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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 2019                    



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NEW - The time has come for the 2019 KIYU Membership Drive.

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

This year, instead of the same old mugs, t-shirts, and "stuff" routine, KIYU is going to be giving away some money. Specifically, KIYU is conducting a big ol' game of squares. The larger your donation to KIYU, the more squares you get on the board, for a chance to win one of three cash prizes: $1000, $1500, and $2500.

Afternoon on the River will be live and ready to take your donations and requests this Friday from 1 to 4 pm. If you would like to volunteer at the station during this time to answer phones and maybe be on the air, please inform Tim by calling 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.


Satellite sun fade outages will occur in Alaska in the second week of October.  These outages occur when a satellite, a dish and the sun are all lined up, causing solar radiation to overwhelm the signal of the satellite.  Between the 9th and 17th of the month, the satellite systems that KIYU relies on to receive and transmit audio signals will go silent for 2 to 10 minutes, between 12:45 PM and 1:15 PM.  Your actual timing depends on your location on the map.  


KIYU needs several additional members for its Community Advisory Board (CAB). We especially need members from outside of Galena. The CAB advises station management on programming and services provided by the radio station, and may give recommendations about policy decisions. The CAB does not serve in a managerial role to take action on behalf of Big River Public Broadcasting. The CAB will meet twice per year, or more often if needed. Meetings will be teleconferenced to allow participation by phone.

To apply, send a short letter of interest by email to, or by regular mail to KIYU, PO Box 165, Galena, AK 99741. You may also call Tim at 656-5498 with any questions. (9/18)


Jim French's Imagination Theatre is returning to KIYU. The radio drama series features the continuing adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Detective Harry Nile. The show is now a half hour long each week, and will be heard on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, after Planetary Radio, starting today (Oct 16).

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 volleyball action in Galena this weekend, when the Nome Lady Nanooks come to town for matches on Friday and Saturday. The Friday action starts with JV at 6 pm, followed by varsity at 7 pm. On Saturday, volleyball starts with JV at noon, and then varsity at 1 pm. Matches are at the SHS Gym.


The annual Galena Mixed Six Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for October 25th–27th in the SHS Gym. There will be a $20 entry fee per team. Please get the team name and entry fee to Carrie Given or Trisha Esmailka before Monday, October 21st. Proceeds help support the Galena volleyball team.  Contact Coach Carrie Given with any questions at 656-7191.


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




The Galena City School District Board of Education will meet tonight (Wednesday) in the Charles Evans Community Library at SHS. The work session begins at 6:00pm, followed by the meeting at 7. Both events are open to the public. The Board Packet is available in the School Board section of the GCSD website: (10/10) 


NEW - The U.S. Air Force and its contractors will host back-to-back meetings next Wednesday (October 23) at the Larson Charlie Community Hall regarding the environmental cleanup process at the former Galena Air Force Base. First, at 7 pm, there will be a required public review of a proposed plan for cleaning up a contaminated site on Million Gallon Hill. Then there will be a regular meeting of the Galena Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) starting around 8 pm to go over the 2019 cleanup activities, and preview the plans for 2020 and beyond. Public comments at both meetings are welcome and needed. The agendas for the meetings are posted here. (10/16)


Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) will meet across the state this fall to discuss proposals to change federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations for the period from 2020-2022, as well as other issues affecting subsistence in their regions. The meeting schedule is as follows:

--Eastern Interior RAC: October 15-16 at Pike's Lodge in Fairbanks. For more details, contact Zach Stevenson at 786-3674 or email

--Yukon-Kuskokwim RAC: November 5-7 at the Cultural Center in Bethel. For more details, contact Eva Patton at 786-3358 or email

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in these meetings in person or by teleconference. Proposals that the Councils will consider can be found at this website. All meeting meetings will be posted about two weeks prior to each meeting and can be found here. (9/19)




UPDATE - ARCS TV Channel 10 in Galena is off the air again, due to transmitter problems. KIYU hosts this service on behalf of the State of Alaska. We will communicate with the state technicians to figure out how to restore service. (10/11)


Customers on the Galena piped water system need to plug in their circulating pumps, if they have not done so already. If your pump is having problems, such as making excessive noise or feeling very hot to the touch, then contact Howard at 656-7025. (10/11)


NEW - The youth are playing on Alexander Lake in Galena. The ice is not thick enough to make this a safe place to play. Parents and guardians are encouraged to speak to their kids about this. (10/14)


NEW - Galena schools are doing a spirit week in preparation for the volleyball games this weekend. The remainder of the days are as follows:

--Thursday: Tourist Day

--Friday: White Out (Wear White).  The volleyball fans are encouraged to wear white at the game on Friday to show support for the team.  


