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
A photo illustration of Jerilyn Nicholson shared by friends and family on social media to mourn her death

Man arrested in woman’s death after body found near Eklutna Lake

Anchorage police say 27-year-old Jerilyn Nicholson was reported missing Friday was found dead Saturday north of the city.

LISTEN: Alaska college grads to cap off tumultuous school years with virtual commencement

UAA's student commencement speaker, Jessica Reisinger, says the past several years of college have been pretty eventful, from seeing the university's budget slashed, to a major earthquake to all of her classes going online.
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LISTEN: Acting Anchorage mayor talks economic recovery

Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced an economic recovery plan Thursday for the city as it continues to grapple with impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.
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LISTEN: New study examines Alaska law enforcement officers’ use of deadly force

The report notes that a third of such incidents involved a person expressing they wanted officers to end their life and that, most often, the person displayed or used a firearm during the incident.

Former Alaska Arts Council employee wins $85K settlement after losing her job for criticizing governor

Keren Lowell worked for the Alaska Council on the Arts over a span of eight years and lost her job in 2019, when Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed the council's funding. When the funding was restored, most of her coworkers were hired back, but Lowell was not.

LISTEN: How Sen. Lora Reinbold’s anti-mask stance escalated to a ban by Alaska Airlines

Sen. Lora Reinbold has run afoul of airline and Capitol masking rules in the past. But on Saturday the Anchorage Daily News reported officials with Alaska Airlines said Reinbold was no longer allowed to fly with them after what they described as her “continued refusal” to adhere to the airlines mask policy.

LISTEN: Study finds Alaska’s airport testing program may have kept COVID rates lower

Dr. Liz Ohlsen, a staff physician with the state Department of Health and Social Service, is one of the study's authors. And Ohlsen says just in the first six months of the testing program, from June to November, the state found nearly 1,000 Covid-positive air travelers arriving in Alaska.

LISTEN: With tribe’s input, Wasilla High updated ‘warrior’ logo but kept Indigenous mascot

Wasilla High School is altering the logo of its warrior mascot, but not changing the mascot or logo from depicting an indigenous person, as some other sports teams have done recently.

LISTEN: Documentary film followed winning Metlakatla hoopsters, then won an award of its own

"Alaskan Nets," about the Metlakatla high school boys basketball team, won the audience choice award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this year.

LISTEN: In Alaska, relief and renewed calls for reform after guilty verdict in George Floyd’s murder

That was the case for Celeste Hodge Growden, president of the Alaska Black Caucus, who says there is still much more work to do on improving racial equity here and elsewhere, and not just in law enforcement.

Ask a Climatologist: Alaska’s spring weather whipsaw

National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider, back for our Ask a Climatologist segment, says it's a remarkably quick switch.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Alaska prisons to open for visitation after year-long COVID closure

The state Department of Corrections plans to open visitation on Wednesday between fully vaccinated Alaskans in its custody and public visitors like family members.
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LISTEN: Anchorage sets vaccination target to ‘do it for summer’

Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced this week a target vaccination rate for when residents can expect the remaining restrictions to become advisories rather than mandates, on things like the size of indoor gatherings.
Fresh snow April 8, 2021 on a pair of pickups in East Anchorage

Arctic air hitting Anchorage ‘like a freight train,’ with -25 F wind chill

Unseasonably cold air swept into Alaska’s largest city Thursday, and forecasters expect it to stay through the weekend.
Spring Creek Correctional Center. (Department of Corrections photo)

Judge orders state to allow in-person visits for lawyers and jailed clients, whether vaccinated or not

A judge has ordered the Alaska Department of Corrections to allow in-person visitation between lawyers and their clients in jail, regardless of an inmate’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
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LISTEN: Alaskans struggling with alcohol misuse could benefit from this medication, but it’s not widely used

Vivitrol alleviates alcohol cravings, helping patients work toward stability in their lives. But it’s not widely used, even though many experts say it should be.
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LISTEN: An Alaska ski legend is accused of murder. This writer went inside ‘The final descent of Dean Cummings’

Dean Cummings was a champion skier and a pioneer in the Alaska heli-skiing industry, but according to reporting by Outside Magazine, colleagues described him as increasingly out of touch with reality in the years before he allegedly shot and killed a man.
An Iditarod musher poses with two dogs wearing yellow flowers.

Iditapod: A familiar champ for a unique Iditarod

Dallas Seavey has won the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, tying Rick Swenson's five first-place finishes for the most ever. Will he be back next year to vie for a sixth? That is the question... Also, a sleepless but not tired Alaska Public Media reporter Tegan Hanlon fills us in on the scene at the finish, including interviews with Seavey and Aaron Burmeister, who took second.

Iditapod bonus: Raymie Redington interview with Quince Mountain

Dog musher Quince Mountain sat down with Raymie Redington, son of Iditarod founder Joe Redington Sr., to talk about dog mushing, the history of the race and a lot more.

Iditapod: Bouncing back to Willow

Since we left off, an Iditarod musher has tested positive for COVID-19 and been withdrawn, Dallas Seavey has taken the lead in his return to the race and, instead of leaving problematic sections of trail behind, mushers are heading back over them, on a modified, out-and-back trail. We talk to three-time champion Mitch Seavey, who's a spectator this year, as well as Iditapod co-founder Zachariah Hughes in McGrath, and we get an Iditarod veteran's take on a listener question about dog booties.