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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 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 […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    World-class musician tests out Anchorage’s first world-class Bosendorfer piano

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 29, 19:41

    When you have a world-class piano it only makes sense to have a world-class musician test it out. A viewer called KTVA to tell us Classic Pianos, in Government Hill, had its first ever Bosendorfer piano. It’s hand-made in Austria and retails for $125,000. Lithuanian musician Edvinas Minkstimas happened to be in Anchorage for a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Construction worker remembered as one of dozens killed on the job in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 28, 20:39

    More than two dozen workers in Alaska were killed on the job in 2015. On Thursday, people gathered at the Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial to honor those men and women for Workers Memorial Day. “All I can say is that I will never forget Samuel, and you and your family and I vow and our staff vows […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Thieves steal garage sale money, insulin supplies from single mom

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 26, 19:30

    Alaska State Troopers are investigating a string of car break-ins in a Knik-Goose Bay Road neighborhood. In the four years she’s lived in Victoria Estates, Amber Doyle said she’s always felt safe. “It’s a perfect neighborhood. My kids can go and play. I don’t worry about them,” Doyle said. “There’s times I’ve left my doors […]

  • Alaska News

    Army, Park Service work together to deliver supplies to Denali base camp

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 25, 18:17

    Climbers camped out on the Kahiltna Glacier had some company Sunday afternoon. Two dozen soldiers from Fort Wainwright’s 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment’s Bravo Company, known as the “Sugar Bears,” unloaded thousands of pounds of gear from CH-47 Chinook helicopters onto the snow at Denali base camp. “A lot of these black boxes are food […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fiddlers highlight traditional tunes at Native Youth Olympics

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 22, 21:15

    The Native Youth Olympics aren’t just about athletes connecting to their culture through sports; some kids use music to get back to their roots. On Friday, the Young Native Fiddlers took the stage at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center, their first time performing at NYO. “It’s a really cool experience,” said Leniel Hafford. “There’s a […]

  • Sports

    Student journalists keep rural communities connected to NYO

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 21, 20:00

    Every year hundreds of athletes leave their hometowns to compete at the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage. Unfortunately, many of their parents can’t make the trip to cheer them on. “My mom, she was the other coach and we didn’t have enough funding. Her and my grandparents would have liked to watch, but they’re at […]

  • Alaska News

    Oil response training keeps fishermen prepared for a spill

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 13, 19:21

    It was a busy day on Resurrection Bay as fishermen took a break from their daily catch to practice techniques to respond to an oil spill. “We have two scanners pulling a J-formation boom so this would be used to concentrate oil in a spill and eventually that oil would be recovered,” Alyeska Pipeline communications […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Horticulture students prepare thousand of plants for annual sale

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 07, 16:36

    Going to school on a sunny, spring day isn’t as difficult when your classroom is a greenhouse. “It’s more hands-on. You can work and learn how to do things,” said Wes Burton, a junior at Eagle River High School. He’s one of 50 students in King Career Center’s horticulture program. “Instead of getting a sheet […]

  • Alaska News

    Seismic sensors help USGS show earthquake impact on buildings

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 06, 23:09

    Scientists and engineers are using data collected from Anchorage’s Atwood Building to look at how structures are impacted during earthquakes. The Atwood—standing 20 stories high—is Alaska’s second tallest building. Within the walls there are more than 50 seismic sensors. Geologists with the U.S. Geological Survey used the data from January’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake to put together […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska SeaLife Center caring for record number of sea otter pups

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 23, 16:59

    It’s an otter overload at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. Staffers are currently caring for six sea otter pups, a record number for the facility. The newest resident is a one-month old male found near Seldovia when he was just a couple days old. “It’s pretty much all hands on deck to take care […]

  • Arctic Winter Games

    Throat singers come together at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 13, 11:45

    Throat singing is a dying art form in the Arctic. During the Arctic Winter Games, however, Hans-Henrik Poulsen from Greenland and Naomi Sala from Nunavik, Canada found themselves performing together in Nuuk. “Language is not something you will worry about in music,” Poulsen said. “Because music unites us.” It’s traditionally done by Canadian Inuktitut women—a […]

  • Arctic Winter Games

    Inuit knuckle hop a true test of endurance for athletes

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 11, 21:21

    When it comes to the Inuit sports at the Arctic Winter Games, 24-year old Kyle Worl is consistently in the top five. He placed third in the kneel jump, came in fourth at the two foot high kick, one hand reach and airplane. The final event of the games — the knuckle hop — is […]

  • Arctic Winter Games

    Alaska ladies dominate wrestling at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 11, 10:07

    ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce.’ That Shakespeare quote perfectly embodies 15-year-old Kaley Fowlkes. The North Pole sophomore has been wrestling for five years and usually takes on the boys. “Being able to say that you’re a wrestler, I think it really means something, especially being a female,” said Fowlkes. “I think people […]

  • Arctic Winter Games

    Wrestlers take on new style at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 10, 21:08

    Inuit wrestling is a style most athletes on Team Alaska have never tried. The only tournament where you’ll find it is the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. “It’s something the Native people did in their igloos when it was cold and nasty outside,” explained wrestling coach David Lorring. “They’d have competitions and lock up […]

  • Arctic Winter Games

    Head-on competition at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 10, 10:25

    For Nick Hanson, some games are a fight to the finish. Others, are just for fun. “Eeeeyyyyaaa!” he screamed during head pull, an Arctic sports event at the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. It’s only his second time ever doing the head pull in competition. The 28-year-old from Unalakleet is known for being a […]

  • Arctic Winter Games

    Pin trading brings athletes together at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 09, 15:47

    It’s a competition almost as big as the sporting events at the Arctic Winter Games—who can collect the most pins. “This is Greenland’s set last games, this is Greenland’s set this games,” Fairbanks athlete Brandon Vanlandingham pointed out. He has too many pins to put on a lanyard, so he stores them on a bright […]