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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015     


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BLM has a fire information line at Ft. Wainwright. It is 907-356-5511. This line has information about fire locations, size, etc. It does not have specific information on evacuees or other personal information about affected villages/towns.


-During fire emergencies like these, health problems such as breathing and other issues can arise. Here are some tips and information to protect yourself and be prepared. Here are some safety recommendations and planning info. from the City of Galena.


-While outdoor burning is not recommended at all, it is particularly important to follow this advice in the Koyukuk, Nowitna and Innoko National Wildlife Refuges. Click here to see what is permitted in a News Release from Fish and Wildlife.


!!!!!!!There is still a burn ban and fireworks ban in place for Galena and all communities in the middle Yukon and lower Koyukuk region. Unlike other places that have cancelled burn and fireworks bans this week, this area has not received any significant rainfall. Conditions are still very dangerous for the spreading of wildfires if new ones were to start due to human activity!!!!


KIYU FIRE REPORT (as of Tuesday, June 30 at 7 am)


The big fires around Ruby and Nulato grew in size yesterday, due to clear, sunny skies and moderate winds. 

The Bruno Creek Fire is now listed at approximately 10 thousand acres, and has reached as far north as the milepost 8 on the Ruby-Poorman Road.  It has moved mostly to the east and not closer to Ruby, but crews are doing structure protection on cabins at 14-mile and 10-mile.  Controlled burns between the Bruno Creek Fire and Ruby are possible, and supplies are being stationed at Ruby for possible burnouts using ground crews or helicopters. Fire managers want to get that sort of work done before this weekend, when more dangerous fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

BLM has set up a camp and staging area at the Ruby Airport.  The public is urged to limit travel on Poorman Road to minimize conflicts with the firefighting forces. 

The Big Creek Fire to the east of Ruby was also active on Monday, and has surpassed 40 thousand acres in size.  However, most growth has happened on the eastern side of the fire and fire managers expect the fire to run of fuel in that direction soon, as the fire enters an area with more sloughs and wetlands.

On the Nulato Fire, much of the recent growth has been on the eastern border of the fire, in between Nulato and Last Chance.  But spurred by southwest winds, one pocket of the Nulato Fire made a run towards residential areas of Nulato, jumping the Nulato River and spotting into the southwest part of Nulato. Firefighters are in position there to protect structures and conduct burnouts to limit the
fire's growth in that area. The Nulato Fire was active on its northern and northeast borders on Monday, and that firefighters are conducting pump and hose lay drills in Koyukuk to prepare for the fire’s possible incursion there. The Nulato Fire has charred an estimated 26 thousand acres. 

About 25 miles west of Huslia, the Three Day Slough Fire has consumed about 52 thousand acres.  A surveillance flight on Monday estimated that half of the fire’s perimeter was active, with most growth occurring on the western side of the fire, where the fire is approaching the northern boundaries of the Nogahabara Sand Dunes.

The Holtnakatna Fire
has burned around 24 thousand acres, about 35 miles to the northeast of Galena.  Smokejumpers deployed to the fire on Monday to prepare three cabins that are in the potential path of the fire.  The perimeter is 20% active, with the fire is stringing its way between lakes and wetlands on the south and southwest portions, and backing strongly through black spruce to the north.
The Holtnakatna Fire includes what was previously called the Dulbi Fire, after the fires merged sometime last week.


Further south, the Gentian Fire threatens the gold mining area of Poorman.  The fire was 9100 acres in size at last report, a mile or two south of where heavy equipment is stored.  A group of cabins used as the Poorman Iron Dog checkpoint is also nearby.  

Fire activity is relatively calm on the Nikolai Slough Fire to the northwest of Galena.  It has burned about 1000 acres, but only 10 percent of the perimeter is described as active, with all growth happening on the northern edge of the fire, away from cabins at Bear Creek.

Several fires are burning in the flats east of Kaltag.  The Khotol Fire has burned around 7000 acres in an area with mostly grass lakes and hardwoods.  The fire perimeter is about 50 percent active, and the fire was seen backing into the wind to the west on Monday.  Fire managers expect the Khotol Fire to join with the Yukon Creek #2 Fire to its southwest.  The Yukon Creek #2 Fire has burned around 3600 acres,  and has been actively spreading to the northeast towards the Khotol Fire.  Both of these fires are across the river from Kaltag, about 15 miles to the east.


