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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

  • Alaska

    SeaLife Center adapts new trainings for blind baby seal

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 29, 20:57

    It was a snowy day in Seward where Halley Werner and her staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center worked with four of the resident harbor seals. “Spin,” she commanded. “Good girl, Addie.” After years of training, the seals are old pros, finding targets and barking on command. Werner has had to completely change her training […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bean’s Cafe soup road show back in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 28, 19:00

    There’s a soup showdown in town, a bean brawl to see which of Bean’s Café’s four flavors is a favorite for 2015. “Some people really get into it,” said marketing outreach coordinator Laura Nelson. “This is our second year doing this, and people really enjoy trying them. They like to talk to their friends about […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    In Spenard, Celestial Sweets moves into former Sugar Spoon location

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 27, 16:00

    A popular Spenard bakery has a new owner and a new name. Celestial Sweets Boutique moved into the old Sugar Spoon location at the intersection of Spenard Road and 26th Avenue at the end of November. Owner Liz Madsen worked as a pastry chef at Kinley’s Restaurant and Bar for about three years. She says […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New survey rates Alaska businesses on LGBT-friendliness

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 26, 20:50

    Local business leaders launched a new initiative in Anchorage to encourage companies to be more inclusive of the LGBT community. Named 1+1 Alaska, this online survey rates businesses “based on workplace policies, benefits and community engagement,” and helps them identify ways they can grow to be more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. A panel […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students make ‘mountain of sandwiches’ for Anchorage’s homeless

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 26, 18:00

    Students at Anchorage’s Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School are helping to feed Anchorage’s homeless community. Monday morning, the kids made a “mountain of sandwiches” that went to feed clients at the Brother Francis Shelter. Parents said the activity kicked off the school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week. First- through -sixth-grade students formed assembly lines to turn out […]

  • Alaska

    Bethel-area students journey to Anchorage for intensive science camp

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 22, 20:38

    Students from Gladys Jung Middle School in Bethel and other rural communities have taken off for a special science and math program in Anchorage. Sixth-graders Susanna Pitka and Hunter Wright are just two kids out of about 50 students chosen to attend the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s Middle School Academy. “I wanted to […]

  • Crime

    4 cars stolen in Anchorage while warming up with keys in ignition

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 20, 12:03

    After four vehicles were stolen between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. this morning, Anchorage police are reminding drivers not to leave their cars running with keys in the ignition. APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said all four vehicles were warming up with the keys in them. She says drivers should use a remote start instead because […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Secondhand sporting goods store moves into Spenard

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 19, 18:51

    The Hoarding Marmot opened a few days ago in Spenard and owner Dana Drummond already has a mountain of gear to go through. “Here’s a small, women’s North Face jacket,” Drummond said as he dug through a pile of merchandise. The Hoarding Marmot is a consignment store that takes used items and sells them for the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sled makers, mushers prepare for warm-weather competitions

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 16, 21:08

    Record-high temperatures this winter are affecting sled dog racers and the businesses that supply their equipment. On Jan. 15 it was almost 40 degrees in Wasilla, where sled maker Bernie Willis was preparing equipment for this year’s Iditarod. Mushers are already putting in their custom orders in anticipation of another dry year. “There’s been an […]

  • Alaska

    Minnesota mountain climber comes back from Denali in victory

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 15, 22:31

    After nearly a month alone on Alaska’s highest mountain, Lonnie Dupre is back in Talkeetna surrounded by friends. He’s thinner than when he left, nearly 20 pounds, and the bushy beard he grew while climbing Denali is now shaved down to stubble. Dupre says he still can’t believe he’s reached his goal — to become the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Cirque du Soleil: Anchorage performance ends Dralion’s 15-year run

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 14, 22:01

    For 15 years, Dralion performers have entertained crowds around the world. Now they’re preparing for their final show, which will take place right here in Anchorage. Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion is described as “east meets west.” The dragon represents the Chinese circus elements, and the lion is the western contemporary circus, explained Vladimir Pestov, the show’s […]

  • Local

    New ammo shop in Mountain View offers rural shipping, bulk purchases

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 13, 19:03

    There’s a new store in Mountain View — Alaska Ammo — that’s gunning for your business. The store’s owner, Cody Brons, says he knows how much Alaskans love their guns. “I have sold ammunition at 2 a.m. in Fairbanks from people driving by,” said Brons. “I don’t think there’s anywhere else in the country where […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds turn out in Anchorage to meet ‘Calendar of Heroes’ firefighters

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 09, 13:34

    Hundreds of people turned out to the Hard Rock Café on Thursday night to meet the men behind the “Calendar of Heroes.” The calendar features 12 Anchorage firefighters posing in just their turnouts. Within days, the calendar sold thousands of copies online. All the men were at the Hard Rock to personally autograph their pictures for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s retail industry continues to thrive

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 05, 19:08

    Retail jobs in Anchorage hit an all-time high in 2014, with an industry growth of nearly 3.5 percent, or 18,000 jobs. It was also a big year for national chain stores with the opening of Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop. At the Northway Mall, about 65 percent of its tenants are small, local shops. Manager […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Minimum wage impacts Anchorage businesses

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 02, 18:36

    Kriner’s Burgers & Pies is an up and coming hot spot for lunch in Mountain View, and its owner is looking ahead to the upcoming minimum wage increase. Owner Andy Kriner said he’s fortunate most of his employees there and at his other restaurant, Kriner’s Diner, already make well above minimum wage. The $8.75 an […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    On New Year’s Day, coffee for a cause

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 31, 19:42

    With assistance from Shell Alaska, Kaladi Brothers Coffee reported raising $31,500 for Alaska’s Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis shelter during today’s New Year’s Day Giving event. Post by Kaladi Brothers Coffee.   Original Story: While most people were sleeping in and enjoying their New Year’s Day off, Ashley Walker was hard at work at the Kaladi […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor Sullivan’s new PSA discourages panhandling

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 30, 19:07

    Bean’s Café is a busy place in the winter. Hundreds of people, like William Serradell, go there to get out of the cold. Serradell says he used to panhandle. “I did it for four or five months around midtown because it’s easier to panhandle there,” he said, adding that he stopped panhandling months ago and now […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska DOT gets new tool for avalanche control

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 29, 17:57

    The Alaska Department of Transportation has a new tool to reduce the hazard avalanches pose along the Seward Highway and other places. The Daisy Bell is a cone-shaped blaster that’s suspended from a helicopter. Crews use it to send a powerful mix of hydrogen/oxygen gas to avalanche-prone areas. Right now, the DOT uses a World-War-II-era […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage business surprises two families with heat for the holidays

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 26, 19:54

    Circle Plumbing and Heating made the holidays a little merrier for two Anchorage families. For the second year, they asked Facebook followers to nominate families to receive a new furnace; for the second year they weren’t able to come up with just one winner. ALBERTO’S STORY On a chilly Alaskan evening, the inside of Alberto […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Photographer behind firefighter calendar inspired by friend’s battle with cancer

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 22, 19:29

    The day after photographer Julie Rychetnik returned from vacation, she finally got to see the first proofs from her Calendar of Heroes photo shoot. “I think you look great,” she said to Greg Wahlman, a firefighter with Station 4. Rychetnik worked with 12 of Anchorage’s finest, like Wahlman — Mr. October — who stripped down for a good […]