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News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

Annual Plant Sale at Hiland Mountain is May 18-21

2011 HMCC Greenhouse Plant Sale Flyer

The greenhouse plant sale is an annual tradition at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. This year’s offering of custom flower baskets and other plants for the garden will be Wednesday, May 18, 9 am-6 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, 10 am-6 pm. The sale will be in the correctional center’s parking lot, 9101 Hesterberg Road, Eagle River. Follow the signs

Department Honors Probation Officer Academy Graduates

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Probation Officer Academy 22 graduated on April 15. Graduates included: David Abbott, Molly Fortunato, Joshua Hooyer, Denice McKenzie, Emily Sakis, Scott Vukich, Anchorage Probation Office; Michael Zener, Brad Nye, Kristine Bailie, Wildwood Correctional Center; Markus Bressler, Juneau EM; Sheri White, Fairbanks Probation Office; Julene Webber, Amber Ingalls-Adkins, Anchorage Correctional Complex; Demetrios Kargas, Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center; Selest Dominguez, Hiland Mountain Correctional Center; Lindy Henrick, Ketchikan Correctional Center; and Joseph Jennetten, Anvil Mountain Correctional Center.

Probation Officers step up in emergency situation

On March 17 Probation Officers Neil Fulks and Eileen Farrar were following leads on an offender who had absconded when they overheard a police report indicating a medical emergency on the same street they were on. Listening to the dispatcher, they heard an individual had stopped breathing at which point they broke from their field work and rushed to the residence. Through training, they cleared the individual’s airway and the person started breathing again. It is clear they did an outstanding job being aware of their location and the radio traffic, and then responding to an emergency situation.

— reported by Chief Probation Officer Keith Thayer

Charles Moses honored for Parole Board service

Charles Moses was celebrated upon his retirement from the Board of Parole on April 6th in Anchorage. Moses was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles in 1997 and he was appointed chair by Governor Sarah Palin in 2008. Previously, Moses had a 25-year career with the Department of Corrections, retiring as Director of the South central Region.

Inmate volunteers clear trash from Glenn Highway

Inmate volunteers from the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center collected over 1600 pounds of trash along the Glenn Highway in early May. The facility has formally agreed to adopt the section of highway between the South and North Birchwood exits. This section encompasses approximately 3.4 miles of road; it covers the median and both sides of the highway. A crew will be out at least one day per week until the entire area has been cleared of trash. After the initial cleaning, the crew will revisit the area periodically throughout the summer.

The road crews one part of the prison’s community work service commitments for this summer. Inmate volunteers will be cleaning trails at Mirror Lake, Schoeder Park and Peters Creek Parks and will perform maintenance and cleaning at Clare House and for Habitat for Humanity.