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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

    Early homecoming brings Christmas surprise for Anchorage third grader

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 22:00

    Sounds of Christmas cheer floated through the hallways at O’Malley Elementary School Thursday morning. The students from Renee Hughes’ third grade class, including 8-year-old Emory Fedd, thought the news cameras were there to hear them sing carols. Instead we were waiting for his mom, Capt. Katrina Fedd, home from deployment in Korea. “It’s the holidays. […]

  • Local

    PHOTOS: Seized sled dogs ready for adoption

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 12:11

    Some of the dogs taken in from a Girdwood kennel will soon be available for adoption. At the end of November, the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center seized 13 dogs from musher Dario Martinez’s kennel after police say he committed suicide. The dogs were found emaciated due to lack of food and water. One dog was […]

  • Local

    Anchorage man hopes to revitalize Ahtna language with new children’s book

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 17, 21:32

    It all starts with a story. “Ndoxe Tiziyaas?” asked Grant Rebne. That’s half of the title of his new children’s book, with the other half translating to English as “Where are you going?” Rebne hopes the book will inspire people to learn and preserve his native language, Ahtna. “Our language shows our culture,” Rebne said. “It’s who […]

  • Local

    Calendar of Heroes: Anchorage firefighters strip down for a good cause

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 17, 14:49

    Updated Thursday, Dec. 18. Anchorage firefighters are stripping down for a good cause. The 2015 Calendar of Heroes features 12 of Anchorage’s finest dressed only in their turnout gear. In less than two days, the calendar has made about $13,000 in sales, says Julie Rychetnik. The money raised was originally supposed to be split between two […]

  • Crime

    Man sentenced to 99 years in prison for Millennium Hotel murder

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 16, 19:02

    Three Thanksgivings, three Christmases, three anniversaries – Deborah Harris gave a tally of time missed by Kerry Fadely, her partner of 10 years, who was shot and killed in October 2011. “And we will continue to miss her for the rest of my life,” said Harris of Fadely at Tuesday’s sentencing. The man who murdered Fadely, […]

  • State

    Chugach National Forest to provide 2015 Capitol Christmas tree

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 15, 21:18

    Every year, a state gifts a tree to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. It’s called the People’s Tree. And next year, for the first time ever, that tree will come from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest. Chugach National Forest staffers won’t make the official announcement until January. A spokesperson said they’re working with Sen. […]

  • Money

    Ugly sweater season boosts local thrift store sales

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 11, 19:35

    The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Dimond Boulevard can barely keep up with the demand for sweaters: Ugly sweaters, that is. “When the store opens people just go in and start grabbing,” said Janell Skibicki. It’s that time of year when holiday parties are in full swing and ugly sweaters are a central theme. Dec. 12 […]

  • Crime

    Teaching assistant at Huffman Elementary charged in child pornography case

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 10, 18:58

    An Anchorage man who worked at Huffman Elementary School faces child pornography charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Daniel Alan Brown Monday on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. The Anchorage School District said Brown worked at Huffman, located at 12000 Lorraine St., as a teaching assistant in the Extended Resource Classroom. Principal Darrell Vincek […]

  • Crime

    Nome woman charged with arson in apartment complex fire

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 08, 21:20

    After two months of investigation, a Nome woman has been charged with arson and assault after allegedly setting fire to her apartment complex. Kandie Allen, 34, faces seven felony charges. Investigators said Allen intentionally set her Third Avenue apartment building on fire at the end of September. The fire displaced all the building’s tenants. Allen […]

  • Local

    BurgerFi continues Mall at Sears revitalization efforts

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 05, 21:39

    BurgerFi is the latest addition to the Mall at Sears; it’s also the first restaurant that isn’t part of the food court. The food is so fresh the restaurant doesn’t even have a freezer. All of the fries are hand-cut, and even the veggie burgers are made right in the kitchen. “Nothing is frozen,” said […]

  • Local

    Changes to Girl Scout cookie program include price increase

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 04, 20:40

    Big changes are coming to the Girl Scout cookie program in 2015. Customers will be happy to hear there are two new flavors in the lineup: Rah Rah Raisin, an oatmeal cookie with Greek yogurt chunks, and Toffee-tastic, a gluten-free shortbread. “Since there are two new cookies I think there are going to be a […]

  • Local

    Alaska Native artists show off gut sewing skills for students

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 03, 21:25

    Students at Denali Montessori Elementary got some hands-on experience Wednesday working with animal guts. Three residents artists at the Anchorage Museum showed the students how to use animals parts to make traditional Alaska Native clothing. Most of the items they displayed were made from the intestines and stomachs of walruses and seals. Artist Sonya Keliher-Combs described […]

  • Local

    Giving Tuesday helps nonprofits to combat hunger this holiday season

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 02, 19:26

    Every Tuesday is Giving Tuesday for Ted Davis. The Ravn Alaska pilot volunteers for the Food Bank of Alaska. “For the past year, I try to come in every Tuesday morning for just a few hours if I can,” said Davis. The food he’s sorting today will be distributed to families in need during the […]

  • State

    Kodiak’s ‘stripper boat’ stripped of liquor license

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 01, 22:11

    In a tense meeting on Monday, Darren Byler, owner of the Wild Alaskan, met with the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board regarding the fate of his business’ liquor license. “We do need to make a living like everyone else, and we are doing it legally,” said Byler. “We beg you, don’t take that opportunity away from […]

  • Local

    Black Friday frenzy at Cabela’s

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 28, 12:56

    Chilly temperatures didn’t stop hundreds of Cabela’s customers from lining up early Black Friday morning. At the head of the line — which stretched down to C Street — the Nelson family. “We got here about 5:30 last night,” explained Max Nelson. “We’re mainly waiting for a reloading kit and ammo.” Cabela’s staff took care […]

  • Local

    ‘Tis the season: 800 Christmas lights on Government Hill

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 26, 22:11

    Residents riding around Anchorage may notice a familiar sight in Government Hill. The lights have been turned on at the Christmas Tree on the neighborhood’s cell tower — a day students at Government Hill Elementary School have been waiting for all year long. The students waited anxiously on the eve of Thanksgiving for the school’s […]

  • Local

    Sullivan Arena sees competition as Great Alaska Shootout moves to UAA

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 25, 19:39

    The only shootout you’ll find at the Sullivan Arena this week will be on the ice. For the first year since it opened in 1983, the arena isn’t hosting the GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament.  Instead, a hockey team from Northern Michigan is practicing there before heading up to Fairbanks. “It’s obviously one of […]

  • Local

    Businesses revved up for Iron Dog’s new Anchorage start

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 24, 21:47

    Every year, about 3,000 people make the trip out to Big Lake to watch the start of the Iron Dog race. This year, however, winter spectators won’t have to go as far as the Iron Dog added a ceremonial start for the 2015 race in Anchorage for the first time ever. “It’s great because it’s […]

  • State

    Museum highlights Kodiak’s Alutiiq heritage

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 17, 16:24

    The Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak contains exhibits more than 7,000 years in the making. “The earliest people on Kodiak were more nomadic,” said cultural education specialist Marya Halvorsen. “We have an archaeological record from the Russian time period.” For Halvorsen, working at the museum is a chace to connect with her Alutiiq ancestors. “I think […]

  • State

    ‘Stripper boat’ finds success in Kodiak

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 16, 17:59

    It’s been quite a ride for the Wild Alaskan, a crab boat turned strip club, since it opened in July. “Business has been wildly successful,” said owner Darren Byler. “We, of course, are in a big fishing port, we cater to a variety of commercial fishermen.” The Wild Alaskan is the first of its kind […]