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

Fairbanks is now considered Alaska’s coronavirus ‘hotspot’

Alaska health officials are now calling the Fairbanks area the “hotspot” for coronavirus in Alaska. That’s despite more total cases in Anchorage, where there’s also been two deaths, and a higher percentage of cases in Ketchikan relative to that city’s population.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, March 30, 2020

A new study shows the current "hunker down" mandate could be necessary for months. And Alaska lawmakers passed a budget that doesn't include a stimulus payment.

Anchorage patient first to die from COVID-19 in Alaska

The first person to die in Alaska after testing positive for COVID-19 passed away Friday at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Alaska manufacturers retool to produce test swabs, face shields

At least two small businesses in Alaska are retooling their operations from making things like custom car or gun parts, to producing face shields for protecting healthcare providers and printing the long swabs needed to test for the virus.

Behind bars, Alaska inmates and corrections staff brace for virus

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alaska’s jails or prisons. But as of Wednesday, there had only been two tests conducted, both of which came back negative, according to the Department of Corrections.

Alaska courts quieter, but still working, amid coronavirus changes

Alaska’s court system looks very different these days, as judges, attorneys and court staff work under new directives to keep people safe from coronavirus.

Troopers: Quinhagak 18-year-old killed 10-year-old Ida “Girlie” Aguchak

Jordan Mark, 18, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping and evidence tampering in the death of Ida "Girlie Aguchak, 10.

Mat-Su COVID-19 cases were not related to travel, borough says

The first two positive tests for COVID-19 in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough were not related to patient travel, according to Borough Manager John Moosey.

Number of COVID-19 cases in Alaska rises to 12, including first cases unrelated to travel

The test results announced today add two more cases from Fairbanks and one more from Ketchikan to the list.

Without arrest, girl’s murder in Quinhagak prompts village curfew

A Quinhagak girl whose body was discovered Monday is the victim of homicide, according to Alaska State Troopers.

At Alaska Airlines, flight reductions coming as COVID-19 causes passengers to rebook or cancel

Like other airlines, Alaska Airlines continues to grapple with passengers rebooking or canceling flights due to the widening coronavirus pandemic, including reducing its overall number of flights in April and May.

Iditapod: The newest Norwegian champ

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has another new Norwegian champion: 46-year-old Thomas Waerner. His team arrived in Nome at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday to an enthusiastic, if smaller, crowd. And Waerner still has to figure out how to get home, what with travel restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic. Iditapod host Casey Grove talks with Alaska Public Media's Tegan Hanlon and Zachariah Hughes about what might have been the weirdest Iditarod ever, in terms of what was unfolding outside the race while it was happening. We also have a question about what the dogs dream about, and a dog profile about a pup conceived on the Iditarod Trail.

Iditapod bonus: Thomas Waerner wins 2020 Iditarod

This is a quick report from our morning radio coverage of the Iditarod. It's called a radio module, and it details Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner winning the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. Waerner's team logged a time of 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing begins in Anchorage for those with a doctor's referral. At the same time, thousands of laid-off restaurant workers are adjusting to an uncertain future. Also tonight: Norwegian Thomas Waerner leaves White Mountain with a big lead heading to the Iditarod finish line in Nome.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing underway in Anchorage

A steady stream of vehicles arrived at the testing site throughout the day Tuesday at the corner of Lake Otis Parkway and East 42nd Avenue, some carrying drivers or passengers with their mouths covered by masks.

Iditapod: Hitting close to Nome

It’s Tuesday, and we have a two-fer on dog profiles here on the Iditapod. And as we anticipate Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner winning the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome early Wednesday -- barring any unforeseen changes -- we have a story about the modified Shaktoolik checkpoint, a remembrance of an all-star volunteer checkpoint leader in Unalakleet and a little about how a major, longtime sponsor of the Iditarod has announced it’s pulling out. (Maybe not all in that order).

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, March 16, 2020

Small businesses across the state adjust to the new reality of customers staying home to avoid social contact amid coronavirus. Meantime, bar and restaurant owners in Anchorage react to the mayor's order to stop dine-in service.

Iditapod: A Norwegian coasts up the coast

As front-of-the-pack Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers head up the Bering Sea coast from Unalakleet to Shaktoolik and Koyuk, Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner has put his sled dog team solidly out front. There's still a group of competitive mushers behind him, though, and as we like to say often, anything can still happen. We'll hear a little from Waerner about what will likely be a difficult time getting his dog team home to Norway amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions, as well as from 2019 Iditarod champ Pete Kaiser about how a stomach-flu-like sickness hit him on the trail.

Iditapod: Whistlin’ to Shaktoolik, and some mid-pack collegiality

Norway's Thomas Waerner was the first to Unalakleet and the coast of Alaska in the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But there's a storm coming and several good teams behind him. Meantime, back up the trail in Galena, Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes observed the collegial bonds among two mushers running in the middle of the pack who are at very different stages in their race and in their lives. That and much more, including another dog profile, on this latest episode of the Iditapod.

Iditapod: Iditarod CEO says ‘things can change minute by minute’

While Iditarod sled dog teams continue to mush toward the coast, the Iditapod is at home hiding under a table, in a makeshift recording studio. But we still have a report from the trail about how the mushers are learning about changes at checkpoints due to concern from coronavirus. Also in this episode: How Jessie Royer's sled caught fire, an interview with Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach, Snack Attack with Ben and Zach is back and much more (including a dog profile).