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NEW - The Galena City Council will hold a special meeting next Tuesday (August 11) beginning at 6 pm at City Hall and over teleconference. The Council will be considering an emergency ordinance to restrict travel between August 17 and August 31 to essential travel only. The teleconference number is 1-800-315-6338, followed by the passcode 46789. The agenda and proposed text of the ordinance are available for viewing here. (8/6)
NEW - Louden Tribal Council will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, August 11 at 6 pm at the Louden office. The agenda for the meeting is posted here.
NEW - The Galena Volunteer Fire Department will hold an organizational meeting on Wednesday, August 12 starting at 5 pm at the Antoski Road Fire Hall. Current volunteers are asked to bring all fire department gear that they might have in their possession. Current and prospective volunteers are also asked to bring some form of ID so a more formal list of members can be established. (8/7)
NEW - The Galena City School District Board of Education will hold a meeting next Wednesday, August 12 to discuss the latest version of the GCSD Smart Start Plan 2020-2021 and the 2020-2021 GCSD School Calendar. The Work Session begins at 6:00pm. The Regular Meeting starts at 7:00pm or directly after the Work Session if it ends before 7:00pm.
In order to ensure proper social distancing in the SHS Library/Commons area, please consider teleconferencing into the meeting by calling 1-800-315-6338 and entering access code 12053# when prompted. If attending in person, you must wear a face covering and maintain adequate social distancing.
The Board Packet is available at the following website: https://www.galenaalaska.org/school-board/. Click on “GCSD August 2020 School Board Packet.”
The “GCSD Smart Start Plan 2020-2021” (which will be discussed during the Work Session and is still in DRAFT form) is available at the following link: https://www.galenaalaska.org/docs/GCSDSmartStartPlan2020-2021.pdf.
The Middle Yukon Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 11 at 3:00 PM via teleconference. The purpose of this meeting is to have a localized discussion on the upcoming moose hunting season and how to mitigate risk of nonlocal hunters accessing the area. To participate, please call 1-800-504-8071 and enter access code 4597263# when prompted. For more information contact Nissa Pilcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907-459-7228. (8/1)
NEW - The Annual Shareholder Meeting for the St. Mary’s Native Corporation will be held online beginning at 10 am on Saturday, August 15th. One seat on the Board of Directors will be up for election. Shareholders are strongly encouraged to vote by proxy in advance of the meeting. Early bird prizes are available for proxies received by 5:00 PM on Monday, August 10th. If you have not received your proxy in the mail, you can request that a proxy be sent to you via email by contacting Brenda Paukan in the St Mary's office (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Tatiana Journey in the Anchorage office (email@example.com). Instructions on how to connect to the meeting and other details are posted here. (8/5)
The Gana-A’Yoo Limited Annual Shareholder Meeting will happen remotely on August 21st beginning at 8:30 am. Instructions on how to attend will be distributed to shareholders prior to the meeting. This year, shareholders will be asked to vote on whether or not to establish a Gana-A’Yoo settlement trust, and will elect board members for three open seats.
Those who submit their valid proxy vote by 5 p.m., Friday, August 7th, are eligible for the early bird drawings of two (2) 25,000 Alaska Airline Miles, two (2) $1,500, four (4) $1,000, three (3) $500, four (4) $250, and seven (7) $100 prizes. For your proxy to be counted it must be received by August 19th.
If shareholders are trying to get it in quickly before the deadline and do not have access to a fax machine or a functioning post office, there are several other options:
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If you are interested in serving on the Gana-A'Yoo Foundation Board of Directors, the deadline to submit a letter of intent and a resume is August 31st.
If you have any questions, please call the corporate office at 907-569-9599 or toll free 1-888-656-1606. (7/14)
According to current city ordinances, travel into Galena from anywhere is treated the same, with virus testing and a 7-day household shelter in place period required.
Individuals who leave Galena for urban Alaska and return less than 72 hours later do not need to get a virus test before returning to Galena, but still must shelter in place with all members of the household for 7 days upon returning, then get tested.
