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: Mat-Su School Board book ban draws ire after vote with no public comments

The school board in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough voted 5-2 Wednesday night to ban a list of five books deemed “controversial,” as well as high school journalism curriculum from the New York Times.

LISTEN: Alaska river forecasters continue to keep a close eye on breakup

Spring breakup across Alaska has the potential to cause severe flooding in riverside communities, especially after a cold, snowy winter this year across much of the state.

LISTEN: With doors closed for now, Anchorage toy store turns to online orders and curbside pickup

The experience of strolling through a toy store's aisles for action figures, games and other items of delight is, like a lot of things, on hold during the pandemic. But at least two locally owned Anchorage stores are continuing to sell toys.

LISTEN: Stuck in Alaska, Iditarod champ hopes old plane bound for Norway museum can get him and dogs home

Waerner has been living with friends near Fairbanks in Ester, all because of cornavirus-related, international travel restrictions, coupled with the normal difficulties and rules around flying dogs internationally.

LISTEN: Anchorage barber optimistic a month into shutdown, ‘but some weren’t in a position to weather this’

The Idoms pose for a portrait on February 26, 2020. The Hair Science Barbershop and Barber School is a family operation. Katie Idom, left, is a hair stylist, but also handles...

LISTEN: Cordova mayor says salmon season can still be safe amid pandemic, but it’ll likely be different

The Alaska fishing communities conflicted about the idea of an influx of out-of-town commercial fishermen and processing plant workers include the Prince William Sound city of Cordova. Hundreds of Cordova residents have signed a petition asking Mayor Clay Koplin to restrict most travel to the community.
Photo: National Park Service

LISTEN: Denali lodge owner weighs economics and ethics of late opening amid coronavirus uncertainty

Camp Denali and the North Face Lodge are naturalist-oriented accommodations in the heart of Denali National Park. The business is just one many in the Denali area depending on tourism income that, for the foreseeable future, is nonexistent due to coronavirus related travel restrictions.

LISTEN: Digging in to the Ravn bankruptcy case

RavnAir Group is in bankruptcy, with $91 million in debt and lenders who want a fire sale of the company’s assets. Alaska Public Media's Nat Herz has been following the case and talked to Alaska News Nightly host Casey Grove about it.

Ask a Climatologist: Our ‘cold’ winter would’ve been balmy back in the ’70s

While it felt cold to Alaskans, that's not really saying much, says University of Alaska Fairbanks Climatologist Brian Brettschneider. That's because the last few years have also included some of the warmest winters ever in Alaska.

LISTEN: Anchorage meal program seeks to feed hungry, including some recently out of work

With more people needing help feeding their children and themselves, Children’s Lunchbox has launched a new initiative to raise money for what they call “pantry packs.”

Alaska’s largest private employer, ASRC, cuts jobs after coronavirus causes oil price collapse

Alaska’s largest private-sector employer, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., has laid off employees and cut charitable giving due to the collapse in oil prices and the economic shutdown caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Amid pandemic, Alaska courts order no jail for most misdemeanors, new pathway for bail

Police around Alaska are under temporary, coronavirus-related orders to not jail anyone on misdemeanor charges except for domestic violence or stalking. And for inmates seeking release from jail, it is now possible to request a bail hearing due to concerns over coronavirus.

Alaska National Guard calls up 65 members for state coronavirus response, hundreds more on standby

The Guard’s planes and helicopters could be key to moving sick people from rural Alaska to advanced medical care.

Fairbanks is now considered Alaska’s coronavirus ‘hot spot’

Alaska health officials are now calling the Fairbanks area the “hot spot” 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.