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Monday, July 13th, 2020
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NEW - Louden Tribal Council will hold a regular meeting today (Monday, July 13) starting at 6 pm at the Louden office. The agenda for the meeting is posted here.
The Louden Tribal Council Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday (July 16th) at 5 pm. There will be three seats on the Council up for election at the meeting. A sample ballot for the election is available for viewing here.
UPDATED JULY 10 - All travelers coming into Galena from urban Alaska must sign and adhere to a 7 day shelter in place order from the City of Galena. Sheltering in place is intended to prevent someone who may have contracted the virus during their travels from passing it on to other people in Galena.
Sheltering in place is not the same thing as quarantining. In a quarantine situation, the individual has no close contact with anyone else. In a shelter in place situation, the returning traveler can be in close proximity to other members of his or her household, but all members of the household are then required to follow these guidelines for the duration of the shelter in place order:
• No one from outside your household can come into your home, and you cannot go to other homes;
• Do not enter any public places, such as stores, the post office, churches, airlines, and school buildings. Also, do not attend large public gatherings or other public events in the community of Galena;
• Monitor members of the household for signs or symptoms of the virus, such as shortness of breath, fever, coughing, loss of taste and smell, mild headache and mild fatigue. Check your temperature if you are not feeling well;
• Maintain more than a six foot distance with people from outside your household if you need to interact with others for a short amount of time, and wear a mask while doing so.
For a more detailed rundown on the City of Galena’s current travel, testing and isolation policies, see this document.
Individuals in Galena who wish to make travel arrangements, as well as residents of other communities who wish to visit Galena, need to get a travel permit from the City of Galena’s Travel Committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 656-1301 to request travel authorization. Or get a copy of the travel request form here (form updated June 26).
Here is the City of Galena's latest brochure describing travel and shelter in place policies
A video in which Dr. Tamara A. Huntington demonstrates the procedures for coronavirus testing in Galena is posted on Paul Apfelbeck's You Tube channel.
Wright Air Service now has a mandatory face mask policy for all passengers on all flights, and for all staff, passengers and visitors at the waiting room in Fairbanks. (7/1)
NEW - KRFF and Tanana Chiefs Conference will host a COVID-19 informational program on Wednesday (July 15) from 10 to 11 am. The program will feature the state's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and Dr. Alisa Alexander from TCC. You can send in questions that you would like the doctors to answer on the program by emailing email@example.com. (7/13)
The Edgar Nollner Health Center requires all patients, except for emergencies, to make an appointment. If you have a medical need, please call 656-1366 to schedule an appointment. If you would like to arrange a telephone consultation with your provider, this may be available depending on the nature of your concern. The ENHC is screening all patients and escorts for possible coronavirus symptoms. Please plan to wear a face mask or face covering to your appointment. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with these important safety measures. (5/24)
UPDATED - Sweetsir's Store has new summer hours: Sundays from noon to 6 pm, weekdays 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 6 pm. Face coverings and hand sanitizing or gloves (which are provided) are required for all shoppers who wish to enter the building. If a shopper chooses not to comply, he or she can place a phone order for pickup at the back loading dock of the store, or for delivery. Requests made after 4 p.m. will be delivered the next morning. Call 656-1223 to place a phone order. Sweetsir’s also invites elders over 70 years of age to shop before the store opens or after it closes avoid the risk of mingling with too many other people. Call Agnes at 656-7449 to make these special arrangements.
An updated statewide mandate concerning travelers coming into Alaska from out of state is now in effect.
The mandate describes how travelers must get tested for coronavirus if they wish to avoid quarantine. Get more details at the state's traveler information page or see the full text of this mandate (#10, as revised) here.
Under the state’s economic reopening plan, villages are still allowed to impose travel restrictions that limit or block non-essential travel into their communities. Large public gatherings such as festivals and concerts will need to get approval from public health officials before they can happen.
Even though the state is allowing businesses and organizations to operate at pre-pandemic levels, state government and health officials insist that all Alaskans continue to follow these virus-prevention guidelines in the days, weeks, and months to come:
The virus is still among us and cases continue to pop up in rural locations such as Nome, Bethel, Dillingham and Kotzebue. Please continue to be cautious and vigilant.