Please remember that when you and your household are under a shelter in place order, no close contact with other households is allowed, and you cannot enter an indoor public space, such as a store.
The City of Galena strongly encourages all local residents and visitors to abide by the airlines' mandatory face covering policy, to reduce the chances of spreading the virus within the enclosed space of an aircraft. Also, please continue to limit close contacts with others, maintain adequate social distancing between those who you do contact, and wash hands frequently
See the full text of Ordinance 2021-04, which sets the current rules for testing and shelter in place, here.
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.
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 Coordinators. 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).
A letter to parents from SHS Principal Dave Casey, which goes over some issues related to the start of the school year, is available for your review here.
The Edgar Nollner Health Center is available to assist with all your health needs and might be able to help patients avoid medical-related travel to see specialists. The ENHC has several types of video equipment that are compatible with most distance delivery options around the state. If you would like to see your specialist without leaving Galena, you can schedule a time to use that equipment for your appointment.
Concerning COVID19 testing, the ENHC continues to conduct the tests onsite, but the state’s capacity for testing is strained and demand will soon exceed supply, causing longer wait times for testing and test results.
The ENHC encourages everyone to keep a contact list, to assist in COVID19 contact tracing if you contract the virus or have potentially been exposed to it. Learn more about how to keep track of your contacts at this state website.
The Edgar Nollner Health Center strongly encourages you to be vigilant in protecting yourself and others from exposure to coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead. (7/15)
Sweetsir's Store is allowing customers back into the store under certain conditions. Everyone in the store must wear a face covering and hand sanitizer and sanitary gloves will be provided at the door.
In an effort to prevent the possible spread of the corona virus in such a tight indoor environment, Galena Hardware will no longer allow customers into the store for any reason. All orders must be placed for pickup only, and there is a designated area just outside the store for customers to pick up a hardware order.
Also, Galena Hardware will no longer accept cash as a form of payment. Customers have the option of setting up a store credit account by paying with a credit/debit card and putting money down ahead of anticipated purchases. They can also mail a check or money order (made payable to Galena Hardware) to PO Box 157 for the same purpose. Customers are encouraged to call in orders to 656-8636 Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm. Once placed, orders should be picked up promptly.
Galena Hardware apologizes for any inconvenience that this causes and appreciates your business. (7/14)
The Galena Courthouse is open by appointment only until further notice. Please call 656-1322 to make an appointment. Deputy Magistrate Pitka will be working but all communications will be done through phone, email, mail, or fax. There will be a drop box at the front door for any needed court forms or filings. (7/20)
Wright Air Service 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.
Major retailers with stores in Fairbanks that require all customers to wear a face mask include Fred Meyer and Walmart. (7/22)
UPDATED - The Kaltag Task Force has extended the lockdown order for Kaltag until August 31st. No inter-village travel of any kind between Kaltag and neighboring villages is allowed. Kaltag residents are allowed to leave for medical purposes, but must sign a travel contract with the Tribal Council and agree to other rules on testing and quarantine. Click here for the latest guidance document from the Kaltag Task Force for the month of August 2020. (8/4)
UPDATED - Nulato's travel ban has been extended until August 17. The Nulato Task Force plans to discuss the travel ban again on Thursday, August 13. The only exceptions to the travel ban will be essential workers coming into the village, and medical-related travel. All essential workers and medical travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return. For more details, see this document from the Nulato Task Force.
Also note that the new Nulato Travel Coordinator is Gina Patsy (email@example.com), and the Travel Assistant is Kathy Ekada (firstname.lastname@example.org). (8/7)
UPDATED - No inter-village travel is allowed. Only year-round Huslia residents are allowed in and out of Huslia, granted that they have a negative COVID test before entering Huslia. All travelers entering Huslia have to quarantine for 7 days then take another COVID test, and quarantine until the results come in. Essential workers are allowed to travel to Huslia if they have a negative COVID test. (8/3)
UPDATED - Beginning August 11, the State will no longer provide free virus tests to non-residents who arrive in Alaska. Non-resident travelers are encouraged to test negative for COVID-19 prior to arriving in Alaska. The test must be no more than 72 hours old at the time of arrival in Alaska. If the traveler got tested less than 72 hours before arrival but is still waiting for the results to come back, he or she can still show up in Alaska and quarantine while waiting for the results to show up. The State of Alaska will also offer virus testing to non-residents upon arrival for a fee of $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting for results. Non-residents cannot avoid testing altogether by choosing to quarantine for 14 days instead.
