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.
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.”
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
At Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center, the education department offers various programs and courses with a goal of provides inmates with better lifestyle choices, new trades, and better education. Howard Appel, Education Coordinator, has over 20 years at the facility. One of the programs that is offered is Small Engines Repair, taught by Brian Marvin, who is a teacher at Nome-Beltz High School. The class gives inmates the opportunity for a new trade which can be beneficial toward their reintegration into society. This year, the class included five inmates who repaired a four wheeler that was pushed into the shop by inmates, repaired the engine and other issues found. After completion, the four wheeler was driven out under its own power by the instructor.
— CO II Jennifer O’Connor
ANSAT Graduating Class
The Alaska Native Substance Abuse Treatment (ANSAT) Program, consisting of 15, two-part lessons each focus on different Alaska Native Values, is continuing at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome. The program also includes eight Anger Management Modules and an Exam as well as Addiction/Health Education information, handouts and worksheets; and Relapse Prevention information, handouts and worksheets. ANSAT is a 5-week program, so participants will have a greater opportunity to graduate from the program before they are transferred or released from AMCC. There will only be 8 to 10 participants allowed in the program at one time. There will be two sessions a day, each session lasting 1 ½ hours, four days a week (Monday – Thursday). Kelly Strass, Nome ANSAT Program Coordinator, has been teaching in the institution for three years. On August 7th her most recent class graduated with 14 inmates.
Here at Anvil Mountain Correctional facility, female inmates have either learned a new trade or enhanced their skills by crocheting hats, neck-warmers and stuffed animals for children around the Nome and Kotzebue region. These thoughtful gifts will be distributed to the Nome Children’s Home and Womens Shelter, as well as to the Kotzebue Womens Shelter and the Putyuk Children’s Home. AMCC gets yarn, stuffing and plastic crochet hooks donated to the facility and in return we give back to the communities the friendly gifts. This program is modeled after a similar program at Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel, where female inmates crocheting hats, booties, and baby blankets for newborns in the region. We always welcome donations of yarn: if you would like to donate please send to:
Anvil Mountain Correctional Center
P.O. Box 730
Nome, AK 99762
When an opportunity arose, AMCC Education Coordinator Howard Appel developed a construction class which as led to NCCER (National Center for Construction and Research) Core Curriculum certification, which will prove a bonus for inmate graduates seeking employment in the building trades upon their release. “From the demolition of the old Voc-Ed building, which had seen many years of use and harsh weather, to the construction of the new Voc-Ed building the participants have been highly motivated and fully engaged in the project,” said Superintendent Mike Dunham. The inmate trainees constructed a 20X24 foot wood-frame structure built to current building codes. The project was completed in two sections, the first being the framing.
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.