For a list of all statewide health and safety mandates issued by the Governor so far, visit covid19.alaska.gov
The Dental Department at the Edgar Nollner Health Center in Galena is open and seeing patients for routine care, which includes exams, simple cleanings and fillings, as well as emergency evaluations. Please call 656-1366 extension 5336 in advance to make an appointment. (7/6)
The City of Galena reminds residents not to dispose of fish waste in the dumpsters. This serves as bear bait, and therefore presents a safety hazard in town. Please dispose of fish scraps in the river instead.
Galena Water Treatment Plant #1 in new town Galena has violated drinking water standards for trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which are byproducts of the water disinfection process. Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids over many years may experience liver, kidney and central nervous system problems, and be at increased risk of getting cancer. If you have any questions, contact the water plant at 656-2132 or PO Box 149, Galena, AK 99741. (7/12)
The City of Galena is requesting proposals to provide 10,000 gallons of #1 heating fuel by barge during the 2020 barge season. Sealed bids must be submitted to the City of Galena at P.O. Box 149, Galena, AK 99741 by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15th. The envelope containing the bid should indicate clearly that it contains a proposal for City fuel for calendar year 2020. For more information see the proposal request announcement here.(6/30)
The City of Galena is accepting bids for the rental of the Aviation Education building at the airport. All bids must be received by 3 pm on Tuesday, July 14th. For more information, contact Shanda Huntington at 656-1301 or see this document (6/30)
The Galena Behavioral Health Department is proud to present the Hawks Summer Challenge. Prizes will be provided for every participant who completes the challenge and larger prizes will be awarded to families if every family member completes the challenge. Participants will have until this Wednesday, July 15th to complete the challenge. More details are attached. Please contact Heidi McClure (656-7178 , firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennessa Miller (email@example.com) with any questions you might have. They can also provide you with printed copies of the challenge wheel at your request. (6/10)
Wright Air Service in Galena is open from approximately 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday for package pickups. Passenger service is only available from Wright Air Mondays through Fridays, and all passengers must wear a face covering on board the plane and at the terminal building in Fairbanks. The office is closed on Sundays. Please retrieve packages as soon as possible after being notified. The office phone number is 656-2589. (6/30)
Koyukon language coloring pages from Jennessa Miller at the Galena Behavioral Health Department are ready for download here.
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If you would like to color a page for the Elders' Center, have someone over the age of 16 drop it off at Sweetsir's Store. (5/14)
The Galena Police Department reminds residents that parking vehicles on public roadways is illegal under city ordinances. By creating bottlenecks, parked cars make it difficult for the grader, firetrucks, and city utility trucks to do their jobs. The Police Department will start to issue tickets to violators. If you have any questions contact the Police Department at 656-2177. (5/21)
The State of Alaska Division of Elections will now accept applications for absentee ballots through a new online system. An absentee ballot will allow a registered voter to cast a ballot through the mail before an election. The old method of filling out a form on paper and mailing it in is still an option as well. You can access the online absentee ballot application system at absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov. A valid Alaska drivers license or state ID card is required to complete the online application.
This service will only apply to the August 18th Primary Election and the November 3rd General Election, which are organized and overseen by the State. It will not apply to local elections. Contact your local city government for details about absentee voting opportunities that it might provide.
The State of Alaska Division of Elections also offers an online method for registering to vote. You can use this system if you recently moved and want to change your registered address to your new location, or if you are registering to vote for the first time. A valid Alaska drivers license or state ID card will also be required to register online.
The KIYU River Report presents information from the National Weather Service regarding water levels and river conditions on the Koyukuk, Yukon and Tanana Rivers. The River Report can be heard at 11:45 am and 6:30 pm each weekday, and 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.
To get the written version of the River Report, see the following link:
JULY 13 RIVER REPORT
For more information from the National Weather Service concerning river conditions, visit this site.
King salmon estimates at the Pilot Station sonar indicate the run size should meet escapement goals and support some harvest. However, Fish and Game is asking subsistence fishermen to set their harvest goals to about half of what they normally would take.
The Pilot Station sonar estimate for kings as of July 11 was around 150,000 fish - which is about 15 percent lower than the recent average for that date. The summer chum run appears to be both late and poor this year, based on a sonar estimate for summer chum on July 11 of about 583,000 fish - which is only about a third of the average passage estimate for that date.
