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NEW AND UPDATED - The GCSD School Board has been postponed to next Wednesday, May 12. The Work Session begins at 6:00pm. The Regular Meeting starts at 7:00pm. In order to ensure proper physical distancing in the SHS Library/Commons area, please consider teleconferencing into the meeting by calling 1-800-315-6338 and entering access code 12053. If attending in person, thank you for following COVID-19 protocols (physical distancing, wearing face covering, hand sanitation, etc.). The Board Packet is available at the following website: https://www.galenaalaska.org/school-board/. Click on “GCSD May 2021 School Board Packet.” Thank you for your support of education in Galena and across Alaska! (4/30)
NEW AND UPDATED - The Galena City Council did not pass Ordinance 2021-27 at its meeting on Tuesday by a vote of 3 to 3. After Friday, April 23 all travelers will no longer be required to fill out a travel declaration or submit a negative COVID-19 test before or upon arrival into Galena. Also, all people entering public spaces will no longer be required to wear a mask as a City mandate. However, it is encouraged that we all stay safe by wearing masks in public places, washing our hands often and respect everyone's space. Please contact the City of Galena with any questions at 656-1301. The press release on the meeting is here. And, the latest public notice from the City of Galena is here. (4/28)
Thanks to the help of a community member, Galena is happy to announce of a new website regarding all COVID-19 related information in Galena. Information will include updates from the City of Galena, the Edgar Nollner Health Center, the Galena City School District, and other miscellaneous sources. Please be patient as all information will be updated as we go along. You can check out the website at galenacovid.info. (1/31)
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 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 3/7 - The community of Koyukuk is still on partial lockdown. Travelers to Koyukuk must fill out a travel declaration with incident commander Marilyn Roberts. For more information, Marilyn's work number is 907-927-2234 and her home number is 907-927-2304. Their declaration in full is here and here. (3/7)
UPDATED 4/15 - As of April 14th, the task force decided to lift the quarantine for everyone (Children, Unvaccinated, Vaccinated People) upon arrival into Nulato. Travel is still open for city and intervillage travel. All travelers need to practice wearing a mask, hand sanitizing and social distancing for 7 days. If you experience any flu / cold like symptoms, need to get tested . If any person in the household has tested positive, the whole household is required to quarantine for 14 days. All travel still needs to be reported. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Ekada at 898-2339, 656-7285 or 417-7030. Their latest declaration is here. (4/15)
UPDATED 3/30 - Non residents and or contractors need to contact the Kaltag Task Force to arrange travel permission. They will need proof of a negative Covid test prior to travel into Kaltag. Kaltag residents are permitted to travel for medical or essential reasons. Residents need to prearrange travel intentions with the travel coordinator. If gone for more than 72 hours the traveler is responsible for obtaining a Covid test before returning. All inter-village travel is permitted for fully vaccinated people. We don't recommend travel if not fully vaccinated. We require residents to wear masks in all places of business and the school. We recommend that use of hand sanitizer when residents return to their homes. We require that everyone maintains social distancing at all times.
We remain committed to the health and safety of the people of Kaltag to stay safe from contracting the Covid 19 virus.
For further information, you can contact Laura Saunders at the Kaltag Task Force at 534-2305. (3/30)
UPDATED 3/1 - The Council in Tanana met earlier this month, and have made changes to the community's COVID-19 policies. Masks and social distancing are still required. However, those who have been fully vaccinated do not have to quarentine upon arrival to Tanana. A seven day quarantine is still required for new arrivals who have not been vaccinated. The full Tanana announcement is here. (3/1)
NEW - All graduating seniors of the Yukon-Koyukuk region are invited to apply for the KIYU Community Service Achievements Scholarship. There are a few simple qualifications to meet in order to be eligible. And, students must submit a typed essay detailing an act of community service to be judged for this scholarship. Students must submit letters of reference and essay, personally or by mail, to KIYU, along with the accompanying application no later than May 17th, 2021. The final decision will be made on June 1st, 2021 at 6:00 PM.
Scholarship funds to be awarded: First place $2,000 / Second place $1,000. Any further questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 656-1488.
