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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

    Public asked to help count Anchorage moose

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 22, 15:54

    Biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game need your help to count moose around the Anchorage Bowl. They haven’t been able to do their annual aerial surveys for the past few years because of bad weather and low snow. For the first time, the department is asking for the public’s help to track moose […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After Royal Suite fire, AFD stresses importance of emergency preparedness

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 17, 18:37

    As flames tore through the Royal Suite Lodge apartment complex, family members of Tre and Teuaililo Nua say the parents’ first reaction was to get their girls to safety. As the fire quickly grew, Tre tossed the girls from the third floor unit onto a snow bank, then tried to lower his wife down to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Valentine’s Day keeps local shops busy

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 14, 19:22

    Valentine’s Day is the first major, gift-giving holiday of the new year. The National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend about $18 billion, which means big business for local stores. At Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge, chocolatier Rebecca Reed spent Feb. 14 hand-dipping hundreds of chocolate-covered strawberries. She said the company would do two weeks’ worth […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod restart move means financial hit for Willow businesses

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 10, 23:00

    The Alaskan Host Bed and Breakfast in Willow is booked up for Iditarod weekend. “For this kind of event, we usually have bed rolls on the floor. We usually have dog mushers here,” owner Jim Huston said Friday. But he expects to see all the reservations cancelled now that the restart is officially moving to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage Opera offers free performance of ‘Glory Denied’ for veterans

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 09, 20:41

    “Glory Denied” is the story of Jim Thompson, the United States’ longest held prisoner of war. He was held captive for nine years during the Vietnam War. The book by Tom Philpott was transformed into an opera that’s been performed around the country. On Friday, it opens here in Anchorage. Four actors play a younger […]

  • Alaska News

    St. George without water after reservoir damage

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 08, 20:20

    The small Pribilof Island community of St. George is without water after ice damaged the village’s reservoir. Mayor Pat Pletnikoff said he believes an ice buildup during the last cold snap crushed on of the pipes leading to the 280,000-gallon tank. “When the water levels go down, the ice after it thaws a little bit […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage man sentenced in 2014 fatal hit-and-run

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 06, 20:29

    An Anchorage man will spend two and a half years in jail for killing a pedestrian. On Monday, Superior Court Judge Jack Smith sentenced 23-year-old Pao Vang to 66 months with 36 suspended for the death of 54-year-old Guy Merculief. Police said Vang hit and killed Merculief while he was walking across Fifth Avenue on Sept. 20, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Heart attack survivor says Heart Association’s ‘Go Red’ campaign saved her life

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 03, 20:29

    ANCHORAGE –  If laughter is the best medicine, Sue Gaston is quickly on her way to recovery with her daughter Charlotte and friend Lori Potter by her side. “I am so glad to be here talking to you,” Sue chuckled. Two weeks ago — on Friday the 13th— Sue shoveled snow from her sidewalk then noticed she […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska woman claims powerlifting record, squatting 578.7 pounds

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 03, 17:26

    Bethel native Natalie Hanson can add her name to the record books once again. Last weekend at a competition in Milwaukee, she set the American women’s powerlifting record by squatting 578.7 pounds. “Yeah, it’s heavy,” Hanson laughed. “I hit that number in training and it was not easy so to crush it in the meet. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage teen among Alaska students to sing at Carnegie Hall

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 01, 19:39

    For many musicians, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City is one of the highest honors. Anchorage Christian Schools junior Jaelyn Singleton will have a chance to take the prestigious stage this weekend. She’s one of three high school students from Alaska selected for the Honor Performance series. “It’s honoring and humbling for me to […]

  • Crime

    Midtown businesses report spike in burglaries, shoplifting

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 27, 19:39

    A midtown Anchorage business owner said crime in his neighborhood is on the rise. Richard Hale has owned Hale’s Technical Service at 3207 Denali Street for 19 years. Hale said he’s seen an increase in crime — especially in the past month. His security cameras have captured video of at least three break-ins. “They’ve cut […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Warm weather worsens Anchorage road conditions

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 26, 19:51

    The calendar may say January, but for many commuters driving around Anchorage on Thursday it looked more like spring breakup. Many have noticed their ride to work has been a bit bumpier lately. “I slow down, I see all those bumps coming,” said Ellis Alston. “I slow down because there’s no way of telling which […]

  • Health

    EPA: Once-threatened grant programs proceeding as normal after review

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 25, 18:15

    Last updated at 1:49 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 On Friday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesperson Suzanne Skadowski, speaking on behalf of the agency’s national office, issued an updated statement regarding the issue. “As of today, EPA has completed review [of] our grant programs, and all grants are proceeding normally and nothing has been delayed.  […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Snowstorms, state budget cuts hinder DOT’s sidewalk snow removal

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 24, 18:22

    With snowstorm after snowstorm—and state budget cuts—the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) is struggling to keep up with sidewalk snow removal. Spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said DOT has half the staff devoted to sidewalks it did two years ago. There are now only four employees working around the clock to plow hundreds of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage crews repair hundreds of street signs damaged by drivers

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 23, 19:51

    Drivers having a tough time on snowy roads have been taking a toll on street signs. The municipality’s Paint and Sign Shop reported 971 repairs so far this winter; last winter crews repaired 1802 signs. As the snow piles up around town, the orders at the shop start to stack up too. “There’s your perfect […]

  • 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 […]