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

Champion Dog Mushers Visit Hiland Mountain

Iditarod Musher and 2013 runner-up Aliy Zirkle and 2013 Yukon Quest winner Allen Moore stopped at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to speak with prisoners and thank them for their “dropped dog” care offered each Iditarod season. The Two Rivers, Alaska mushers made a trip to Hiland Mountain to talk to the women about their Race experiences, their kennel, their dogs and their partnership. “They both wanted to give back to the women who take care of the Iditarod dogs that are dropped from the race and placed at Hiland every year until the teams can return them to their kennels,” said HMCC Superintendent Mike Gilligan. “The Hiland women loved the presentation, the interaction and the experience. It was a very positive event for everyone.”

Deploying Soldier Sends Zigmond to Prison

With his deployment days away, soldier Marcos Rico was searching for a home for his yellow Labrador Zigmond, or Ziggy. Learning of the Service Dog training program at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, Rico contacted the department with the goal of donating Ziggy to the program. His hope was that Ziggy could be trained and then turned over to be of assistance to a wounded veteran or disabled child. After a few conversations, Ziggy was deemed a good fit for training and early this month he transferred to Hiland Mountain where his care and training has begun. Ziggy is AKC registered, weighs just about 70 lbs.

Hiland Mountain Inmates Help with Trail Clean-Up

KCC inmates fold 3000 origami cranes

A team of six prisoners from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center provided community work service, providing assistance to the Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department. The inmates provided help with clean up at the Beach Lake Chalet and trail system, according to HMCC Superintendent Michael Gilligan. The HMCC prisoners will be providing assistance over the course of six days.

Annual Plant and Craft Sale Underway at Hiland Mountain

The 2013 Spring Plant Sale has begun at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. The sale, which is open to the public from 9 am-6 pm, continues through Friday, May 24th. Offered are a large selection of custom flower baskets, hanging baskets, free standing deck planters and flower pouches with a variety of plants and foliage. In addition, an assortment of perennials, houseplants and vegetable starts are on sale. Organizers have added a selection of craft items such as quilts and knitted items, plus beaded jewelry, birdhouses, benches, plant stands and other rustic yard items. Hiland Mountain is located in Eagle River; follow signs at the turn off to the Eagle River campground.

Download flyer here.

HMCC Inmate Clubs Donate $4,000 to Kids Mission

At HMCC, the Inmate Council and Native Culture Council donated $4,000 in food items to Catholic Social Services Kids Mission as part of the HMCC Give Back Program. This donation comes on top of holiday season give-back projects which included: approximately 1,000 scarves made from donated materials to Homeless Connect, $5,000 for Adopt-a-Village, $6,000 for Adopt-a-Family; $3,500 in homemade items for Santa Cop; $140 and 50 scarves for Special Olympics.

HMCC Inmates Successfully Complete Plumbing Core Curriculum

HMCC Inmates

HMCC plumbing trainees learn core curriculum

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center offers many non- traditional trades college credit for the women here in the correctional facility. The women went through the course of requirements of Core Curriculum, Plumbing Level 1 and Level 2 with our newly-bought NCCER textbooks. During this standardized training process there were variety of hands-on tools provided for repairing big chillers, installing domestic and chilled water piping, placing fixtures and faucets, fitting, PVC pipe joining copper piping, and even corrugated stainless steel and understanding a layout of blue prints.

The women have received 16 college credits with Ilisagvik College in Barrow through the Tech Prep agreement, paid for through the CTE (Career Technician Education) Grant through our Education Coordinator Karen Jenkins. Thank you to DOC for allowing non-traditional college courses to be an opportunity for us and for seeing hope in our future to have a successful job upon release.

— report written by Denni Starr, Inmate Computer Lab Aide, HMCC

World-Renowned Cellist to Perform with Hiland Mountain Orchestra

Concert poster

The special guest artist will be Zuill Bailey and his cello, which was made in 1693. When not heading up the Sitka Summer Music Festival and other such events in Alaska, Texas and the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Washington, Bailey travels 250 days a year with a cello. His mission is to make music accessible to all, and relishes the opportunity to work with the Hiland Mountain Women’s Orchestra to insure that he shares a love of music to all. He is also a recording artist and his Bach CD is rising to No. 1 on the classical billboard charts.


“Success Inside and Out” a Success at Hiland Mountain

The theme of the 2012 Success Inside and Out Conference at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center was to empower the participants to change their story and make a plan for success. The conference consisted of a series of concurrent sessions that encourage women to think about their reentry needs for that first week of release. This year’s conference featured 17 highly regarded women from Anchorage to work as mentors. Each encouraged the female inmates to begin preparing today for their immediate needs upon release such as clothing, transportation, identification and housing.