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Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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KIYU is joining with stations nationwide in airing "America Amplified: Election 2020." This six-part series will feature one hour conversations that intend to elevate a wide range of perspectives about the election and the major issues confronting the United States today. Native Voice One and Alaska Public Media are some of the co-producers of this project. You can hear each episode on Saturdays from noon to 1 pm, here on KIYU through November 14th.
The October 24th show will look at how this election may have changed communities across the country, including the battleground states of Florida and Georgia.
The producers want to include comments from listeners in each program. To submit a comment, you can call 1-800-444-8652. (10/6)
The most recent Yukon Wireless Conversation featuring Galena Travel Coordinator Shirley Cleaver discussing current Galena rules for travel, virus testing and shelter in place orders is available for streaming and download from the KIYU Sound Cloud page.
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.
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)
UPDATED - Nulato will remain on lockdown status until at least Friday, October 30. Only medical-related travel is allowed. If the medical appointment can be rescheduled, the Nulato Task Force encourages you to reschedule, as part of an effort to limit the amount of travel from Fairbanks and Anchorage as much as possible. Inter-village travel involving Nulato remains shut down as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Gina Patsy or Kathy Ekada at 898-2339 or 417-7030. (10/22)
UPDATED - The community of Kaltag is on lockdown until at least November 3rd. No travel in or out 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.
UPDATED - All travel is still closed for Huslia, with the exception of medical travel for year-round Huslia residents only. Huslia has a new Community COVID Taskforce, which will handle all travel requests and COVID-related issues. Darlene Sam is the Huslia COVID Coordinator, and she can be reached at 907-515-7047. (10/19)
NEW - The emergency ordinance that requires the wearing of face masks in buildings that are generally open to the public in Galena will expire on October 25th. The City Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday night to extend the ordinance for another 60 days, but an emergency ordinance requires a unanimous vote to be passed. So the ordinance did not pass.
Council members Burgett, Scotton, Blasco and Pitka voted in favor of extending the mask requirement; Council Member Lumba voted against it.
The City Council is scheduled to vote at its November meeting on a regular ordinance to make the face mask requirement a permanent part of city code during a public health crisis. A public hearing on the ordinance will happen at the November meeting before the council discusses and votes on it.
Here is the full text of the original emergency ordinance, Ordinance 2021-06, which passed on August 25th. (10/22)
The current travel declaration form for Galena is available here. (updated September 17).
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. (updated October 12)
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)
NEW - The Sidney Huntington School Parent Advisory Committee presents "Trunk-or-Treat 2020" - a COVID-resistant way to do trick-or-treating this year. Next Saturday on Halloween, a section of new town Galena starting at the Elders' Center and ending at the SHS parking lot will be designated as a trick or treating parade route. Households that normally would be giving out candy at their doors to visiting ghosts, goblins and other costumed creatures will instead be encouraged to park a vehicle somewhere along the route and distribute candy from there. This event will begin at 4 pm on October 31, and a Halloween-themed musical soundtrack will be broadcast on KIYU to go along with it. Elementary and high school students will get a goodie bag on Friday, October 30th at the end of the school day. More details are coming soon as we get closer to the event.
Here is a map of the proposed parade route. (10/23)
Sweetsir's Store is open for in-store shopping. The store continues to accept phone orders at 656-1223 for pick-up or delivery. (10/6)
Galena elders who receive "Meals on Wheels" are asked to please wash and return the reusable containers daily. Also, please wear a mask when you come out to pick up your lunch. (10/6)
The Galena City Council passed the following emergency ordinances at meetings in September:
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)
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.
UPDATED - The State of Alaska is accepting applications for absentee by mail ballots for the November 3rd General Election. A registered voter can request an absentee by mail ballot by going to absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov. After you complete the online application, a paper ballot will be mailed to you, or you can request an absentee ballot be delivered to you online or via fax machine. For more details, see this site. If returning an absentee ballot by fax, it must be sent to and received by the Division of Elections no later than 8 pm on November 3rd. If returning the ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than November 3rd.
Due to an Alaska Supreme Court decision on October 12th, absentee by mail ballots no longer have to be signed by a witness before they are sent in.
The last day that a voter can request an absentee by mail ballot is this Saturday, October 24th. The ballots themselves have to postmarked no later than election day - November 3rd. (10/13)
Absentee in-person voting is available at Galena City Hall during normal business hours. Galena registered voters can receive the same paper ballot that will be available on Election Day for voters in State House District 39.
