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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

    Hatchery helps keep king numbers up in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 30, 17:59

    King salmon need a little help to keep population numbers up in Anchorage. That’s why fish culturists are collecting millions of eggs to ensure the salmon’s survival. Part of Ship Creek near the William Jack Hernandez Hatchery is filled with kings that are coming home to spawn. They’re likely the first batch of hatchery fish […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ANSEP helps Native youth get hands-on experiences

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 29, 19:22

    It’s not your typical summer job: Trekking into the woods looking for bears. For 18-year-old Randall Friendly it’s the internship of a lifetime. He’s working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its Brown Bear Research Camp at Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island. “No bears, just some sockeye swimming up the creek,” said Friendly […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Quilters feature Anchorage’s history in fabric

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 25, 19:29

    For Katy Neher, there’s just something about looking at black and white pictures. “The Kimball building,” said Katy Neher. “Every time I see it — I live downtown now — and when I go by it’s neat to see something that’s been in the same spot my whole life.” Anchorage’s 100-year history is strewn out […]

  • Local

    Back to reality after catering for a reality show

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 24, 19:22

    “It’s our first day back,” John D’Elia told a customer Thursday.“We were gone for a little while so it’s nice to be back in Spenard.” Urban Bamboo is back on the block after spending more than a month working around the state. “I was skeptical that I could have a crew that could be gone […]

  • State

    Budding industry deals with growing pains

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 23, 21:26

    When you work in a peony paradise choosing a favorite can be hard. “Isn’t this one beautiful?” Sue Kent gestured to Kansas, a magnificent magenta bloom as she showed off her colorful farm. “They’re gorgeous, they’re big,” she said about the Red Charms. “It’s a sea of red!” She and her husband Clay Sullivan are […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Knuckle hop pushes competitors through the pain

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 21, 12:08

    It was the final and possibly most painful challenge of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics: the knuckle hop. The crowd cheered wildly as athletes dropped to the floor on just their knuckles and toes. The competitors hopped forward, emulating the way hunters used to get out on the ice to sneak up on seals. Nick Hansen, of […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Lifting lead: Ear weight competition tests athletes’ endurance

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 21, 7:21

    Leroy Shangin pushes through the pain. “Louder!” he shouts to the crowd cheering him on. “What keeps me going in this is not only myself but my family and the words of encouragement,” Shangin said. He walks around the track with 16 pounds of lead dangling from his ear. The Perryville native is one of […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    World Eskimo-Indian Olympics spotlights stiff competition with head pull

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 20, 18:03

    Talk about a pain in the neck! There was some stiff competition at the Carlson Center this weekend as women at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics squared off for the head pull. They positioned themselves up on their hands and toes with their backs arched. Officials placed a thick leather strap around both competitors’ necks. The […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    For World Eskimo-Indian Olympics contestant, seal skinning brings memories of home

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 19, 20:06

    It might be an unsettling sight for some but for Diane Dufour, skinning a seal is a celebration of culture and family. “My mom taught me how to cut up seals,” Dufour reminisced. “I was the only one she taught.” The Kaktovik native now lives in Fairbanks, where her only chance to practice her skills […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Excruciating ear pull challenge tests athletes’ limits

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 18, 23:05

    It’s not about strength, it’s about how much you can take. “It’s for the pain endurance,” said Michelle Strange. “I’m very competitive as well so I love it. And I apparently have really good ears to compete,” she laughed. The ear pull is not only one of the most painful games to play at the […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    The blanket toss: An uplifting experience

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 18, 21:51

    One competition at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics had athletes flying high. Thursday night the men competed in the first rounds of the blanket toss. They stood on an old walrus-skin blanket while dozens of pullers got them into a good rhythm. Then they soared into the air. The blanket toss has two traditional uses. One […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Tough competition: World Eskimo-Indian Olympics features muktuk contest

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 18, 9:30

    It’s a whale of a competition. “Muktuk eaters ready…set…go!” yelled the announcer. Not all the games at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics are about strength and agility; sometimes it’s just about how much you can stomach. Janie Snyder knows what it takes to win the muktuk eating contest. “A little chewing and swallowing whole if you can,” she divulged. […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Athletes tackle slick challenge at World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 18, 6:39

    It’s a slippery spectacle. “It’s very slick, very hard to describe. Just a slick, smooth surface,” Sam Strange explained. Athletes do their best to cross a Crisco-covered pole at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks. “Average lengths are about three to four feet. The pole is a 10-foot pole,” Strange said. “We do get guys […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Athletes get carried away at World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 17, 20:15

    Not many athletes can lift 600 pounds. Even fewer can actually walk with that much weight. “It’s very exerting on the body, joints and back and spine,” explained Sam Strange. “This is to simulate carrying meat back to the village from long distances and what it took to get that meat back to the village.” […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Family members face off in Eskimo stick pull

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 17, 18:17

    It’s a hand-to-hand contest that brings family members face-to-face. “A lot of it is hand grip and using your legs and your back,” explained Christina Glenzel. The Eskimo stick pull had cousins squaring off and even mothers and daughters dueling for the title Thursday. “It’s really awesome,” said Christina’s mother, Amber Glenzel. “We’ve been competing […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    At World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, fish-cutting contest tests speed and skill

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 17, 9:08

    The reds are ready and so are the competitors. “You just cut so much fish at the beginning of summer when you’re doing humpies and putting fish away it just becomes a quick habit,” said World Eskimo-Indian Olympics competitor Davida Hansen. She’s last year’s returning champion in the WEIO fish-cutting contest, and she’s ready for a […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    Crowds gather at Carlson Center to kick off World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 17, 8:13

    Like the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, Wednesday night’s opening ceremony was a celebration of culture. The sound of Native drumming filled the Carlson Center while dancers took center stage. “It’s a time to meet new people and see old friends and be able to relax and still be uplifted by the energy of the drummers and […]

  • Eskimo-Indian Olympics

    World Eskimo-Indian Olympics athletes soar through competition

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 16, 21:25

    Getting from your knees to your feet in one quick jump sounds challenging. Athletes say it is — until you get the hang of it. “I went backwards when I first tried it,” said Fairbanks competitor Amber Vaska. “But now it’s like, ‘pssh, kneel jump, I could do that any day.’” Like many of the […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reporter’s Notebook: Kenai dipnetter catches seal

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 11, 11:45

    Talk about the one that got away! After a busy day covering opening day of dipnetting on the Kenai, photographer John Thain and I decided to get our nets in the water as well. After about an hour, I had pulled out our second salmon and went back in to try for a third. Suddenly, […]

  • State

    Hundreds of anglers turn out for opening day of dipnetting on Kenai River

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 10, 21:10

    Early Thursday morning the reds were running but fishermen had to have the resolve to wait for them. “We’ve caught five so far,” said Daniel Quiales. “Fifty-two to go,” he laughed. He was one of hundreds of anglers who turned out for the opening day of dipnetting on the Kenai River. Quiales defiantly stood out […]