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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

    Firefighters ‘brave the shave’ to raise money for fight against childhood cancer

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 16, 10:37

    Anchorage firefighters take it all off for a cause … their hair, that is. Wednesday afternoon dozens of firefighters and members of the public shaved their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight childhood cancer. “As young children they don’t have the same causes and reasons that adults generally have to get cancer […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Recent death highlights the dangers of Eklutna cliffs

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 14, 19:33

    Rescue crews say the death of a man near Eklutna highlights the dangerous cliffs in that area. Volunteers with Alaska Mountain Rescue Group recovered the body of 31-year old Jamarus Spires on Monday afternoon. He fell down a 400-foot cliff while out with his family on Sunday. An 18-person team took more than six hours […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alyeska celebrates spring snowfall

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 02, 20:49

    It might look like spring at the base of Alyeska, but up top it’s a winter wonderland. With 3 feet of new snow in the past week, Thursday was the perfect day for the Greenlund family to play hooky. “If they get straight As for a quarter, they get to pick a snow day every […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Ivory carvers mentor UAA students in traditional crafts

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 01, 22:30

    Ivory carving is an art form handed down from generation to generation. Shaktoolik native Levi Tetpon started working with walrus tusks when he was just 9 years old. “My parents carved whatever they could get their hands on. Stone, bone, ivory, anything,” Tetpon said. Wednesday afternoon, he put the finishing touches on what he calls a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaskan authors made priority at proposed Spenard bookstore

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 31, 21:55

    Growing up in a family of writers, Vered Mares had a love of books long before she entered the publishing world. In New Mexico, she would take trips with her dad to the Living Batch Bookstore in Albuquerque and learn about her stepmother’s writing process. “It was impossible to not be completely submerged, surrounded and […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    In Anchorage, pop-up studio brings art to you

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 30, 19:27

    It’s a night out with cocktails and canvas. On a recent weekday night, SubZero Bistro and Microlounge was full of pop-up painters. “We are painting wine glasses, which is really appropriate, we’re at SubZero,” explained Larissa Villar Aaberg. “They have a still life on their table, so they can paint from a picture or the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Spenard Roadhouse owners expand to South Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 30, 7:11

    “South” is coming to South Anchorage. That’s the name of a new restaurant from the owners of Snow City Cafe and Spenard Roadhouse. The restaurant not only features a bar and dining room but a separate coffee shop too. There’s also an outdoor patio and a private dining room for pop-up dinners or special events. “We […]

  • Alaska

    State tests tsunami warning system on 75 coastal communities around Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 25, 19:19

    The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s command center came to life after an earthquake in Russia — a fictional one — that could send a tsunami towards Alaska. Emergency management specialists called 75 coastal communities to see if they were notified about the tsunami test and how each was prepared. Messages went […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New restaurant center called Williwaw coming to downtown Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 24, 20:40

      The old Covenant House in downtown Anchorage is being transformed into a new restaurant center called Williwaw. It’s part of the Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House group expansion, as it hopes to bring another destination for downtown diners. “We’re reincarnating Blues Central,” said Humpy’s general manager Pete Burns. ”Bringing back that French Dip that everyone’s […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod 2015 finish a family affair for rookie musher Alan Stevens

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 22, 16:44

    It was a moment 12 days, eight hours and 43 minutes in the making for Alan Stevens, as he crossed the finish line in Nome on Saturday. “I’m so happy to see him come in,” said Paula Stevens, Alan’s mother. Paula and her husband, Mark, made the trip from Texas to watch their son make […]

  • Iditarod

    First female Iditarod winner celebrates in Nome 30 years later

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 17:22

    Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod on March 20, 1985. Exactly thirty years later, she’s celebrating in Nome by watching this year’s mushers cross the finish line. “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years,” she said. “I think about some of these mushers racing today and I think I have dog […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod chef prepares meal to bring volunteers together

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 0:24

    It wasn’t a typical Iditarod trail meal for volunteers on Thursday night. Deb Smykalski — who goes by Debski — has been the Iditarod’s cook for the past 10 years. She shipped up 28 steaks for a special dinner that she paid for herself. “They’ve been talking about, whoa, when are we going to have […]

  • Iditarod

    Nome celebrates ahead of Iditarod finish with Bering Sea Beer Fest

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 17, 21:26

    The best place for beer tasting in Nome for the Irish holiday wasn’t in a bar, it was on the Bering Sea. “I think it’s cool I’m standing on the ocean drinking beer,” said Ben Siwiec. In its fifth year, the Bering Sea Beer Festival was a Saint Patrick’s Day party with an Alaskan twist. “It’s why […]

  • Iditarod

    ‘Musher-grams’ bring positive vibes to Iditarod trail

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 16, 21:17

    The pool table in the Unalakleet checkpoint was filled with warm wishes for mushers on the cold trail. “A lot of times it’s family,” said Gwen Rodman. ”A lot of times, it’s just fans.” Rodman, who is also musher Karin Hendrickson’s mother, is one of the volunteers who took down the phone message in Anchorage and […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod volunteers repurpose scratched mushers’ food, gear

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 16, 7:09

    While most of the mushers make their way to Nome there are some who won’t cross the finish line. By Sunday night, six had scratched and one was disqualified. Their food bags they sent out, however, are left at the remaining checkpoints. Through 30-mile an hour winds, volunteers in Unalakleet worked to collect anything they […]

  • Iditarod

    Huslia shop holds its fair share of Iditarod memories

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 14, 17:41

        Working in the R&M Mercantile holds a lot of fond memories for Huslia’s Mabel Vent. “I remember a lot of pop would be right on the counter,” she recalled. ”Crackers, that was a must, I remember.” Her father, Robert “Bobby” Vent, took second place in the first Iditarod in 1973. He used his $8,000 prize […]

  • Iditarod

    Community of Huslia connected through radio

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 13, 23:04

    Mushers are slowly making their way into Huslia, a new checkpoint on the Iditarod trail this year. It’s a small village of about 300 people and there’s no cell service. The community has found a unique way to communicate though — every home has a VHF radio. “Good afternoon folks. Just want to say good job […]

  • Iditarod

    In Iditarod, vets give sled dogs checkups at every checkpoint

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 13, 8:49

    After 350 miles of trail, sled dogs are bound to have some wear and tear. “I’m massaging Sushi’s sore shoulder right now,” rookie musher Brian Wilmshurst explained. “It was a little stiff earlier but it feels good now though. Who doesn’t love a massage?” His team rests up in Ruby, the fourth Iditarod checkpoint. “I’m […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod teams face tight quarters in tiny Ruby

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 12, 22:08

    Ruby was slowly running out of room Thursday morning with each new dog team that arrived. Overnight Iditarod race coordinators had to find space for up to 25 mushers at one time. “We try to provide as flat an area as we can for the dogs to rest and we’ve been pretty successful. We haven’t had […]

  • Iditarod

    Tanana comes together to feed Iditarod mushers

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 11, 22:37

    Early Wednesday morning the familiar sound of hash browns sizzling in hot oil filled the kitchen at the Tanana school. “I’ve always wanted to be on a cooking show,” laughed Judy Kangas as she flipped pancakes. Her sister, Bernadette Roberts, wielded a spatula while she flipped the potatoes, laughing away. “Bernadette, stop laughing over there,” […]