You can learn more about the various methods for absentee voting at this Division of Elections website. (10/13)
The UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research hosted an online informational forum about Ballot Measure 1, which would change Alaska's oil production tax system. To watch the forum, follow this link.
Alaska Public Media hosted a televised debate with supporters and opponents of Ballot Measure 2, which would switch to a ranked choice voting system on state-run elections, and would also require more disclosure of campaign funding on future campaigns. You can watch the archived version of that program here.
The City of Galena has scheduled a power outage that will effect the whole town today (Saturday, October 24) starting at 1 pm and going until about 4 pm.
The TCC Dentist is planning to be in Galena next week, from the 26th through the 30th. To make an appointment, call the dental clinic at 656-1366 ext 5336. Feel free to leave a message at that number if necessary. (10/22)
The Galena City School District Board of Education approved a modified version of the school calendar for ths 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)
Flu shots are available now in Galena, by appointment, through TCC at the Edgar Nollner Health Center. Cost will vary, depending on insurance and income status. Call 656-1366 for further information and to schedule an appointment. (10/13)
Some ice conditions around Galena are still not safe to support a person's weight. Please continue to exercise caution. In particular, there are thin spots on Alexander Lake and Antoski Slough around beaver caches. (10/22)
The time has come for folks on the Galena piped water system to plug in those circulating pumps. If the pump is making an unusual amount of noise or otherwise seems defective, please call Howard at 656-2132. (10/8)
City of Galena would like to encourage Galena residents to take a few minutes to collect any litter or trash in their neighborhood or along the public roads. There will be yellow trash bags around town or at the City office that you can use for your cleanup efforts. (10/9)
The Galena Post Office reports a greater percentage of full P.O. boxes recently, due in large part to the larger volume of mail that is coming in regarding the upcoming election. The post office requests that all boxholders check their mail daily. If you cannot get to the post office due to a shelter in place order, please call 656-1262 and make alternative arrangements with Adrianna. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. (10/8)
According to its updated fall and winter 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 5 pm. (10/18)
The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena has openings for residents. For more information, contact Agnes Sweetsir at 656-2574 or email email@example.com. 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)
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is conducting the annual Subsistence Fish Surveys by phone this year rather than visiting households in person. A few randomly selected households in each village are chosen for the survey. Phone surveys for the KIYU listening area were supposed to happen earlier in the month. But if you didn't get a call and still want to participate, look for the printed version of the survey, which you might have received in the mail. Or take the online survey here. . (10/11)
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)
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)
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 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)
Koyukon language coloring pages from Jennessa Miller at the Galena Behavioral Health Department are ready for download here.
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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)
(Updated 10/15) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:
GILA Dorm Aide
Coaching and Advisor positions
Clerical II (Fairbanks)
Computer Technician (Fairbanks)
Secretary / Receptionist (Fairbanks)
Field Representative (Soldotna)
Special Education Contact Teacher (flexible)
iGrad Coach (Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla)
Temporary iGrad Coach (Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla)
Contact Teacher (Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai and Wasilla)
To apply, fill out a complete employment application on the Galena City School District website located at https://www.galenaalaska.org/employment
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.
*** 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!
FOR SALE: In Ruby, George Albert has some of his hand-crafted traditional snowshoes available for sale. If interested, you can reach George on his new cell phone: 907-888-3843. (10/12)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (7/1)
*** PLEASE NOTE, any lost and found notice more than two weeks old will be removed, so please try and keep us informed when owners and items have been joyfully reunited. Thanks!
FOUND: In Galena, a down jacket, pair of gloves and fur hat. Found near the old town landing. Call KIYU at 656-1488 to describe and claim. (10/17)
UPDATED 2020 Galena Pool Schedule
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 am.
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 email@example.com so we can post it online.
Police and Fire call 911
Police non-emergency office line is 656-2177.
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 - Open Monday through Friday, 8 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.
SIDNEY HUNTINGTON SCHOOL MENUS
--download the October Breakfast Menu and October Lunch Menu
YUKON KOYUKUK SCHOOL DISTRICT MENUS
-download a copy of the menu for October 2020 here.
GALENA INTERIOR LEARNING ACADEMY MENUS
GILA October Breakfast Menu
GILA October 2020 Lunch Menu
GILA October 2020 Dinner Menu