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Casey Grove is the host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media with an emphasis on crime and courts. Reach him at cgrove@alaskapublic.org.
A landslide as seen from the air

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 20, 2022

The state's Office of Children’s Services has been sued over its handling of foster care. Also, Alaskans welcome Ukrainian refugees to the United States. And weeks after a landslide, the road to Lowell Point may soon be cleared.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Alaskans would get $3,200 under a budget passed by the legislature. Also, the Anchorage police union prepares to negotiate over a new body camera policy. And with thousands of Ironman race participants expected in Juneau, the city is encouraging residents to help house them.
A ochre and white concrete building in a greay cloudy day

Alaska Legislature meets deadline, passing budget and some bills that resemble ‘turduckens’

Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks was up late following the Legislature's frantic scramble to pass bills before the deadline.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The federal government is suing the state of Alaska over its management of Kuskokwim River salmon fishing. Clean water advocates hope for new PFAS regulations by the end of the legislative session. And Pebble Mine opponents ask the Environmental Protection Agency to protect Bristol Bay.
A woman ina trucker hat writes on a paper pad in front of a brewing vat

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Business owners welcome changes to the state's alcohol restrictions. Also, the University of Alaska boosted faculty salaries, but the union wants to keep negotiating. And cruise ships bring tourists and COVID cases to Southeast.
An aerial view of one of the exploration pads and wells that ConocoPhillips drilled during the 2018 exploration season at its Willow prospect.

Alaska’s largest oil producer asks judge to block release of drilling info from NPR-A

ConocoPhillips Alaska is asking a judge to issue an injunction against the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that would maintain the confidentiality of records the commission has from Conoco’s wells in the NPR-A.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 16, 2022

A missing seven-year-old from Kodiak is found dead a few miles from his home. Also, liberal-leaning Alaska voters worry about splitting the vote in a crowded special primary to fill Don Young's seat. And deep snowpack in the Interior last winter led an increase in wildlife deaths.
a woman sits on the beach

Police say they’ve caught Duffy Murnane’s killer. Now her mom is fighting cancer: ‘I’m going to be there at that trial.’

Sara Berg says she's glad to know what happened to her daughter and to have a chance at getting justice. But she says what happened was horrific, and now Berg is trying to hold off cancer long enough to see Kirby Calderwood taken to trial.
A barge with an excavator on it surrounded by chunks of ice on a river

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 13, 2022

Industry leaders and politicians criticize the Biden administration's cancellation of a Cook Inlet lease sale. Also, a mom in Homer finally has some answers about her daughter, who went missing in 2019. And a "ghost barge" is free-floating down the Kuskokwim river after it froze into the river last fall.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend amount still in limbo, as state House leaders delay budget vote

For individual legislators, in an election year, stalling a bigger PFD in the name of sustainable budgeting is a tough call, especially with oil prices high. But for others, it's clear cut: If oil prices drop, the state will spend down savings and have to make up the difference with taxes, drastic cuts or both.

Alaska wildland fire crews ready for action, with state funding to reduce hazardous fuels

Norm McDonald, the state Division of Forestry's Chief of Fire and Aviation, says all it would take to go from an average fire season to a huge one is some hot, dry weather and a lightning strike, or the careless burning of some brush or a campfire.
a woman sits on the beach

Former Homer resident kidnapped, murdered woman missing since 2019, police say

The charges against Kirby Calderwood are the first public explanation of what happened to Anesha “Duffy” Murnane since she went missing in October 2019.

Alaska’s biggest electric utility fired new CEO less than a month after hiring him

According to a document Chugach Electric Association’s lawyers filed in federal court Wednesday, the company’s board terminated its employment agreement with Halpern “for cause” a little more than three weeks after both sides signed it.

US Army Alaska commander says soldier suicide prevention is top priority

That's after the numbers jumped from eight suicides in 2019 and seven in 2020 to 17 in 2021 that are either confirmed or suspected suicides.

Anchorage police search for man’s killer nearly 6 years after his disappearance

Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez was 46 in July of 2016, when police say his coworkers reported that he had not shown up for work.
A car parked waiting for a Covid test at the former Golden Lion Hotel in Anchorage

Anchorage monoclonal antibody clinic under scrutiny for political donation and patient billing

Anchorage Assembly members and others have been questioning how WEKA got the deal with the city and why it charged patients hundreds of dollars per treatment session.

Alaska military exercise seeks more ocean; public comment ends soon

Northern Edge is a biennial, large-scale training exercise that involves the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, as well as the Navy, which says it needs more room.
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Alaska heli-ski guide dies in Thompson Pass avalanche

Michael Hamilton, 46, was leading a group of skiers and scouting a run when he triggered an avalanche that swept him about 1,500 feet down the mountain and over a cliff, troopers said.

Ask a Climatologist: A look back at Alaska’s second La Niña winter in a row

For our Ask a Climatologist segment, National Weather Service climatologist Brian Brettschneider is holding on to wintry thoughts, as we're now able to look back and analyze the winter of 2021-2022.
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Alaska’s first investigator focused on missing and murdered Indigenous people is a veteran of the troopers

Anne Sears had been retired after 22 years in law enforcement, as the first Alaska Native woman to serve as an Alaska State Trooper.