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Friday, August 23rd, 2019


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Classified and lost and found announcements air for two weeks for paid supporters of KIYU and one week for non-supporters.  Event announcements air through date of event.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 2019                    



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Due to budget cuts and a lack of new content, the Wolfman Jack Show has left KIYU. The World Cafe will now be heard from 8 to 10 pm each weekday, with the exception of Monday, when the Radio Drama Hour goes from 8 to 9 pm.

Radiolab is now part of the KIYU programming lineup, airing on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. This award-winning show from WNYC in New York explores a variety of topics, mainly related to science, with a creative and unique storytelling style.

Also out of the Big Apple, the New Yorker Radio Hour has joined the schedule on Sundays in the 12 noon hour.


Missed a KIYU Yukon Wireless broadcast? No worries! Just click on the replay button and listen to recent Yukon Wireless broadcasts. Searchable by date, the Yukon Wireless Replay is another way to never miss what's happening in the Interior. The Replay button is also available on the KIYU Radio Smartphone app.


With information from the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center
Updated August 23rd at 7 am

On the Koyukuk, water levels continue to fall.

On the Yukon, levels are expected to fall on the upper river near Circle, but will be more or less stable on the majority of the Alaska portion of the river below that.

On the Tanana, levels are dropping relatively quickly at Nenana, and slightly less so at Fairbanks. At Manley, levels peaked earlier this week just into beginning flood stage, but are dropping now and will continue falling throughout the weekend.





NEW - The Sidney Huntington School Parent Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting of the school year on Monday, August 26th at 5:30 pm at the Charles Evans Community Library. All parents and guardians of SHS students are welcome to attend. The agenda for the meeting is here.

NEW - Big River Public Broadcasting Corporation (KIYU) will have a board of directors meeting next Tuesday (August 27) starting at 6 pm at city hall. This meeting is open to the public. (8/23)

NEW - The Galena Volunteer Fire Department will have training on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30 pm.  The training will be held at the main fire hall and will cover ambulance operation.  All current and prospective firefighters are welcome to attend. (8/22)




NEW - Everyone in Galena is invited to a community, student and staff picnic at the Two Seasons Dining Hall on the GILA campus today (Friday, August 23) from 5:00pm-7:00pm. This event allows community members and students a chance to get to know each other. Come one come all! (8/23)


NEW - Sweetsir's Store in Galena would like to announce new store hours:

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 7 pm (same as before)

Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 12:30 pm - 5 pm

For the Memorial Potlatch weekend, Sweetsir's will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th, and from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday the 31st.


NEW - Here's the 2019-20 Galena City School District Bus Schedule.

Morning bus route for SHS students:
-Old Town (at Fish and Wildlife and the blue duplex): 7:38 am
-Drop off at SHS at 7:40 am
-Gabe's Drive: 7:50 am
-Crow Creek: 7:55 am

-Louden Loop: 7:57

A bus departs SHS headed for GILA at 8:08 am, 8:20 am, 8:45 am, 12:25 pm, 12:38 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:20 pm.
A bus departs GILA headed for SHS at 8:10 am, 8:35 am, 8:45 am, 12:25 pm, 12:35 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:30 pm

After-school drop-offs for SHS elementary students depart SHS at 3:05 pm

Bus service after VAS (Voluntary After School):
-departing SHS at 4:45 pm
-departing GILA at 4:55 pm

NEW - The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena invites everyone to celebrate the birthday of Danny Patrick today (Friday) during lunch at 12 noon, and Virginia Johnston on Sunday during dinner at 5 pm. Please bring a dish to share to either or both events. (8/23)


NEW - The family of the late Harvey and Hazel Strassburg invite everyone to a giveaway of all belongings at their former home in old town Galena tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 1 pm. No early birds please. (8/22)


The City of Galena will conduct a municipal election for city council and school board seats on October 1, 2019. All voters, candidates and election officials who wish to participate in this election need to be registered to vote in Galena no later than August 30th. If you are new to Galena, or are just reaching voting age, please stop by the city office to fill out a voter registration form. (8/16)


REVISED - There is a vacancy for Seat D on the Galena School Board. If interested in filling the seat, write a letter to the School Board and deliver it to the Superintendent's office no later than September 6th. The appointment to Seat D, if made, would only last until the October 1st municipal election, at which time the seat will up for election on the ballot. Contact GCSD Superintendent Jim Merriner at 656-1205 or with any questions. (8/19)

The date of the Galena Ag Fair is set for Labor Day (September 2). The Ag Fair will take place in and around the Larson Charlie Community Hall. The Fair will offer awards in the following categories: giant vegetables, regular vegetables, arts and crafts, quilts, edibles (such as homemade baked goods and jams), and live chickens. There will be children's divisions for each aforementioned categories. The Fair will also include a 5-K walk/run and food will be for sale. A more detailed schedule will come out closer to the event. (8/18)

NEW - The Galena City School District requests that its neighbors around the Sidney Huntington School building be considerate of students and staff and not allow dogs to be loose on school grounds. Among other problems, the dogs are leaving steaming piles behind for the kids and teachers to step in.