UPDATED - Representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have rescheduled their trip to Huslia for October 26-28, depending on weather and travel conditions. They will be collecting the subsistence fishing catch calendars that were mailed to households before the season, and conducting household fishing inteviews. If you return your catch calendar before December 31st, you will be entered in a drawing for cash prizes. (10/12)


The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention and Elders and Youth Conference will take place in Fairbanks this week (October 14-19). For more information, including the agenda for the Convention and a schedule of events for other activities surrounding the Convention, visit

KIYU will be providing live coverage of the beginning of the AFN Convention on Thursday, as well as one-hour reports from AFN on Friday and Saturday from 8 to 9 am, and airing special newscasts summarizing each day's events, courtesy of KNBA and Native Voice One.


UPDATED - The new documentary film about George Attla Jr. made its Alaska debut in Fairbanks at the Regal Goldstream Theatres on Wednesday, and there is another showing tonight (Thursday). Both showings in Fairbanks sold out ahead of time. There will also be showings in Anchorage at the Regal Theatre complex on Muldoon on October 24 and 25 at 7 pm each night, and tickets are still available for those dates. To reserve tickets for the Anchorage showings, go to this site. For more information about the documentary, go to


NEW - This week at the Sidney C. Huntington School Geography Club in Galena, you are invited to the English countryside where long, skinny boats cruise down ancient canals. Geography Club meets on Thursday from 3 to 4 pm in Mrs. Koontz's classroom at SHS. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. (10/14)


 NEW - The Galena Academic Decathlon Team will be selling pizza this Friday night from 5-7 PM,  pick-up or delivery. Varieties available this week include cheese, pepperoni, or Supreme. A pack of 8 Breadsticks w/ marinara or cheese sauce goes for $10. Please call or text Dawn at 656-7235 to order. (10/16)


The Junior High basketball season in Galena is underway. Practices with Coach Reiter will be held from 3 until 4:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at the SHS Gym. (10/3)


Good News Kids Club is coming back to Galena. Starting this Friday, Oct. 18th, Good News Kids Club will meet from 3 until 4:15pm at the Elementary library at SHS. Kids will meet Paul the talking porcupine, learn more about the Bible, sing songs and play games. A little snack is provided. Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grades are welcome to attend. (10/11)


NEW - Ladies Bible Study in Galena is starting back up this week on Thursday, October 17th at 7pm at the McClure residence. This week begins a 12-week study based on the book It's Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst. There will not be any childcare provided. Any questions call or text Heidi at 656-7178. (10/13)


All GILA and SHS students in Galena are invited to participate in an art contest, on the theme of "using your values to promote cultural awareness and good citizenship." There are no limits on the number of entries that an individual can submit. Many winners will be selected and many prizes will be given away. All winning artwork will be made into large posters and placed on the GILA and SHS campuses. Please submit art entries to Lilly Ann DeWilde at SHS, or drop it off at the GILA/SHS front offices. The deadline for entries is October 29th at 4 pm. For more details see this flyer. (10/4)  


The Galena Volunteer Fire Department would like to request that all homeowners do a pre-winter inspection of residential heating devices to ensure they are prepared to work safely and properly this winter. This includes checking the exhaust flue on Toyostoves to make sure they are not blocked or clogged, and sweeping and inspecting wood stove chimneys. If elders needs help with these tasks, they are welcome to contact Fire Chief Josh Pittsenbarger at 656-7439 for assistance. Also, please test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to make sure that the batteries still work. (9/30)


Galena Middle School students participating in the Close-Up trip to Washington, DC will be creating a Galena Calendar for sale this fall.  If you have picture of a Galena person or place that you would like considered for the calendar, please send it to  In addition, if you would like your birthday marked in the calendar, send your name and birthday to or text 656-7223. (9/16)


The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Ambler Mining District Access Road. The draft Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 810 Subsistence Evaluation is also open for comments now. BLM has extended the comment deadline until October 29th.

BLM's preliminary conclusion is that the alternatives proposed in the draft EIS and associated cumulative impacts will significantly restrict subsistence uses.

To review the draft Environmental Impact Statement, the ANILCA Section 810 Subsistence determination, or to submit a written comment, visit this BLM document page. Or you can email comments to


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.




