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

Commissioners check in on Goose Creek construction progress

The Commissioners of Corrections and Labor-Workforce Development spent a good part of a morning touring the Goose Creek Correctional Center construction site at Point Mackenzie. The tour was an opportunity for Joe Schmidt and ‘Click’ Bishop to receive a full update on construction progress from the main contractors. The commissioners found all main buildings fully enclosed and heated.

PCC Community Work Service Teams clean up

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Community Work Service teams of Correctional Officers and volunteer inmates from Palmer Correctional Center cleared 19,045 pounds of trash from Mat-Su Borough roadsides this year, according to figures released bu Superintendent Cindy Betts. Besides the roadside detail work, CWS team from PCC performed maintenance tasks at recreation sites around the borough, including Slipper Lake, Russian Jack, Hay Flats-Resurrection Lake. The teams also provided clean-up work at the Mat-Su Animal Shelter and at the landfill.

CWS teams from Point Mac Correctional Farm also contributed time and labor toward preparing the area’s girl scout camp for the summer season.

HMCC inmates ‘give back’ with generous holiday donations

The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Native Culture Council has adopted the villages of Larsen Bay and Atmautluak for this year’s “Adopt a Village program. In addition, the Inmate Council Club has adopted two families through the Salvation Army. The inmates raised approximately $8,000 for the two villages, and $6,000 for the two families. Many handcrafted items are included but are not reflected in the cost figures.

Staff changes at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center

Please welcome Patricia Eckroate as Anvil Mountain Correctional Center Food Service Lead. Patricia is a long-time Nome resident and brings years of food service experience. Also, please welcome Darcy Verdin to her new position as AMCC accounting clerk. Darcy began her service at AMCC in 2005 as administrative clerk and has proven a valuable part of our administrative team.

— Mike Dunham, Superintendent.

SHARE fund-raiser baked potato bar held at JCO

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The annual SHARE fundraiser baked-potato bar at the Juneau Central Office Friday raised well over $2,700. Kudos to the kitchen staff at Lemon Creek Correctional Center who expertly baked over 100 potatoes for the event, which was held jointly with Fish & Game. A baked potato was free to anyone who submitted a SHARE pledge of any amount. Folks from JCO proved very generous.

Smiles for a Child project of King Career Center class

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The Anchorage School District King Career Center’s Public Safety & Security class is conducting a community service project paired with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton. On Thanksgiving weekend students and instructor Teena Calkin will be at the Simon 5th Ave. Mall in downtown Anchorage collecting new unwrapped toys for over 100 children of incarcerated inmates at Palmer Correctional Center.

Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas. This criminal justice class is working with the correctional facility in order to bring a smile to a child during the holiday season. The gifts will be wrapped and given or sent to inmate’s children.

Last year’s drive was a huge success thanks to the many personal, business, charitable organizations and local and national retailers. Anyone wishing to donate gifts or postage shouldcontact Instructor Teena Calkin at the King Career Center at 742-8996 or calkin_teena@asdk12.org.

HMCC Orchestra Holiday Concert December 4

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The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women’s String Orchestra will perform its annual Holiday Concert at 1:30 pm, Saturday December 4. Featured Special Guest Artist will be Los Angeles flutist Sandra Kip performing Vivaldi’s picolo concerto. Also featured will be guest artists from the Anchorage Symphony and the Anchorage Concert Chorus. Tickets are $25, and are tax-deductible. The orchestra is supported by Arts on the Edge.

Tickets can be purchased through centertix.net, at Metro Books or you can email crofutp@aol.com for an e-ticket. All guests must be pre-cleared for admission into the correctional facility by submitting a driver’s license number in advance of the concert.

Spring Creek Correctional Officer honored for volunteer work

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Spring Creek Correctional Center CO III Brian Hutchison was named 2010 Volunteer of the Year by the Seward SeaLife Center for his work as a diver.
“Brian’s volunteer accomplishments are outstanding,” wrote Ian Dutton, the center’s President and CEO. “Brian has participated in over 60 dives which involve cleaning three unique 90,000, 102,000 and 120,000 gallon habitats as well as tending other divers to insure their safety while in the water. Volunteering with the dive department requires physical and mental strength as well as a keen sense of judgment, which Brian has consistently demonstrated. Currently, Brian has volunteered over 120 hours to improving the dive department. His generous volunteer contributions greatly benefit the SeaLife Center. As one of only two volunteer divers, Brian is truly dedicated to diving and to promoting the mission of the center. Brian is a great example of the positive impact that community members can have when supporting local organizations.”

PCC inmates create wreaths for Light of Hope auction

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Inmate volunteers from Palmer Correctional Center created 20 wreaths for donation to the Light of Hope Wreath Auction which is a fund-raiser for the 8th-annual Light of Hope event in April 2011, said PCC Superintendent Cindy Betts. Light of Hope is a volunteer organization which brings attention to National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month.The auction is runs Nov. 8-30 at the AT&T Sports Center in Palmer; the wreaths will be on display at the lobby, snack bar and track.