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Wednesday, February 26th, 2020


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, 2020       



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The call-to-listen line (1-888-25-RADIO) is now a conference call that will only be active during special events, such as basketball games.

Here's what you need to do to connect:

-Call 1-888-25-RADIO
-When prompted, enter the conference code 812485
-When given the option of joining the conference without a PIN by pressing the * button, do that


NEW - Due to travel and other obligations, the Morning Wireless Guy will not be able to provide a morning wireless broadcast this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. A normal morning radio routine will return on Monday, March 2nd.




NEW - The Sidney Huntington School Parent Advisory Committee will be meeting on Monday, March 2nd at 5:30 pm in the Charles Evans Community Library in Galena. Items on the agenda include the placement of Valedvictorian and Salutatorian photos in the school. The agenda is available here. (2/21)


NEW - The Western Interior Subsistence Regional Advisory Council will meet on March 2nd and 3rd at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day. The Council will consider proposals related to Federal subsistence fishing regulations and discuss other issues related to subsistence in the Western Interior region. The public is welcome to attend and participate in this meeting. To teleconference into this meeting, dial toll-free (866) 820-9854 (passcode: 4801802). All meeting materials can be found at this website. (2/14)





NEW - Nenana Ice Classic Tickets are for sale now at the Yukon Inn in Galena. Tickets are available until April 5th. (2/25)


NEW - The Sidney C. Huntington Cultural Arts and History display case sub-committee is requesting support from the community. This display is to showcase and highlight the enriching traditions and artistic talent of Galena and the surrounding areas. If you have any artifacts or local artwork that you are willing to loan for a limited amount of time, please contact Claudette Green at 750-7793 or Pam Pitka at 656-7003. (2/25)


NEW - The season of Lent is upon us, and St John Berchman's Catholic Church in Galena is hosting Ash Wednesday Mass today (February 26th) at 7 pm. All are welcome. (2/25)


NEW - Everyone who has been summoned for jury duty in Galena during 2020 is required to complete a questionaire for the state court system. The questionaire can be completed online at this site, or you can get a paper copy from Pam at the court building. To complete the questionaire you will need your juror number; if you don't have a record of it, call Pam at 656-1322 for assistance. (2/24)


NEW - The Sidney Huntington School Geography Club will meet this Thursday (February 27) to begin a few weeks of celebrating the great state of Alaska. This week Geo Club will play Alaska BINGO. Geography Club is held in Mrs. Koontz’s classroom from 3:05 – 4:00. Refreshments will be served. (2/24)


NEW - The Galena Volunteer Fire Department is again requesting that the citizens of Galena make sure that all stove pipes and dryer vents are cleaned on a regular basis. Never attempt to burn unseasoned spruce or birch as firewood, as this greatly increases the chances of a chimney fire and escalation into a major house fire. We are all feeling the strain of this long and cold winter. But please do not risk the lives and property of your family by resorting to unsafe burning practices. (2/24)


Bessie Slough (about 10 miles upriver from Galena) filled up with deep overflow last week and both ends of the trail through the Slough were blocked off. The trail was rerouted trail through Little Louden Slough. All travelers should pay attention to trail markers in that area and avoid Bessie Slough until further notice. (2/20)


Galena students in all grades are encouraged to participate in this year's Science Fair, which will be happening next Wednesday, March 4th at the SHS Elementary Gym. Students will need to have their projects submitted in the morning, and judging will be in the afternoon. Public viewing of the projects will begin at 6 pm. Talk to Boomer if you have any questions. (2/19)


Tax helpers from the Alaska Business Development Center Volunteer Tax and Loan Program are planning to be at the following communities in the KIYU listening area:

You can get more information about what documents you need to bring when meeting with the tax helpers by reading their flyer. (2/16)


UPDATED - The Serum Run is running at least one day behind schedule. The rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats in Galena is now tentatively set for the morning of Monday, March 2. If you still have not contacted Patty to get your dogs or cats on the list, you may do so by calling or texting 656-7297. If your pets are not on the list, they will only get the vaccine if there happen to be extra doses available.

