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NEW - This week's Yukon Wireless Conversation featured Galena Travel Coordinator Shirley Cleaver, discussing current Galena rules for travel, virus testing and shelter in place orders. This, and every other Yukon Wireless Conversation program, is available for streaming and download from the KIYU Sound Cloud page.


KIYU Kids Korner has been taken over by a tiger, a donkey, a piglet, and a bear. But it's OK - they're friendly. They are the iconic characters of A.A. Milne's "Complete Works of Winnie-the-Pooh," which returns to the radio this Saturday at 10 am. Actor Peter Dennis performs all the classic stories in 18 half-hour programs. You can hear two a time, each Saturday for the next two months. (8/11)


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.




none to announce at this time.





COVID-19 Coronavirus-related announcements - organized by community



UPDATED - The current travel declaration form for Galena is available here. (updated September 17).


UPDATED - The Galena City Council passed the following emergency ordinances at recent meetings:

Official, signed, full text versions of Ordinances 2021-10 and 2021-11, as passed by the City Council, are available here.

Signed versions of Ordinances 2021-12 and 2021-13 are posted here.

As emergency ordinances, these laws are in place for 60 days after the time they were passed, unless otherwise modified, replaced, or renewed by the City Council before then. (9/10)


City of Galena Emergency Ordinance 2021-06, passed by the City Council on August 25, requires all persons, whether customers, employees, or visitors, to "wear a face mask covering when entering and when inside any building or enclosed premises generally open to the public, including both publically and privately owned premises."

Cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are acceptable under the ordinance.

As an emergency ordinance, the face covering requirement took effect immediately after passage, and will stay in place for 60 days unless it is renewed or changed by the City Council.

Here is the full text of final, signed version of Ordinance 2021-06 (updated 9/17)


Sweetsir's Store in Galena is open for in-store shopping. Face masks are required for everyone who enters the store. Phone orders remain an option, for either pickup or delivery. To place an order over the phone, please call 656-1223. Sweetsir's thanks you for your patience and understanding. (9/10)


The Galena City School District is conducting health screenings for students and staff each day. If a student is unable to attend school due to COVID-19 symptoms (having a temperature 100.4 degrees or higher, for example), a “Return to School” note from a medical provider is required before that student may return to the classroom or other school facilities. The GCSD thanks you for your continued understanding as it tries to ensure the highest level of health and safety for all. (9/3)


The City of Galena river patrol program is operational and will stay in place until October. The river patrol will monitor boat travel and give out travel information to hunters and all travelers who pass through on the Yukon River. (8/29)


The Edgar Nollner Health Center continues to provide on-site rapid COVID-19 tests. However, please be aware that capacity is limited and everyone must schedule an appointment to be tested. It is not a walk-up service. It is recommended that you call to schedule your appointment several days in advance, as appointment times can fill up. If you are a new patient, you must complete a registration packet before you can be scheduled. The ENHC thanks you for your cooperation.

Also regarding testing, TCC and the City of Galena remind all travelers that testing is not a substitute for quarantining after travel. This is because someone could be infected by the virus and still test negative, if there are not enough viral components in the nose to be picked up by the COVID-19 test. Seven days after infection, the virus is more likely to be detected. The purpose of the quarantine period is to prevent someone from spreading the virus to other people during the time when the infected person has the virus but doesn't know it. (9/7)


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.



The village of Ruby is on lockdown. Please do not attempt to enter the community. Boat travelers can check in with the Ruby river patrol staff if they need fuel. (9/15)



The community of Hughes will not be selling gas or allowing any hunters to stop in the village.



UPDATED - No one can enter the village without prior approval. All travel requests involving Nulato are reviewed each week on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. All inter-village travel and city travel involving Nulato has to be approved by the Nulato Task Force. Nulato River Patrol is on duty at all times, and crews are patrolling the airport and overland trails as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Gina Patsy or Kathy Ekada at (907) 417-7030. (9/17)


Other villages

If you want to post your village's current coronavirus control policies here on the Yukon Wireless, please email them to (7/11)




NEW - September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The TCC Galena Behavioral Health Department will host a suicide prevention walk and run on Monday, September 21 starting at 2 pm at the Edgar Nollner Health Center. There will be refreshments served. Call 656-1617 for more information. All are welcome to participate. (9/15)


Gana-A’Yoo is looking for a voting shareholder living in Nulato over the age of 18 to fill a seat on the Natural Resources Committee. Please submit your letter of interest by September 24th. Letters can be mailed to the corporate office, emailed to, or faxed to 907-569-9699. (8/31)


According to its new fall schedule, the Charles Evans Community Library in Galena will be open Mondays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm through 4:30 pm. More weekend hours will be added later in the year. (8/28)


KIYU is looking for a few more people to serve on its Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB provides advice and feedback to KIYU management about the programs and services that KIYU provides. The CAB is not the same thing as the Board of Directors, who are in charge of managing KIYU and its affiliated stations. The CAB meets once or twice a year, and will be involved in decisions about changes to radio programming. If interested in joining the CAB, please email or call 656-1488 and leave a message if necessary. (9/7)


The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena has openings for residents. For more information, contact Agnes Sweetsir at 656-2574 or email The resident application for the elders' facility is available here, and a brochure summarizing the services and values of the YKEALF is here. (8/10)


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 is answering 911 calls and will inform fire department personnel when necessary. Please update your records and contact lists. (8/6)


The Galena City School District school calendar is available for viewing and download here. (8/13)




COVID-19 Informational Resources



Subsistence Hunting and Fishing

Gana-A’Yoo Limited - the village corporation for Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato and Kaltag - offers conditional land use permits to non-shareholder residents of those villages. One such permit allows for subsistence hunting on Gana-A'Yoo land. Along with a state-issued hunting license, the nonshareholder land use permit must be carried by the permit holder when out in the field. If you are interested in applying for a permit, or if you have any questions, please email, call the corporate office (907-569-9599 or toll free 1-888-656-1606), The nonshareholder land use policy and permit application are also available on the Gana-A'Yoo website: (8/28)


The Galena-Area moose seasons will proceed as they are printed in the 2020-2021 Alaska Hunting Regulations.

