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

Thank You Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries

Thank you Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries for your random act of kindness that positively impacted the inmate population and Anvil Mountain Correctional Center staff!

Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries generously donated 10 boxes of paperback books to help the AMCC depleted library.

There was a visible increase in inmate library attendance once the inmates learned there were new books in the library. Without a consistent Education Coordinator since December 2014, maintaining adequate and appropriate reading material in the library has been a challenge.

We appreciate you, Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries!

Nome-Beltz High School Career Fair

Photo of DOC staff at Nome-Beltz High School Career Fair

On February 12, 2015, Anvil Mountain Correctional Center and the Nome Probation Office participated in the 2015 Nome-Beltz High School Career Fair. Reaching over 180 students, Sgt. Bodine, CO O’Connor, PO Clarke, and CJT Fishel discussed the many rewarding careers offered at the Department of Corrections. The career fair was an opportunity for high school students to gain exposure to various careers available to them in the community.

AMCC Sergeant Honored for 10 Years’ Service

Photo of Sgt Tidwell  with shift coworkers

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center’s Sgt. John Tidwell was recently honored for his 10 years of service with the Department of Corrections. Prior to AMCC, he served 8 years at Fairbanks Correctional Center where he started his career. Currently Sgt. Tidwell is Shift Supervisor; pictured with him is his shift that works day in and night out: Officers Dwayne Koweluk, Nicholas Gray, Adam Lust, and Doug Buchanan.

— Officer Jennifer Oconnor

Anvil Mountain Correctional Officer Honored for Five Years’ Service

Photo of CO Bonham with shift coworkers

Correctional Officer Gregory Bonham was honored for five years’ service at AMCC in Nome. Officer Bonham is from Michigan and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has a strong passion for hunting and fishing and Alaska has just that. Prior to AMCC, he started a career with the Nome Police Department in 2005. NPD sent him to the Alaska State Trooper Academy where he got his certification to become a Police Officer for Nome. Officer Bonham switched agencies and started at AMCC in September 2009. He is pictured with his shift: Correctional Officers Sherry Gilbert, Gilbert Ozenna, and Simon Powell, and Sgt. Jennifer Shannon.

Anvil Mountain Female Prisoners Donate Hand Made Items for Christmas Gifts

Photo of AMCC Prisoners with their handmade donations

These beautiful hats and mittens sums it up for 2014 at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. These will be donated and used for Christmas gifts in the Nome and Kotzebue region to certain organizations for woman and children in need. Our female inmates, Evelyn Johnson, Lily Tom, Ella Wilson, and Linda Savetilik either learned a new trade or taught others how to crochet.

Anvil Mountain Superintendent Lucy Dittmar Retires After 20-year Career

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Superintendent Lucy Dittmar

Superintendent Lucy Dittmar began her career with the Department of Corrections in 1994 at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome. From 1994-2003 Dittmar worked as a as a floor officer, disciplinary officer, records officer and standards officer. In November, 2002 Dittmar took a five-month sabbatical to fight nasal pharyngeal carcinoma. With the cancer defeated, Dittmar returned in May 2003, working inn records, and in July 2004, Dittmar promoted to the Records/Training/Security/Compliance Sgt. In 2005, Dittmar returned to manage a shift of four officers. Dittmar promoted to Lieutenant in April, 2008 and was named Superintendent in May, 2013.
“I have enjoyed working for the Department of Correction and have enjoyed living in Nome for the last 20 years,” Dittmar said. “I don’t think I would have recovered from the cancer treatment as well as I did, if I did not have to go back to work. Working took my mind off the challenges that cancer and cancer treatment bring to your life and I think because I had to get back on my feet and manage a multitude of duties, I did not have time to focus deeply on the problems that I would face throughout recovery.”

Anvil Mountain Inmate Volunteers Clean Section of Nome-Teller Highway

On the 4th of July holiday weekend, Correctional Officers Robert Grubb and Sherry Gilbert escorted minimum custody inmates on a road clean up. Anvil Mountain Correctional Center adopted four miles of the Nome-Teller Highway. Each year, an community work service inmate crew clear debris and trash from the roadside. The inmates enjoy being outside of the facility, and local motorists appreciate the effort and honk, offer a thumbs up or sometimes stop to thank staff and the inmates for their community service.

— CO II Jennifer O’Connor