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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

    Adjustable desks help Anchorage architecture firm improve employees’ health

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 03, 19:29

    One look inside KPB Architects’ new space and it’s evident it’s not your average office. Employees aren’t just standing around; they’re standing at their desks. “I’d say about 80 percent of the day I stand and work,” said interior designer Alisha Weiss. Every workstation has an adjustable table that raises and lowers so employees aren’t […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks ice carving competition a test of talent, stamina

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 27, 7:53

    Two carvers, 60 hours and an 8,000-pound block of ice: That’s the draw for the Single Block Competition. “Anyone can carve 300-pound blocks, we do it all day,” said Brian Connors. “To come up here and create something with the big block, that’s really the game.” Connors and his teammate Edwin Hutchinson traveled from South […]

  • Fairbanks

    Married couples’ love of ice keeps them carving together

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 25, 22:01

    It was an overcast, foggy day in Fairbanks for the second day of the World Ice Art Championships. Thirty-five teams were hard at work in the single block competition. From start to finish, they have about 60 hours to complete a piece start to finish. It was this very competition that brought Keven Laughlin and […]

  • Fairbanks

    Carvers battle warm weather at Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 24, 20:19

    The 2015 World Ice Art Championships are officially underway in Fairbanks. Ice Alaska organizers delayed the start of the single block competition until Tuesday morning after freezing rain made travel around the Interior difficult. On Tuesday morning, it was a balmy 30 degrees in the ice park where carvers worked on the first phase of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage band teacher mixes music and mushing

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 23, 19:15

    For Philip Walters, teaching band at Begich Middle School is a lot like racing sled dogs — it’s all about teamwork. “The middle school band students, they want to do well, they want to do a good job, they want to help you,” said Walters. ”Same thing with the dogs. The dogs really want to do […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ANSEP students build, test balsa wood bridges

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 20, 20:22

    Students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) spent part of their two-week Middle School Academy building balsa wood bridges. “We drew out what we were going to do and then we had to cut all the piece correctly or it wouldn’t fit,” said Kotzebue Middle School seventh grader Laura Fields. On Friday […]

  • Alaska

    Anchorage artist combines love of painting and beer

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 19, 20:55

    An Anchorage artist is combining his love of painting with Alaskans’ love of beer. As the setting sun filled the sky with pinks and yellows, Scott Clendaniel sat near the window at Snow Goose Restaurant, brushing the colors on his canvas. “This beer I’m painting is the Urban Wilderness, which I think is appropriate for […]

  • Iditarod

    Balmy weather a big concern at Iditarod food drop

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 18, 19:18

    It was a frenzy of activity inside the Airland Transport in Anchorage on Wednesday morning as mushers dropped off food for the Last Great Race. Because of Tuesday’s record-high 44-degree temperature, many waited to get their gear packed. “We kept all the meat in the freezer until the very last second,” said Iditarod veteran Rick […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown artists anticipate big boost from Iron Dog start in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 16, 19:16

    Most days in the 4th Avenue Market Place, you’ll find Amos Lane tucked into his studio carving ivory. “I’m working on four whales,” he said of his current project. “I need to cut out the flipper a little bit more.” While business is slow during the winter months, he expects the next three weekends to […]

  • Alaska

    Barrow Dancers bring in New Year with the Kalukaq

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 15, 12:13

    It was a packed house at the Barrow High School gym on Friday night where the hometown Barrow Dancers took center stage. “It’s an awesome feeling to have all these people watch us bring in the New Year,” said Fred Elavgak, the Barrow Dancers’ leader. The team is one of about 20 from around Alaska […]

  • News

    Hundreds turn out in Barrow to celebrate Kivgiq

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 13, 21:51

    The Barrow High School gym has been transformed into a dance hall this week as hundreds of people from around Alaska and Canada turn out for Kivgiq. “Kivgiq is the Messenger Feast. It’s a time of spiritual renewal, kinships and healing,” explained Kathy Ahgeak, a lifelong Barrow resident. The sounds of rhythmic drumming and singing […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Tour companies adjust trips for Iditarod’s Fairbanks restart

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 12, 23:59

    Staff at Salmonberry Tours have been working around the clock to reschedule Iditarod tours now that the Last Great Race will start in Fairbanks. “My first thought when I found out the restart was moving was, ‘Oh boy, we have some paperwork to do,’” said owner Candice McDonald. Each of Salmonberry’s 120 trips is customized, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Change to 2015 Iditarod means economic hit for Willow community

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 11, 19:16

    For 40 years, the first Saturday in March has brought familiar sounds to the Willow community: dogs barking, people cheering and the countdown over the loudspeaker as Iditarod mushers begin their 1,000-mile trek to Nome. The Iditarod restart also brings out thousands of spectators who take over Willow Lake for the day. This year, for […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage artist needs community’s help for more downtown mural projects

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 10, 21:34

    The best way to describe Richard Zeigler, better known as Ziggy, is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s a leather craftsman, a furrier and a fourth-generation cobbler. “Since I was about 7 years old, I guess, my father used to take me to a shoe factory in St. Louis,” he said. For Ziggy, the best way to make […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Curling Club turns to crowdfunding to help with repairs

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 09, 20:59

    The Anchorage Curling Club is a quiet place these days. The stones are sidelined, the brooms are stuffed in a bucket. It’s ice floor has been reduced to just a puddle. “It’s incredibly sad,” said John Seigle, an Anchorage Curling Club board member. “This is the first time we think in 60-plus years there hasn’t […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Guerrilla knitters ‘yarn bomb’ museum trees

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 06, 23:03

    Barbara Brown sits in her living room with her lap covered in purple, yellow and blue yarn. “My secret is fat yarn and fat needles,” she divulged. She’s just picked up the popular pastime in the last month, getting her needles going again for the first time since college. “That was the ’80s; leg warmers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Pilots stress importance of communication following Mat-Su mid-air collision

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 02, 19:00

    Blue, sunny skies and clear visibility make for a perfect flight to Knik Glacier, a trip pilot Artic Wikle does at least once a week in the winter. “As pilots, we like to go play around up here at the glacier,” said Wikle. “So to get from [the Mat-Su Valley] to [the glacier], we all […]

  • Alaska

    SeaLife Center adapts new trainings for blind baby seal

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 29, 20:57

    It was a snowy day in Seward where Halley Werner and her staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center worked with four of the resident harbor seals. “Spin,” she commanded. “Good girl, Addie.” After years of training, the seals are old pros, finding targets and barking on command. Werner has had to completely change her training […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bean’s Cafe soup road show back in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 28, 19:00

    There’s a soup showdown in town, a bean brawl to see which of Bean’s Café’s four flavors is a favorite for 2015. “Some people really get into it,” said marketing outreach coordinator Laura Nelson. “This is our second year doing this, and people really enjoy trying them. They like to talk to their friends about […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    In Spenard, Celestial Sweets moves into former Sugar Spoon location

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 27, 16:00

    A popular Spenard bakery has a new owner and a new name. Celestial Sweets Boutique moved into the old Sugar Spoon location at the intersection of Spenard Road and 26th Avenue at the end of November. Owner Liz Madsen worked as a pastry chef at Kinley’s Restaurant and Bar for about three years. She says […]