And with the Serum Run now estimating a Galena arrival on March 1, the showing of the documentary "Attla" is now tentatively planned for the evening of Sunday, March 1 at the GILA Auditorium. More changes in the schedule may happen due to trail and weather conditions. (2/26)


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)


The City of Galena is once again asking Galena dog owners to refrain from letting their dogs run around loose. The City may have to start impounding the loose dogs. (2/19)


The City of Nulato will no longer be accepting personal checks from non-residents of Nulato. This applies to the fuel depot, liquor store, and city office. ATMs are available in Nulato, and money orders will also be accepted. If you are travelling to Nulato anytime soon please plan accordingly. (2/19)


The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is accepting applications now. RAHI helps rural and Alaska Native high school juniors and seniors learn what it takes to succeed in college. Accepted students will spend six weeks, from May 26th through July 10th, at UAF earning up to 11 college credits, exploring Alaska's interior, and gaining volunteer experience. The program, including airfare, is free to students and applications are due March 1st. More information can be found at (2/19)


Graduating high school seniors in Galena need to get their yearbook page statements to Mr. Apfelbeck by March 1st. Late submissions can’t be accepted if the yearbooks are going to be done on time. Bring senior yearbook statements to Mr. A’s room on the SHS campus or send a Word document to him via email. (2/12)





The 2020 U.S. Census is underway in rural Alaska, 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 will be sending mail to all households in the country in mid-March with more information about how and when to respond to the census online, by phone or through the mail. If you do not respond in one of these ways, then census takers will come to your house. You can learn more about the census process at this site. (2/10)


The nomination deadline for the 2020 Gana-A'Yoo Limited Student of the Year Award and Shareholder of the Year Award has been extended to Monday, March 2nd. Nomination forms for both awards can be found on the Gana-A'Yoo website,, or call Crystal Sommer at 1-888-656-1606 to request a form, or ask any questions you might have. (1/28)


The Galena Middle School Close Up group is holding a raffle with tons of prizes including four airline tickets, a $200 gift certificate at Sweetsir’s Store, a case of salmon strips, a pair of beaded gloves, a beauty basket, a home and safety basket, a music basket, and a kitchen basket.  Tickets are available from Close Up students, on Facebook, or at Sweetsir’s for $10 each. (1/31)


The Federal Subsistence Board is seeking applicants to fill seats on the subsistence regional advisory councils. The councils meet twice a year and provide critical advice to the Federal Subsistence Board on subsistence management issues. Individuals may apply themselves, or nominate someone else. The application deadline has now been extended to Monday, March 2nd. For more information, call 1-800-478-1456, or visit this site(1/8)


Elementary ski practice has started in Galena. Practice times will be Wednesdays from 3-4 pm, and Sundays from 2:30 to 4 pm. Elementary skiing is open to students in second through fifth grades. If you have any questions, please call Ayla Kalke at 656-1883 extension 120 or e-mail (1/27)


Galena Little Hawks Wrestling happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 5:30 pm in the GILA Gym until the end of the season. All kids from 4 years of age to 8th grade are invited to join the team.  Please send wrestlers to practice with shorts, t-shirts, or other athletic attire. Middle school wrestlers will be eligible to participate in the Tanana Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Fairbanks. (1/17)


Sunday afternoon basketball clinics for third through sixth graders in Galena happens from 1 to 2 pm at the SHS Gym each Sunday. Contact David Huntington for further information. (1/9)



The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will open an any-moose registration hunt on Sunday, March 1st in the part of Unit 21D south of the south bank of the Yukon River, downstream of the upriver entrance of Kala Slough and west of Kala Creek. The hunt encompasses the majority of the Kaiyuh Flats area. Only hunters who did not harvest a moose in the fall 2019 season are eligible for this hunt.

The season is scheduled to run from March 1st to March 15th, however Fish and Game has a quota of 25 moose with no more than 20 cows. If this quota is met before March 15, the season will be closed by emergency order. Hunters are prohibited from shooting a cow accompanied by a calf. Hunters must report the harvest of a moose within two days of the kill.

Permits and 2020 hunting licenses are available online at, from the Fish and Game office on base in Galena, and from license vendors in Nulato and Kaltag. Successful hunters may report online at, by calling Fish and Game at 656-1345 or 459-7206, or by stopping into the Fish and Game office in Galena.

Call 656-1345 with any questions.

