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Heather Hintze

I’m a Montana girl, born and raised. Alaska was never really a place I considered working. Then, a job opening came up and I thought, “Why not?” I’m always up for an adventure and so far the Last Frontier has yet to disappoint.

Stories by Heather Hintze

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Zoo welcomes new male wolverine

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 24, 20:20

    The Alaska Zoo, in Anchorage, welcomed a new male wolverine earlier this week. Jumbo arrived from Sweden on Wednesday. The 3-year-old male is on exhibit, but is quarantined from his partner Olga for the next few weeks. Olga came from a zoo in Russia last fall. Zookeeper Kora Isakson said the goal is to hopefully […]

  • Alaska News

    Cultural summer camp highlights Unangax traditions

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 22, 19:52

    ANCHORAGE – Kids from around Alaska are in Anchorage this week to learn more about their Aleut heritage. It’s a record-breaking turnout for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association’s Urban Unangax Cultural Camp, with more than 100 kids. “I think it’s pretty fun,” said 10-year-old Tatiana Stepetin. “You get to learn new things and have fun and […]

  • Alaska News

    Bon voyage! Alaska sea otters move to France

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 17, 16:26

    The SeaLife Center in Seward bid bon voyage to three of its sea otters. Kesuk, Atka and Pukiq were transferred to Oceanopolis in Brest, France, about 350 miles west of Paris. According to a press release Thursday, the otters touched down in Brest on Wednesday. The three otters were found abandoned in the Kachemak Bay area […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Marine unions voice concern over Alyeska Pipeline’s new contract

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 07, 19:40

    Two marine unions are voicing their concerns over a new contract for Alyeska Pipeline, saying it could put Alaskans out of work. Crowley Maritime Corporation currently provides tugboat escort and oil spill response duties in Prince William Sound. Alyeska Pipeline awarded a new contract to Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) for when Crowley’s contract expires […]

  • Alaska News

    Managing marine debris on Alaska’s Montague Island

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 01, 19:13

    The secluded shores of Montague Island may be scenic, but they’re anything but pristine. Clumps of Styrofoam, brightly colored fishing buoys and millions of plastic water bottles are tucked in between driftwood. “Most people are completely unaware you can pull up on a remote Alaska beach and it will be completely trashed,” said Eric Pallister, […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Caribou masks capture spirit of Nunamiut culture

    by Heather Hintze on May 26, 20:39

    Caribou mask making is an intricate art form Lela Ahgook has honed over time. At 72 years old, she’s now an elder in Anaktuvuk Pass, where she’s been creating masks since the 1960s. “Every piece of the caribou is here,” she pointed out where she used the hoof on the forehead of a mask lined […]

  • Alaska News

    Cold climate house cuts costs in the Arctic

    by Heather Hintze on May 24, 22:53

    Driving around Anaktuvuk Pass, you’ll notice a home that’s a little out of the ordinary. The beige home looks like it came out of the Flintstones cartoon but has Jetsons’ technology. “The exterior of the house is a spray-applied membrane. It’s a Rhino liner, so it’s the same liner used in trucks. It’s really durable, […]

  • Alaska News

    BioBlitz takes scientific snapshot of Arctic wildlife

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 22:40

    The National Park Service celebrated its 100-year anniversary by holding BioBlitzes around the country. For the community of Anaktuvuk Pass on the North Slope, it was their first chance to hold an event like this in the Gates of the Arctic National Park. A BioBlitz is basically a scavenger hunt for scientists. “One of the main […]

  • Only in Alaska

    What does it take to garden in the Arctic?