Alaska residents will still be allowed to test at airports when they return from out of state. In addition, Alaska residents traveling back to rural communities will have the option, starting on August 11, of testing at airport sites to comply with local requirements for a negative COVID test before travel back to the village.
There are more details on the State of Alaska's traveler information page. (8/4)
Effective as of Thursday, July 23, all employees and visitors to state buildings and facilities must wear a face covering if they cannot maintain more than a six foot distance from other people.
The State strongly advises all residents and visitors to Alaska to do the following:
The virus is still among us and cases continue to pop up in rural locations with travel restrictions in place. Please continue to be cautious and vigilant.
The most recent guidance and information concerning testing and quarantine for travelers coming into Alaska from Outside is available on this state website.
For a list of all statewide health and safety mandates issued by the Governor so far, visit covid19.alaska.gov
NEW - Some important emergency contact phone numbers for Galena have changed. 9-1-1 is now the number to call for both police and fire emergencies. The police department will serve as dispatchers for any calls that require a response from the fire department. Please update your records and contact lists. (8/6)
NEW - The Galena Post Office asks all boxholders to come to the post office and take all of the letters and envelopes from inside your PO boxes. Adrianna is trying to catch up with the backlog of mail, but cannot open the counter nor do monetary transactions until Wednesday, August 12. She is able to move packages to the back loading dock for pickup after 2 pm on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. (8/7)
NEW - The City of Galena is seeking a list of potential house or apartment rentals for Galena for the next 6 months. If you have a place available for rent and would be interested in making it available, please contact the travel coordinators at the City of Galena before Aug 11th. The email address is email@example.com, and phone is 656-1301. (8/5)
Draft copies of the Smart Start plans for the Sidney Huntington School and Galena Interior Learning Academy are available through the following links:
High school: https://www.galenaalaska.org/docs/HSSmartStartPlan.pdf
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)
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)
UPDATED - Registered voters in Alaska can now apply online for an absentee ballot for the August 18, 2020 Primary Election. You download the ballot, make your votes, sign it in the presense of a witness, and then send it off to the Division of Elections via the mail or fax machine.
You can access the online absentee ballot application system at absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov. More guidance on how to request an absentee ballot, and how to cast that ballot, is provided on this page. A valid Alaska drivers license or state ID card is required to complete the online application.
The deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications is 5 pm on Monday, August 17.
Absentee ballots for the November General Election will be available starting on October 19th.
This service 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 deadline to register in time to vote for the August 18th Primary was July 19th.
For more information from the National Weather Service concerning river conditions, visit this site.
The passage of king salmon at the Eagle sonar was around 25,700 fish as of August 5th, which is less than half of the average estimate for that date. Current projections indicate the lower end of the spawning escapement objective in Canada (42,500 fish) may not be met.
The 2020 fall chum salmon preseason projection is for a run size of less than 450,000 fish. This level of abundance is not likely to meet escapement goals and treaty objectives. The Pilot Station sonar estimate for fall chum as of August 4th was about 128,000 fish - which is about 40 percent below average for that date. The subsistence fishing schedule is being reduced to half periods and openers are being cancelled, in an effort to limit the harvest of fall chum salmon so that more fish can reach their spawning areas.
And here are the fishing schedules:
Districts 1-3 (including St. Mary’s): Subsistence salmon fishing is closed until at least Wednesday, August 12th. The subsistence fishing period that would have happened from 2 p.m. Saturday, August 8th to 8 a.m. Sunday, August 9th has been cancelled due to low fall chum numbers. Fishing will resume at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 12 on the previously announced schedule, however fishermen should standby for announcements regarding additional cancellations. The maximum gillnet mesh size during any openings in Districts 1 through 3 is 7.5 inches.