(The area with red lines is the RM831 area in which hunting is permitted)



NEW - The Galena White Caps Swim Team will hold a mock swim meet this Saturday (February 29) at the Galena Pool from 9 to 11 am. This is a chance for friends and family members to see the swimmers in action as they prepare for the big Northern Area Championships Swim Meet in Fairbanks in April. Breakfast will be for sale at the mock meet as a fundraiser for the swim team. Everyone is encouraged to attend. (2/24)



- For interviews with racers recorded in Galena on the first leg of the race, check out KIYU's Sound Cloud page.



2019-2020 Galena Basketball Schedule

Dec 4

Start Practice

Dec 13-14

Alumni Scrimmage

Dec 19-21

Kenai Tournament (at Kenai Central HS; radio coverage by KSLR Kenai)


Thursday, Dec 19
Galena Lady Hawks 66 Nikiski Lady Bulldogs 54
Galena Hawks 60 Nikiski Bulldogs 28

Friday, Dec 20
Galena boys 32 Kenai 55
Galena Lady Hawks 52 Kenai 15

Saturday, Dec 21
Galena Lady Hawks 59 Houston 49
Galena boys 52 Houston 49.


January 10-11

@ Delta Junction

Friday, January 10, 2020
Galena girls 69, Delta 23
Galena boys 63 Delta 70

Saturday January 11
Galena girls 63, Delta 18
Galena boys 53, Delta 62


January 16-18

Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta Junction

Thursday, January 16 (Opening Round)
Galena girls 56, Bethel 49
Galena boys 58, Bethel 73

Friday, January 17
Galena girls 62, Glenallen 26
Galena boys 33, Glenallen 52

Saturday, January 18
Galena boys 82, Redington 49 for 7th Place
Galena girls 60, Nome 43. Lady Hawks win the tournament!


January 23-25

Donlin Gold Invitational in Bethel

Thursday, January 23
Galena girls 82, Aniak 24
Galena boys 82, Aniak 24

Friday, January 24
Galena boys 77, Kotzebue 51
Galena girls 61, Kotzebue 39

Saturday, January 25
Galena girls 69, Bethel 51 in the tournament championship
Galena boys 47 Bethel 62. Galena boys take 2nd place.


January 31-February 1

Eielson at Galena

Friday, January 31
Galena girls 72 Eielson 24
Galena boys 65 Eielson 70

Saturday, February 1
Galena boys 51 Eielson 49
Galena girls 69 Eielson 35

Nulato Tournament

Unalakleet JV boys took 1st place, followed by the Huslia boys in 2nd
On the girls' side, Galena JV was 1st, and the Gambell girls 2nd.


February 6-8

Homer Winter Carnival

Thursday, February 6
Galena girls 82 King Cove 85 (Lady Hawk's first loss of the season)
Galena boys 59 King Cove 25

Friday, February 7
Galena girls 67 Homer 44
Galena boys 39 Homer 53

Saturday, February 8
Galena girls 74 Kotzebue 47
Galena boys 59 Kotzebue 36


February 14-15

Hutchison at Galena

Friday, February 14
Galena girls 70 Hutchison 25
Galena boys 56 Hutchison 45

Saturday, February 15
Galena girls 84 Hutchison 37
Galena boys 38 Hutchison


February 21-22

Galena vs Nome

Friday, February 21
Galena boys 54 Nome 50 in Galena
Galena girls 83 Nome 60 in Nome

Saturday, February 22
Galena boys 52 Nome 50 in Galena
Galena girls 74 Nome 56
in Nome

February 28-29

Galena at Monroe Catholic

6 pm game time for girls both nights; 7:30 pm for the boys.

KIYU live play by play coverage provided by Tim on Friday night, and PJ Simon on Saturday night.

Mar 6-7

@ Valdez

Mar 12-14

Regionals @ North Pole

Mar 26-28

State Tournament

All Galena varsity home games start at 6 pm / 7:30 pm

Here is the GCSD 2019-2020 school sports and activities calendar, dated December 5, 2019.