The Yukon River RM834 season in Units 21B, 21D, and 24D is open until September 25. This permit is available online or at your local license vendor.

The RM832 season in the Koyukuk Controlled Use Area, including parts of Units 21C and 21D and 24C and 24D, runs from September 1 through September 25. This permit is available at vendors in Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato, Huslia, and Hughes…and the Fish and Game checkstations on the Koyukuk River. This year only, due to public health concerns, there will be two checkstations on the Koyukuk River. Non-local hunters will be directed to the usual site, but LOCAL hunters from nearby villages should go to the checkstation on the east side of the Koyukuk River, directly across the river from the normal location. Social distancing and facemasks are required at both checkstations. Stopping at the checkstation is still required, but people must stay in their boats until instructed otherwise.

The Nowitna River checkstation will not be operating this year. Hunters must get their permits from their local vendor or online, BEFORE they go hunting on the Nowitna River.

Hunters that are required to turn in half of an antler under a subsistence hunting permit can deliver the antler to the license vendor where they got their permit, or to the Fish and Game office in Galena. If required to submit the lower jaw, the only place that will receive those will be the Fish and Game Offices in Galena or Fairbanks. Hunters who are unable to turn in a specimen to the required location can call Glenn Stout for assistance.

Permits for the Federal moose hunt on the Nowitna Refuge are available by calling the refuge office in Galena at 1-800-656-1231. This moose hunt is only for permanent residents of Galena, Ruby, and Tanana. This hunt takes place on Federal land within the Nowitna Refuge from September 26 through October 1. If you already harvested a moose this fall, you will not be eligible.

If you have any questions about these hunts, please contact Stephanie Sweetsir at the Fish and Game office in Galena at 656-1345, Glenn Stout in Fairbanks at 459-7218, or Sara Longson in Fairbanks at 459-7231. (8/20)



Yukon Drainage Subsistence Fishing Update and Schedules
with information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Updated September 18

With the tail end of this year's historically low fall chum run working its way up the Yukon drainage, subsistence salmon fishing restrictions are progressively being relaxed.

For Yukon River Districts 1, 2, 3, Subdistrict 4-A, and the Koyukuk River: Subsistence salmon fishing is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week with 7.5 inch or smaller mesh gillnets. Fishermen may also use other types of salmon gear such as dip nets and fish wheels. All fish caught may be retained.

For Subdistricts 4-B and 4-C, and Subdistrict 5-A, fishing with 4 inch or smaller mesh gillnets is open around the clock to target non-salmon species. Live-release fish wheels and dip nets can also be used to target salmon other than fall chum and non-salmon fish species. Fish wheels must be attended and supervised at all times they are operating. All fall chum salmon caught using the selective gear must be released alive immediately and bypass any livebox on a fish wheel.

At 12:01 am on Saturday, September 19, the maximum gillnet mesh size for Subdistricts 4-B and 4-C, including Bishop Mountain, Galena and Ruby, goes up to 7.5 inches. Subsistence fishing will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fishermen may also use other types of salmon gear such as dip nets and fish wheels. All fish caught may be retained.


Fish and Game 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.





In an effort to prevent the possible spread of the corona virus in such a tight indoor environment, Galena Hardware is not 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)


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)


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.

And 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 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)




2020 Elections


The State of Alaska Division of Elections offers an online method for registering to vote. You can find it at

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. If you do not have a valid Alaska driver's license or state ID, or your information cannot be validated, you can still register using a paper form, which is available through the voter registration website or from many city offices.

The deadline to register or make changes to an existing registration in time for the November 3rd General Election will be October 4th. Voter registration forms are also available at Galena City Hall.


The 2020 Galena Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 6th. Two city council seats, mayor, and two school board seats will be up for election - all for three year terms.



River Level Readings (updated September 18)


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




(Updated 9/10) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:


Accounts Payable worker

Coaching and Advisor positions

Computer Technician


Clerical II (Fairbanks)

Computer Technician (Eagle River)

Special Education Contact Teacher (flexible)

Temporary iGrad Coach (Wasilla)

Contact Teacher jobs in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai, Juneau and Wasilla

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


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.




LOST: In Galena, a Samsung S9 smartphone with severely cracked screen. Lost somewhere between Gabe's Drive and the post office. A reward is offered for its return. If found, please call or text 444-6736, or email: (9/15)




*** 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!


FREE: At KIYU, Yellow bottle HEET. Individual bottles are in two boxes under the KIYU building by the front steps. Still plenty remaining. Also, the kids' bikes in front of the big satellite dish are free for the taking. (9/17)


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 (7/1)




2020 Galena Pool Schedule

Lap swims Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm.


UPDATED SEPTEMBER 17, 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 UPDATED AUGUST 2020

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




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.


September 14 - September 19


French Dip & Fried Rice


Beef Gyros with Crab Pasta Salad


Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos


Chicken Coconut Curry over Rice


Homemade Clam Chowder & Pizza


Open 11 am - 2 pm

Sunday - Closed



--download the September 2020 Breakfast Menu here, and the September 2020 Lunch Menu here.