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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

    Volunteers work to restore a piece of Alaska’s railroad history

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 26, 17:40

    It’s an iron horse from a bygone era. Locomotive #557 — the last steam engine to run in the Last Frontier — might not look like much now as it sits deconstructed underneath aging tarps, but you can picture how it looked in its heyday. “If you imagine the smoke box front, the headlight up […]

  • Local

    3 new stores coming to Tikahtnu Commons

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 24, 23:24

    In just seven years, the Tikahtnu Commons has gone from breaking ground to being almost completely full of businesses. “It stays busy all the time,” said shopper Paula Bell. “Everything is really close and the customer service is really great. Doesn’t matter which facility I’m going to, everyone is pretty nice out here.” Tikahtnu is […]

  • Local

    Brisk fall weather keeps nursery staff busy

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 22, 20:38

    The leaves are changing colors, there’s a nip in the air and the first day of fall is officially here. That means Bell’s Nursery and Gifts is a busy place. Judy Eledge unloads several large hanging baskets from the back of her truck. She’s one of hundreds of Bell’s customers who count on the nursery […]

  • State

    Parnell shows support for road to King Cove

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 21, 22:00

    Gov. Sean Parnell’s trip on Friday to King Cove didn’t go as planned. The strong, 40-mph winds made it too dangerous to fly, so the governor and his staff ended up waiting in nearby Cold Bay for several hours. A small window of good weather opened up, and eventually, he was able to make it […]

  • Health

    Living donors make all the difference for kidney patients

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 19, 7:42

    It’s been a long fight against kidney disease for Stephanie Pickeral. She’s spent three days a week for the past 10 years going to dialysis. “It’s life-changing,” she said. “You have to plan your life. Your life is planned around being hooked up to this machine.” On Thursday she met with the Swedish Transplant Team […]

  • State

    Charities in Alaska depend on PFD donations

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 16, 17:29

    For more than 10 years, Vickie Young has taken in dogs that have nowhere else to go. “It’s so hard to take the dogs in that are given up on for one reason or another or are abused,” said Young. “And it’s so rewarding to help them.” Young finds homes for the dogs through her […]

  • Local

    Stair challenge commemorates 9/11

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 11, 18:34

    It’s not just a day at the gym for Anchorage firefighters; it’s a day to remember. They put on their full turnout gear, helmet, boots and air pack and climbed on a StairMaster, each step in memory of those who gave their lives saving others 13 years ago. “This is just a time of remembrance […]

  • Local

    Wildlife center keeps close watch on flood outlook

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 10, 22:03

    Elk at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are sitting on a piece of waterfront property. High tides of more than 30 feet, combined with the rain, pushed water into low-lying areas. “It’s hard for the water to naturally cycle back out into the Turnagain Arm,” said AWCC marketing director Scott Michaelis. “Between the rain and […]

  • State

    Alaska SeaLife otters to move overseas

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 09, 17:37

    Agnes, Aurora and Mojo are the resident sea otters at the Alaska SeaLife Center. “These guys are a lot of fun to work with,” said mammalogist Emmy Wood. “They definitely keep the training staff on their toes. They’re very, very curious. They never stop moving.” They also eat a lot of food. Wood says the […]

  • State

    SeaLife Center takes in sea otter pup

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 09, 13:58

    Staffers at the Alaska SeaLife Center are busy giving around-the-clock care to a sea otter pup. The baby female was found around Port Moller, which is near Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula. Animal care specialist Helena Dodge said the pup was about two or three weeks old when she was found; now she’s about […]

  • Local

    Tim McGraw tickets cause sticker shock

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 08, 18:05

    It wasn’t long after Tim McGraw tickets went on sale that people took to the Internet to complain. On the Alaska Airlines Center Facebook page, users called the $200 price tag “highway robbery.” Outside of social media, one Anchorage resident, Tami Rice, calls the price tag “ridiculous.” “I know he’s been here before and it […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska SeaLife Center names new Steller sea lion pup

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 05, 17:50

    The Alaska SeaLife Center’s newest Steller sea lion pup finally has a name: Forrest. Staff, interns and volunteers voted on the name Thursday night. It was between Forrest, Barnabas or Hook. Some staffers said they voted for Forrest because his father’s name is Woody. The month-and-a-half-old pup isn’t just adorable; he’s also an integral part […]

  • State

    Bernese mountain dogs test their skills

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 04, 18:56

    Bernese mountain dog owners are getting ready to show off their animals’ skills in a draft competition. “You can’t just hook any dog to a cart,” said Tracy Corneliussen, president of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska. “Not any dog is going to take to it.” The dogs haul carts behind them as they […]

  • Local

    Blueberry pickers head for the hills

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 02, 19:57

    The chill of fall in the air has marked the start of berry picking season. While Arctic Valley was slammed with people over the holiday weekend, on the following Tuesday it was pretty slow. Lindsey Bukle came out with her husband to spend a little quality time picking blueberries together before they pick up their […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ‘It’s like prehistoric lawn darts’

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 01, 14:20

    It’s a sport that bridges the present and the past — Denali Borough high school students learned firsthand how hard it was to hunt with a tool called an atlatl. “The technology is pretty simple,” explained Phoebe Gilbert, Denali National Park and Preserve archaeologist. “Have you guys ever seen those Chuckits where you throw a tennis […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Students monitor sound in Denali National Park

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 18:09

    Away from the Denali Park Road and the hoards of tourists you won’t hear anything but the sound of Mother Nature — and students listening to what she has to say. “We’re taking measurements on the distance between how far sound goes before it starts to dissipate,” explained Anderson School student Logan Wright. The group […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Out of the classroom and into the wilderness

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 28, 18:39

    The trail around Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve is filled with the sounds of hammering and sawing. For Denali Borough students it’s not a bad way to spend a day at school. About 60 students from Anderson, Healy and Cantwell are in the park for a weeklong intensive training course. “They’re pretty […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    State fair ‘rat race’ brings big fun in small packages

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 28, 7:26

    This isn’t your average game of roulette at the Alaska State Fair. The Palmer Elks Lodge rat race is actually older than the state itself. It involves placing one of the tiny rodents in the middle of a spinning wheel, and placing bets on which colored compartment it will run into. The payoff for each […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Despite the drizzle, fairgoers find fun

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 25, 19:00

    It was a soggy start to the week at the Alaska State Fair as rain intermittently drizzled in Palmer. That didn’t deter people from coming out for some fun though. Megan Barnes and her friend Ben Trapp came prepared with umbrellas, waterproof jackets and rain boots. “He’s going back home to California tomorrow, so we […]

  • State

    Bridge closure creates parking chaos

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 22, 17:34

    On a warm, sunny day, berry pickers couldn’t ask for a better view as they haul their buckets around Archangel Valley. “My family loves blueberries and it’s a good chance to stock up for the winter and get out of town for a little bit,” said Eric Watson. It’s a Hatcher Pass hotspot, especially this […]