Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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

Alaska is the last state to get the "high-intensity drug-trafficking" designation, which allows access to a total nationwide funding pool of $250 million. Public safety officials say the money will help facilitate collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement. Listen now

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined two other Republicans who broke GOP ranks to vote with Democrats on Wednesday in an effort to protect an Obama-era rule on "net neutrality." Listen now

The Jesse Lee Home is a nearly century-old former children's home and the birthplace of the Alaska state flag. The nonprofit Friends of the Jesse Lee Home had millions in grants and more than a decade to fix it up, but they now say time is running out. The problem, according to state officials, is that the group mismanaged state funds. Now the Jesse Lee Home is closer than ever to being demolished. Listen now

Prosecutors say Erick Almandinger, 18, was part of a small group of teenage accomplices in David Grunwald's beating, kidnapping and execution. Almandinger's attorney says it's true his client failed to stop the others, but that he isn't guilty of murder. Listen now

According to the state ombudsman's investigation report released Monday, the Division of Public Assistance is swamped with applications and has failed to meet state and federal mandates for processing them in a timely manner. The report also says members of the public have had great difficulty getting responses to questions, and that the division's processing for long-term care is "inefficient and ineffective." Listen now

Charged with attempted sexual abuse of a minor, 57-year-old Vance Peronto, is no longer a trooper. The Department of Public Safety said the 16-year veteran of the force is not employed by the state anymore, as of Tuesday morning. He had been based in Soldotna.Listen now
Alaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.

An Alaska State Trooper, 57-year-old Vance Peronto, is charged with attempted sexual abuse of a minor after allegedly trying to meet a 16-year-old girl at an Anchorage hotel Sunday, according to a written statement from the Department of Public Safety. Listen now

It's the start of wildland fire season in Alaska, and to make sure they're ready for it, firefighters have been testing their proficiency at operating equipment, as well as their mental and physical fortitude. Listen now
Road work

The state Department of Transportation is gearing up for another busy construction season on Southcentral highways, and delays for motorists could be felt most acutely on two popular thoroughfares. Listen now

The Borough Assembly voted at its last meeting to give local schools a set percentage of area-wide property taxes, and the borough will provide education funding to the school district by Feb.1 each year, much earlier than in the past. Listen now

The policy change, which starts May 1, includes requiring a signed affidavit that the animal is trained to behave in public and that the owner accepts liability for its actions. Passengers with emotional support animals will also now have to provide all documentation to Alaska Airlines at least 48 hours before their flight. Listen now

Clare Baldwin and two of her colleagues with the Reuters news agency won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their series on a brutal, ongoing drug war in the Philippines. Listen now

The former chief executive of an Alaska company working on a massive fiber optic project in the Arctic is charged with committing fraud while she led the company. Listen now

A proposed ordinance before the Mat-Su Assembly would direct the borough to calculate funding of schools as a percentage of the property taxes it takes in each year, and it would set the rate for five years. Listen now
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

One of Alaska's three cannabis testing labs, Steep Hill Alaska, has closed because of complications with a loan connected to the space the business leased, its CEO said. Listen now

Under an agreement announced Friday, an Anchorage city prosecutor will work on felony cases in the state District Attorney's office. Listen now

About 7,000 people live inside Palmer city limits. It would nearly double the police department's budget -- adding an estimated $3 million every year -- to provide police service to another 6,500 people in unincorporated areas nearby, according to a study compiled by the police department at the city's request.

A man survived being struck by a plane that was taking off from sea ice 140 miles north of Deadhorse on the Beaufort Sea, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Listen now

A tall load on a semi trailer collided with a highway overpass bridge on Wednesday, and damage to the bridge forced transportation officials to close the highway's southbound lanes. Then the state's busiest commute was detoured through Eagle River on Thursday, causing hours-long delays. Listen now

The road into Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer was expected to open Wednesday night after avalanches blocked it Monday morning. Listen now