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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

  • Only in Alaska

    Young PFD recipient donates $100 to Alaska Zoo through Pick.Click.Give.

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 24, 21:21

    The Alaska Zoo is one of Haddi Lofgren’s favorite places. The two-year-old is particularly fond of the wolves. “She is a big fan of dogs and I think she resonates with the wolves because we have puppies at home,” her mom, Amanda Lofgren, explained. Lofgren takes her kids to the zoo almost every weekend. When […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bird TLC takes in dozens of starving seabirds

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 17, 23:08

    Staff at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage have their hands full with an influx of common murres. The facility has taken in 20 of the seabirds in the past month; normally it only sees one to two birds a year. “The birds are coming in emaciated, not injured. They’re just hungry,” explained […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Rare hummingbird spotted in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 13, 14:45

    People in a Turnagain neighborhood are keeping an eye on a Costa’s hummingbird that showed up a few weeks ago. It’s a female bird weighing only a tenth of an ounce. W. Keys, the commander in chief for the Anchorage Audubon Society, said it’s an extremely rare sighting. There are only four reports of Costa’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Haines community pitches in to move brewery

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 30, 22:43

    Paul Wheeler opened the Haines Brewing Company after he started winning awards as a home brewer. Now, 16 years later, the brewery is in a brand new building on Main Street. He said it’s the locals’ love of beer that keeps them open year-round. “Everybody likes good beer. So even a little town like Haines, […]

  • Alaska News

    From prospectors to passengers: Skagway Brewing Company carries rich history in Southeast

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 30, 21:25

    When tourist season in Skagway is over, almost every store shuts down, but not the brewery. It’s the locals that keep it going until the cruise ships arrive in the spring. “I would have to say that at times it amazes me that in the dead of winter, people will still brave the snow and […]

  • Alaska News

    Injured birds find home at Haines raptor center

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 29, 22:56

    Two injured eagles have found a home in Haines at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Five-year-old Bella ended up there after flying into power lines. “An eagle’s wingspan is so large they have trouble with power lines, they can complete a circuit. So she has a partial wing amputation,” explained raptor curator Chloe Goodson. Bella […]

  • Alaska News

    Skagway teen prepares for 2016 Junior Iditarod

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 28, 22:51

    Denver Evans might seem like your typical high school student, but it’s her extracurricular activity that sets her apart from her peers. “Pretty much all of my friends spend their winter seasons playing basketball and volleyball and I’m out in the cold with dogs,” Evans said. She said she’s probably the only full-time musher in […]

  • Alaska News

    Skagway robotics team makes engineering fun for students

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 28, 20:06

    It’s a rebuilding year for the Skagway robotics team. Seventh-grader Peyton Rodig is the only returning team member, mentoring five new fifth-graders. “I mostly want to do stuff on my own, then I joined robotics for three years and I’ve become more of a team player,” Peyton said. Instructors said the group work is just […]

  • Alaska News

    UAS offers new marine transportation degree

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 28, 8:33

    Students with an interest in marine transportation will soon be able to stay in Alaska for school. The University of Alaska Board of Regents ruled earlier this year the University of Alaska Southeast-Ketchikan can offer a degree program in the field. For years UAS was able to offer classes in marine transportation, but now those […]

  • Alaska News

    New ferries under construction at Ketchikan shipyard

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 27, 20:21

    Inside Ketchikan’s shipyard, crews are constructing the first of two new ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System. They’re the first state ferries to be built in Alaska. “A closed production facility is almost mandatory,” explained Doug Ward, director of shipyard development. Since Ketchikan gets up to 15 feet of rain a year, being able […]

  • Alaska News

    Juneau woman mixes mail and art at unique post office

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 27, 8:42

    Nestled in the middle of downtown Juneau is a post office that’s a little out of the ordinary. “A lot of people ask us, ‘Are you a real post office?’ And we tell them we’re the post office of their dreams,” Christy NaMee Eriksen laughed. Eriksen grew up in the postal world — her dad […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Haines artist highlights Tlingit heritage

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 26, 19:11

    On a rare, sunny day in Haines, Tresham Gregg meticulously chiseled out figures on his totem pole. Woodcarving has been his way of life for decades. “Since I was 13,” Gregg said. “We don’t mention the exact number of years because it’s … frightening.” He works behind his Seawolf Gallery, located in the middle of Fort […]

  • Alaska News

    Haines distillery finds success in Southeast Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 26, 10:01

      HAINES — On a Friday night in the offseason in Haines the Port Chilkoot Distillery tasting room is the place to be. Not only are the cocktails — like the Moscow Moose — hand-crafted, all of the liquors are, too. “This is our mash cooker here,” Heather Shade pointed out in the backroom. “We […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Climate change protesters target Murkowski at AFN

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 16, 18:45

    Another day, another demonstration at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. The first day was about the Fairbanks Four, the second day was dominated by climate change. As Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed the crowd, protesters dressed as a walrus, caribou and salmon made their way into the hall. It was a demonstration by […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fairbanks Four demonstration dominates first day of AFN

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 15, 16:13

    The Fairbanks Four took center stage on the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. Gov. Bill Walker addressed the issue briefly in his speech to the hundreds gathered at the Dena’ina Center. “On the Fairbanks Four, we’re not where we need to be on that,” Walker said. “I’m so impressed […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Connecting cultures through dance at EY2015

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 14, 21:32

    Drumming is a sound that connects the cultures in Alaska no matter where a person is from. “It just hits your body,” said Valerie Tony, from Alakanuk. “With your soul it answers all the questions.” “Just pure joy. It’s one way to celebrate the people we are and who God made us to be,” added […]

  • Only in Alaska

    EY 2015 stresses Native language revitalization

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 13, 18:44

    Rhythmic drumming pulsed through the Dena’ina Center as the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers took the stage. Elders say those kinds of performances at the Elders and Youth Conference are a small step toward bringing back Native languages. “A lot of the dances they do are stories of how we lived and how our ancestors lived,” explained […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    EY2015: ‘Not in our Smokehouse’ theme hits home for youth keynote speaker

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 12, 18:59

    Hundreds of Alaska Natives from around the state are gathered in Anchorage for the 2015 Elders and Youth Conference. This year’s theme is “Not in Our Smokehouse,” a call to action to shed negativity and focus on a brighter future for Alaska’s youth. Youth keynote speaker, 18-year-old Lacayah Engebretson, reminisced about growing up in fish […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Community rallies to rebuild Silver Fox Inn

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 09, 19:39

    A faulty fuse box was to blame for Wednesday’s fire at the Silver Fox Inn in Wasilla that caused more than $100,000 of damage, managers said. The roof needs to be repaired and there’s a massive hole in the floor, as well as smoke damage all around the restaurant and bar. Michelle Alley said they’re […]

  • Alaska News

    Unusually high number of sea otter deaths reported in Kachemak Bay

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 08, 15:56

    An unusually high number of dead and dying sea otters have been found in the Kachemak Bay area near Homer this year. Staff from the Alaska SeaLife Center and experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to figure out what’s killing off the otters at such a rapid rate. “More recently, animals […]