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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Dog owner warning others after beaver attacked dog at University Lake Park

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 21, 13:05

    On Sunday, Jennifer Minderlein was walking her dog, Nose Goes, on the east side of the University Lake off-leash dog park trail when a beaver attacked the dog. “She had two decent bite marks and one was really, really deep,” Minderlein said, pointing out two shaved areas on the dog’s right side that were shaved […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage restaurants try to meet demand for outdoor dining

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 15, 19:14

    Businesses around Anchorage are trying to meet the demand for outdoor seating as Alaskans and tourists try to soak in the sunshine. The Healy-based 49th State Brewing Company took over the former Snow Goose Restaurant and opened on July 4. Both its decks were packed just an hour after it opening. “We have a line out […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    200 tons of marine debris barged to Anchorage for sorting

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 14, 15:55

    A group cleaning up marine debris around Prince William Sound recovered 200 tons of trash from about 12 miles of Alaska’s coastline. Gulf of Alaska Keeper (GoAK) is a nonprofit dedicated to picking up debris around the state. This summer, the crew spent a month at Montague Island and two weeks at Kayak Island. [Related: […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Orphaned river otter pups find temporary home at the Alaska Zoo

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 13, 19:21

    Staff members at the Alaska Zoo have had a busy summer taking care of two orphaned river otter pups. The pair was brought in two months ago from Sand Point after a resident got fed up with an otter that built a den near his home. “The otter mommy would come out every day and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla Cafe provides jobs for special needs workers

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 12, 20:48

      WASILLA — When the staff at Hearts and Hands of Care saw there was a shortage of jobs in the Valley for people with special needs, they decided to fill the void themselves. The Wasilla organization opened the Hearts and Hands of Care Café in February, it’s first supported employment program. “They make a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New signs deter feeding fowl at Cuddy Family Midtown Park

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 06, 13:43

    New signs around Cuddy Family Midtown Park are aimed at fighting the goose poop problem. The Anchorage Waterways Council has been working on the project since 2012. With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation, the group was able to purchase bus ads and four new informational plaques placed around the […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Garden to bowl, a soup kitchen nourishes the hungry

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 04, 6:55

    The downtown soup kitchen has the ultimate urban garden. Dozens of boxes and planters are tucked into every corner of its rooftop and flourishing with local greens. “We have several different kinds of kale, Swiss chard and lots of parsley,” Martha Jokela listed off. Jokela is a master gardener and a regular volunteer at the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New trampoline park continues Northway Mall revitalization

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 01, 19:34

    East Anchorage’s Northway Mall will soon be home to a new trampoline park. Shockwave is opening at the end of July. After three solid months of work in the old Office Max building the features are starting to take shape. “This is the quarter pipe trampoline that goes eight feet up the wall,” owner Barry […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Government Hill welcomes shutdown of the Knik Arm Crossing

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 30, 11:13

    Gov. Bill Walker’s announcement Wednesday that he was shutting down the Knik Arm Crossing was welcome news for Stephanie Kelser. “It could have easily been one of the biggest boondoggles in the state in terms of the amount of money lost and the continuing amount of money year after year,” she said, referring to the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Zoo welcomes new male wolverine

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 24, 20:20

    The Alaska Zoo, in Anchorage, welcomed a new male wolverine earlier this week. Jumbo arrived from Sweden on Wednesday. The 3-year-old male is on exhibit, but is quarantined from his partner Olga for the next few weeks. Olga came from a zoo in Russia last fall. Zookeeper Kora Isakson said the goal is to hopefully […]

  • Alaska News

    Cultural summer camp highlights Unangax traditions

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 22, 19:52

    ANCHORAGE – Kids from around Alaska are in Anchorage this week to learn more about their Aleut heritage. It’s a record-breaking turnout for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association’s Urban Unangax Cultural Camp, with more than 100 kids. “I think it’s pretty fun,” said 10-year-old Tatiana Stepetin. “You get to learn new things and have fun and […]

  • Alaska News

    Bon voyage! Alaska sea otters move to France

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 17, 16:26

    The SeaLife Center in Seward bid bon voyage to three of its sea otters. Kesuk, Atka and Pukiq were transferred to Oceanopolis in Brest, France, about 350 miles west of Paris. According to a press release Thursday, the otters touched down in Brest on Wednesday. The three otters were found abandoned in the Kachemak Bay area […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Marine unions voice concern over Alyeska Pipeline’s new contract

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 07, 19:40

    Two marine unions are voicing their concerns over a new contract for Alyeska Pipeline, saying it could put Alaskans out of work. Crowley Maritime Corporation currently provides tugboat escort and oil spill response duties in Prince William Sound. Alyeska Pipeline awarded a new contract to Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) for when Crowley’s contract expires […]

  • Alaska News

    Managing marine debris on Alaska’s Montague Island

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 01, 19:13

    The secluded shores of Montague Island may be scenic, but they’re anything but pristine. Clumps of Styrofoam, brightly colored fishing buoys and millions of plastic water bottles are tucked in between driftwood. “Most people are completely unaware you can pull up on a remote Alaska beach and it will be completely trashed,” said Eric Pallister, […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Caribou masks capture spirit of Nunamiut culture

    by Heather Hintze on May 26, 20:39

    Caribou mask making is an intricate art form Lela Ahgook has honed over time. At 72 years old, she’s now an elder in Anaktuvuk Pass, where she’s been creating masks since the 1960s. “Every piece of the caribou is here,” she pointed out where she used the hoof on the forehead of a mask lined […]

  • Alaska News

    Cold climate house cuts costs in the Arctic

    by Heather Hintze on May 24, 22:53

    Driving around Anaktuvuk Pass, you’ll notice a home that’s a little out of the ordinary. The beige home looks like it came out of the Flintstones cartoon but has Jetsons’ technology. “The exterior of the house is a spray-applied membrane. It’s a Rhino liner, so it’s the same liner used in trucks. It’s really durable, […]

  • Alaska News

    BioBlitz takes scientific snapshot of Arctic wildlife

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 22:40

    The National Park Service celebrated its 100-year anniversary by holding BioBlitzes around the country. For the community of Anaktuvuk Pass on the North Slope, it was their first chance to hold an event like this in the Gates of the Arctic National Park. A BioBlitz is basically a scavenger hunt for scientists. “One of the main […]

  • Only in Alaska

    What does it take to garden in the Arctic?

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 18:53

    The ground in Anaktuvuk pass has barely thawed but Casey Edwards is ready to get her plants in the ground. “Last year I had way too many. I was super ambitious,” Edwards laughed. “This year we’re just sticking to cucumber, cabbage, squash.” This is just her second year testing out her green thumb, seeing what […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Local cider, kombucha bring new fizz to Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on May 20, 8:03

    Double Shovel looks like your average brewery, but there’s a fruity twist in their tanks. “The juice goes in this first then we pitch the yeast, then it gets to work and eats all the sugars up and turns it into a nice, dry cider,” co-owner Galen Jones explained. The cider company is just getting […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Combing qiviut keeps staff busy at Musk Ox Farm

    by Heather Hintze on May 04, 20:55

    Musk ox at the farm in Palmer had a little help shedding their winter weight to get ready for summer. Staff at the nonprofit spend this time of year combing out qiviut – the soft undercoat that keeps musk ox warm on the frigid tundra in the wild. “When they’re ready, it’s like putting a hot knife […]