Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Casey Grove is host of Alaska News Nightly, a general assignment reporter and an editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at cgrove@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Casey here

Alaskan skiers among contenders at first World Cup event on U.S. trails in more than two decades

The cross-country skiing World Cup races in Minneapolis kick off Saturday with the women's sprint qualifiers at 7 a.m. Alaska time.
a courtroom proceeding

In Anchorage catfish killing, Denali Brehmer gets 99 years behind bars

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in February 2023 for the killing of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman north of Anchorage in 2019.
Brian Steven Smith

Anchorage murder trial opens with differing accounts of video that allegedly captured a killing

An Anchorage jury heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Brian Steven Smith, charged with murdering two Alaska Native women.
a drilling rig

Southcentral Alaska cold snap and surging natural gas demand put supply in question

Utilities might need to take measures to meet the demand, including that customers could be asked to turn down thermostats.
A man carries a sled full of shovels in winter.

Alaskans see bitter cold, record-breaking snow and a winter defying El Niño predictions

Temperatures neared 60 degrees below zero in the Interior, Southeast saw record-breaking snowfall, and Anchorage has had a taste of it all.
Merbok debris

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, January 19, 2024

FEMA overhauls its disaster assistance program, in part due to extreme weather events in Alaska. Also, Quakers apologize for their history of forced assimilation in the Native Village of Kake. And new, small-scale operations have created an oasis for bagel lovers in Anchorage.
Sitka

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Alaska has twice as many job openings as unemployed people. Also, some Sitkans say cruise tourism is getting out of hand.

Seward Highway reopens after avalanche closure

Crews cleared about 3 feet of snow from an area of highway roughly 400 feet long.
a landslide

At least 3 dead in Wrangell after landslide destroys homes

Three others are still missing after a Monday landslide destroyed three houses and covered the Zimovia Highway about 11 miles from Wrangell.
a meeting

Alaska Permanent Fund board unlikely to pursue faster, riskier path to $100B

The Alaska Permanent Fund appears headed toward maintaining its current steady growth over the next few years.
The sign outside the federal courthouse in Anchorage along 7th Avenue with the museum in the background

Alaska women kidnapped near Trapper Creek were killed in connection with drug conspiracy, indictment says

Drug traffickers killed Fairbanks resident Sunday Powers, 30, and Anchorage resident Kami Clark, 34, in May, according to an indictment.
inmates

Alaska inmate led drug and money laundering conspiracy from behind bars, prosecutors say

Christina Reyna Quintana led a group of nine others that brought at least 12 kilograms of fentanyl to Alaska, according to an indictment.

Alaska foster kids were great source of profit for psychiatric facility’s owners, reporter finds

Former North Star patient Trina Edwards is a central figure in Julia Lurie's story on Universal Health Services.
A fisherman in rain gear and a helmet stands on a pile of silver fish.

Alaska pollock trawlers are feeling pressure over salmon bycatch, so this reporter went to see for himself

Fisheries reporter Hal Bernton visited a Bering Sea factory trawler to see how its crew caught and processed pollock.
A skier makes tracks on a snowy mountainside

Alaska ski guide’s new book, ‘The Avalanche Factor,’ aims to improve education on snow slides

Joe Stock says his new book is equal parts avalanche science and avalanche risk mitigation.
a woman speaks at a podium

Alaska Congresswoman Peltola back in D.C. following husband’s death

As Rep. Mary Peltola cast her vote for House Speaker, members on both sides of the aisle rose to give her a standing ovation.
A sign, in a small garden with shrubs, reads "Nesbett Courthouse."

Alaska Medicaid fraud investigation leads to indictment for Kenai doctor and staff

Prosecutors say Dr. Ray Lynn Carlson fraudulently billed Alaska Medicaid and two insurance companies.

Staffing shortages at Alaska pharmacies continue after pandemic-related shakeup

The shortage has led to reduced hours at retail pharmacies and longer wait times to get prescriptions filled.
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From a scuba trip to household bills, here’s how 8 Alaskans are spending this year’s PFD

Eligible Alaskans will see Permanent Fund dividends arrive in their bank accounts Oct. 5, with paper checks expected by Oct. 26.
bears in a delivery truck

Alaska bears go viral after raiding doughnut van: ‘I’m still getting phone calls,’ store manager says

Shelly Deano says bears are common near the store she manages. But after a pair raided a doughnut delivery van, reporters worldwide are calling.