The Galena Pool is switching to the school year schedule. Open swims return to Friday and Saturday nights beginning this weekend. (8/15)

Ruby Marine reminds its customers that the drop-off deadline for freight at Nenana is August 28th. Anything received after that time will be accepted on a case-by-case basis only, depending on deck space remaining on the last barges of the season. Call the Ruby Marine office at 1-877-478-1062 to make arrangements or get more information. (8/8)

The Galena City School District is pleased to announce its participation in the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. Meals will be available to all children for no cost at the Sidney Huntington Elementary, Junior High and High School, and the Galena Interior Learning Academy. Meals meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, call Isabella Apfelbeck at the District Office: 656-1205, ex 121. The written announcement from the GCSD about this is posted here. (8/12)

The TCC Koyukuk Culture and Wellness Camp is happening September 1-7, 25 miles up the Koyukuk from the mouth. Attendees will learn about hunting, fishing, berry picking, Koyukon language, safety tips, and more. All ages are welcome but children under 10 must have a supervisor at all times. If you have any questions, call Lori Lolnitz at 927-2253 or email (7/29)

The Tanana Chiefs Conference Prenatal to Five Head Start program is now enrolling for the Fall of 2019. All children from birth to 5 years of age are welcome into the program, and 10% of the slots are reserved for children with special needs. The TCC Head Start program does not anticipate any changes or reductions in service due to state budget cuts at this time. All programs are going forward as planned.

Call Tanya Yatlin with the TCC Prenatal to Five Head Start Program for more information. Call 1-800-478-6822 ext. 3469, or check out the TCC website and look in the Family Services section. (6/14)


The Galena Recycling Program is operational. There are bins at the stores, the schools, Louden, and the ballfield. The program accepts aluminum cans, and #1 plastic (usually clear plastic, like that used for soda bottles). Please rinse and crush your cans, and crush and recap your plastic bottles.  If you would like your recyclables picked up from your porch on Sunday afternoons, call Dr. Huntington at 656-7223 to sign up.  If you find that a public bin is full, call Louden at 656-1711.



With information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Updated August 21st at 6 am:

The 2019 Yukon fall chum preseason projection is for a run size between 700,000 and 800,000 fish. Run sizes within this range are expected to provide for escapement, subsistence needs, and a limited commercial fishery. The total fall chum run size, as of August 19, was about 533,000 fish, which is close to the historical average for that date.

The first pulse of fall chum contained about 203,000 fish at the Pilot Station sonar, and should arrive at Tanana and Huslia this weekend. The first pulse should get to Circle on or around September 4th. A second pulse of fall chum, which started coming into the river on August 15th, will make its way up to Kaltag around August 27th, Galena on August 29th, and Tanana on September 3rd.

The 2019 Yukon coho run is coming in weak and/or late. The Pilot Station sonar estimate for coho on August 21st was just under 37,000 fish, which is well below the average estimate for that date. The first pulse of coho started entering the river on August 13th, and contains about 25,000 fish past Pilot Station so far. About 22,000 coho have been harvested commercially in Districts 1 and 2 so far this year.

Almost 47,000 king salmon have made it into Canada, as of August 21st.

In-season salmon management teleconferences hosted by Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association will be held every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. To participate, call (800) 315-6338, and enter code: YUKON# (98566#).

Subsistence Fishing Schedule:

**The maximum gillnet mesh size for subsistence fishing throughout the Yukon drainage right now is 7.5 inches.**

District 2 (including St Mary's): Subsistence salmon fishing is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except 12 hours before, during, and 12 hours after any commercial fishing periods. Due to a commercial opening Friday afternoon, subsistence closed at 2 am Friday, August 23 and will reopen at 6 am Saturday, August 24. Subsistence fishermen in District 2 must remove both tips of the tail fin of king salmon before concealing the fish from plain view or leaving the fishing site.

District 4 (including Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk, Bishop Mountain, Galena and Ruby), and Subdistricts 5-A, 5-B, and 5-C (including Tanana and Rampart): Subsistence fishing is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Driftnets can be used in District 4 whenever subsistence salmon fishing is open during the summer or fall seasons.

Subdistricts 6-A and 6-B (including Manley, Minto, and Nenana): Subsistence fishing is still on the windowed schedule, allowing fishing during two, 42-hour openers a week: 6 pm Fridays to 12 noon Sundays, and from 6 pm Mondays to 12 noon Wednesdays. The switch to the fall season schedule will occur when significant numbers of fall chum arrive in District 6.