Fish and Game is planning to increase fishing time and mesh size for a given area once the majority of king salmon have moved through.
Subsistence fishermen may continue to use fish wheels, dipnets, and beach seines during gillnet openings and all salmon may be retained. During subsistence salmon fishing closures, fishermen may use 4-inch or smaller mesh gillnets to target non-salmon species, such as whitefish, sheefish and pike.
And here are the fishing schedules:
For District 2 (including St. Mary’s): Subsistence salmon fishing is allowed with 7.5-inch or smaller mesh gillnets from 8 p.m. Sundays to 8 a.m. Tuesdays, and from 8 p.m. Wednesdays to 8 a.m. Fridays.
District 4-A Upper Portion (including Kaltag, Nulato, and Koyukuk) and Subdistrict 4-B and 4-C (including Bishop Mountain, Galena and Ruby): Subsistence salmon fishing is closed until this Wednesday, when the full regulatory schedule will go back in effect. Salmon fishing will be allowed during two 48 hour openers per week: 6 pm Wednesdays to 6 pm Fridays, and from 6 pm Sundays to 6 pm Tuesdays. Maximum gillnet mesh size will be 7.5 inches.
Koyukuk River: Subsistence salmon fishing is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with a maximum gillnet mesh size of 7.5 inches.
Subdistrict 5-A, 5-B and 5-C (Tanana and Rampart): Fishing will reopen this Tuesday, July 14 with gillnets restricted to 6-inch or smaller mesh and fish wheels on a schedule of two 24-hour periods per week: from 6 p.m. Tuesdays to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 6 p.m. Fridays to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
The federal subsistence waterfowl hunting season will be closed from June 15-July 15. Egg gathering also closed down on June 15th. The hunt opens back up on July 16th. For more detailed regulations, please see the 2020 Alaska Subsistence Bird Harvest Regulations Handbook or go online to this address.
If you have any questions please call the Fish and Wildlife office in Galena at 656-1231 or 1-800-656-1231 (5/1)
Louden Tribal Council in Galena is hiring for a full time Housing Director, a full time Indian Child Welfare Director, an Accountant, and a Youth Supervisor / On-call Administrative Assistant. These positions are open until filled. To get more information, contact Louden at 656-1711, or see the job announcements below. (6/20)
--Youth Supervisor / On Call Administrative Assistant
The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility is now accepting applications for caregivers. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is some leeway regarding the timing of fingerprints. They are still required, but if it's not possible to submit them with the application it can temporarily be waived. The application can be found here. (6/11)
(Updated 7/6) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:
Coaching and Advisors
SHS Elementary Teacher
SHS Special Education Aide
SHS Cook’s Helper
GILA Residence Life Counselor
GILA Resident Advisor
GILA Dorm Aide
GILA Assistant Cook
GILA Cook’s Helper
Fairbanks Region IDEA Office
Receptionist / Secretary
Mat-Su Region IDEA Office
To apply, fill out a complete employment application on the Galena City School District website located at https://www.galenaalaska.org/employment
*** 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!
NEW - WANTED: In Galena, table, chairs, and carpeting. If you have any of those items for sale, call 656-7139 to make an offer. (7/11)
Conchetta's Custom Cakes in Galena is accepting orders to help you celebrate an upcoming birthday, anniversary or other special event. To find out more or to place an order, contact Sable at 656-7066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (7/1)
2020 Galena Pool Schedule
Under its first reopening plan after the COVID shutdown, the Pool will be open for lap swims Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm. Patrons are expected to continue social distancing and to follow other signed protocols within the facility.
Families may also rent the pool for their household members to enjoy. However no friends or extended family members will be allowed to tag along. Contact Sandy at 656-7100 for more details.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020 - Here is a listing of privately-owned lodging establishments and vehicle rental businesses in Galena. Please feel free to share this resource with those needing short or long term, temporary lodging or transportation. If you offer these services, and wish to be added to the list, please e-mail us at email@example.com so we can post it online.
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
GALENA COFFEE SHOP
Open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm. Also open for Burger Nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 5 to 7 pm. Call 656-2505 ahead of time to place orders.