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

Correctional Officers form Honor Guard for CO Jansson

On Friday May 4 Correctional Officers formed an honor guard at the Palmer Central Office to give tribute to CO Merian Jansson who’d passed away April 27. After working as an administrative clerk at Palmer Correctional Center, Jansson became a Correctional Officer in 1999. The honor guard was organized through the efforts of Department of Corrections Training Academy. Chaplain Burt McQueen of the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Correctional Officers Association.

Annual Hiland Mountain Plant Sale is May 16-18

A great way to celebrate the arrival of spring is by attending the Annual Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Greenhouse Plant Sale, located in the facility parking lot in Eagle River. The dates and times are May 16-18, 9 am to 6 pm, with the possible addition of May 19, 10 am-6 pm. Offered are a large selection of custom flower baskets. as well as craft items: quilts, crochet, knitted items, beaded jewelry, birdhouses, benches, plant stands and other rustic yard items.

Proceeds go to support the prison’s horticultural program and community give-back projects.

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Department of Corrections staff receive Peak Performance Denali Awards

The Department of Corrections was well-represented in the annual Governor’s Peak Peformance Denali Awards, which were presented May 11 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage. Commissioner Joe Schmidt announced the winners while Nancy Dahlstrom of the Governor’s Office presented the awards. The Department of Corrections had two winners: The Anchorage Field Probation Office (Keith Thayer and Dwayne Hanson) was honorable mention in the Crisis Responder, Team Award; and, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (Gloria Johnson, Theresa Warfield, Doug Lindsay, Ceylon Mitchell, Adam Rutherford and Brandon Jones) was honorable mention, Customer Service Excellence team award.