The scholarship invitation detailing the rules is here. The application is here. Good luck! (4/30)
NEW - The annual candy lei assembly for the graduating class will take place Saturday, May 15th in Mrs. Wightman’s classroom at SHS starting at 1 pm. We need to assemble 27 candy leis for the graduating class of 2021. See you there! (5/5)
NEW - The Galena Book Club will be meeting next on May 8th at 11:00 AM at the Galena Coffee Shop to discuss The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Everyone is welcome, and if you haven't read the book, that's okay. Anytime is a good time to get started. (5/3)
NEW - Get ready to unplug! The Sidney C Huntington Elementary and Middle School is participating in Screen Free Week May 3rd - 9th. This is an annual, international celebration when families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. Instead of watching T.V., surfing the web, or playing apps and video games, they read, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with family and friends. Many parents choose to join their children in forgoing screen-based entertainment all week long, engaging in other fun activities. This kind of support is the best motivation you can give, to aid in a successful and beneficial experience. Here is a list of alternative screen-free activities to attend.
Monday: Walk or Ride your bike, meet in the SHS school parking lot at 7:00 pm
Tuesday: Game night in the SHS HS library grades K-4th @6:00 PM To 7:00 PM. Free swim 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM grades 5th-8th ONLY
Wednesday: Game night in the SHS Elementary library grades 5th-8th @6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Free swim 6:00PM to 7:00 PM grades K-4th ONLY
Thursday: Bird walk with Karin Bodony, Starting SHS parking lot 3:00 to 4:30 PM.
Friday: Family Night Enjoy spending time with your family, play board games walk, bike, spend time with an elder, or read books together. (4/30)
NEW - Please talk to your children about the safe usage of ATV’s before letting them drive. We have been getting complaints of how fast and reckless kids are driving ATV’s. Technically by Alaska Law ATV’s are not allowed on the roadway. However, Galena PD tries to be understanding and lenient when it comes to on road operation in Galena. Children should be informed that ATV use is a serious responsibility and ALL TRAFFIC LAWS INCLUDING SPEED must be followed. Also National Standards state officially that no child under the age of 16 can operate an ATV without an adult present. PASSENGER LIMITS are also a safety factor. If it appears that this is becoming a safety risk, your police department will have no choice but to start issuing tickets and possibly impounding ATV’s for the safety of the community and your children’s safety. Please help us keep your children safe. (4/30)
NEW - The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility has an opening for a female resident. If you are or know of an elder interested and needing assistance, please contact Agnes Sweetsir at (907)656-7449 for more information and an application. (4/29)
NEW - The City of Galena is seeking to secure a contract with a responsible party to transfer 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of #2 diesel from Storage Tank No. 3 at the City power plant to Storage Tank No. 1 at the base power plant. The fuel will be transferred on an on-going basis between May 21st and October 1, 2021. Interested parties should download the full document from The City of Galena, and contact the City at 656-1301. (4/28)
NEW - The City of Galena is currently seeking proposals to provide generator fuel and other drummed fluids during the 2021 barge season. The City of Galena operates diesel-powered generators that provide power for the community. We seek to secure a contract with a responsible party to provide fuel to the power plant. Sealed bids must be submitted by Monday, May 10th at 4 p.m. Please see the full document for more details on bid requirements or contact the City at 656-1301 with any questions. (4/27)
NEW - The Theater Department of the Galena City School District presents “The Importance of Being Earnest.” May 13th and May 14th at 7:00 p.m. In the SHS Gym. If you are interested in attending this play, please call Sharilyn at SHS at 656-1205. Please tell her which performance you would like to attend and the number of people in the party. Because it is in the gym, we will be able to allow your family to sit together in the bleachers or on chairs and still be able to follow the social distance guidelines. We will be capping the number of audience members to 150 per performance and will not be able to allow people to just come in without reservations since we will be assigning seating. Thank you for your understanding. (4/28)
NEW - The Edgar Nollner Health Center and Tanana Chiefs Conference are happy to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner Dana Mathis will be visiting Kaltag, seeing patients from May 3rd through May 5th. Call (907) 534-2209 to schedule an appointment. (4/28)
NEW - A message about flood preparedness!
Have enough medicine on hand to last an extra week.
Store extra drinking water, enough food to last a week and a well stocked first aid kit.