A map of middle Yukon / lower Koyukuk area wildfires, generated from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Current Fire map (, current as of Tuesday June 30 at 8 am








Below is a list of community meetings planned in the area 



-no meetings that we know of



- The City of Galena offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. Water and sewer services will resume on Monday, the 6th of July.

The Edgar Nollner Health Center will also be closed on Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd. For emergencies call 656-1266.

Louden will also be closed on Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd.


-Access to Louden Road from Tiger Freeway in Galena is closed TFN due to a house elevation. (6/27)


NEW - The City of Galena requests that all customers on the piped water system call-in their water meter readings for the month of June as soon as possible. 6/29



NEW - Wrestling camp continues for ages 5 and up at the GILA gym weekday afternoons at 1 through July 22nd.


NEW - A raffle and cake walk fundraiser for Galena Little League will happen this Thursday (July2) starting at 8:30 pm at the Larson Charlie Community Hall.  Donations can be dropped off at the hall beginning at 6 pm Thursday or call Jen Hildebrand (656-7161), Nancy Pitka (656-7044), or Trisha Esmailka (656-7099) to arrange for pick-up. 6/30


- The Little League World Series is happening this weekend (July 3-5) in Kaltag.  Trophies include the 1st place traveling award, 2nd place, 3rd place, MVP, sportsmanship, all tourney and 1st place individual medals. Call Jessica at 534-2231 for information.


-No dogs are allowed in the fenced-in area of the Galena Community Garden.


- Summer snow cones are back at the Galena Pool during Sunday night open swim times, which are from 7 to 8:30 pm. The snow cones are $2 each and all proceeds benefit the Galena Swim Team. Thanks to those who have already purchased snow cones. So far $450 has been raised to help the Galena Swim Team. The goal is $1,500.



-If you suffer from addiction, you are not alone. Each Thursday the Galena Sobriety Support Group meets at 7:00 at the Louden Tribal Building in Galena. Coping with alcoholism is the main focus, but these meetings are intended for anyone dealing with any addiction. Unlike a therapy group, this is a peer support group for those with an addiction to meet and talk about their common struggles and solutions. Doors open at 6:50pm. The Sobriety Support Group will not meet until Thursday July 9th. You can contact Jim Lagattuta (907-656-7199) for any questions you might have. 







Special treat for July 4th movie night!

Yankee Doodle Dandy
The story of George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney
Not Rated - 126 minutes
July 4th @ 6pm @ GILA Auditorium




NEW - The Galena City School District is seeking a GILA Cook's Helper. This is a full time position. Qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalency and prior experience with the work to be performed. To apply, complete the online application at or get more details here.




*** PLEASE NOTE, any classified ad two weeks or older will be removed so please try and keep us informed when something is sold or a need has been met.  Thanks!


- FOR SALE: In Galena, a 2005 Subaru Outback. Call 907-656-7251 for details. (6/25)

- FOR SALE: In Galena, insulation, TGI, 12 x 12 VCT tile, visqueen, 2 x 12s and 2 x 4s. Call 656-7090 for details. (6/26)

-FREE: While supplies last, TV "rabbit ears" for Galena's ARCS TV Channel 10. Call the radio station to reserve one. 656-1488. Only one per household. (6/26)




-MISSING: In Galena, a green Trek bicycle. Has customized handlebars and a red basket behind the seat. Last seen near the river across from the radio station. Call Claude at 656-1383 or 656-7050 with any information about its location. (6/19)




-There will be a weekly Yukon River In-season Salmon Management Teleconference at 1:00 pm Alaska Time every Tuesday (through August 25th). This is a chance to share your river updates, fishing activities, questions, or concerns with fisheries managers regarding the 2015 Yukon River salmon runs. Everyone is invited and encouraged to listen in and contribute to the conversation. Call in at 1:00 pm Alaska time to stay updated on the salmon run in the Yukon River. The call in number is 1-800-315-6338 and the code is 98566# or YUKON#.