This is the latest daily packet of assessment data from Fish and Game for the 2019 seasons.


Subsistence Fishing Schedule:

**The maximum gillnet mesh size for subsistence fishing throughout the Yukon drainage right now is 7.5 inches.**

The entire Alaska portion of the Yukon River, as well as the Koyukuk River, is open for subsistence fishing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Subdistricts 6-A and 6-B (including Manley, Minto, and Nenana): Subsistence fishing is still on the windowed schedule, allowing fishing during two, 42-hour openers a week: 6 pm Fridays to 12 noon Sundays, and from 6 pm Mondays to 12 noon Wednesdays.

Commercial fishing in District 6 is cancelled until further notice, due to low coho salmon numbers at the Delta-Clearwater escapement project.







NEW - Louden Tribal Council in Galena is looking to fill a variety of jobs for its upcoming culture camp. They need two cooks, two transporters, four people to set up and take down camp, and one security guard. To learn more, contact Louden at 656-1711. (10/16)


NEW - The Native Village of Tanana is hiring for an Executive Director. Also, the Elders' Residence in Tanana has two jobs open for personal care attendants. If interested, call 366-7160 ex 200 or ex 204. (10/16)


The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for part-time, temporary census takers throughout Alaska, to conduct next year's census. 2020 Census jobs provide a pay rate of $28 per hour in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, plus paid training. You can apply online at, or call 1-855-JOB-2020 for more information or help applying. (9/18)

UPDATED (10/11) Tanana Chiefs Conference currently has the following job openings across the region:

Community Health Aide Practitioner
Home Care Provider

Community Health Aide Practitioner

Edgar Nollner Health Center Director

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Family Visitor

Village Public Safety Officer

Home Care Provider

Home Care Provider
Tribal Family Youth Specialist

Home Care Provider
Substitute Elder Nutrition Cook
Village Public Safety Officer

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Elder Nutrition Cook
Village Public Safety Officer

Village Public Safety Officer

Region Wide
Systems of Care Project Itinerant Clinician
Healthy Transitions Project Manager

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


UPDATED OCTOBER 2 - 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.



FOUND: On the road in Galena, a gas tank for a boat. Call Howard at 656-7025 to describe and claim. (10/9)




*** 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 - FOR SALE: In Galena, a 1997 Ford F-150. Standard transmission with new clutch just installed, and also a new starter just installed. Asking price is $5,000. Call Wayne at 656-7298 for further details. (10/14)


FOR SALE: In Galena, a 2018 Ski-Doo MXZ 600 snowmachine. It was sent to Galena as a parts machine for last year's Iron Dog, and is currently at the airport. 1600 miles on it. Asking price is $9300. For more information, call Danny at 907-357-2200. (10/7)


FOR SALE: In Galena, a kids bunk bed with 2 mattresses for $250, and a large propane oven/range for $150. Call Shirley at 656-1334 for more information or stop by her house to see these items in the garage. (10/3)


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



Here is the Galena Hawks Highlights event planner. This calendar was put together so you can plan your activities and events months ahead of time. Send event notices to or come to the SHS office during school hours. For detailed information about upcoming events, check here on the Wireless Page.



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 October 14 - October 19


Beef Gyros w/Pasta Salad


 BBQ Ribs, Baked Beans, Coleslaw & a roll


Nachos Supreme

French dip with SW salad


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 - October 2019

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

Wednesday, October 16


Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with sausage links, whole grain toast, fresh oranges
Lunch: Chicken burgers, french fries, fruit salad


Thursday, October 17


Breakfast: Blueberry pancakes, bacon, sliced peaches
Lunch: Lasagna, garlic bread, green beans, sliced pears


Friday, October 18


Breakfast: Assorted cereal, whole grain toast, mixed berries
Lunch: Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, fresh fruit



**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 - October 2019


The full menu for the month is available here.


Wednesday, October 16


Breakfast: Pancake sausage wrap, hash browns, juice
Lunch: chicken burrito, cucumbers, mixed berry crisp


Thursday, October 17


Breakfast: Strawberry oatmeal, sausage
Lunch: Cheeseburger, celery, peaches


Friday, October 18


Breakfast: Blueberry pancakes, hash browns, juice
Lunch: Pizza, salad, baby carrots, mandarin oranges




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



Galena Interior Learning Academy Menus -


October Breakfast

October Lunch

October Dinner