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Information received by the City of Galena confirms that two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in Galena. The residents have been self-isolating since traveling back to Galena and will continue to stay in quarantine for 14 days. According to local medical officials, there is no confirmed community spread at this time, but we are treating the situation as high risk. Health officials are recommending limiting ourselves to essential activities only and shelter in place until Sunday, January 17. There will be an update on Monday, January 18. No additional details can be released, so please do not call the clinic, the city or KIYU to ask any further questions regarding the residents as we are barred from disclosing any information. Please continue to wear masks, wash your hands often and practice social distancing. We can all work together for the overall health of our community by respectfully abiding by the shelter in place recommendation. Everyone in Galena thanks you for your consideration.
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NEW - Staff at the Edgar Nollner Health Center are excited to announce that ENHC will be offering an additional round of COVID-19 vaccinations next week, Thursday January 21. Please call ENHC at 656-1366 if you would like to be vaccinated. If you have already called to be on the waitlist, make sure to follow up and call to schedule a time. We hope to be able to offer vaccines to anyone who is an essential worker – which includes education, infrastructure, stores, transportation and public safety. If you are not an essential worker and would like to be on a waitlist, we will take your name in case there are sufficient doses. (1/13)
NEW - The ENHC Behavioral Health department is there for you. Given the extended shelter in place for Galena through Monday, Jan 18th, they know that some of you may have unexpected needs that come up. Please call them if you need to talk, need grocery pick up and drop off, or any other need that they may be able to assist you with during this time. Call the office at 656-1366 or text Heidi at 656-7178. (1/12)
NEW - Sweetsir's Store is closed to in-person service through Monday January 18th. Services are available for pick up or front porch delivery for elders and those who can't pick up their groceries. Call to order at 656-1223. If you can't reach the store, text Agnes at 656-7449. (1/12)
NEW - While we still face a shortage of rapid test kits in Alaska, other options are available. A message from Dr. Tamara Huntington: "We recommend that everyone test on day 7 of their quarantine, but anticipate that it will take 1-10 days for the result. (Average has been 2-4 days, with a few outliers.) If a person, quarantining alone, reaches their 14th day without symptoms, and their test result is still not back, it is fine to discontinue quarantine, however, those quarantining in a group should wait for their negative test result." If you have questions, or would like recommendations on testing options, call the clinic in Galena at 656-1366. (12/21)
NEW - The Edgar Nollner Health Center would like to remind the community of Galena that coronavirus infection rates have been dramatically escalating around the state, putting our communities at increased risk. To continue to protect ourselves and each other, the ENHC urges everyone to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, and minimize travel.
Consider supporting elders and neighbors by calling them, delivering food to them, or helping them access technology for virtual connection. Everyone should be aware that COVID19 test access has changed, and that communities may undergo shelter-in-place mandates which could impact planned travel.
Finally, the ENHC would like encourage families to evaluate their emergency readiness, and prepare for possible quarantines.
Everyone is invited to contact behavioral health services for assistance with stress, grief, or feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety.
Other resources online:
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/supporting-children-and-teens-during-this-holiday-season https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/09/04/908288079/how-to-care-for-older-people-in-the-pandemic-and-a-printable-guide https://www.bing.com/search?q=uplift+at+home+during+lockdown http://www.dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx (11/19)
Due to the shortage of rapid test kits across the state, travelers to Galena should anticipate a 14 day shelter in place period upon arrival, rather than a 7 day shelter in place period with rapid testing at the end of 7 days. Please plan accordingly. (11/23)
The Galena City Council passed Ordinance 2021-14 at its meeting on Tuesday by a vote of 5 to 1. The ordinance makes the face mask requirement a permanent part of city code, which takes effect whenever a public health emergency is declared. Face masks are required in any facility in Galena that is generally open to the public, including both publically and privately owned facilities. (11/18)
The Galena City Council passed the following emergency ordinances at its November 11 meeting:
These ordinances continue Galena's COVID policies as they have been practiced for the past few months. Final versions of the emergency ordinances are posted below.
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. (11/12)
SHS and GILA in Galena remain in the "yellow zone" and will continue to practice the same COVID-19 prevention and control procedures as they have all school year. State officials have confirmed that in-person education can continue in certain communities, like Galena, so long as it is safe to do so. GCSD will continue to follow its Smart Start Plan in consultation with local medical authorities. (updated November 12)
The current travel declaration form for Galena is available here. (updated September 17).
The City of Galena reminds all Galena residents and visitors who are under a shelter in place order that they are not allowed to go into indoor public spaces like the post office or a store, nor can they be in close contact with anyone from outside of his or her household. (10/22)
The Edgar Nollner Health Center 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. 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.