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 18:53

    The ground in Anaktuvuk pass has barely thawed but Casey Edwards is ready to get her plants in the ground. “Last year I had way too many. I was super ambitious,” Edwards laughed. “This year we’re just sticking to cucumber, cabbage, squash.” This is just her second year testing out her green thumb, seeing what […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Local cider, kombucha bring new fizz to Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on May 20, 8:03

    Double Shovel looks like your average brewery, but there’s a fruity twist in their tanks. “The juice goes in this first then we pitch the yeast, then it gets to work and eats all the sugars up and turns it into a nice, dry cider,” co-owner Galen Jones explained. The cider company is just getting […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Combing qiviut keeps staff busy at Musk Ox Farm

    by Heather Hintze on May 04, 20:55

    Musk ox at the farm in Palmer had a little help shedding their winter weight to get ready for summer. Staff at the nonprofit spend this time of year combing out qiviut – the soft undercoat that keeps musk ox warm on the frigid tundra in the wild. “When they’re ready, it’s like putting a hot knife […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    World-class musician tests out Anchorage’s first world-class Bosendorfer piano

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 29, 19:41

    When you have a world-class piano it only makes sense to have a world-class musician test it out. A viewer called KTVA to tell us Classic Pianos, in Government Hill, had its first ever Bosendorfer piano. It’s hand-made in Austria and retails for $125,000. Lithuanian musician Edvinas Minkstimas happened to be in Anchorage for a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Construction worker remembered as one of dozens killed on the job in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 28, 20:39

    More than two dozen workers in Alaska were killed on the job in 2015. On Thursday, people gathered at the Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial to honor those men and women for Workers Memorial Day. “All I can say is that I will never forget Samuel, and you and your family and I vow and our staff vows […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Thieves steal garage sale money, insulin supplies from single mom

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 26, 19:30

    Alaska State Troopers are investigating a string of car break-ins in a Knik-Goose Bay Road neighborhood. In the four years she’s lived in Victoria Estates, Amber Doyle said she’s always felt safe. “It’s a perfect neighborhood. My kids can go and play. I don’t worry about them,” Doyle said. “There’s times I’ve left my doors […]

  • Alaska News

    Army, Park Service work together to deliver supplies to Denali base camp

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 25, 18:17

    Climbers camped out on the Kahiltna Glacier had some company Sunday afternoon. Two dozen soldiers from Fort Wainwright’s 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment’s Bravo Company, known as the “Sugar Bears,” unloaded thousands of pounds of gear from CH-47 Chinook helicopters onto the snow at Denali base camp. “A lot of these black boxes are food […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fiddlers highlight traditional tunes at Native Youth Olympics

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 22, 21:15

    The Native Youth Olympics aren’t just about athletes connecting to their culture through sports; some kids use music to get back to their roots. On Friday, the Young Native Fiddlers took the stage at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center, their first time performing at NYO. “It’s a really cool experience,” said Leniel Hafford. “There’s a […]

  • Sports

    Student journalists keep rural communities connected to NYO

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 21, 20:00

    Every year hundreds of athletes leave their hometowns to compete at the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage. Unfortunately, many of their parents can’t make the trip to cheer them on. “My mom, she was the other coach and we didn’t have enough funding. Her and my grandparents would have liked to watch, but they’re at […]

  • Alaska News

    Oil response training keeps fishermen prepared for a spill

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 13, 19:21

    It was a busy day on Resurrection Bay as fishermen took a break from their daily catch to practice techniques to respond to an oil spill. “We have two scanners pulling a J-formation boom so this would be used to concentrate oil in a spill and eventually that oil would be recovered,” Alyeska Pipeline communications […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Horticulture students prepare thousand of plants for annual sale

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 07, 16:36

    Going to school on a sunny, spring day isn’t as difficult when your classroom is a greenhouse. “It’s more hands-on. You can work and learn how to do things,” said Wes Burton, a junior at Eagle River High School. He’s one of 50 students in King Career Center’s horticulture program. “Instead of getting a sheet […]

  • Alaska News

    Seismic sensors help USGS show earthquake impact on buildings

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 06, 23:09

    Scientists and engineers are using data collected from Anchorage’s Atwood Building to look at how structures are impacted during earthquakes. The Atwood—standing 20 stories high—is Alaska’s second tallest building. Within the walls there are more than 50 seismic sensors. Geologists with the U.S. Geological Survey used the data from January’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake to put together […]