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

Swan Lake Fire pushes Cooper Landing’s smoky air quality off the charts, literally

Cooper Landing is registering some of the worst air quality readings in the country this week, due to smoke from the Swan Lake fire.

With hopes to connect Anchorage kids to wildlife, program teaches safe angling

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Office of Boating Safety have been teaming up this summer with local Boys and Girls Clubs to get more Anchorage kids fishing. The goal is to teach them to do it safely, while having a good time, and it all starts with some instruction and fun at the pool.

Governor axes state funding for Cold Climate Housing Research Center

It's unclear how the center can continue to operate without state funds, but its staff of 18 continue to look for ways to do their work.

Human Rights Commission quietly fires director

The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights has confirmed firing its executive director in July, after she had been on the job for less than a month, but the commission continues to say little about it.

Rate increases coming for Pioneer Home residents

Depending on the level of care, a resident could see their monthly rate more than double.

Change of opinion: AEDC projects 3 more years of recession in Anchorage

With the possibility of massive state budget cuts still looming, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says it expects a recession to continue in Alaska's largest city for another three years or more.

Chair of Rasmuson Foundation, and Dunleavy voter, walks back support for governor

Ed Rasmuson serves as chair of the board for the Rasmuson Foundation, which supports an array of programs for poor Alaskans, artists and others. Now, he says, he regrets voting for Dunleavy and supporting his campaign.

Arts Council workers pick up the pieces after last week’s closure

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has been closed for over a week, a victim of Governor Mike Dunleavy's line-item vetoes on June 28. The small staff of four - now laid off - continue to watch the Legislature and efforts in Juneau to restore funding.

ADN report: Lack of village police leads to hiring cops with criminal records

In some parts of Alaska, local governments are so desperate for law enforcement they've had to hire people with criminal records. For example, in the village of Stebbins, all seven police officers...

Israel Keyes book reveals new details about serial killer

A book out this summer takes an extensive look at Israel Keyes, the man federal authorities say admitted to kidnapping and murdering teenager Samantha Koenig in Alaska, and others in the Lower...

For Alaskans dealing with veto-induced anxiety, a therapist offers advice

With Alaska headed toward massive cuts to its university system, social services and other state-funded programs, many Alaskans are expressing frustration, sadness and anxiety.

Anchorage wildfire forces rapid response to contain

An Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopter circles after dropping a bucket of water on a wildfire in East Anchorage on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Photo by Nat Herz / Alaska Public...

Swan Lake Fire spreads smoky haze to much of Southcentral

The state Division of Air Quality is warning of the smoke's potential health effects, with advisories in effect until Friday evening, pending any extensions.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gets first satanic invocation

A member of the local Satanic Temple gave the invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday night for the first time since the borough changed its policy on invocations last year.

Pogo Mine settles in sex discrimination lawsuit

A former underground miner at Pogo Mine in Interior Alaska has won a settlement in a lawsuit against Pogo's owners after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found she was discriminated against because she is a woman.

Prosecutors: Indiana man offered millions for Anchorage teen’s murder

An Indiana man is now charged with murder in the death of Anchorage resident Cynthia Hoffman in early June. Prosecutors say he allegedly tricked a group of teenagers into murdering Hoffman by...

Mat-Su Borough to leave Alaska Municipal League

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is planning to leave the Alaska Municipal League at the end of June. That's after Assembly members voted to zero-out funding for membership in the organization earlier this month.

Swan Lake Fire growth prompts switch from monitoring to firefighting

A wildfire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula grew to about 8,400 acres as of Friday, according to the Division of Forestry.

Corrections commissioner cancels prison’s Father’s Day event

Alaska's Corrections commissioner has canceled an upcoming Father's Day event at Goose Creek Correctional Center near Wasilla a couple days before it was set to take place, due to concerns about contraband and safety, the department says.
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Federal child pornography charges against Indiana man related to shooting of Anchorage teenager

Police say an Indiana man arrested on federal child pornography charges is connected to the shooting death of an Anchorage teenager earlier this month.