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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2019                    



The KIYU News archives are here



UPDATED November 18 - The ARCS network lost the KIYU audio signal over the weekend, and that meant that the radio was off the air in every location that receives the signal via ARCS (Kaltag, Circle, Tanana and St Mary's). The problem was in Fairbanks and fixed on Monday morning.

KIYU's repeater at Kaltag (KALG) has more extensive problems, but also seem to be related to the ARCS system. The radio station is on occasionally at this point. Replacement parts are on the way to try to fix that.


UPDATED November 18 - The 2019 KIYU Membership Drive is wrapping up, and all on-air fundraising is done. Thank you very much to everyone who chose to support KIYU this year.

KIYU is still accepting donations online, over the phone at 656-1488 or 1-800-478-5498, or through the mail at PO Box 165, Galena, AK 99741.

If you have not paid your pledge yet, you have until this Thursday, November 21 to get your donation squared away in time for the KIYU Squares drawing on November 29th. The larger your donation to KIYU, the more squares you get on the board, for a chance to win cash prizes. We have $1000, $1500, and $2500 prizes up for grabs to everyone who gives at the $50 level and higher. Dukie Wholecheese has also donated a half cord of firewood that we will raffle off at the same time.

Business and organizational sponsorship is handled separetly from the membership drive. Current underwriters were sent a donation request letter in the mail last month. If your organization would like to sponsor KIYU programming, please contact Tim at or call 656-1488.

For more details, head over to the Membership Page or read Operations Manager Tim Bodony's letter to listeners about the current status of KIYU and why this year's membership drive matters. Thank you for your support of your community radio station.

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. The Replay button is also available on the KIYU Radio Smartphone app.



NEW - There will be a Galena high school girls basketball meeting for player and parents this Thursday, November 21st at the GILA Auditorium starting at 7pm.  All high school girls interested in playing basketball this season, and their parents or guardians, should plan on attending the meeting.  The first official practice of the season will be on December 4th this year.  Players are encouraged to get their physicals done before attending practice on the 4th.  Physical paperwork should be turned into David Huntington as soon as possible.


NEW - There will be a Galena high school boys basketball informational meeting with Varsity Coach Ryan Harms and JV Coach Andi Doerflinger on Friday, November 22 at 6 PM in the GILA Auditorium. All players and parents interested in details about the upcoming season should plan to attend. (11/14)





NEW - The City of Galena Utility Department will be shutting off water pressure from the Louden office to the community hall, and also along Alexander Avenue to Antoski Road. The outage may not start until Wednesday. Until then, piped water users in the affected area are encouraged to stockpile water for cooking, drinking and household use. It may take city crews a few days to locate and thaw out the frozen sections of the piped system, which as of now are limited to Phase 1 (the original piped system). Piped water users are also encouraged to monitor their circulating pumps during the time in which water pressure is reduced. If the pump is overheating or making noise, unplug it. Call the Water Plant at 656-2132 for further information. (11/19)


NEW - There is going to be another cap and gown and yearbook photo session in Galena tonight (Tuesday) in the GILA Composite Building from 7-9 p.m. Retakes for students in all grades and family portraits are also welcome. (11/17)


NEW -Galena City School District students will have an early out tomorrow (Wednesday, November 20th). K-8 students will be dismissed at 1:30pm and high school students will be dismissed at 2:00pm. The school bus will be running routes according to the early out schedule. If you have questions, please contact the SHS office at 656-1205. (11/19)


The Galena Interior Learning Academy is looking for community members who would like to host students for Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday, November 28th. Transportation will be provided, along with some rolls, pies, and other food to help make hosting easier. If interested, please call the Ptarmigan Hall front desk at 656-2112, and let them know how many students you would like to host, whether there are any specific students you would like to invite, and what times would work best for drop-off and pick-up. Drop-off times need to be before 4:30 pm, and pick-ups can start at 6:30 pm.


NEW - The Galena Junior High Close Up Group is selling pies next week. The pie menu includes pumpkin, apple, pecan, and pumpkin-pecan. You can get them fresh or frozen, and the cost is $25 each. Frozen pies will be delivered next Tuesday evening, and fresh pies on the day before Thanksgiving. Call or text Trisha at 656-7099 to place your order by the evening of Monday, November 25. All proceeds go towards travel expenses for the Close Up trip to Washington, DC. For enticing photos of pies, see this flyer.


The Edgar Nollner Health Center has free reflective tape available. You are encouraged to add some to your winter gear to increase your seeability in our lengthening hours of darkness. (11/6)


The Galena Liquor Store's ATM is out of service until further notice. (11/7)


NEW - This week’s Sidney Huntington School Geography Club will be at 6:45 PM Thursday, November 21st.  Sandy and Brad Scotton will be presenting about their hiking trip in the Italian Alps. You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this hike!   Refreshments will be served.  Geography Club is in Mrs. Koontz’s classroom. 