UPDATED - Nulato remains on lockdown. All city travel must be approved by the Task Force Committee. The ban on inter-village travel continues. Please contact Kathy Ekada at 898-2339 or 417-7030 if you have any questions. (11/3)
UPDATED - The community of Kaltag remains on lockdown as their declaration has been extended until at least January 18th, when the Kaltag Task Force will hold its next meeting. No travel in or out of the village will be allowed, unless it is a medical emergency. For further information, you can contact Kaltag Task Force Coordinator Gina Madros or Coordinator Assistant Dinah Andre at 534-2305. (12/17)
NEW - The Tanana Tribal Council and the Tanana City Council have passed an emergency ordinance, effective December 18th, requiring everyone in Tanana to wear a facemask and observe 6 feet of social distance in all indoor public spaces or places of work. Anyone traveling to Tanana are required to get a COVID-19 test before travel or immediately upon arrival. A seven day quarantine period after arrival is also required, and this also applies to anyone in that person's household. Once the 7 day quarantine is over, another COVID-19 test must be taken. The Councils are available to help quarantined individuals and their households. Call the Tribal Office at 907-366-7160 or Tanana Health Center at 907-366-7222 with any questions. The full text of the Tanana announcement is here. (12/18)
NEW - The Galena City Council will have a regular meeting on January 19 at 6 PM in the Council Chambers. Please see the agenda for more details or contact the City of Galena at 907-656-1301 with any further questions. The Zoom meeting information is here and the agenda is here. (1/15)
NEW - The Sustainable Energy for Galena, Alaska (SEGA), Board of Directors are seeking an individual to serve on the board as a Community At-large Representative. SEGA is a locally owned non-profit organization with the primary purpose of performing timber-harvest and chip-processing activities in support of the City’s Biomass Heating system. Additional organizational purposes include promoting local energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects that contribute to the overall sustainability of Galena’s energy systems. For more information or to submit a letter of interest, please contact Tim Kalke at 656-7024 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (1/12)
NEW - The Edgar Nollner Health Center will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 18. They will resume their regular patient load on Tuesday. The dental hygienist will begin seeing patients on Monday the 18th through Thursday the 21st. Please call Tyler at the clinic to make an appointment at 656-1366. (1/12)
NEW - A reminder from our friends at Gana-A 'Yoo, Ltd. Shareholders and Descendants must apply for a timber use permit to harvest timber on Gana-A’Yoo lands. Non-shareholder residents of the community are not permitted. Visit www.ganaayoo.com for more information on Gana-A’Yoo Land Management Policies and applications. If there are any questions or concerns please contact us at 888-656-1606.
NEW - The Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee is having a virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14th at noon. A link to the meeting is here. Or, use the teleconference at 1-800-315-6338 with the code 12053. And, a link to their agenda can be found here. (1/8)
NEW - The Louden Tribal Council has postponed their regular meeting that was scheduled for this week. A new date has not been set. Their agenda is still available here. (Updated 1/12)
There is a raffle ongoing for a baby sled by Lewis Grant. You can call Lewis at 978-6285, Eileen at 378-3006 or Adelle at 366-1079 to participate. (1/5)
The Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Board of Directors is seeking to fill three open board seats. This year’s election does not have any class of stock or residency requirements. Voting shareholders 18 or older are encouraged to consider serving on the board. Interested shareholders must submit a director’s questionnaire. Nomination forms for Shareholder of the Year and Student of the Year are also available. All three of these forms have a due date of Sunday, January 24th. The forms can be found at www.ganaayoo.com. (12/17) A copy of their flyer is here.