Old Minto Area: Subsistence fishing is allowed 5 days per week, from 6 p.m. Fridays until 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Koyukuk and Kantishna Rivers remain open for subsistence fishing 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

During subsistence salmon fishing closures, fishermen may continue to use gillnets with 4 inch or smaller mesh size to target non-salmon species.

Commercial Fishing Schedule

District 2 (including St Mary's): A 4-hour commercial opener is scheduled for 2 pm to 6 pm Friday, August 23. Gillnets with 6 inch or smaller mesh size will be allowed in this opener. All king salmon sold or retained for subsistence use must be recorded on a fish ticket.

Subdistricts 5-B and 5-C (including Tanana and Rampart): Commercial fishing in Subdistricts 5-B and 5-C is open until 6 pm Wednesday, August 28. Fishermen may use fish wheels or set gillnets with a mesh size of 6 inches or smaller. Commercial fishermen must confirm their market prior to commercial fishing. Processors, catcher sellers, or direct marketers are required to notify the department of their intent to operate by contacting the Fairbanks office at 459-7274.

Subdistrict 6-B (on the Tanana River) - Commercial fishing for summer chum salmon will be open for two 42-hour periods per week with 6-inch or smaller mesh gillnets and fish wheels at the same times as the subsistence schedule, listed above.

In order to spread out the harvest, the processor will buy a limited number of summer chum from each fishing period. Commercial fishermen should coordinate with the buyer on a daily basis regarding scheduling deliveries and the amount of fish the processor will purchase.

King salmon may not be sold in Subdistrict 6-B. All king salmon kept for personal use must be recorded on the fish ticket. Processors, catcher-sellers, or direct marketers should notify the department of their intent to operate by contacting the Fairbanks office at 459-7274.


NEW - The subsistence-only moose hunt opened on August 22 in parts of Unit 21 in the middle Yukon region. Other hunt areas will be opening soon. Here are links to the current hunting regulations and area maps for each game management unit in the KIYU listening area:

-Unit 18 (including St Mary's)

-Unit 21 (including Yukon villages from Kaltag to Tanana, and the Koyukuk Controlled Use Area)

-Unit 24 (including Huslia, Hughes and Allakaket)

-Unit 20 (including Tanana and Nenana)

-Unit 25 (including Circle)




Download our free app for easy access to our streams! Just search KIYU Radio on your app store.




UPDATED - If anyone is interested in working as a security guard, chaperone, or cook at the Tanana Chiefs Conference Culture Camp on the Koyukuk River, please contact Laurie Lolnitz at the Koyukuk Tribal Office at 927-2253.  If anyone is planning on staying overnight at the camp, you must fill out a TCC background check application.  If you plan to stop by for the day only, you must fill out a State Trooper background check application.  The TCC Culture Camp starts on September 1st and goes through the 7th. (8/21)   

NEW - Galena City School District currently has the following job openings in Galena:

Computer Technician
Administrative Assistant I
GILA - Assistant Cook
GILA - Dorm Aide
GILA - Resident Advisor
SHS – Counselor
SHS - Custodian
SHS - Special Education Aide

GCSD also has a clerical job open in Fairbanks.

To apply, fill out a complete employment application on the Galena City School District website located at


The City of Galena is hiring for a full time maintenance worker and water plant operator trainee. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and a valid Alaska drivers license. Applications will be accepted until August 26th. Contact the City at 656-1301 to learn more, and stop by the City office to get an application. Here is the full job description. (8/13)


KIYU has a part time job open for a bookkeeper. Computer experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and Intuit QuickBooks is required. For more information, please call KIYU at 656-1488 or email (6/13)


UPDATED (8/15) Tanana Chiefs Conference currently has the following job openings across the region:

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Family Visitor

Community Health Aide/Practitioner

Early Head Start Cook
Edgar Nollner Health Center Director

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Family Visitor
Elder Nutrition Cook

Head Start Teachers Assistant
Family Visitor
Village Public Safety Officer

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Family Visitor
Youth Advocate and Program Leader (SOC Youth Lead)

Community Health Aide

Village Public Safety Officer

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Village Public Safety Officer

Village Public Safety Officer

Preschool Lead Teacher
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Registered Nurse

Region Wide

Healthy Transitions Project Manager
Itinerant Behavioral Health Clinician
Medical Coder
Wild Land Firefighter Type II Crew Member


To apply, contact the Tanana Chiefs HR department by calling 1-800-478-6822 Ext. 3155, email, or visit their website at


UPDATED AUGUST 22 - Here is the current job list for St Mary's and Pitkas Point. Full job descriptions are available at the Tribal Workforce Development office in the old library. Call Sylvia for details at 438-2328.