Yukon Jamboree Incorporated will be conducting a fundraiser for Marylee Kauffman this Saturday, Nov 23rd starting at 6 pm at the SHS Gym in Galena. All proceeds will help Marylee with her medical expenses.  Donations would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Jennal Burgett (656-7228), Nancy Pitka (656-7044), Nicole Gregory (656-4634) or Carlee Malemute (388-3399) to make arrangements or to get more information. (11/8)

The annual Galena Community Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 30th from 10 am to 12 noon at the SHS High School Gym. The cost to rent a table as a vendor will be $20. Please contact Nancy Pitka or Jennal Burgett to reserve a spot as a vendor. (11/8)


NEW - The Galena City School District Theatre Company is excited to announce its production of "Puffs," a hilarious look at what it's like to go to a school of magic and be a wizard. The play premiers on Friday, December 6th at 7 pm in the GILA Auditorium, and will also be performed on Saturday, December 7th at 7 pm. Students in elementary school, junior high and high school are featured in the production. Admission is free but cash donations at the door would be greatly appreciated. The students will also hold a raffle for a chance to win several gift packages including Harry Potter items, hand-made bitza'hoolans, a quilt and a cooking gift basket. (11/19)


The City of Galena has discovered that several LED streetlights around Galena have been shot out. The Galena Police Department would like to make the community aware that such actions are a Class C felony under Alaska law. Anyone caught or suspected of participating in criminal mischief of this type will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Also, the Galena Police Department reminds drivers that all vehicles require fully functioning headlights and tailights. The Police will be pulling over drivers and issuing tickets on vehicles in violation of this requirement. (11/7)


ARCS TV Channel 10 remains off the air in Galena. The entire transmitter is being replaced. It should take another week or two before we can try again to restore free TV service in Galena. (11/4)


The U.S. Air Force is soliciting public comments on a Proposed Plan document, which identifies a preferred alternative for environmental restoration at Site CS001 on Million Gallon Hill at the former Galena Air Force Base. The comment deadline is November 25, 2019. For more information you can read the Proposed Plan here.. It contains the necessary contact information for submitting a comment. (11/6)


Ladies Bible Study in Galena is happening on Thursdays at 7pm at the McClure residence. A 12-week study is underway, based on the book It's Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst. There will not be any childcare provided. If you have any questions, call or text Heidi at 656-7178. (10/13)


The Galena Recycling Program is operational. There are bins at the stores, the schools, Louden, and the ballfield. The program accepts aluminum cans, and #1 plastic (usually clear plastic, like that used for soda bottles). Please rinse and crush your cans, and crush and recap your plastic bottles.  If you would like your recyclables picked up from your porch on Sunday afternoons, call Dr. Huntington at 656-7223 to sign up.  If you find that a public bin is full, call Louden at 656-1711.



The Galena City School District Athletic Department is offering a series of free basketball clinics for third through fifth graders on Sundays from 1 to 2 pm in the SHS Gym. The clinics will focus on fundamentals and introducing the kids to the game of basketball. Contact David Huntington for further information. (11/5)


Here is the 2019-2020 Galena City School District Sports and Activities Calendar dated September 9, 2019.

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



NEW - The Galena City School District currently has the following job openings:

Computer Technician
Academic Tutor
Accounts Payable Specialist
Bus Driver
SHS School Counselor
GILA Assistant Cook
GILA Resident Advisor
Long Term Temporary Teacher in the CTE Department at GILA

IDEA Computer Technician

IDEA Contact Teacher

To learn more, and to fill out an employment application, go to the GCSD website at, and look in the Employment Opportunities section.


The Native Village of Tanana is hiring for an Executive Director. Contact Curtis Sommer at 366-7160 extension 200 for more information. (11/11)


UPDATED (11/13) Tanana Chiefs Conference currently has the following job openings across the region:

Family Visitor
Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Home Care Provider

Community Health Aide Practitioner

Lead Teacher and Teachers Aide for an additional 0-3 year old Head Start classroom

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Elder Nutrition Cook

Substitute Elder Nutrition Cook
Systems of Care Project Youth Program Leader
Village Public Safety Officer

Systems of Care Project Youth Program Leader
Community Health Aide/Practitioner

Home Care Provider
Community Health Aide

Home Care Provider

Head Start Lead Teacher
Head Start Teacher's Aide

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Behavioral Health Aide


Region Wide
Medical Coder II
Community Health Aide/Practitioner - Itinerant

To apply, contact the Tanana Chiefs HR department by calling 1-800-478-6822 Ext. 3155, email, or visit their website at


UPDATED OCTOBER 23 - Here is the current job list for St Mary's and Pitkas Point. Full job descriptions are available at the Tribal Workforce Development office in the old library. Call Sylvia for details at 438-2328.



The City of Galena continues to seek information regarding the location of two large Knack metal tool boxes, which went missing from the barge landing sometime between August 23 and August 26. There is a $1000 reward for their return to the City. Call 656-1301 with any information you might have. (10/30)




*** 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!


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 May 2018- Here is an updated listing of privately owned lodging establishments in Galena along with those that offer vehicle rentals. Please feel free to share this resource with those needing short or long term, temporary lodging or transportation. If you offer these services we can list them. Please e-mail us at so we can post it on-line.


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 November 18 - November 23


Chicken Wraps w/Fried Rice


French Dip with SW Salad


Nachos Supreme and Indian Tacos

Shrimp Scampi w/Garlic Knots


Homemade Clam Chowder & 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 - November 2019

Full menus for the month are available through the followings links: November Breakfast and November Lunch

Tuesday, November 19


Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy, hash browns, orange juice
Lunch: Hungry Hawk Nachos with taco meat, cheese, tomato and lettuce, fresh grapes

**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 - November 2019


The full menu for the month is available here.



Tuesday, November 19


Breakfast: Pumpkin pancakes, hash browns, juice
Lunch: Spaghetti, breadsticks, garden salad, applesauce



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



Galena Interior Learning Academy Menus -


GILA November Breakfast


GILA November Lunch


GILA November Dinner