Keep some form of communication and information, such as a hand held radio.
Have a safety plan in case your home becomes unsafe. If you must leave your home, make sure all fuel and propane are shut off. (4/27)
NEW - Visiting the YKEALF residents is now possible for everyone under the following restrictions:
When Galena is in the Red Zone, visiting will not be allowed. Our goal is to protect our elders but also allowing contact with family and friends and to get them back to being out in the community. Visits need to be scheduled. Call 656-2574. We only have one line so be patient.
Upon arrival, visitors need a temperature check and screening for symptoms, washing hands and sign in. A resident is limited to two visitors at a time, including children. If they are vaccinated and the visitor(s) are vaccinated, they can visit in their own units without a mask or social distancing. If the visitor(s) is not vaccinated, they must social distance and wear a mask at all times. When in the dining room or TV room, the common areas, visitors must wear a mask and social distance from other residents. Children are not vaccinated, thus social distancing is a must - no hugging. Children under two are not required to wear a mask but must have social distance. No holding infants. Children must be closely supervised by their parent/adult; no running around. Once it warms up more, we will be able to allow more than two visitors per resident outside. Residents are allowed to visit outside the Facility, i.e. in someone's home or to go for a ride.
The complete document detailing visiting requirements and policies is available here. (4/12)
NEW - The 43rd Gana-A’Yoo Annual Meeting of Shareholders is on May 21st at 11:00 am in Fairbanks. Whether the shareholder meeting will be open to in-person participation will depend on the recommendations of public health officials closer to the date of the meeting. Instructions on how to attend will be sent to shareholders. This year’s theme is Adapting to our Environment. Voting Shareholders have the option to vote their hard copy proxy or online at ganaayoovote.com.
April 23rd: Early bird prizes deadline, valid proxies must be received by 5 pm. Prizes are one (1) $1,000, one (1) $500, and five (5) $100.
May 19th: Proxy deadline, valid proxies must be received by 5 pm. Prizes are one (1) $1,500, one (1) $1,000, two (2) $250, and two (2) $100.
If you are interested in serving on the natural resources or shareholder relations committee, submit your letter of interest to by April 30th. Gana-A’Yoo shareholders and descendants: The competitive and general scholarship application is due on June 15th. For more information visit our website ganaayoo.com or call 907-569-9599 or toll free 1-888-656-1606. (4/9)
NEW - The Louden Tribal Council has a limited number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors available to those in need. Check yours, and stop by the Louden Tribal Office if they're missing or not working. (4/7)
NEW - Photos for the 2021 senior slide show during the graduation ceremony are due on Friday, May 7 to Mr. Apfelbeck on the SHS campus. Photos can be emailed or brought to his room in person. Seniors are limited to seven (7) photos. Please do not group two or more photos together; those won’t be accepted, and it looks terrible on the screen during the graduation ceremony. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Apfelbeck at 656-1205. Their flyer is here. (4/6)
The Galena Spring Carnival was a success! Lots of people participated in the races, and the results can be downloaded here. (4/6)
The Louden Tribal Council has a large stock of gardening seeds available and everyone is welcome to stop by the tribal office and pick some up. Spring is coming! (3/16)
A message for Ruby residents from Everts Air: Flights have begun to and from Fairbanks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 907-490-2351 or 907-452-2351 for more information. (3/17)
The swim team has added a non-competitive youth division for kids ages 6 and up. Practices will be held Wednesdays from 6-7PM and Saturdays from 10-11 AM. Please consider joining them this week. Contact Tamara Huntington 907-656-7223 if you have any questions. (3/8)
Galena Hardware has lifted their extra COVID restrictions, and are open for business. Pick up service is still available. Call 656-7111 for Galena Hardware. (3/4)
We are having quite an issue again with dogs running loose. According to Galena Ordinance GMC6.04.130 dogs must be secured at all times whether at their residence or while out walking. The Galena Police Department will begin issuing $300 citations for anyone caught in violation of the ordinance. (2/26)
The Alaska Business Development Center has traveled across Alaska to provide free tax services for 25 years. This year, in lieu of travel, assistance is available from ABDC's Anchorage office. For more information and eligibility, visit their website at www.abdc.org. (1/23)
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.
