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Goose Creek SPOT Graduates Available for Adoption

Four dogs who have completed the Goose Creek Shelter Pet Obedience Training (SPOT) program are available for adoption through the Mat Su Animal Shelter with all fees paid to the shelter. Each dog’s face sheet is attached to this post. If you would like to meet a dog, call PO Dekarske at 864-8125 to arrange a meeting. After your pet receives his or her graduation certificate you will be able to take your pet home with you. The graduation ceremony will be on Thursday, June 26 at 3pm in GCCC Visitation.

The steps to adopt a dog are as follows: On Tuesday June 24 at 11:00am call the Mat Su Animal Shelter at 746-5500 and select option 2. Leave a message that you want to adopt a dog – referencing the animal number on the face sheet. The shelter will call you back to complete the adoption paperwork.

Training Academy Conducts Firearms Instructor/Range Officer Recertification

During the second week in June the DOC Training Academy conducted Firearms Instructor/Range Officer recertifications. A new 50-round DOC pistol qualification was presented to the firearms instructors. This will also be presented to the Field Division during their annual recertification in August. It was received with enthusiasm and positive comments. During this three day workshop a new shotgun range officer course was rolled out. This allows the Firearms Instructors who have successfully completed a 40 hour shotgun course to develop new Range Officers and recertify existing Range Officers. This three day workshop was the first of its kind and was well received. All 21 Firearms Instructors from across the state who attended passed with a score of 90 percent or higher. These Firearms Instructors are well trained individuals and a tremendous asset to our department. If anyone has questions regarding the DOC firearms program please seek them out and pick their brains, they are a wealth of knowledge.

— PO III Caroline Stevens

Goose Creek Hosts Prisoners, Family at Summer Festival

Photo of Goose Creek prisoners participating in Inupiaq drumming

Goose Creek prisoners participate in Inupiaq drumming

On June 14, 2014, Goose Creek Correctional Center held its first community event. Approved inmates were able to invite up to two guests. We had barbequed hamburgers and hotdogs, potato salad and beans. Community speakers and inmate entertainment rounded out the day’s events. Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kevin Horton introduced Superintendent John Conant, who gave a warm welcome. LSSAT coordinator Vicki Nisonger-Maack shared information on how LSSAT graduates become mentors. Shirley Lee from the Tanana Chief’s Conference got the crowd going and was followed by inmate Inupiaq drumming and dancing performers. The audience participated in the dancing. Community leader and former Arizona Cardinals NFL star Mao Tosi presented his amazing life journey to the crowd. The inmate Asian Pacific Islanders singing group performed some songs afterward. The speaking events were completed by Reverend Donald Jones of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Anchorage. The speakers were encouraging and inspirational. The event was well received. Both visitors and inmates enjoyed the picnic atmosphere and are looking forward to the next festival in the fall.

— Superintendent John Conant