Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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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

LISTEN: With loosening restrictions, Anchorage gym owner wary of going to full capacity

Billy Crumm, owner of Elite Sports Performance in Anchorage, says even when the gym is allowed to open to 100 percent capacity, their class sizes will stay smaller and they’ll keep other measures in place for the foreseeable future, too.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 22, 2020

Alaska health officials work to train hundreds of new coronavirus contact tracers. And the city of Anchorage follows the state's lead on reopening, with a few more rules.

LISTEN: Alaska fishing charters struggling, as travel restrictions put damper on tourism

Andy Mezirow guides fishing charters out of Seward with his business Gray Light Sportfishing. He also sits on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, where he's proposed loosening bag limit restrictions to entice more Alaska residents to buy fishing charters.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Alaska’s latest plan to get North Slope natural gas to market has environmental approval from federal energy regulators. Also: The state says there's no timeline for bringing back its budget transparency tool. And the commercial Copper River fishery is on pause, with low fish returns.

LISTEN: An iconic Anchorage neighborhood is named after him, but who was the real Joe Spenard?

Public historian David Reamer set out to answer that questions in his latest column for the Anchorage Daily News, and he spoke about it with Alaska Public Media's Casey Grove.

LISTEN: Cellphone tracking gives real-time insight into Alaska’s economic recovery

A UAA researcher discusses what cell phone data is showing us, including what it reveals about people returning to retail locations.

LISTEN: ‘There’s no easy decisions,’ says owner of popular Anchorage restaurants

Snow City Cafe on April 3, 2020 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media) Alaska’s restaurants, with razor thin profit margins, have been hit as hard as any sector shut...

Ask a Climatologist: A tale of early summer heat, green-up and extreme pollen

Climate researcher Brian Brettschneider says there are some things that stand out about Alaska’s spring and early summer, including the second earliest heat wave in Fairbanks and its astonishing level of birch pollen.

Anchorage to further ease coronavirus restrictions for businesses Monday

The Municipality of Anchorage plans to further ease coronavirus restrictions on businesses like bars and gyms on Monday, allowing them to reopen, following a similar move by the state government that went into effect Friday.

Iditarod DQ’s Lance Mackey for positive meth test during race

Mackey’s 21st place finish in this year’s race will be vacated after the positive test from a sample collected in White Mountain, the Iditarod statement says. Mackey finished the race, his 16th Iditarod, in Nome on March 19.
City Hall in downtown Anchorage.

Anchorage pilot program to provide coronavirus relief for small businesses and renters

City officials said up to 100 eligible small businesses will each be able to apply for $10,000 grants to help sustain them, after the city ordered many to halt operations more than a month ago with the aim of preventing the spread of the virus. The relief program also includes funding to help pay rent for Anchorage residents whose finances have been hit hard by the pandemic, for example, those who’ve been laid off during the economic downturn.

With fewer recreational opportunities, Alaskans flock to state parks

Alaska’s state parks have seen a major uptick in users as snow melts and other recreational opportunities remain limited by concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

LISTEN: Pared down Sikuliaq sailing in Gulf of Alaska maintains research streak

More than two decades of ocean sampling by the University of Alaska-owned-and-operated research vessel Sikuliaq in the Gulf of Alaska will remain uninterrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Alaska Airlines reports first quarterly loss in over a decade, passenger demand 10 percent of normal

Alaska Air Group attributes the sharp decline to “unprecedented” impacts from Covid-19, which caused a sharp decline in passenger bookings during the first three months of 2020, continuing into April and May.

As Mat-Su school board reconsiders banning books, home-grown rock band offers them for free

The Grammy-winning, Alaska-grown rock band Portugal. The Man is offering to send five so-called "controversial" books recently banned from school curriculum in the Mat-Su, where several band members grew up, to students there who want to read them.

LISTEN: In search of seals, AI algorithm cuts time on counts

It’s important for wildlife managers to actually count the wildlife in a particular area, including Alaska’s Arctic. Expanding use of artificial intelligence is dramatically reducing the amount of time those counts can take.

Mat-Su blaze ignites in dry grass, grows to 120 acres

Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire that started in dry grass Wednesday in the Point MacKenzie area of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, southwest of Wasilla.

Alaska wildfire officials preach prevention, with pandemic limiting out-of-state help

A C:L-215 water-scooping airplane drops water on the Malaspina Fire on Sunday night, July 7, 2019. (Photo by Kurt Ranta/Baker River Hotshots) Alaskans saw huge impacts from wildfires...

Ravn files plan to liquidate, as bankruptcy proceeds

The liquidation plan still needs to be approved in court, but it is a signal that Ravn, once Alaska’s largest rural airline, is ready to call it quits.

LISTEN: Anchorage dog daycare limping along, for now, though bitten by pandemic shutdown

A doggie daycare in Anchorage called Dog Tired has had a rough go during the pandemic, like a lot of businesses.