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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

  • Arctic

    Obama issues executive order protecting Bering Sea region

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 09, 13:32

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday protecting parts of the Bering Sea from shipping, and oil and gas development, while also giving locals a voice in federal government. “It’s a historic moment for us,” said Harry Lincoln of Tunanak. “This is the first time in our lives, in all these years, hundreds of […]

  • Outdoors

    Winter waterfowl: Biologists monitor mallards that don’t migrate

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 08, 20:01

    Every winter the Alaska Department of Fish and Game gets calls from people concerned about ducks that haven’t flown south for the winter. Waterfowl biologist Mike Petrula said there are about 1,500 mallards that make Anchorage their year-round home and they seem to be thriving. “Mallards are a very tough duck. They’re a big-bodied bird. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Cold weather keeps plumbing, heating experts busy with repairs

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 07, 21:03

    As temperatures drop during the winter, Circle Plumbing and Heating said its number of heat-related problems goes up. Installation manager Mark Wondzell said the company gets 30 to 40 calls a day ranging from failing zone valves to broken boiler pumps. He advises people to call a professional as soon as they notice something is […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Operation Santa Claus brings Christmas cheer to Akiachak

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 04, 17:29

    Santa Claus just couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve to deliver presents to the village of Akiachak. On Saturday, he gave his reindeer the day off and enlisted the help of the Alaska National Guard’s C-130 to get him to the small Kuskokwim community at sun up. It’s all part of the Operation Santa Claus program […]

  • Outdoors

    Avalanche experts: Check your safety gear before venturing into the backcountry

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 02, 18:40

    When it comes to being in the backcountry safety is a top priority. “I’d say, if I showed up and missed a piece of safety gear, it didn’t make it in the car I probably wouldn’t go,” skier Tad Denning said. “It’s hard to enjoy yourself up there when you know you’re not prepared.” Denning […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Library provides free online resources to NICU parents

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 30, 22:09

    Any parent whose baby was born premature knows what it’s like to spend weeks or even months in the hospital. The Anchorage Public Library found a way to make sure those parents have a way to fill their downtime by providing free, online resources through its Library in the NICU program. Tonya Parker’s hospital room has been […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    REI #OptOutside campaign gets Alaskans into the backcountry on Black Friday

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 25, 16:15

    The day after Thanksgiving, the Hatcher Pass parking lot was full of people who traded Black Friday bargains for the backcountry. “I don’t shop — I ski,” Mary Vavrik laughed. She was one of two dozen people who turned out for the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s annual Turkey Day Shakeoff. “We’ll be out for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bean’s Cafe client-turned-volunteer helps serve Thanksgiving dinner

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 24, 14:38

    The dining room at Bean’s Café quickly filled up Thanksgiving morning with people eager for turkey and all the trimmings. Feeding more than 1,000 homeless clients took more than 160 volunteers. “We have turkey, we have salad, we have fruit,” said volunteer Daniel Garcia. He has a lot to be thankful for; Thursday is also […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assemblyman to propose 4 percent sales tax for Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 23, 18:18

    Anchorage Assemblyman Bill Evans plans to introduce a 4 percent sales tax proposal to the Assembly next month. He said it’s an effort to diversify the revenue coming into Anchorage. The sales tax would exclude necessities like medication and food. There’s also a $200 cap on it for large purchases, like a new car. Evans […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage teacher gets national award, $25,000 prize

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 22, 14:48

    An Anchorage teacher received national recognition from the Milken Family Foundation for his work in the classroom. Chester Valley Elementary School first grade teacher Paul Campbell was surprised at a school assembly Tuesday morning. He’s one of 35 teachers across the country to receive a Milken Educator Award. That’s known as “the Oscars of teaching.” “Never […]

  • Marijuana News

    Southcentral’s first marijuana retail shop opens in Kenai

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 21, 18:26

    Southcentral Alaska now has its first recreational marijuana retail store. Red Run Cannabis Company opened its new shop at 5455 Kenai Spur Road at noon on Monday. Owner Eric Derleth said the shop had more than 200 people come through in the first couple hours. Red Run is approved to grow and sell marijuana. Derleth […]

  • Alaska News

    Sen. Sullivan sleeps on streets of DC to raise awareness for homeless youth

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 18, 7:44

    Hundreds of people across the country spent a night sleeping on the streets to raise awareness for teen homelessness. Washington, D.C. was one of 27 sites for the Covenant House’s Sleep Out. More than 100 people lined the sidewalk bundled up in winter gear, tucked into their brightly colored sleeping bags. Alaska senator Dan Sullivan came […]

  • Alaska News

    Kodiak teen filmmaker, film program honored by first lady

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 15, 20:39

    On a warm, sunny day in Washington, D.C., Rafael Bitanga stared out the window of a bus headed to the White House. “I like how everywhere you go you can see the Washington Monument,” he said. “Like the North Star of Washington, D.C.” The 16-year-old was a long way from his home in Kodiak, Alaska, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Vietnam veteran turned to carving to help with PTSD

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 11, 19:33

    There’s a story behind every totem pole and the person who carved it. George Bennett Sr. wanted the pole outside the National Guard Armory to represent all of Alaska. He said that was a tall order for such a diverse state but found a way to incorporate the Inupiaq people in the bowhead whale, and […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Results: Wolf leader of the pack in Alaska Zoo presidential election

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 08, 19:16

    Last updated at 7:23 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 It wasn’t just President of the United States that was decided Tuesday. There was also a contentious race to see who will be animal president of the Alaska Zoo. Denali the wolf won out over incumbent Ahpun the polar bear in the end. The election is a fundraiser […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    After 45 years, downtown gallery Artique will close its doors

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 04, 18:09

    Owning an art gallery was a beautiful way for Tennys Owens to make a living. “I call it soul food. It just makes you feel good. It brings you up, perks you up, enlightens your life,” she said. That’s why she dedicated 45 years of her life to supporting artists around the state. Owens started […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Early voter numbers double from 2012 presidential race

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 28, 19:41

    Early voter turnout numbers for the 2016 presidential election are more than double the returns from the previous presidential race. The Division of Elections office has seen a steady stream of people since the polls opened Monday morning. Region II election supervisor Julie Husmann said about 1,000 people a day have voted at that location; […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    FBI teams up with local law enforcement for child abduction training

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 27, 18:29

    Agents from the FBI teamed up with police officers and troopers from around Alaska to conduct an intensive training to respond to a child abduction. Training scenario: At 7:50 a.m., a 9-year-old girl went missing near DeArmoun Road and Specking Road. Law enforcement officers turned a local church into a command post to begin the […]

  • Health

    Teal pumpkins raise awareness about trick-or-treaters with food allergies

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 26, 20:10

    Halloween is right around the corner and doctors are urging parents to stock up on toys—in addition to candy—to give out to trick-or-treaters. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a growing effort to raise awareness about kids with food allergies. The Alaska branch of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a painting party for children […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Putting bees to bed: Overwintering honeybee hives in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 25, 20:37

    The fields at Dee Barker’s Earthworks Farm in Palmer are frozen, the last of her vegetables are covered in a few inches of fresh snow. That first sign of winter means it’s time to put her honeybees to bed. “When they go into hibernation, they go into a cluster around the queen to keep her […]