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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

    On National Coffee Day, no shortage of stands for Anchorage caffeine lovers

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 29, 19:33

    Whether you’re a skinny, no-sugar, half-caff vanilla latte kind of person or someone who just likes a cup of joe, there’s not shortage of places to get a caffeine fix in Anchorage. “My thing is more the people,” said barista Haylee Bizaillon. “They could have really good coffee as well, but it’s the people that […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Scientists use drones to study sea lions in Aleutians

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 29, 10:42

    Scientists are using drone technology to track declining Steller sea lion populations in Alaska. Every summer researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Science Center study the animals along the Aleutian Island chain. They use a variety of methods to count the sea lions including stationary game cameras and manned aircraft […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New counter tracks number of Coastal Trail cyclists

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 27, 19:24

    The Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation has a new way to track the number of cyclists using the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Municipal crews installed a bike counter totem at Westchester Lagoon over the weekend. There are two sensors that count riders headed toward downtown or on their ride between Kincaid Park and the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Support your park: Alaska State Parks gear goes on sale Friday

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 27, 19:13

    The next sweatshirt you buy could help support Alaska State Parks. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 101, which allows the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to collect money from fees or merchandise. That means for the first time the state parks system can profit off park-themed merchandise. Staff printed off more than […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Dooley’s closes after 45 years of business in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 21, 20:20

    After 45 years of business in Alaska, Dooley’s Tuxedos and Costumes is closing its doors. As she prepares to sell her company, owner Starla Heim picks through the costumes and prices them out. Each rack not only holds decades of costumes but also lifetime of memories. “This is my junior prom dress that we rent as […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hear our voices: Students share culture for Deaf Awareness Week

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 19, 12:24

    A handful of East High School students sat around a table, silent but engaged in a forensic science lesson. They kept their eyes on the teacher to take it all in, watching every word the instructor signed. “For people who are deaf, eye contact is important for us,” senior Miguel Frias-Gomez said through an interpreter. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Home Depot volunteers help fix up single mom’s house

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 14, 19:05

    Sequoya Joseph’s house has been a work in progress for more than a decade. “I’m excited it’s getting redone,” Joseph said. “We’ve been living in a dump for 11 years.” On Wednesday, more than 40 volunteers from Home Depot spent the day giving her Muldoon townhouse an extreme makeover — completely remodeling the kitchen and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After 15 month insurance battle Wasilla family gets new wheelchair

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 09, 20:55

    For more than a year, a Wasilla mother has been fighting insurance companies to get a new wheelchair for her son. Judy Edwards adopted her son Eric when he was a baby. Eric was born to a drug addict; he has cerebral palsy and a number of other medical issues that prevent him from walking […]

  • Alaska News

    Fairgoers leave behind fuzzy friends

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 08, 19:46

    From tennis shoes to teddy bears, lost and found items are piling up at the Alaska State Fair. “Camera, cell phones, jackets, strollers,” Marketing manager Kelly Larson listed off. “Shoes, baby shoes, backpacks,” she continued. In her six years working at the Palmer fairgrounds she’s made it her mission to reunite items with their owners, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Tlingit to-go: Sealaska launches language app

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 06, 20:15

    Learning a new language means starting with the basics, and Tlingit students now have a new teaching tool. The Sealaska Heritage Institute launched an app that brings sights and sounds to your cell phone. Shirley Kendall, a Tlingit instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, said it’s important to get the right pronunciations when you’re trying to […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Seal skinning showcases subsistence hunting at Alaska Native Heritage Center

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 05, 20:03

    For Yaari Walker, seal storytelling and seal skinning go hand in hand. “I tell people you won’t find kangaroos in Barrow. In Florida you will not find walruses,” she said to a crowd gathered behind the Alaska Native Heritage Center. “Where I come from on St. Lawrence Island, you will not find chicken. That’s just […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ for muscular dystrophy

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 02, 20:25

    The Anchorage Fire Department hit the street for Fill the Boot, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) largest fundraiser, Friday. More than 200 firefighters collected donations from drivers at 13 intersections. Last year they raised $105,000; this year they’re hoping to top that at $112,000. Shortly before 9:45 p.m. MDA director Erika Shedlarski said after a […]

  • Outdoors

    Head gardener brightens Alaska State Fair with flowers

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 18:30

    For more than three decades, Becky Myrvold has been brightening up the Alaska State Fair grounds with flowers. As head gardener, her growing season begins in January, starting 50,000 plants from seed. “My job is year round and as soon as the fair gets done, I’ll start planning for next year,” Myrvold said. Her flowers […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Fair competition brings out generations of bakers

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 10:25

    As the deadline neared for the baked goods competition at the 80th annual Alaska State Fair, dozens of people filled Hoskins Hall, eager to drop off their entries. Among them, Teresa Taylor and her box full of goodies: several plates of cookies and a bag of peanut brittle. She and her daughter Heidi Taylor enter […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla Library moves to new, multimillion-dollar facility

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 25, 19:01

    The Wasilla Public Library is on the move. The Main Street location will be closed for the next month while staff get settled into their new building on Crusey Street. With the help of AAA Moving and Storage they’re packing up all 55,000 books and loading them onto carts in a systematic order. “It’s a […]

  • Alaska News

    Goodbye Juke: Unalakleet family bids farewell to their service dog

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 24, 16:04

    They say it takes a village to raise a child. One Unalakleet family needed more than that for their son. Donna and Jeff Erickson’s youngest son, Logan, is severely autistic. For the past six years his service dog, Juke, has been by his side, bringing comfort to Logan and peace of mind for his mom. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Smashburger adds to South Anchorage development

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 23, 21:10

    Not one, but two new burger joints opened in Anchorage in just one week. BurgerFi expanded to a second location in East Anchorage on Monday. Alaska’s first Smashburger will host its grand opening on Wednesday. Owner Mark Larson said he chose the location across from Cabela’s on 100th Avenue and C Street because he wants […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Blueberry picking brings back fond memories in Unalakleet

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 22, 12:33

    The tundra outside Unalakleet stretches for miles, blanketed in blue. “There are just berries everywhere this year. They’re so abundant,” said Davida Hanson. On a sunny Friday evening, she and her family headed for the hills near the Norton Sound village to fill their buckets with blueberries. “To bring the kids out here to teach […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bartlett students face back-to-school road construction on Glenn Highway and Muldoon Road interchange

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 19, 18:06

    Students heading back to class at Bartlett High School will have to battle the road construction at the Glenn Highway and Muldoon Road interchange Monday. “Crews are working double shifts to try to get this done,” said Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesperson Shannon McCarthy. “The first couple days, no matter what it’s going to be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasps, yellowjackets keep exterminators busy

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 18, 21:56

    Updated at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, August 19 An influx of insects is keeping exterminators busy this summer. “The volume is incredible,” said Randy Beuter, owner of Eagle Pest Control. “During the peak of the season we were probably getting 60 phone calls a day.” Palmer resident Gary Jones went out to mow the lawn […]