The Galena cross country ski team is asking snow machines to avoid the ski trails northeast of Galena towards the dump. If it's not possible to avoid the trails then, please stay on the far right. Thank you for your cooperation. A map of the ski team's route is here. (12/31)
The Galena Community Library is now open from 2 to 5:30 in the afternoons on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the New Year. Please wear a mask and be respectful of others. (12/21)
The State of Alaska Department of Fish & Game has published the 2020 Yukon Area Fall Season Summary. As expected, the salmon estimates are low, and some fishing restrictions are likely. The full document can be downloaded here. (12/30)
The winners of the Christmas Lighting and Decoration contest have been awarded. Robin Thurmond took the top prize of a round trip ticket on Wrights Air Service. Cathy Evans won $250 cash from the Galena Sports Authority. And, the free electricity from the City of Galena goes to Sandy Evans, Jeremy & Keilah Havener, and Joel & Heidi McClure. A big thanks to the judges: Tim Bodony, Ben & Jenny Koontz and Dalarie Peters. Their flyer is here.(12/23)
Galena Water Treatment Plant #1 in new town Galena has exceeded water quality standards for trihalomethanes for the 4th quarter of 2020. For further details, see this document or contact Howard at 656-7025. A link to the full detailed declaration is available here. (12/21)
A message to Galena elders receiving meals on wheels: Please return the containers. We are short on soup containers again and they really need those back. (12/23)
The Louden Tribal Council is happy to announce the restart of the plastic recycling program in Galena. Clean bottles can be dropped off in the same cages used for the aluminum cans, located outside the LTC Office. We are only able to accept #1 and #2 plastic drinking bottles. Look on the bottom of your plastic bottles to find out if your plastic can be recycled. Find the recycling arrows...if the number inside says 1 or 2, they can accept it! Please don't bring plastic other than personal drinking bottles. If you have any questions, call Brooke at 656-1711. (12/16)
The City of Galena is looking to purchase a 300 gallon stand up water tank. Please contact the City office at 656-1301. (12/1)
The Galena emergency contact numbers have to change again. Please note the following changes:
Crowley Fuels would like to share the following fuel tank safety tips. Before you get a delivery of fuel, make sure your driveway is plowed or shoveled. Clean snow and ice covering your tank’s ladder, fill ports and vents. Knock down snow or ice overhanging your tank. And check your fuel and propane inventory to make sure you have enough. Thank you for helping keep our community safe and warm. (11/17)
Louden Tribal Council is pleased to announce the return of the aluminum can recycling program in Galena. Bags of clean cans can be left in the designated drop-off cage outside of the LTC Office. Please take the time to rinse and ry the cans before putting them in bags and leaving them in the designated drop off area. Plastic is NOT being accepted at this time. Feel free to call Brooke at 656-1711 with questions or for information on COVID precautions. (11/23)
The Galena City School District Board of Education approved a modified version of the school calendar for the current school year. To see the new version, as approved on October 21, follow this link. (10/24)
The Galena City School District has revised the pay schedule for substitute teachers. See the new rates, as approved by the school board at its October 21 meeting, in this document. (10/22)
Galena Restoration Advisory Board meetings regarding Air Force environmental cleanup and monitoring activities have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The Air Force Civil Engineering Center has produced a newsletter summarizing recent activities, and that newsletter is available here. (10/14)
The Galena City School District reminds Galena drivers to be extremely careful when approaching a school bus, especially when the bus is stopped. Students may be getting onto or out of the bus. Alaska law states that drivers approaching a school bus from the rear may not pass the school bus when red signal lights are flashing, and shall bring their vehicles to a complete stop before reaching the school bus when it is stopped. Drivers shall remain stopped until the bus's stop sign is retracted, the flashing red lights are discontinued and the school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by the bus driver to proceed. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping kids safe. (10/15)
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 656-7111 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 Costco, 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)
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)
NEW - The City of Galena has a job opening for a part time Power House Rover. Job duties include operating diesel generators and switchgear, take hourly readings of equipment, perform janitorial and routine maintenance, and other duties as assigned. Training will be provided. Applications can be picked up at the City of Galena and must be received by January 14 at 5PM. See the full job description for more details or contact the city office at 656-1301.
(Updated 1/6) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:
Assistant Director of Maintenance
Coaching and Advisors
GILA - Dorm Aide
SHS / GILA - Science Teacher
Assistant Director (Anchorage)
Special Education Contact Teacher (flexible)
Clerical II (Fairbanks)
Temporary Clerical II (Fairbanks)
Resource Room Coordinator (Anchorage)
iGrad Contact Teacher (flexible)
Contact Teacher (Wasilla)
For more information, see the Galena City School District employment page.
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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 email@example.com. (7/1)
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UPDATED 2020 Galena Pool Schedule
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post it online.
Police non-emergency office line is 656-2177.
Fire Department: 656-0911
Medical: 656-1266 (emergency). The non-emergency line is 656-1366.
Tanana Chiefs Conference After-Hours Triage Nurse: 1-800-478-6682 (for times when clinic is closed or a local on-call provider is not available)
Behavioral Health Emergency Line: 656-7199
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
GALENA COFFEE SHOP
UPDATED November 2 - Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 2 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm. Also open for Burger Nights on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5 to 7 pm, except when cancelled as noted below. Call 656-2505 ahead of time to place orders.
SIDNEY HUNTINGTON SCHOOL MENUS
NOTE! December 17th has changed to corned beef hash and sliced pears.
YUKON KOYUKUK SCHOOL DISTRICT MENUS
-download a copy of the menu for December 2020 here.
GALENA INTERIOR LEARNING ACADEMY MENUS
-you can download the GILA December 2020 breakfast menu here, the December 2020 lunch menu here.