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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Spenard Roadhouse owners expand to South Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 30, 7:11

    “South” is coming to South Anchorage. That’s the name of a new restaurant from the owners of Snow City Cafe and Spenard Roadhouse. The restaurant not only features a bar and dining room but a separate coffee shop too. There’s also an outdoor patio and a private dining room for pop-up dinners or special events. “We […]

  • Alaska

    State tests tsunami warning system on 75 coastal communities around Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 25, 19:19

    The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s command center came to life after an earthquake in Russia — a fictional one — that could send a tsunami towards Alaska. Emergency management specialists called 75 coastal communities to see if they were notified about the tsunami test and how each was prepared. Messages went […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New restaurant center called Williwaw coming to downtown Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 24, 20:40

      The old Covenant House in downtown Anchorage is being transformed into a new restaurant center called Williwaw. It’s part of the Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House group expansion, as it hopes to bring another destination for downtown diners. “We’re reincarnating Blues Central,” said Humpy’s general manager Pete Burns. ”Bringing back that French Dip that everyone’s […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod 2015 finish a family affair for rookie musher Alan Stevens

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 22, 16:44

    It was a moment 12 days, eight hours and 43 minutes in the making for Alan Stevens, as he crossed the finish line in Nome on Saturday. “I’m so happy to see him come in,” said Paula Stevens, Alan’s mother. Paula and her husband, Mark, made the trip from Texas to watch their son make […]

  • Iditarod

    First female Iditarod winner celebrates in Nome 30 years later

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 17:22

    Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod on March 20, 1985. Exactly thirty years later, she’s celebrating in Nome by watching this year’s mushers cross the finish line. “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years,” she said. “I think about some of these mushers racing today and I think I have dog […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod chef prepares meal to bring volunteers together

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 0:24

    It wasn’t a typical Iditarod trail meal for volunteers on Thursday night. Deb Smykalski — who goes by Debski — has been the Iditarod’s cook for the past 10 years. She shipped up 28 steaks for a special dinner that she paid for herself. “They’ve been talking about, whoa, when are we going to have […]

  • Iditarod

    Nome celebrates ahead of Iditarod finish with Bering Sea Beer Fest

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 17, 21:26

    The best place for beer tasting in Nome for the Irish holiday wasn’t in a bar, it was on the Bering Sea. “I think it’s cool I’m standing on the ocean drinking beer,” said Ben Siwiec. In its fifth year, the Bering Sea Beer Festival was a Saint Patrick’s Day party with an Alaskan twist. “It’s why […]

  • Iditarod

    ‘Musher-grams’ bring positive vibes to Iditarod trail

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 16, 21:17

    The pool table in the Unalakleet checkpoint was filled with warm wishes for mushers on the cold trail. “A lot of times it’s family,” said Gwen Rodman. ”A lot of times, it’s just fans.” Rodman, who is also musher Karin Hendrickson’s mother, is one of the volunteers who took down the phone message in Anchorage and […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod volunteers repurpose scratched mushers’ food, gear

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 16, 7:09

    While most of the mushers make their way to Nome there are some who won’t cross the finish line. By Sunday night, six had scratched and one was disqualified. Their food bags they sent out, however, are left at the remaining checkpoints. Through 30-mile an hour winds, volunteers in Unalakleet worked to collect anything they […]

  • Iditarod

    Huslia shop holds its fair share of Iditarod memories

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 14, 17:41

        Working in the R&M Mercantile holds a lot of fond memories for Huslia’s Mabel Vent. “I remember a lot of pop would be right on the counter,” she recalled. ”Crackers, that was a must, I remember.” Her father, Robert “Bobby” Vent, took second place in the first Iditarod in 1973. He used his $8,000 prize […]

  • Iditarod

    Community of Huslia connected through radio

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 13, 23:04

    Mushers are slowly making their way into Huslia, a new checkpoint on the Iditarod trail this year. It’s a small village of about 300 people and there’s no cell service. The community has found a unique way to communicate though — every home has a VHF radio. “Good afternoon folks. Just want to say good job […]

  • Iditarod

    In Iditarod, vets give sled dogs checkups at every checkpoint

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 13, 8:49

    After 350 miles of trail, sled dogs are bound to have some wear and tear. “I’m massaging Sushi’s sore shoulder right now,” rookie musher Brian Wilmshurst explained. “It was a little stiff earlier but it feels good now though. Who doesn’t love a massage?” His team rests up in Ruby, the fourth Iditarod checkpoint. “I’m […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod teams face tight quarters in tiny Ruby

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 12, 22:08

    Ruby was slowly running out of room Thursday morning with each new dog team that arrived. Overnight Iditarod race coordinators had to find space for up to 25 mushers at one time. “We try to provide as flat an area as we can for the dogs to rest and we’ve been pretty successful. We haven’t had […]

  • Iditarod

    Tanana comes together to feed Iditarod mushers

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 11, 22:37

    Early Wednesday morning the familiar sound of hash browns sizzling in hot oil filled the kitchen at the Tanana school. “I’ve always wanted to be on a cooking show,” laughed Judy Kangas as she flipped pancakes. Her sister, Bernadette Roberts, wielded a spatula while she flipped the potatoes, laughing away. “Bernadette, stop laughing over there,” […]

  • Iditarod

    Nenana proud of its role in Iditarod history

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 09, 22:10

    It took mushers a little more than five hours to reach the first checkpoint in the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The people of Nenana have been looking forward to taking part in the Last Great Race again this year. The last time mushers made a stop in Nenana was in 2003. Although elders […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod race preparations underway in Fairbanks

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 08, 19:40

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New brewery moves into Mountain View

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 06, 20:24

    There’s a new business brewing in Mountain View. The Resolution Brewing Company will hold its grand opening next week. Like many Alaskans, company owner Brandon Hall loves beer. Also, like many of his brewing peers, he started out small. “I actually started home brewing when I was 19, when I was in high school,” Hall laughed. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Adjustable desks help Anchorage architecture firm improve employees’ health

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 03, 19:29

    One look inside KPB Architects’ new space and it’s evident it’s not your average office. Employees aren’t just standing around; they’re standing at their desks. “I’d say about 80 percent of the day I stand and work,” said interior designer Alisha Weiss. Every workstation has an adjustable table that raises and lowers so employees aren’t […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks ice carving competition a test of talent, stamina

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 27, 7:53

    Two carvers, 60 hours and an 8,000-pound block of ice: That’s the draw for the Single Block Competition. “Anyone can carve 300-pound blocks, we do it all day,” said Brian Connors. “To come up here and create something with the big block, that’s really the game.” Connors and his teammate Edwin Hutchinson traveled from South […]

  • Fairbanks

    Married couples’ love of ice keeps them carving together

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 25, 22:01

    It was an overcast, foggy day in Fairbanks for the second day of the World Ice Art Championships. Thirty-five teams were hard at work in the single block competition. From start to finish, they have about 60 hours to complete a piece start to finish. It was this very competition that brought Keven Laughlin and […]