District 4 (including Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk, Bishop Mountain, Galena and Ruby): Subsistence salmon fishing is on a reduced fishing schedule consisting of two 18-hour periods per week: 6 pm Saturdays to 12 noon Sundays, and 6 pm Wednesdays to 12 noon Thursdays. Maximum gillnet mesh size is 7.5 inches.
Koyukuk River: Subsistence 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 (including Tanana and Rampart): Subsistence salmon fishing is currently closed. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 11th, subsistence salmon fishing will reopen on a reduced fishing 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. Maximum gillnet mesh size will be 7.5 inches.
During subsistence salmon fishing closures, only gillnets with 4-inch or smaller mesh may be used to target non-salmon species. Fish wheels may not be operated during the closures.
The 2020 fall chum and coho salmon seasons will be managed out of the Fairbanks Fish and Game office. ADF&G staff will be available, Mondays through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., over the phone by calling (907) 267-2385. Fishing schedules, daily sonar counts, and daily test fishing catches can be obtained by calling, toll-free, 1-866-479-7387.
The community of Koyukuk put in an Emergency Wildlife Special Action Request to the Federal Subsistence Board, requesting an emergency moose hunting season for Koyukuk in order to provide food for the village. The Board chose to defer this request, in order to get more guidance. See the Federal Subsistence Board's news release on the situation here.
The federal subsistence waterfowl hunting season reopened 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)
The City of Galena is hiring for river patrol guards to monitor the river bank and enforce current travel regulations. Requirements include a valid Alaska drivers license and a high school diploma. Salary depends on experience. Applications will be accepted until today (August 7th). See this job description for more information. (7/29)
The City of Koyukuk has a full time job open for the city administrator. This job is open until filled. Get more details on the requirements and on how to apply in the job announcement from the City of Koyukuk. (8/7)
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 US Postal Service has a job opening in Galena for a sales and service associate. The application period for this opening was supposed to close on Thursday night, but check with Jacquelyn Starks via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at (907) 261-5461 to get the current status of the job.. The full job announcement is here. (7/29)
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 7/28) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:
Coaching and Advisors
SHS Special Education Aide
SHS Cook’s Helper
GILA Resident Advisor for Programming
GILA Resident Advisor
GILA Dorm Aide
GILA Assistant Cook
GILA Cook’s Helper
Fairbanks Region IDEA Office
There are also Contact Teacher positions open at the IDEA offices in Anchorage and Kenai.
To apply, fill out a complete employment application on the Galena City School District website located at https://www.galenaalaska.org/employment
UPDATED July 29 - There are a variety of jobs available in St Mary's and Pitka's Point, including, but not limited to, city clerk for the City of St Mary's, heavy equipment mechanic in Pitka's Point, and a nurse practioner for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. See the full job list here, or call Sylvia at 438-2328 for more information.
NEW - LOST: In Galena, a debit card in the name of Natalie Donaldson. Last seen at Sweetsir's Store. If found, please call 918-261-8354 or drop off the card at the store or school. (8/6)
*** 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, a cabin or small home with or without land. Any condition. Call Larry at 656-7095 with any offers. (8/6)
KIYU is accepting sealed bids on a 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT pickup truck. Full crew cab. About 64,568 miles on it. Windshield, battery, power steering pump, and both front CV shafts recently replaced. Truck is in good working order and can be seen in front of the radio station. Minimum bid is $17,000. Sealed bids can be delivered to the KIYU mailbox by the front door of the radio station. The deadline to receive bids is Monday, August 17th. (8/3)
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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post it online.
Police and Fire call 911
Police non-emergency office line is 656-2177.
Clinic: 656-1266 (emergency), 656-1366, option 2 (appointments and non-emergencies)
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 Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 7 pm. Call 656-2505 ahead of time to place orders.