AK DOC Today

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

Hiland Mountain Lullaby Concert Near Completion KTVA, CBS 11 News

Check out this KTVA 11 News story done by Rhonda McBride on the Hiland Mountain Lullaby Concert

http://www.ktva.com/hiland-lullaby-project-nears-completion-870/

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to be apart of something special on September 24th at 11AM

Powerful lyrics written by inmates with children blended with music and voices from various Alaskan musicians and voices.

Please click on the link to buy tickets in advance

http://keystolifealaska.com/tickets.html

From Lemon Creek to the Basketball Court, Probation Officer Gives Back

Lemon Creek Correctional Probation Officer Katie Sullivan aka Sully has been involved in the Special Olympics Juneau Basketball Team for many years. The team travels to Anchorage every June and this year they won gold. It’s not that they won the gold medal that makes this important, it’s because of Sully’s years of dedication to the team. Thank you Sully for your commitment to the Juneau community. We appreciate you!

LCCC Employee Wellness Event

Lemon Creek Correctional Center held their inaugural, Employee Wellness Committee Silent Auction and BBQ on May 4th and 5th.

Guests had the opportunity to bid on various goods and services including:

  • Photographic prints by Bruce Massey and Brian Weed
  • Ocean Fishing trips donated by Sgt. Tricen Headings & Sgt. Jeremy Finlayson, Ron Shriver and newly retired Sgt. Ken Patten.
  • Personal work out training with Officer Mike Moniak
  • Pies by CO Shari Mullen
  • GoPro donated by Lt. Ken Hoff
  • Whale watching tour with PO Regan Tweedy
  • Biking tour with CO Rick Slater
  • Mechanic services by CO Rob Corcoran
  • House Painting by CO Andrew Scalf
  • Yard Work by Counselor Malcolm Nichols
  • Snagging Fundamentals with pro salmon snagger Sgt. Tony Malacas
  • TONS of food donated by the Staff of LCCC

The entire event was orchestrated by the tireless efforts of:
President – Lydia O’Leary
Vice Looper – Lauren Looper
Treasurer – Regan Tweedy

The food was awesome, with friendly company and a family atmosphere. The LCCC employee wellness committee raised over $1400.00 to be used as seed money in their goal of hosting many more of these type of events to ultimately enhance the morale and well-being of LCCC employees.


Spring Creek’s Hobby Shop Creates Firefighter Memorials

It’s 1941. Late November in Alaska. As America is about to plunge into World War II, the small port town and railroad hub of Seward sees its three-digit population swell by nearly 3500 officers and enlisted men. The Seward Fire Hall receives a brand new, cherry red, state-of-the-art, 1941 Ford Engine. And a fire rages down 4th Avenue. At least 16 buildings are engulfed in the town’s business district. For the truck, a virtual trial by fire.

It’s 2015. An unusually warm winter in Alaska. Seward Fire Department’s Morgan Woodard, a volunteer firefighter, dreams of creating a memorial for SFD’s firefighters. He remembers seeing a miniature replica of an engine created by Donald Seek, an inmate and a member of Spring Creek’s Hobby Shop.

“Morgan crawled all over old Engine 41, in the back garage, to provide Mr. Seek with photos,” said Janice Melvin, the department’s secretary.

Mr. Seek, the master craftsman, was assisted by other members of the Hobby Shop. Randall Smith and Kirby Anthoney helped with metal and wood work, and some detail work was provided by Carl Abhul, Noel Fears, James Hemingway, and Michael James. This collaborative effort was another example of the Hobby Shop at its finest.

According to Melvin, the plan is to make small, brass plates engraved with names for those members who have departed. The result will be an incredible piece of art that will be cherished for generations to come.

And a dream realized.

The fire engine will be displayed at the Seward Fire Department.

The Flying University

Scott Burton produced and narrated a documentary that highlights a literary and philosophy program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. A special thank you goes to Superintendent Busby for allowing the filming of the documentary, and to the staff at Lemon Creek for supporting the project and being available for interviews. The program is 22 minutes long and can be viewed on the 360North website at http://www.360north.org/flying-university/

Killisnoo Island Cemetery Revitalization Project

Lemon Creek Correctional Center Inmate Council president, Jack Earl, submitted photographs of completed memorial crosses to be donated to the Killisnoo Island Cemetery. The project, entitled “Remembrance & Honor” is not only an artistic expression, but also a personal representation of honor to so many. A copper plaque on each cross is engraved with the project title and the phrase “into Gods hands but not forgotten.” The intent of the project was to show that even though they are incarcerated, offenders have honor and want to give back to their communities.

Lemon Creek Celebrates 2015 Employee of the Year

From Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s Superintendent Bruce Busby:

For selfless dedication to the Department of Corrections, this facility, and for outstanding services above and beyond the call of duty, it is my honor to present Sgt. Bobby (Bo) Pierce with this award in recognition of his selection as Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

Sgt. Pierce was selected for this honor by a diverse group of peers, supervisors, subordinates, and administrative staff. This past year Sgt. Pierce was asked to shoulder an unprecedented level of responsibility, to which he responded with professionalism and a can-do attitude. Sgt. Pierce’s tireless devotion and dedication to duty reflects great credit upon himself, this facility and the Department of Corrections.

Congratulations Sgt. Pierce!

Superintendent Wellard Retires after 20 Years at Lemon Creek

G Scott Wellard is retiring October 31st capping a 20-year career with the Department of Corrections. Most of that time was served at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Wellard was hired as a CO I in October, 1994 and promoted to CO II 14 months later. In August, 1999 Wellard promoted to Sergeant, and in May, 2005 he was named Acting Superintendent. He dropped the “acting” title in October, 2005. Under Wellard’s stewardship, Lemon Creek began the successful Inside and Out Conferences, became the home of the state’s in-patient sex offender treatment program, opened a training facility / gun range, and converted a multi-purpose room to a 26-bed dorm. “I feel good about leaving (LCCC) in better condition than when I first started,” Wellard said.