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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

    Kodiak community digs deeper into Alutiiq history

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 02, 13:33

    With the summer sun beating down on them, students and volunteers rolled up their sleeves to begin uncovering pieces of Alutiiq history. For almost 20 years, the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak has hosted a community archaeological dig at sites around the island. For the third year, the team is excavating the Kashaveroff site near Womens […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak boasts Alaska’s oldest standing building

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 30, 20:02

    High on a grassy knoll in Kodiak, a large white building with green trim sits, almost as if untouched by time. It’s the oldest building still standing in the state of Alaska. It was built by the Russian American Company in 1808, likely as a warehouse for furs, before being sold to the Alaska Commercial […]

  • Alaska

    One Percent for Arts program keeps Kodiak artist busy

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 29, 21:10

    Metal artist Mark Witteveen is undertaking a massive project: A mountainous map of Kodiak. “For each elevation of 500 feet it will have an additional layer on top,” he explained as he hammered out some seams holding two big sheets together. It’s a piece for Kodiak High School through the One Percent for Arts program, […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak museum commemorates island’s WWII history

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 28, 20:54

    It’s just an old ammunition bunker on the outside, but inside the Kodiak Military History Museum on Fort Abercrombie comes to life with the sound of old telegraph machines and ticker tape. Black and white photographs freckle the walls in between displays of artillery and uniforms. “Remember I told you about my old jacket? Want […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak science students win world competition for earthquake research

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 27, 20:44

    A team of science students from Kodiak can now call themselves world champions. Levi Purdy, John Dunlop, Kyle Ruotsalainen and Anna McDonald represented Kodiak High School at the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge in Italy. “What high school kids get to say in their free time they’re having conference calls with NASA?” McDonald asked rhetorically. […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak artist uses marine debris for Capitol Christmas tree ornaments

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 24, 19:45

    “My husband calls it the ‘Art-Mobile,’” Bonnie Dillard laughed as she shifted around boxes in the back of her gray SUV. She retired from teaching art at Kodiak High School so now she’s crafting out of her car. Dillard was one of 10 artists from around Alaska whose ornament design was selected for the Capitol […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak weirs play important role in salmon management

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 23, 21:01

    It’s been a slow start to the sockeye salmon season around the state. Research biologist Mark Witteveen with the Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak says that’s why it’s important to meet escapement goals. The department has several weirs set up at rivers around the island. They prevent fish from moving into their spawning […]

  • Alaska

    Tribal crews in Yakutat work to clean up military debris

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 20, 18:58

    “We’re taking apart these Quonset huts that are all back here. There’s about five or six,” field technician Stephen Adams pointed out. He’s working on a project 70 years in the making: Removing debris the military left behind in Yakutat after World War II and the Cold War. “Instead of trying to move so fast […]

  • Alaska

    WWII history honored at up-and-coming Yakutat museum

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 17, 21:13

    The first thing you’ll notice when you land at the Yakutat Airport is a massive World War II hangar with rusty beams and broken out windows. Inside there’s an even more impressive collection of WWII memorabilia. “This wing was replaced in 1943,” said Bob Miller as he showed off his C-47. It’s the first piece […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spruce root weaver brings back lost craft to Southeast

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 16, 13:35

    Jennie Wheeler enjoys spending a peaceful day in her kitchen weaving spruce roots she collected herself from the woods around Yakutat. “God gave us all this natural stuff to use,” she said as her fingers moved methodically. ”You can go out to the store and buy a lot of stuff but this is what He’s […]

  • Alaska

    Slow start to Southeast salmon setnet season

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 14, 23:02

    Setnetting has been a way of life for Sheri Nelson as long as she can remember. “I love it. It’s in my blood,” she smiled while unrolling her net. “I guess it’s just part of me and it’s where I get rid of my stress and relax.” It’s hard to relax this season though — […]

  • Alaska

    Welcome of Yakutat’s 1st cruise ship marks effort to diversify interests

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 13, 22:30

    Cruise ships are a common sight in Southeast ports. For the first time, however, one anchored in Yakutat over the weekend. Silversea’s Silver Discoverer unloaded about 90 people for four hours on July 11. It’s part of Yakutat’s effort to diversify its interests. “We’ve been trying to figure out how we can boost our economy […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Camp Fire kids test their duct tape and cardboard boats

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 09, 20:43

    Kids in the Camp Fire Summer Program got a lesson in boat building with a twist: They could only use cardboard and duct tape. It was part of the ninth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.  Their instructors put the vessels to the test and all but one quickly capsized.

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Forest Fair celebrates 40 years in Girdwood

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 03, 21:08

    Every Fourth of July weekend the forest in Girdwood comes to life. The Forest Fair brings in more than 200 vendors from around the state. “I think everyone generally loves coming out here and doing this. Some come from very far to do it. We came from Juneau this year,” said Shannon Morgan, owner of the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Groups give out festive flags for 4th of July

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 02, 20:49

    Residents in the Jewel Lake area woke up Thursday morning to find their neighborhoods peppered with patriotism. “I kind of like it when people come out and thank us for putting the flags out every year,” said Gavin Henderson. He was up bright and early to help hand out American flags for the Fourth of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ANSEP students test towers for earthquakes

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 29, 19:28

    High schoolers from around Alaska are shaking up their summer vacation with some hands-on math and science work. During the last week of their Acceleration Academy, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) students tested their PVC pipe buildings to see if they were seismically sound. “My favorite part is just building it and seeing […]

  • Alaska

    Willow homeowners rebuild after Sockeye Fire

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 24, 18:10

    Firefighters are still mopping up hot spots next to Terry McDermott’s burned down home where he’s already started to rebuild from the Sockeye Fire. “Clear the mess and build a house,” he said matter-of-factly. “It gets cold in the winter here, so we’d rather have four walls around us than two and a half walls.” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Boy Scout’s project makes recycling fishing line easier

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 23, 19:20

    Alaskan anglers will have an easier time recycling their fishing line thanks to an Anchorage boy scout. Tuesday afternoon 17-year-old Kyler Ince walked along the shore of Jewel Lake picking monofilament fishing line out of the dirt. “They’ll just dispose of it because they don’t think it’s doing any harm,” Ince said. Within just a […]

  • Alaska

    Going home: Card Street Fire evacuees grateful for firefighters’ hard work

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 22, 19:53

    It will take hours of elbow grease for Wayne Anderson to wash fire retardant off his home. “It’s important we get this fire retardant off as quick as we can,” said Anderson. “Because I’m told it will oxidize and cause more damage.” Even though his entire property is blanketed in it, Anderson is thankful he […]

  • Alaska

    As Card Street Fire burns, some homes remain untouched

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 17, 23:45

    “Right there,” Anh Benbrook pointed out the line separating a burned down cabin from the tree line near her home. “Taken out to ashes.” She knows what could have been her home after flames from the Card Street Fire moved dangerously close to the Kenai Keys subdivision Tuesday night. Only a small pocket of dense spruce […]