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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

    Pride Fest celebrates 40 years in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 24, 18:04

    Hundreds of people turned out in downtown Anchorage for the 40th annual Pride Fest. Mo Haddock and Callene Monasmith set their lawn chairs up early to get a front for the parade. “It’s a lot of fun. We like to people watch anyway but today is very fulfilling. Very heartwarming to see so many people […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Regular visitors surprised at new fee at Independence Mine

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 19, 18:57

    Hatcher Pass visitors now have to shell out more money to visit the Independence Mine State Historical Park. Beginning this year, Alaska State Parks implemented a $3 fee to see the site. Mat-Su Parks Superintendent Wayne Biessel said preserving the past comes at a price. It takes thousands of dollars to keep up with the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage memorial remembers attack on gay community

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 19, 8:44

    For 44 years, people in Anchorage have come together to commemorate a horrific attack on the gay community. The Pride Memorial remembers 32 people killed when a fire ripped through the upstairs of a New Orleans’ French Quarter lounge. At the time it was the largest killing of gay people in history. Today, a small […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Humble beginnings to eatery empire: Humpy’s celebrates 23 years

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 18, 20:24

    Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse celebrates 23 years in business in downtown Anchorage this month. From humble beginnings to an eatery empire, it’s come a long way since the restaurant first opened in 1994. Marketing director Cyndi Ramirez was one of Humpy’s first employees. She said they initially set out to be a small burger joint; […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New Butte summit signs to be relocated after community concern

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 15, 19:41

    Bodenburg Butte hikers will notice new signage at the summit, but not everyone is happy about where the plaques are placed. “The signs are placed at the prow of the summit that faces the glacier and kind of in people’s iconic photo shot,” said Kim Sollien, the Mat-Su program director for Great Land Trust (GLT). […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Birth certificates, opioid response potentially impacted by looming government shutdown

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 14, 18:58

    The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is working to determine the impact of a potential government shutdown if the legislature doesn’t pass a budget before July 1. Commissioner Valerie Davidson said programs that will stay open are those that “affect life, health and safety,” and ones that are “constitutional mandates under the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New, sustainable trail cuts down on erosion at Kincaid bluffs

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 13, 19:13

    Teenagers in the Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program are working to prevent erosion at the Kincaid Park bluffs near the motocross tracks. Thousands of people flocked to that area last summer when a dead humpback whale washed up on the mudflats. With no clear route from the Jodhpur Motocross track down the hill, many […]

  • Military

    Aleut evacuees honored at Dutch Harbor 75th anniversary ceremony

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 09, 16:31

    The World War II Museum in Dutch Harbor is filled with reminders of the impact the war had on the people who lived there. More than 800 Aleuts were evacuated and sent to internment camps in Southeast because their homes became a military battleground; eighty-five would never make it back home. It’s a piece of […]

  • Alaska News

    Sen. Murkowski grows lettuce in D.C. office

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 08, 23:06

    Alaska produce is being made in Washington D.C. thanks to a special growing system. Senator Lisa Murkowski can eat Alaska lettuce when she’s not at home. Check out her new “vertical bucket Lettuce grow tower.” Chena Hot Springs owner Bernie Karl made it for her. Seeds were planted on rock wool, then put into tubes. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA program aims to get more Alaska Natives interested in nursing

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 08, 20:30

    The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is working to get more people in our state interested in the medical field. About 15 students ages 16-19 are in Anchorage for hands-on training for UAA’s Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) program. “I really like the medical field,” said 16-year-old Kelly O’Brien from Bethel. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA initiative saves 1M plastic bottles from landfill

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 07, 17:59

    The University of Alaska Anchorage’s “hydration stations” have saved nearly 1,000,000 plastic water bottles from going in the garbage. Science maintenance technician Stephanie Tranby saw a need for students between classes to have quicker access to water fountains. “When I first started I was fixing a lot of the old fountains. I saw everyone tipping […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Moose ‘baby shower registry’ helps organization care for orphaned calves

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 05, 21:03

    The organization Alaska Moose Mamas is now caring for its first orphaned moose calves of the season. “Thelma” and “Louise” came to the facility last week, after biologists from the Department of Fish and Game euthanized their mom. Biologists said the cow attacked four people and had to put her down because she was “too […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Calypso Farm and Ecology Center

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 05, 11:39

    Farming begins from the ground up for Tom Zimmer and his crew at the Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. The non-profit organization outside Fairbanks offers community classes in everything from soil basics and fertilizer to animal husbandry and chicken butchering. Zimmer said their goal is to get more people into agriculture. “The more local your […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska Grown Challenge aims to get more people eating local

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 01, 21:15

    For nearly 50 years, Ben VanderWeele’s family has been feeding Alaskans. “I just like growing stuff,” he said. “I like working outdoors and I like working with plants. It’s my life, it’s what I do.” VanderWeele is a tenth-generation farmer, now growing potatoes, carrots and other produce on his 400-acre farm in Palmer. He’s seen […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Memorial Day a weekend-long affair for Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club

    by Heather Hintze on May 29, 19:41

    For members of the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club, Memorial Day isn’t just a Monday off from work; it’s a weekend-long celebration to remember the fallen. On Sunday, hundreds of bikers from around the state met at Mary’s McKinley View Lodge then road the Parks Highway to the Alaska Veterans Memorial. They’ve been doing the Byers […]

  • Alaska News

    Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on energy, parks during Alaska visit

    by Heather Hintze on May 29, 10:29

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in Alaska for his first visit to the state since his confirmation to the position in March. His first public appearance included a ride to the Alaska Veteran’s Memorial on the George Parks Highway with the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club for their 29th annual Memorial Run. “I think it’s important on […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers, APD step up patrols for holiday weekend

    by Heather Hintze on May 26, 17:42

    People headed out of town for the long holiday weekend might notice extra traffic enforcement, as Governor Bill Walker has asked Alaska State Troopers to work together with the Anchorage Police Department to keep the Seward Highway safe over Memorial Day weekend. APD will have officers from mile 112 near McHugh Creek to mile 75 […]

  • Alaska News

    Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts could impact 85K Alaskans

    by Heather Hintze on May 24, 17:20

    President Donald Trump’s budget proposal could leave thousands of Alaskans wondering where their next meal will come from. About 85,000 people in Alaska rely on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The president’s budget proposes $193 billion in cuts to SNAP over the next 10 years, which means about a 25 percent reduction in the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Sullivan’s town hall highlights senators’ difference on Planned Parenthood funding

    by Heather Hintze on May 22, 20:07

    Senator Dan Sullivan’s (R-Alaska) town hall in Anchorage over the weekend highlighted how he and fellow republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) differ on funding for Planned Parenthood. He discussed a variety of topics from fighting opioid abuse to diversifying our economy, but it was the topic of healthcare that really got the crowd engaged. “My […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Cook Inlet to be opened to federal oil, gas lease sale in June

    by Heather Hintze on May 19, 17:24

    Federal waters within Cook Inlet will soon be open for lease to oil and gas companies. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it will offer 1.09 million acres for lease sale in the outer continental shelf (OCS) near the Kenai Peninsula from Kalgin Island to Augustine Island. “Cook Inlet Oil & Gas Lease […]