Or click here to get the most recently updated Google Doc version




The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena is accepting applications for a full time caregiver. This position is for someone who resides in Galena. The applicant must be willing to work varying hours, including day, night, and overnight shifts. Must be able to pass a State and Federal background check and have three positive character references and two professional references. Preference will be given to applicants affiliated with the Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk, Galena and Ruby tribes. Contact Agnes Sweetsir at 656-7449 or for more information. You can get an application here. (2/19)


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Galena is hiring for two summer laborer positions. The laborers will assist with basic facility and refuge maintenance. The work schedule will be eight hours per day, Monday through Friday for the summer season. A completed application needs to be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the Fish and Wildlife Regional Office in Anchorage. The application deadline is this Thursday, February 27th. See this job announcement for specific information. Please call Bob Rebarchik at 656-1231 if you have any questions. (2/12)

UPDATED (2/19) Galena City School District currently has the following job openings:


Assistant Director of Maintenance
Computer Technician
Bus Driver
SHS Assistant Principal
SHS Elementary Teacher
GILA Residence Life Counselor
GILA Assistant Cook
GILA Resident Advisor
GILA Dorm Aide
GILA Registrar
GILA Principal of Boarding School Operations
CTE Applied Mechanics Teacher
CTE Construction Trades Teacher
Social Studies Teacher
English Language Arts Teacher

Fairbanks Region

Clerical II Worker
IDEA Contact Teacher

Anchorage Region

IDEA Contact Teacher

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


UPDATED (2/12) Tanana Chiefs Conference is hiring for the following positions throughout the TCC region:

Community Health Aide/Practitioner

Family Visitor

Edgar Nollner Health Center Director
Home Care Provider
Infant and Toddler Teacher

Elder Nutrition Cook
Tribal Administrator Onsite Supervisor

Substitute Elder Nutrition Cook
Village Public Safety Officer

Community Health Aide Practitioner

Community Health Aide

Registered Nurse Case Manager

Village Public Safety Officer

Behavioral Health Aide

Region Wide
Medical Coder
Itinerant Community Health Aide Practitioner

Region wide vacancies are jobs that can be located in any village in the TCC region. To apply, contact the Tanana Chiefs HR department by calling 1-800-478-6822 Ext. 3155, email, or visit their website at


UPDATED (2/7) - Here is the most recent list of jobs available in St Marys.


FOUND: On the bike trail near the ballfield in Galena, a blanket and black travel bag. To describe and claim, call 656-7023. (2/18)




*** 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!


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.  


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




2019-2020 Galena Pool Schedule

Open Swims: Friday and Saturday from 7 to 8:30 pm
Lap Swims: Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6:30 pm
Morning lap swims: unknown

*Any short term changes to the pool schedule will be posted above in the community announcement section


*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, 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




The Coffee Shop is back on school year hours: Open from 8:15 am to 2 pm each weekday, and 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. The Coffee Shop is also open for burger night on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 7 pm.

Galena Coffee Shop specials February 24 - 29


Chicken Wrap w/Mac Salad


Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Corn and a Roll


Nachos Supreme or Indian Taco


Thai Noodles with Chicken


Homemade Clam Chowder and 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

The full menus for February 2020 are available here: Breakfast and Lunch.



Wednesday, February 26th


Breakfast: Breakfast bagels (bacon, egg, cheese), fresh oranges

Lunch: Thai noodles with chicken, steamed broccoli, mandarin oranges


Thursday, February 27th


Breakfast: Cherry strussel, mandarin oranges

Lunch: Salsibury steak, brown rice, mixed veggies, peach cobbler


Friday, February 28th


Breakfast: Yogurt parfait, WG toast, mixed berries

Lumch: Hamburgers, carrot sticks, sliced pears




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




Yukon Koyukuk School District Menus


The full menu for the month of February 2020 is available here.



Wednesday, February 26th


Breakfast: Strawberry oatmeal, sausage, juice

Lunch: Cheesburger, baby carrots, mixed fruit


Thursday, February 27th


Breakfast: Blueberry oat muffin, froyo, pears

Lunch: Chicken teriyaki, rice, mixed veggies, mandarin oranges


Friday, February 28th


Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, mixed fruit

Lunch: Chicken salad sandwich, corn, blueberry cobbler, peaches




**YKSD schools offer a salad bar at lunch. Milk is served at all meals.**



Galena Interior Learning Academy Menus


February 2020 breakfast, lunch and dinner menus