AVCP Incorporated VPSO Full-Time St. Mary's TWD Office/Alexsys/On-line
AVCP Incorporated ICWA CFSS II Subregional Full-Time St. Mary's TWD Office/Alexsys/On-line
AVCP Incorporated VPSO   Pitka's Point  
City of St. Mary's VPO Full-Time St. Mary's City Office
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Patient Registration Clerk Full-Time St. Mary's Online 
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Dental Health Aide Therapist Full-Time St. Mary's Online
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Certified Health Partitionar Part-time St. Mary's Online
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Direct Care Provider Full-Time St. Mary's Online
Yukon Kuskokwin Health CHAP Nursing Asst. Full-Time St. Mary's Online
Yukon Kuskokwin Health Phelbotomist Temp St. Mary's online
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation CHAP Nursing Asst. Part-time St. Mary's Online
ATWC On-Call Bingo Worker On-Call St. Mary's TWD Office/ATWC
ResCare Alaska Home Care varies St. Mary's online 
Access Alaska Home Care varies St. Mary's online
Ravn On Call CSA Front Desk On-Call St. Mary's Ravn/TWD Office/on line
Ravn On Call Ramper On-Call St. Mary's Ravn/TWD Office/on line
Algaaciq Housing Director Full-Time St. Mary's Algaaciq/TWD office
US Postal Service Sales and Distribution Associate varies St Mary's online or at TWD office
Calista / STG Inc Camp Cook / Housekeeper Temp St Mary's online or at TWD office
US Census Bureau Field Representative Part-time St. Mary's Online




NEW - FOUND: In Galena on the New Road between the ballfield and the Alexander Lake bridge, a lopper tool. Also known as a hedge trimmer. To claim, stop by the Fish and Wildlife office or call 656-1231. (8/22)


MISSING: In Galena, a gray, black and red bag was reportedly stolen from Vernon Stickman's boat. It contains a 357 Magnum pistol. If found, you can turn it over to Dee Dee Stickman in Galena with no questions asked. (8/12)



*** 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 2000 Ford F-150 XLT pickup. 167,000 miles on it. Has the 5.4 liter V8, and a locking camper shell. Asking price is $6500 or best offer. If interested call or text Harley at 656-7096. (8/15)

FOR SALE: In Galena, fresh garden produce from the Scottons. Call or text Sandy at 656-7100 if interested. (8/15)



The 2019-20 Galena City School District School Year Calendar is now posted here.  




Here is the Galena Hawks Highlights event planner. This calendar was put together so you can plan your activities and events months ahead of time. Send event notices to or come to the SHS office during school hours. For detailed information about upcoming events, check here on the Wireless Page.

The Galena Liquor Store is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm -10pm.




2019-2020 Galena Pool Schedule

**The Fall-Winter 2019 schedule is coming into effect. The final schedule for the school year is not set yet. See announcement above for more details.**



*Workout room is open for use during open and lap swims.

* The pool use fee $5.00/use.  Discounts will be offered for prepayment in the following amounts: 13 swims for $50; 26 swims for $100; and 40 swims for $150.   Patrons can continue to use already purchased prepaid swims until they are gone.  The price increase is still cheaper than many rural pools in the state, and will help to offset increased cost of facility

*Children 5 and under MUST have a parent or guardian 14 years of age or older with them. 

Charles Evans Community Library in Galena

Charles Evans Community Library is back on school year hours. The library is open starting at 3 pm, Monday through Thursday.

UPDATED May 2018- 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)

The emergency contact numbers for the Galena Fire and Police departments are as follows:

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

Airport Police (statewide, toll free):  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




UPDATED - The Coffee Shop is back on school year hours: open from 8:15 am to 2 pm each weekday, 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, and for burger nights from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday.


Galena Coffee Shop specials August 19th - August 24th


Crispy Chicken Wrap w/ Fried Rice


Chicken Coconut Curry over Rice


Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos


Homemade Lasagna or Manicotti w/Garlic Bread Sticks


Homemade Clam Chowder & Pizza


Open 11am-2pm

Phone number: 656-2505. You can place orders ahead of time by phone so it's ready for pickup when you arrive.

Credit card payments are only accepted when starting an account.  No personal checks.




Sidney C. Huntington School Menus - August 2019

Full menus for the month are available through the followings links: Breakfast and Lunch



August 23


Breakfast: Yogurt parfait, blueberry muffins, mixed berries
Lunch: Baked salmon, fried rice, asparagus, fresh berries



**Fresh fruit bar is available at breakfast and lunch, along with a salad bar at lunch.**



Yukon Koyukuk School District Menus - August 2019


The full menu for the month is available here.



August 23


Breakfast: Banana bread, smoothies
Lunch: Pizza, salad, baby carrots, mandarin oranges


**YKSD schools will now offer a salad bar at lunch.**



Galena Interior Learning Academy Menus - August 2019