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 Galena emergency contact numbers have to change again. Please note the following changes:
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. Feel free to call Brooke at 656-1711 with questions or for information on COVID precautions. (11/23)
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)
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)
NEW - The Louden Tribal Council is pleased to invite interested parties to submit proposals for the construction of two studio cabins in Galena, Alaska. The work must be completed by September 30th, 2021, and the deadline for proposals is Wednesday, May 12th. Interested parties may examine the RFP documents at the Office of the Louden Tribal Council at 100 Front Street in Galena, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The documents can also be examined at www.bidsalaska.com, and at this address. Their letter requesting proposals is here. (4/23)
NEW - The Louden Tribal Council has assembled a listing for contruction jobs this season in Galena:
TC CONSTRUCTION - 907-631-3237
General Laborer / Equipment Operators Carpenters (Must have at least 3 years of on-the-job carpentry experience and/or a trade school certification)
Welders (Must have a D1.1 certification)
AARON PLUMBING AND HEATING - 907-452-3463
Plumbers and Pipefitter / Apprentice (Must be part of the Local 367 Union)
EASTSIDE CARPET COMPANY 907-562-7444
General Laborer Flooring Installer (At least 2 years of experience)
TVENGE PAINTING AND DRYWALL 907-317-8186
Painter / Taper Helper (Must have minimum 2 years of experience)
All workers must have own transportation to jobsite, be able to work a minimum 10-hour shift and show up to work on time EVERY DAY. Come with a good attitude and be willing to take direction. We have a no tolerance policy in terms of any drugs or alcohol on our jobsites. Anyone suspected of being intoxicated will be terminated on the spot with no chance to return on our sites. The full set of job listings and a letter from TC Construction is available here. (4/19)
- ENHC has an opening for a dental assistant intern. This is a paid internship of approximately 12 month duration. The goal of the Dental Assistant Internship program is for successful completion of the training curriculum which will lead to a promotion to a permanent full time position as a Dental Assistant. If interested please apply for the Galena position at www.tananachiefs.org. (3/15)
(Updated 4/19) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:
Coaching and Advisors
Maintenance I - Bus Driver
GILA - Secretary / Receptionist
GILA - Secretary / Registar
GILA - Dorm Aide
GILA - Resident Advisor
GILA - Residential Advisor - Programming
GILA - Assistant Cook I
GILA - Cook's Helper
GILA - Residence Life Counselor
SHS - Food Service Manager
SHS - Teacher (Grades 6-8)
SHS / GILA - Special Education Teacher (Grades 9-12)
SHS / GILA - Math Teacher (2)
SHS / GILA - Language Arts Teacher
SHS / GILA - Construction Trades Teacher
SHS / GILA - Welding and Fabrication Teacher
Head Cross Country Running
Assistant Cross Country Running
Junior High Basketball
A document detailing the coaching positions is here.
Temporary Clerical II (Fairbanks)
Resource Room Coordinator (Anchorage)
For more information, see the Galena City School District employment page. Or, call the district office at 907-656-1205.
*** 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 - Wanted to Buy: Refrigerator in good working order. Call Larry @ 656-7095. (5/5)
NEW - · $315 for New Madshus Glittertind X-Country Skis (210 cm) with Rottefella BC Technology Bindings, Swix MT 840 Poles, Beaver Sports Ski Bag, Waxes. Text John at 907-656-7193 for photos and details. (4/21)
There is a three bedroom home for sale on Louden Loop Road, next to Galena Hardware.. Serious inquiries only please, to Cecelia Grant at 907-687-7255. A picture of the house is here. (3/16)
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)
*** 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!
UPDATED 2021 Galena Pool Schedule
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday (shared with swim team) 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Saturday’s (shared with Swim team) 8am-10am
UPDATED JANUARY 1, 2021 - 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
Hours are 10am-2pm. Call 656-2505 ahead of time to place orders.
SIDNEY HUNTINGTON SCHOOL MENUS
Notice: The breakfast menus for February 10th and February 17th have been swapped.
YUKON KOYUKUK SCHOOL DISTRICT MENUS
GALENA INTERIOR LEARNING ACADEMY MENUS
-you can download the GILA January 2021 breakfast menu here, the January 2021 lunch menu here.