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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

    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 […]

  • State

    Red king crab harvest keeps Dutch Harbor busy

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 15, 18:23

    It was a quick trip for the crew on the Adventure as they brought in the last of their red king crab quota to Dutch Harbor. “Two hundred forty-seven pots in two days,” said Jim Wilson, who serves as captain. “We probably have 75,000 pounds of red king crab.” A team from the UniSea processing […]

  • State

    Law enforcement agencies team up to tackle Kodiak heroin problem

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 14, 19:34

    Kodiak has the nation’s third most profitable fishing industry, bringing in $154 million last year. The influx of wealth also comes with a growing drug problem. Kodiak police officers said people have become accustomed to the money, but now not all of them want to put in the hard work to get it. “So what’s […]

  • State

    Unalaska students get hands-on learning in hatchery class

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 12, 18:51

    On a warm, sunny afternoon, students from Unalaska City High School head to the Iliuliuk River for some hands-on science lessons. Students from the school’s hatchery class count spawning silver salmon and mark down their findings. “What I like about this hatchery class is that we get to — not every day, but in good […]

  • State

    At Dutch Harbor, memories of World War II linger

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 11, 11:16

    The soldiers may be long gone but their presence in Dutch Harbor is never forgotten. Pieces of World War II history can be found all over the island from the underground hospital to an old Navy vessel sunk in Captain’s Bay. Ammunition bunkers blend into the hills near the airport, while other large concrete bunkers […]

  • State

    Hosting home games a rare and costly treat for Unalaska volleyball

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 09, 18:18

    Fans packed the house at the Unalaska City School gym for a game 800 miles in the making. The Unalaska Raiders were up against the Susitna Valley High School volleyball team from Talkeetna. But bringing the team in for a home game wasn’t easy. “Su-Valley left home at five in the morning, drove three or […]

  • State

    5 stars for Unalaska Public Library

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 09, 10:33

    The Unalaska Public Library is getting some national recognition for its work in the Aleutian community. It’s one of only two in Alaska to be awarded a five-star rating by the Library Journal. The criteria are based on circulation and number of visits per capita. Unalaska also ranked fifth in the nation for the number of people […]

  • State

    Bracing for a storm, Unalaska residents enjoy bluebird skies

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 07, 22:25

    The remnants of Typhoon Nuri were expected to slam into the Aleutian chain on Friday, and the storm made national headlines. “I’ve answered calls in the past day from New York, L.A., Denver,” said Unalaska Public Safety Director Jamie Sunderland. He said in cases of severe weather, the department sends out notifications to residents via […]

  • State

    In Unalaska, Alexandria House construction continues

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 07, 20:01

    Unalaska doesn’t get many bluebird days as winter approaches, so volunteers took advantage  of the sunny, dry weather Friday to put the finishing touches on the roof of the Alexandria House. Several storms in the past few weeks have taken their toll on the construction. “About a month ago I got a call saying, ‘Chris, […]

  • Weather

    Dutch Harbor fishermen prepare for Bering Sea storm

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 07, 0:00

    As Typhoon Nuri bears down on Aleutian communities fishermen say they’re not worried. On Thursday afternoon, the weather in Dutch Harbor was relatively mild with light winds and scattered rain showers. Crewmembers from the Commitment fishing vessel unloaded cod in the Carl E. Moses Harbor. Will Robinson said they typically head out to sea for […]

  • Local

    Anchorage students reduce waste, create recycled works of art

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 05, 22:29

    Students at Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage are going green to the extreme. Sixth graders in Ms. Piacenti’s class bring their lunches in plastic containers and reusable lunch bags. “I bring these LunchSkins, and they’re Velcro bags that are washable in the dishwasher,” Madalyn Gaither explained. It’s all part of an effort to cut […]

  • State

    Sea salt company flourishes in Sitka

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 04, 23:44

    For Jim and Darcy Michener, making salt is literally a labor of love. The two initially got the idea on their first anniversary when they left a pot of salt water on a wood stove in their cabin near Sitka. It evaporated, leaving behind little briny crystals. “It wasn’t very good salt,” Darcy Michener said. […]

  • Local

    Stores in University Center mall hit hard by flood after water main break

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 03, 17:13

    Whirring fans replaced the sound of shoppers at the University Center mall on Monday as stores tried to recover from the weekend’s massive flooding. “After we salvaged everything that was good, then we started pulling the stuff out of the water,” said Lori Atrops, who owns Habitat Housewares in the mall. Her store was one […]

  • Local

    You ate it, now negate it: Burning off Halloween candy calories

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 31, 19:53

    With trick-or-treating done for another year, many families have a massive stash of candy. Even the little fun-sized pieces can pack on the calories. Heather Poe, a registered dietician with the Alaska Club, said parents need to be mindful of the sugar as well. She took her two boys to a harvest festival instead of […]

  • Local

    Keeping kids safe on Halloween

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 30, 19:20

    The key to Halloween safety starts with the costume, and Dooley’s Tuxedos and Costumes in Anchorage has dozens of options for little ones. Many manufacturers have avoided adding masks and instead found a unique way to create characters. “We have a lot of ones that come with the hoods,” explained owner Starla Heim. “They don’t want […]

  • Local

    Mountain View revitalization continues with another new restaurant

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 29, 19:10

    The smell of fresh sauerkraut and schnitzel wafts in the air at West Berlin. The new restaurant, located at the corner of Mountain View Drive and North Park Street, just opened for business on Monday. Owner Bill Hoopai is no stranger to the restaurant world; he’s operated the three Hula Hands locations since 2000 but is […]

  • Local

    Teal Pumpkin Project makes Halloween safe for kids with allergies

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 28, 18:55

    The shelves at Anchorage’s Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America clinic are lined with brightly painted teal pumpkins. While kids wait for their appointments, they glam up the plastic gourds with googly eyes, glitter paint and add fake mustaches. “That’s the lips and that’s the hair,” 4-year-old Izzy Demain pointed out. The spunky boy with a head […]