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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

  • Local

    Native Youth Olympics highlight culture, camaraderie for competitors

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 27, 20:21

    For athletes at the 2017 Native Youth Olympics (NYO), the games are all about culture and community. “My favorite part about NYO is the camaraderie between everyone,” said Allie Ivanoff, a sophomore in Unalakleet. “You can go up to a person and they’ll coach you if you need it. Everything is about sportsmanship in this […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Melting snow uncovers Anchorage’s major pet waste problem

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 25, 17:37

    The signs of spring are evident at Taku Lake in Anchorage: birds chirping in the trees, a thin layer of ice melting on the lake and dog waste everywhere. “Right on the edge of the water. That’s where kids are going to be swimming,” David Jensen said. He volunteers his time picking up after other […]

  • Business/Economy

    Empty office spaces reflect sagging economy, low oil prices

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 24, 17:45

    Vacant buildings and “For Lease” signs seem to be a growing part of the landscape around Anchorage. Mark Rowley, leasing manager for Pacific Tower Properties, said there are definitely more empty spaces than there was two years ago. He’s currently showing about two dozen properties, including the newly renovated building of the Legislative Information Office […]

  • Energy

    With Snow River hydro project halted, Chugach looks to wind, solar resources

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 21, 18:02

    Chugach Electric Association halted a study on hydroelectricity on Snow River after public outcry that the dam could impact the fishery. Communications manager Julie Hasquet said the company will continue to look into other renewable forms of energy. She said there’s enough energy to meet Anchorage’s demand right now, but the bigger concern is for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hotshots prepare for wildfire season

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 20, 21:21

    Firefighters in the Mat-Su Valley are in the middle of an intensive two-week training. Member of the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew learn the basics in the classroom before trying out their skills in the field. On Thursday afternoon, the crew put its newest firefighters to the test with the “rookie run.” It’s an eight- […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Airport considers plans for hotel connected to the terminal

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 20, 10:34

    A new hotel may soon be within walking distance of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Tom Hubble, the airport’s leasing and concessions business manager, said the airport considered putting a hotel on its property in 2005. Plans were put on the back burner when the recession hit. Hubble said now seems to be the perfect […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Survey seeks to improve services for senior citizens

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 19, 20:22

    The Municipality of Anchorage wants to know how it can better serve senior citizens. For the first time, the Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission put out a survey to see what services could be improved to help seniors in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. At the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, folks said they were happy […]

  • Education

    UAA restructures ESL services

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 12, 20:39

    The University of Alaska Anchorage is making major changes to its English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Beginning in fall 2017 the school will no longer offer classes like Oral Fluency or Vocabulary Enhancement. Denise Runge, the dean of the UAA Community and Technical College, explained the ESL services will be incorporated into beginning English […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su group aims to end plastic bag use

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 11, 21:31

    The hillside next to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill in Palmer has become a haven for bags: pieces of plastic buried under bushes or wrapped high around spruce tree limbs. “They escape when they’re dumped from the trash can into the garbage truck because they’re so aerodynamic they catch every little bit of wind,” Carol […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New outhouse vent covers aim to prevent foul fowl

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 10, 19:10

    Even in the off-season, Potter Marsh is a popular place to look for birds. Before thousands flock to the wildlife refuge this summer, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to make sure the birds don’t end up in a tight spot. “We’re doing some preventative measures to keep our fine-feathered friends from entering […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hoops4Unity brings cops and kids together on basketball court

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 08, 17:26

    It was kids versus cops in a showdown on the basketball court. As part of the second annual Hoops4Unity event, about 100 kids of all ages teamed up with 20 officers from the Anchorage Police Department for a tournament. Even Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was there to show off his skills. The Shiloh Community Development Inc. partnered […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    What strikes on Syria mean for Alaska’s relationship with Russia

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 07, 18:42

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the United States’ strike on Syria a “significant blow” to the relationship between the two countries. Many in Alaska wonder what that means for our relationship with a fellow Arctic nation. At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, members of the 11th Air Force are constantly monitoring airspace around Alaska and Canada. “If […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Gigantic geography: Eagle River students learn with massive map of Africa

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 07, 11:00

    Students at Gruening Middle School in Eagle River got a gigantic geography lesson Thursday. Seventh-graders spent their social studies class period working with a massive, 875 square foot map of Africa. Several of the teachers are working to become National Geographic certified. As part of the program, the company sent the traveling map to Alaska. […]

  • Outdoors

    No aerial bear hunting: Fish and Game clarifies Alaska’s new hunting regulations

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 05, 21:06

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to clear up misconceptions about new hunting regulations President Trump recently signed into law. Congressman Don Young said H.J.R. 69 was about overturning an Obama administration rule that gave the federal agencies too much control over land in Alaska. Conservation groups around the country produced articles with […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Congressman Don Young renews fight for King Cove road

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 05, 16:35

    Congressman Don Young was fired up Wednesday about legislation he introduced to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee. The King Cove Land Exchange Act, H.R. 218, would allow the State of Alaska to give up 43,093 acres in exchange for 206 acres of federal land the community needs to build an 11-mile, one-land road to the […]

  • Alaska News

    Oscar Mayer Wienermobile makes a stop in Whittier

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 05, 0:01

    For the first time in 25 years, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was back in Alaska. It headed to Whittier on Tuesday, where people took the chance to relish in the fun. “When do you ever get to see the Wienermobile in Alaska?” Jyll Green said. Green and her family saw it go by their home in […]

  • Alaska News

    Avalanche near downtown Juneau captured on camera

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 31, 11:11

    An avalanche near downtown Juneau was captured on camera. Carole Triem said she was leaving the pool around 6:30 a.m. when she said she heard a noise that sounded like thunder. “I thought that was strange because that doesn’t happen here. I looked up and there was an avalanche just starting,” Triem explained. She posted the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New owner, new look for Title Wave Books

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 29, 16:07

    Title Wave Books is currently home to about a half-million books and Angela Libal is partial to all of them. “Impossible, I could never pick a favorite,” she laughed. “It’s like picking your favorite kid, right?” Libal started working at the bookstore 19 years ago, and now she’s the store’s new owner. She’s making a few […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Trump budget proposal cuts funding for after-school, free meal programs in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 25, 17:58

    One of President Donald Trump’s budget proposals could leave thousands of Alaska kids without after-school programs or summer lunches. Trump’s plan calls to eliminate $1.2 billion in grants for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. In Alaska, there are about 5,700 students in 37 of those federally funded programs. The Mountain View Elementary School after-school program regularly […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage nonprofit needs diapers, clothing to help families in need

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 21, 20:08

    When Pam Johnson, her partner, Josh Yates, and their two kids moved from Juneau to Anchorage so she could go to school, she didn’t count on another mouth to feed. “I didn’t know I was pregnant until I moved here, so I didn’t budget it into my budget to have a baby,” Johnson said. Her […]