Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

State senators slam additional Medicaid costs; Alaska senators vote 'no' as Senate renews surveillance law; Bethel police unable to trace cellphone calls to 911; Prison riot prompts lockdown; Anchorage bust nets $1.2M worth of meth, heroin; New app harnesses crowdsourced weather information; What caused the Blob? Scientists conclude: we did; K300 no stranger to severe weather; Board of Fisheries navigates 'uncharted territory' for Southeast's king salmon; Fishermen set off for first tanner crab fishery since 2013. Listen now

Mat-Su Borough Assembly rejects agreement with state on air quality

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly voted down a resolution to increase efforts toward improving air quality at a sometimes tense meeting Tuesday night. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Top Republican, Democrat in Alaska Senate differ on income tax; Lawmaker skips training amid dispute over harassment probe; Rep. Young wants earmarks back, and he’s not alone; State-ordered investigation following BP leak finds no additional problem wells; Once thought settled, Alaska LNG eyes alternative gasline routes; Calls for service plummet amid new strategy at Anchorage shelter; Among 100-plus proposals, Sitka’s sac roe herring fishery a top issue; Mat-Su Borough Assembly rejects agreement with state on air quality; State agencies provide stopgap timber for Southeast industry; World’s 'tightest house' on the market in Dillingham. Listen now

Anchorage jail secretly, accidentally recorded attorney-client conversations

The Alaska Department of Corrections has revealed that it accidentally recorded conversations between lawyers and their jailed clients at Anchorage Correctional Complex. Listen now

Three finalists up for consideration to fill vacant Alaska Senate seat

There are now three finalists on the short list to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by Mike Dunleavy. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Legislative session kicks of with hope for productivity in House; Three finalists up for consideration to fill vacant Alaska Senate seat; Economist sees big role for U.S. oil, LNG but finds hurdles in Arctic; AK Attorney General asks Congress to open banking for pot businesses; Anchorage jail secretly, accidentally recorded attorney-client conversations; Knowles quits National Parks panel, says new administration won't listen; Petit takes 1st in Copper Basin 300; Shrimp decline causes concern, restrictions; Known for Denali winter ascent, Dupre now in for another chilly climb; Ask A Climatologist: What's up with that record January heat in Southeast? Listen now

Alaska’s first electric bus for public transit ready for Anchorage streets

Anchorage's four-month trial period will test how an electric bus and its batteries fare in cold weather, as the city looks into whether it makes sense to have an entire fleet of electric buses. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Governor to make pick for vacant House seat; Murkowski, Sullivan contend with less-Republican Senate; Alaska's first electric bus for public transit ready for Anchorage streets; Unprecedented open water, warm weather cause K300 route change; Alaska-to-Argentina bikers into Central America; Anchorage author chronicles 8-year friendship with Dizzy Gillespie. Listen now
On a cloudy, twilight winter day, an oil platform an be seen rising in the water.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Murkowski condemns Trump for 'offensive' remark; Alaska leaders got more than bargained for in Interior’s offshore drilling proposal; Petitions submitted to bar payments to lawmakers if they miss budget deadline; Salmon initiative supporters hit signature target; Wilson calls on LeDoux to resign; Juneau’s state legislators field questions, cynicism at town hall; Roster set for 2018 Yukon Quest after signup deadline; Seventeen students leave Haines school district during winter break; Prince of Wales Island schools started growing food. Now 1st graders are binging on broccoli. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Four decisions in three weeks: How Trump is transforming Alaska; Interview: How fast-moving Trump administration policies for Alaska took shape; Walker plans to meet House nominees before making pick; To invest or not to invest? For Alaska's Permanent Fund Corp. that is the question; Alaska Sam's Club stores to close; Eastern Interior wolf kills to end in spring; Alaska's lone, longtime congressman has challenger in Alyse Galvin; A flurry of private donations for Sitka's historic cathedral. Listen now
The Alaska Railroad brings a load of tourists into Whittier in July 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Frank Kovalchek)

For Anchorage to Mat-Su commuter rail, a task force takes shape

Gov. Bill Walker wants a task force to look into commuter rail service between Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Listen now
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Alaska's lone U.S. House rep honored as longest-serving member; Permanent Fund Corp. sees rapid growth; Vice President Mike Pence to visit missile facilities in Alaska in February; Alaska's new bail rules, pretrial division take effect; For Anchorage to Mat-Su commuter rail, a task force takes shape; Citizens group investigates Cook Inlet’s aging oil infrastructure; Kodiak fishermen find extra work through halibut research amid stock concern; Ask a Climatologist: What is polar amplification? Listen now

Wasilla city council votes to ban plastic bags, effective July 1

The Wasilla City Council voted Monday night to ban single-use plastic bags in the city. It's the first such ban for a community in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where a larger effort to tax plastic bags borough-wide is also underway. Listen now
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

After budget cuts and crime spikes, Alaska prosecutors struggle to keep up; Juneau’s legal bills mount from cruise ship lawsuit; Wasilla city council votes to ban plastic bags, effective July 1; Alaska Airlines workers to get $1,000 bonuses after tax cut Trump signed; Harris Air lands in Haines; Ferry or scrap metal? Retired state ferry's future uncertain; Southeast ferries fall victim to weather, mechanical problems; Juneau’s eagle nest buffers scrapped on 5-4 vote; North Pole awards $52M water-system contract to Fairbanks firm; Sitka down to one hospital for childbirth Listen now

To protest borough’s invocation policy, resident worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster

A Homer man is fighting against the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's already contentious invocation policy in a new way: by worshipping the flying spaghetti monster. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

King Cove and feds reach deal on controversial road; State report details potential health impacts of climate change; Republican lawmaker resigns to focus on gubernatorial campaign; Alaskan skiers dominate top of podiums at US Nationals; Knik 200 begins Southcentral sled dog racing season; St. Seraphim Church’s parish sends out its slavii stars on Christmas; Sitka Salmon Share expanding to Midwest; To protest borough’s invocation policy, resident worships the Flying Spaghetti MonsterListen now
Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, on the floor of the Senate during debate about the state operating budget, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Republican lawmaker resigns to focus on gubernatorial campaign

Republican gubernatorial hopeful and Wasilla resident Mike Dunleavy is resigning from the state Senate to focus on campaigning. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

With new life under Trump administration, fresh Pebble Mine details released; Coastal communities react to proposal to open nearly all Alaska offshore waters to drilling; Kuskokwim Bay communities seek aid after wind storm; Study recounts discovery of ‘ancient Beringian’ ancestors of indigenous peoples; 'Microbial Worlds' art exhibit bridges arts, sciences; AK: Leaving Alaska on the ferry; 49 Voices: Frieda Koper in Anchorage

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Trump administration proposes vast increase to offshore oil leasing in Alaska; Uncertainty in Alaska as Trump administration upends cannabis policy; Alaska state regulators urge caution to investors eyeing cryptocurrencies; Ambulance, vehicle crash kills 1 in Wasilla; Popular new pet trend driving antler theft in Anchorage; Halibut commission might tighten catch limits; Patterson siblings inch closer to Olympics with US National wins; Ask a Climatologist: 2017 was hot around the globe, warm in Alaska. Listen now

Anchorage firefighter wins nearly $780,000 in lawsuit against city

The municipality of Anchorage has paid one of its firefighters more than three-quarters of a million dollars after his successful lawsuit against the fire department. Listen now