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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

    New passing lanes, bridges part of Seward Highway improvement project

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 20, 20:35

    The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) is working to make major safety improvements to a busy section of the Seward Highway prone to crashes. The Milepost 75-90 Rehabilitation Project will upgrade the road from Girdwood to beyond the Portage curve toward Turnagain Pass. DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said the project will cost up to $250 million. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Maintenance crews dig out thousands of hydrants after snowstorm

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 18, 19:08

    Maintenance crews are digging out thousands of fire hydrants after the weekend snowstorm. Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) is responsible for clearing about 7,400 hydrants around the Anchorage Bowl. Journeyman Marshall Kennon said he can shovel out up to 50 hydrants a day. That involves clearing a 6-foot diameter around the hydrant, then checking […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Businesses cash in on winter snow storms

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 16, 18:37

    As the flakes kept falling Monday, there was no business like snow business. It was all hands on deck for ASR crews as the inches accumulated. Their first priority was plowing tarmacs at the airport, a job that hasn’t been plentiful the past few winters. “We’ve been sanding quite a bit throughout the previous years,” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ANTHC opens new patient housing facility

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 11, 20:01

    Patients and their families coming into Anchorage from rural Alaska now have a new place to stay. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) celebrated the opening of its patient housing area on Wednesday. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson joined dozens of people at the open house. She spoke about her experience […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Family fights to end heroin use one year after daughter’s death

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 10, 18:19

    For Kathi Green, Jan. 10, 2017 marks one year since the worst day of her life. She learned early that morning an inmate had died in custody. “I watched the 6 o’clock news and they talked about an inmate dying in the Anchorage Jail but they didn’t have a name,” she recalled. “8:30 at night, my […]

  • Outdoors

    Arctic Valley tube park brings in revenue, slopes still closed to skiing

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 05, 19:54

    There’s not enough snow for skiers to hit the slopes in Arctic Valley, but thanks to the help of some man-made snow the tube park opened Thursday. For the first time the park opened on a weekday, so kids could make the most of their winter break. “It’s really fun. First, I thought it wasn’t going […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Merrill Field flights cleared for takeoff as fog lifts

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 04, 18:54

    Clear skies on Wednesday morning meant runways at Merrill Field were once again filled with the familiar hum of small planes taking off after many were grounded for days due to heavy fog. At Lake Clark Air, chief pilot Glen Alsworth said he found a way around the low visibility by flying out of the […]

  • Money

    Flypaper! closing after two decades of business

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 03, 18:41

    After nearly 20 years in business, the midtown Anchorage gift shop Flypaper! is closing its doors. Owner Kim Barrett said she’s going to retire and live out her dream to sail around the world. Barrett said she chose to close her store now due to dwindling local support. “I watched the foot traffic slowly drop […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New culinary program gives job training to Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center clients

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 02, 19:24

    The Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center doesn’t just want to feed the homeless; staff said they want people to have the skills to help feed others as well. That’s why the center started its first-ever culinary program to give people the training they need for a professional kitchen. “We’re doing oven-roasted chicken with potatoes au […]

  • Outdoors

    Alaska hunting, fishing license fees will increase in 2017

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 30, 19:51

    Hunting and fishing in Alaska will cost everyone a bit more beginning January 1, 2017. Earlier this year the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 137 to boost the prices for both residents and non-residents. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said hunting fees haven’t gone up in 24 years and it’s been […]

  • Health

    Indian Valley Meats recalls smoked salmon over listeria concerns

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 30, 16:49

    Indian Valley Meats is recalling a product over concerns it could be contaminated with listeria. The company said its hickory smoked king salmon, sold exclusively out of the Indian Gift Shop, has the potential to contain listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious illnesses in children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Boxes, bottles and bulbs: What can be recycled after the holidays

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 29, 19:37

    The first few days after Christmas, cars stuffed with recyclables made their way to the Anchorage Recycling Center in midtown. The sound of glass bottles and tin cans going into recycling bins — instead of the landfill— was music to Mary Gilbert’s ears. “It’s just what you do. It’s the responsible thing to do for […]

  • Outdoors

    Juneau avalanche caught on camera

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 29, 16:21

    An avalanche near downtown Juneau was caught on camera Wednesday. Jerry Duncan said he was at work when he saw the slide coming down. The city’s urban avalanche forecaster, Tom Mattice, said he wasn’t expecting the natural activity on Mt. Juneau’s Chop Gully, but it is an area that is prone to slides. “Yesterday, it […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Holiday returns, exchanges keep retailers busy

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 26, 19:16

    Every year on the day after Christmas, Target staffer Brenda Fulton expects to be busy. “We’ve had lines clear to the door since we opened at 7 a.m.,” she said. The Tikahtnu Commons Target store saw a steady stream of customers returning holiday gifts that weren’t quite right. “I’m exchanging an Amazon Fire TV stick. It’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After her son’s drug overdose, Bean’s Cafe director finds comfort in homeless community

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 26, 11:00

    On Christmas Day it was hard to miss Lisa Sauder, dressed in her bright red sweater and snowman scarf in the crowd at Bean’s Café, her infectious laugh carrying over the din of conversation. She wondered up and down the aisles pouring coffee for the clients that came to enjoy the shelter’s annual Christmas dinner. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    King Cove optimistic ‘life-saving road’ will get built under Trump administration

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 23, 18:25

    It’s been three years to the day since Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell denied a road from King Cove to the neighboring community of Cold Bay. Now, residents have a renewed hope to push the project through under a Trump administration. The people of King Cove have been fighting for an 11-mile, one-lane gravel road […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Coffee for a cause: Kindred Spirits taking donations for Clare House

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 16, 19:46

    An Anchorage coffee shop is taking donations to help women and children in need over the holidays. Kindred Spirits, at 11051 O’Malley Centre Drive, is holding its second annual fundraiser for the Clare House. The Catholic Social Services program provides emergency housing for women and their kids, many of whom are escaping domestic violence or […]

  • Outdoors

    Radio transmitters provide insight into winter waterfowl behavior

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 15, 21:06

    About 1,500 mallards make Anchorage their home in the winter but biologists don’t know why. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a new way to track the ducks to see where they go. For the first time, the birds are being outfitted with radio backpacks. “The radios also have a GPS component, so […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    First retail marijuana shop in Anchorage opens Thursday

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 14, 18:32

    Retail marijuana will hit store shelves in Anchorage for the first time on Thursday. Arctic Herbery at 7107 Arctic Boulevard will open its doors at noon. Owner Bryant Thorp said he’ll have about 11 pounds of product to sell and hopes that will last him through the first few days of business. His store opened last […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Neighborhood Gift helps thousand of Anchorage families

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 13, 20:39

    The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Alaska and other organizations have once again teamed up to help thousands of Anchorage families have a happier holiday season. More than 4,000 families are expected to turn out to the Sullivan Arena for the annual Neighborhood Gift. Organizers said the big event takes months of planning and collecting […]