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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020


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Wednesday May 27th, 2020       



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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.

UPDATED - 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 7:30 am, 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:


For more information from the National Weather Service concerning river conditions and breakup predictions, visit this site.

For reminders about preparing for a flood, see this announcement


The Galena City School District Board of Education will hold a work session today (Wednesday) at 6:00pm at SHS. The purpose of this work session is for the Board to discuss the possibilities for starting the next school year, including the challenges surrounding the return of boarding school students to Galena. Everyone is welcome to attend the work session, and public comments will be accepted at the end. Please follow CDC COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and face coverings, if you attend in person. If you’d like to join remotely, please call 1-800-315-6338 and enter the access code 12053# when prompted. (5/22)



   COVID-19 Coronavirus-related mandates from the State of Alaska


UPDATED - The mandate requiring all travelers returning to Alaska from another state or another country to quarantine for two weeks has been renewed until June 2nd. However, Governor Dunleavy says he will reevaluate the quarantine order for travelers from out of state on a regular basis.

The State of Alaska has now moved into Phase 3 and 4 of the economic reopening plan. In general, businesses and houses of worship can operate at full capacity if they so choose. 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 reaching new areas of the state (such as Kotzebue this week, as well as another case in Nome). Please continue to be cautious and vigilant.


Health Mandate #15 remains in effect until further notice. According to the mandate, hospitals, rural health clinics and other specified health care providers are allowed to offer nonemergency and elective medical procedures . For procedures that put health care workers at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, patients would have to have a negative test result for the virus no more than 48 hours before the procedure. There are many other details and conditions tied to this mandate; go to to learn more. (4/16)


For a list of all statewide health and safety mandates issued by the Governor so far, visit


COVID-19 Coronavirus-related announcements - organized by community




UPDATED - 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 for possible coronavirus symptoms and will need to know if you plan to bring a family member to your appointment, so that this person can be screened as well. 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)


According to a Galena City Council emergency ordinances, all travel in and out of Galena must be approved by the City's travel committee. This policy remains in place until at least May 26th. For more information, please contact City Hall at 656-1301. You can see the original city ordinances that have now been extended: Ordinance 2020-01, and Ordinance 2020-02 (5/12)


Due to social distancing policies, the 2020 U.S. Census takers for Galena, Joyce Huntington and Melissa Lester, will be making phone calls to households, rather than visiting in person. If you receive a message please return their call; there are only a few questions and it takes about 5-10 minutes. It is very important to be counted in the census because it determines how much funding a community receives for services such as transportation, medical care, public safety, and more. (5/18)


The Galena Behavioral Health Department is conducting a "Positive Vibes" door decorating contest. Each household that participates will receive a roll of poster paper and a pack of markers, and then you are encouraged to decorate your paper with images and messages of positivity. Entries will be judged on May 29, and exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. To enter your household in the contest, or to find out more, contact Heidi McClure at 656-1617 or (5/12)


The Galena Pool is open for afternoon lap swims on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 – 6 pm. Patrons are expected to continue social distancing and follow other signed protocols within the facility.

The City of Galena has also given permission for local families to rent and use the pool facility. Families may rent the pool for private use under the following conditions: The users may only include members of your immediate household; those who currently are living in your home. NO tag-a-longs or non-household members, even if they are related to you, are permitted. Fees for a family swim are $30 per hour plus $3 per swimmer. An extra $10 cleaning fee will be added on for cleaning and disinfecting the locker rooms after the rental time. To schedule a swim please contact Sandy Scotton at 656-7100 or 656-4545. (5/1)


The Galena Liquor Store is open from noon to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. Shoppers from 4 households will be allowed in the store at a time. Only individuals residing in Galena will be served. Customers must maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other and employees whenever in the store. Elders are still encouraged to have someone else shop for them. (5/3)


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. Orders can be called in during these hours for pick up or delivery. The number to call is 656-1223. Customers are encouraged to wear face coverings in the store. If you are not feeling well or have a cough, please have someone else shop for you or place a phone order for pickup or delivery. The limit of 4 customers in the store at a time remains in place. Please continue to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation between customers and staff in the store. Customers must be 16 years of age or older to enter the store. (5/22)


The Galena Post Office requests that customers that are coughing, sneezing, or exhibiting signs of illness do not come to the Post Office. Please send someone else to pick up your mail, or call the Post Office at 656-1262 to make arrangements.



Restrictions on travel into and out of Koyukuk have been extended until June 9th. Residents are permitted to leave the village for medical emergencies and essential business purposes only. The Koyukuk Tribal Council will re-visit the travel restrictions for the community again on June 9th. (5/18) .



The ban on travel into and out of Ruby has been extended until June 1st. No inter-village or intra-state travel will be allowed. (5/18)



The ban on travel into and out of Kaltag has been extended until May 31st. The City and Tribal council will re-evaluate the ban on that date. (5/12)



The ban on travel into and out of Nulato has been extended until June 3rd. The travel policy will be evaluated on a monthly basis from here on out. Travel is permitted for serious medical conditions only. Upon return to the village, the traveler should be placed in self-quarantine for a minimum of 21 days. Should COVID-19 symptoms occur, then self-quarantine will be extended. These self-quarantine measures will apply to all household members. If Nulato residents choose to leave the village for non-emergency reasons, they will not be allowed to return for two weeks.