Subsistence salmon fishing is open on the following schedule with dip net and beach seine gear: 

All Chinook salmon caught in dip net and beach seine gear must be released alive immediately.


An announcement will be made by Wednesday, July 1 regarding further subsistence salmon fishing openings with gear types that allow the release of king salmon.


Subsistence salmon fishing for summer chum salmon is currently open in District 3 for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with dip net gear only.



Subdistrict 4-A Upper (including Kaltag, Nulato, and Koyukuk)


Subsistence salmon fishing is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days per week with dip nets and live-release fish wheels. Fish wheels must be manned at all times of operation, or be equipped with a live box that must be checked at least once every six hours. All king salmon must be released alive from both dip nets and fish wheels. The requirement to release king salmon alive from these gear types will be strictly enforced. 

Also, there will be a special subsistence salmon opening in the upper portion of Subdistrict 4-A this Friday July 3 from 6 to 10 pm, in which fisherman can use 6-inch gillnets and fish wheels to target summer chum salmon. During this special 4-hour period, drift netting for salmon with 6-inch mesh nets will be allowed in the upper portion of sub district 4-A. Any king salmon caught during this 4-hour opening may be kept for subsistence purposes. Dip nets may still be used during this 4-hour period but all king salmon caught in this gear type must be released alive. After the close of this four hour subsistence fishing opening, subsistence fishing will return to the previous schedule of 24 hours a day, seven days per week with dip net and live-release fish wheels only. 


Subdistricts 4-B and 4-C (including Galena and Ruby)


Subsistence salmon fishing is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week with dip nets and live-release fish wheels.


Subsistence dip net fishermen are required to immediately release king salmon alive. Fish wheels must be manned at all times of operation, or be equipped with a live box that must be checked at least once every six hours. All king salmon must be released alive from fish wheels. The requirement to release king salmon alive from these gear types will be strictly enforced.



Subsistence salmon fishing has closed until further notice to conserve king salmon stocks in the Koyukuk River. Nets with 4-inch or smaller mesh may continue to be used to target non-salmon species.



Click here to be linked to a documentary from the September 2014 tour of the Winter Bear Project during the Yukon-Koyukuk region tour of the play. It features gorgeous shots from Ruby, Nulato, and Kaltag, as well as some wonderful interviews with community members.



The summer swim schedule is as follows:

Open Swims:

Sundays: 7 to 8:30 pm

Tuesdays: 7 to 8:30 pm

Thursdays: 7 to 8:30 pm

Lap Swims

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 6:30 to 7:30 am

Tuesday and Thursday: 5 to 6 pm

Pool is closed on Saturdays

No family swims scheduled

If there are questions they can call Sandy at 656-4545


Here is an updated listing of privately owned lodging establishments in Galena along with those that offer vehicle rentals. Please feel free to share this resource with those needing short or long term, temporary lodging or transportation. If you offer these services we can list them. Please e-mail us at so we can post it on-line.

Galena Emergency Numbers

Clinic:  656.1266 (emergency), 656-1366, option 2 (appointments and non-emergencies)

Fire Department:  911

Police Department:  656-0911

Alaska State Troopers (statewide):  1-800-811-0911

Airport Police (statewide):  1-877-847-4342



For villages out of Galena that are interested in ARCS TV service call KIYU at 907-656-1488 and we'll get you in touch with those that can assist you..


The Food Section

-Archie's Yukon Inn Snack Bar in Galena is now open serving sandwiches and other items.



Daily Specials June 29 thru July 4

10 am to 2pm (Summer Hours)


Beef Quesadillas w/Tortilla Soup


BBQ Chicken, Potato/Mac Salad & Corn


Nachos Supreme, Indian Taco or Crunch Wrap 


Thai Noodles w/Chicken


Clam Chowder or  Homemade Pizza

Saturday – Closed

Happy 4th of July!

      Burger nights: Wednesday–Saturday(5 to 7pm)

Please call in orders early is possible; Cash and credit are the accepted forms of payment. We can take a credit card payment only when starting an account, thank you!! No personal checks.





Phone: (907) 656-2505



Cash and credit are the accepted forms of payment. We can take a credit card payment only when starting an account, thank you!!

No personal checks please.





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