The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center is near Eagle River, Alaska. The beauty of the scenery clashes with the trappings of the prison for a disturbing juxtaposition.
Like most prisons, you can find a lot of interesting tattoos at Hiland.
Hiland Mountain is not your typical prison. It has many innovative programs. Many inmates care for dogs that will become service dogs for the blind.
Tamara Riley works in the greenhouse. She is serving a 99-year sentence for being an accomplice to murder.
Tamara Riley with her supervisor, Cindy Galvan, another inmate who is serving a long sentence. Tamara and Cindy play in the orchestra together.
Emerald lives in the greenhouse. Her job is to catch shrews and mice.
Now you know where Emerald gets her name. Most inmates call her "Emmy."
Tamara Riley will be on parole in three years.
Tamara Riley is the only original member of the women's string orchestra. She is preparing for her 10th holiday concert.
Tamara Riley is working on Bach's Gavotte, which she will play as a solo.
The Hiland prison orchestra is the only one of its kind in the nation.
The orchestra is a chance for inmates to transform themselves into musicians.
The "prisoner" identity is hard to escape.
Most of the inmates arrive early for their orchestra classes on Saturday. They look forward to making music.
Cheysser Miller has played violin with the orchestra for five years.
Despite prison life, women still find ways to be feminine.
Holly Charlie is the only viola player in the advanced orchestra.
Miricle Girten bows with strength and a sureness.
Miricle Girten is a rock-solid bass player.
Joy Sharpe adds some viola power to the orchestra. She teaches a chamber music class at the prison on Friday.
Richard Kurtz is a volunteer. He's performed at three holiday concerts.
Tisha Negus takes her music seriously.
Tamara Riley says music helps her channel her frustrations.
Shannon Mead has been at Hiland for five years. She'll be out next year.
Gabrielle Whitfield has been the artistic director for the Hiland orchestra for nine years.
Sgt. Mike Dingman says he wishes there could be an orchestra for Alaska's male prison population.
The highpoint for the many orchestra members was during the 2012 Holliday Concert, in which renowned cellist Zuill Bailey performed with the orchestra.
UAA senior named GNAC Preseason Player of the Year
by KTVA Sports on Oct 21, 23:18
UAA senior Travis Thompson was named GNAC Preseason Player of the Year on Tuesday. As a junior, Thompson averaged 21.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, leading the Seawolves to an 18-9 record (11-7 GNAC). Thompson was on the all-GNAC first team last season and is the only returning player to receive that […]
UAA volleyball hopes to gain 2 wins at home
by KTVA Sports on Oct 21, 22:51
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Soldotna man charged with kidnapping, assault
by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 21, 22:07
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Evening News weather, Oct. 21
by KTVA Weather on Oct 21, 20:55
Kenai Peninsula and Price William Sound Expect sunny skies, cooler in the morning, and daytime highs. Southeast The Panhandle will get another round of showers and an isolated thunderstorm for coastal southern areas. Interior/North Slope The Interior will get cloudy skies with a flurry or two at times. Snow with wind up to 35 mph […]
Anchorage man runs nonprofit for free school supplies
by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 21, 20:39
Some people would call him the Santa Claus of school supplies, but it’s not a title Walter Ward wants. As far as he’s concerned, he’s only doing his job. Ward runs a nonprofit that provides free school supplies for low-income schools in Anchorage. He calls it the “Anchorage Teacher’s Store,” but it’s not a store […]
Parnell sheds new light on Alaska National Guard firings
by Bonney Bowman on Oct 21, 18:32
The day after he fired three Alaska National Guard leaders, Alaska’s governor says more changes are coming. Gov. Sean Parnell says Guard members have expressed frustration over the timeline of the recent adjustments, that have all stemmed from a scathing report released in September. The report, conducted by the Office of Complex Investigations, showed that Guard […]
Palins describe brawl in police recordings
by CNN on Oct 21, 18:01
Washington (CNN) – Bristol Palin describes being dragged through the grass and called a series of obscenities during a massive brawl last month in recordings of Anchorage police interviews that CNN obtained through a public records request. She said she jumped into a fight after “some old lady” pushed her sister, Willow Palin, because “oh […]
Orphaned cubs find a home at Fortress of the Bear
by Heather Hintze on Oct 21, 17:40
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