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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.

Hiland Mountain Inmates mark season with roadside clean-up

The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has begun the summer giveback projects for 2012. An inmate work crew began this season by cleaning up the facility parking lot, perimeter road and frontage roads leading to the facility. They removed the winter’s deposit of gravel and accumulated trash prior to the annual parking lot plant sale.

On May 23rd, eight inmates from the prison cleaned up a section of the Glenn Highway between the South and North exits of the highway The institution officially adopted this section of the Highway as a giveback project last year. The adoption commitments lasts three years. The facility is responsible to cleanup both sides of the highway and the median three times during the summer. The crew collected approximately 720 pounds of trash and debris, as they cleaned up the entire stretch for the first time this season.

Annual Hiland Mountain Plant Sale is May 16-18

A great way to celebrate the arrival of spring is by attending the Annual Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Greenhouse Plant Sale, located in the facility parking lot in Eagle River. The dates and times are May 16-18, 9 am to 6 pm, with the possible addition of May 19, 10 am-6 pm. Offered are a large selection of custom flower baskets. as well as craft items: quilts, crochet, knitted items, beaded jewelry, birdhouses, benches, plant stands and other rustic yard items.

Proceeds go to support the prison’s horticultural program and community give-back projects.

2012 POSTER (click to download or view)

Hiland Mountain Food Service Lead is Featured ‘Good Samaritan’

This week KTVA (Channel 11 in Anchorage) aired a feature report on Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Food Service Lead George Bell. The report is titled: “Man Selflessly Fills the Bellies of Mt. View Children: George Bell provides breakfast and dinner out of his own wallet to feed children at the Mt. View Boys and Girls Club.”

Superintendent Dean Marshall wrote: “Mr. Bell has been serving nutritious meals to children in the local community since 2009. This is a fantastic service for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. CONGRULATIONS George!”

Here is a link to the KTVA report: http://www.searchktva.com/ci_16817240.

Volunteer inmate walkathon raises over $1,500 for Haiti relief

This is a note from chaplain Brenda Nagunst to the inmates who participated in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for Haiti:

First of all I want to thank each of you for your support for providing clean drinking water for the people of Haiti. A lady battling cancer walked over two miles, another in recovery walked nearly three miles. A woman who was 8.5 months pregnant walked over 2.5 miles. A woman who had been in a wheelchair not long ago walked 4 miles. I was very blessed by the amount of participation of the women in this institution for this cause. Here are the statistics for the walk:

Total laps walked – 5,353
Total walkers – 274
Total Raised – just over $1,500

Annual Plant Sale at Hiland Mountain is May 18-21

2011 HMCC Greenhouse Plant Sale Flyer

The greenhouse plant sale is an annual tradition at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. This year’s offering of custom flower baskets and other plants for the garden will be Wednesday, May 18, 9 am-6 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, 10 am-6 pm. The sale will be in the correctional center’s parking lot, 9101 Hesterberg Road, Eagle River. Follow the signs

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.

HMCC Orchestra Holiday Concert December 4


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.