The City and Tribal Council of Huslia have extended the travel ban into and out of Huslia until June 1st. The Huslia gas station is closed to all visitors. (4/23)



The Native Village of Tanana announces that a travel ban is still in place for Tanana. Only permanent residents who are returning home are allowed to enter the community. All Tanana residents are encouraged to wear face coverings when out in public, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC. (5/12)



COVID-19 Informational Resources






NEW - Wildthings Garden Products in Galena is selling flower baskets and starter plants beginning today (Wednesday). 10-inch flower baskets are $30, and 12-inch baskets are $50. 6-packs of pansies and petunias are also available. For vegetables, there are 6-packs of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage for $8 each, and individual tomato and pepper plants for between $5 and $10 each. To place an order, call Sandy at 656-7100. (5/27)


The Galena Police Department has been getting complaints lately that a number of people are parking vehicles on the sides of roads near their homes instead of in their driveways. This is making it difficult for large city trucks and the grader to get through. Parking on the sides of any road, even dead end roads, is illegal, and the Police Department will start to issue tickets to violators. If you have any questions contact the Police Department at 656-2177. (5/21)


Louden Tribal Council has scheduled its annual membership meeting for June 9th. Three seats on the Council will be up for election at the meeting. To file as a candidate for one of these seats, or to find out more, contact the Louden office. Declaration of Candidacy Forms are due on June 2nd. (5/20)


The annual Water Quality Report for Galena Water Treatment Plant #1 (in new town Galena) is available for review and posted at the normal locations around town. Contact Howard Beasley at 656-2132 with any questions. (5/20)


The latest Koyukon language coloring page from Jennessa Miller at the Galena Behavioral Health Department is ready for download here.

Prior coloring pages are available here, and here, and here, and also here, and here.

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to share the following reminders about the springtime subsistence waterfowl hunt:

1. To be eligible for the Federal Spring/Summer migratory bird subsistence hunt you must be a PERMANENT RESIDENT OF A RURAL AREA (Refer to the 2020 Subsistence Bird Harvest Regulations Handbook for further information)

2. All hunters 18 and older must have a 2020 hunting license and 2020 State Duck Stamp, except disabled veterans, those 60 years or older, and those that qualify for a low income license (Available online at, State license vendors, or ADF&G offices)

3. Rural subsistence hunters do NOT need a Federal Duck Stamp

4. Hunters must use non-toxic shot; lead shot cannot be used when waterfowl hunting.

5. You do not need to have a plug in your shotgun during the Spring/Summer season.

6. Baiting and electronic bird calls are not allowed

7. The Season is open from April 2-June 14 and July 16-August 31. (May 1- June 14 for egg gathering only.) 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 1-800-656-1231 (5/1)


Wright Air Service in Galena is open from approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Saturday for package pickups. The office is closed on Sundays. Please retrieve packages as soon as possible after being notified. The office phone number is 656-2589. (4/22)


BLM Alaska Fire Service has cancelled all pack testing and refresher courses for wildland firefighters. All EFF responders who qualified for duty last year still must complete the required “Self-Certification” through the Comprehensive Health Services EAS portal. Instructions were emailed to every EFF responder who has provided a valid email address. All EFF responders who have completed the medical “Self-Certification” process will be given the same pack test rating as last year.

Here are some resources for firefighters to use as a replacement for the refresher course:


The 2020 U.S. Census is underway and the Alaska Federation of Natives has produced a tip sheet for native or mixed-race households with guidance on how to answer certain questions on the census form in order to deliver maximum benefits to your community and Alaska as a whole. You can read the tip sheet here.

The Census Bureau requests that all households complete the census survey online, by phone or through the mail. You can learn more about the census process at this site. (4/2)


The Galena City School District would like to provide its new and prospective employees with up-to-date information regarding house rental opportunities in Galena. If you have a place for rent and you have not already spoken with Superintendent Jim Merriner, please call at 656-1205 or 538-2199. (2/14)




(Updated 5/22) The Galena City School District currently has the following job openings:

Computer Technician
SHS Elementary Teacher
SHS Special Education Aide
SHS Custodian
SHS Cook’s Helper
GILA Residence Life Counselor
GILA Resident Advisor
GILA Dorm Aide
GILA Assistant Cook I
GILA Cook’s Helper
Summer Temporary Maintenance worker

Clerical worker
IDEA Contact Teacher

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




MISSING: In Galena, a 36 foot aluminum extension ladder with damage near the top. Loaned out many moons ago. If you see one in your yard that matches this description, call Larry Hausmann at 656-1318 and leave a message or just return it to his yard. (5/19)


FOUND: In Galena, on Tiger Freeway, a black Suzuki four-wheeler key. Call 764-4479 to describe and claim. (5/15)



*** 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!

Corban Sommer is operating a car wash next to Wright Air in Galena. Exterior cleaning only for $20 per car, $10 per four-wheeler. No commercial vehicles please. (5/13)


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

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





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 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.



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, and also on Sunday afternoons.

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 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




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.


May 25 - May 30, 2020


Open 11 am to 2 pm


Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli over Rice


Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos


Chicken Coconut Curry over Rice


Homemade Clam Chowder & Pizza


open 11 am to 2 pm

Sunday - Closed