foot-8, 300-pound giant from Fairbanks and a pioneer in the now wildly popular Ultimate Fighting Championship. He died at the age of 51 battling COVID in an Atlanta hospital.

Troopers seek help in Hooper Bay woman’s homicide after body found north of Willow

Troopers said in a written statement Tuesday that Arnoldine Simone Hill, 26, was last known to be alive in Midtown Anchorage on Dec. 10 and might have been in Anchorage, Wasilla or Willow prior to her death.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

LISTEN: Anchorage attorney says prison during pandemic shouldn’t be a death sentence

Anchorage attorney Gavin Kentch represented one of five Alaska inmates to die of COVID-19. He wants Alaskans to remember that even people who have committed crimes don't deserve to get sick and die from COVID-19.

LISTEN: Anchorage police monitoring for threats, preparing for protests

While Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll says residents might see a bigger police presence at some government buildings, Doll says there are currently no specific threats of violence.

Anchorage man swerved to hit friend in fatal Glenn Highway collision, charges say

Brian McGee, 25, is charged with murder after police say he left his friend on the side of a highway, then came back and hit him with a car.

Ask a Climatologist: An Alaska-sized storm sets record

A massive storm way out in the Aleutian Islands at the end of the year set a record for the lowest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the North Pacific... but you've probably never heard of it.

LISTEN: Alaska’s population keeps shrinking

The estimate says Anchorage lost about 3,000 residents from July 2019 to July 2020, while Fairbanks gained about a thousand people, associated with a buildup related to F-35 fighter jets stationed nearby. And the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continued its long-term, steady increase with about 520 new residents.

LISTEN: Alaska law enforcement has routinely failed to follow DNA collection law

The DNA is supposed to go into a database that can help police connect offenders to unsolved crimes, including rape and murder. But according to the ADN’s reporting, that’s not what’s happening.