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NEW - The Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee will be holding their public hearing virtually Thursday, March 4th at 6pm. The purpose of this meeting is to present assessment data and gather input for the 2021-2022 grant application. The public is invited to join in one of two ways: Click here for the Microsoft TEAMS meeting. Or teleconference at 1-800-315-6338 with the code 12053. Their agenda is here.

NEW - There is an upcoming SHS Parent Advisory Committee meeting on March 1 at 6:00 PM via phone or in person at Charles Evans Community Library. Everyone is welcome to attend. The teleconference number is 1-800-315-6338 with the code 12053. Their agenda is here. (2/24)



COVID-19 Coronavirus-related announcements - organized by community



NEW - The Galena City Council met on Tuesday evening and have issued the following updated COVID-19 ordinance:

- Ordinance 2021-25 repeals emergency ordinances 2021-22, 2021-23, and 2021-24. This new ordinance still requires all people who enter Galena from any other city or village to submit a travel declaration to the city manager before or upon arrival. There shall be no shelter-in-place requirement if the person arriving into Galena takes a test within 72 hours prior to arrival into Galena, receives a negative result, and provides confirmation of negative result to the City. There also shall be no shelter-in-place requirement upon arrival or testing prior to arrival into Galena for persons traveling and returning to Galena as long as the trip takes no more than 72hours from departure and return, or if they tested positive for COVID not more than 90 days and are released from mandatory quarantine from the State of Alaska.

As an emergency ordinance, this law is in place for 30 days after the time they were passed, unless otherwise modified, replaced, or renewed by the City Council before then. The City of Galena still encourages testing 7 days after arrival into Galena, although it is not required.

The City would also like to remind everyone that the mask mandate is still in place. This requires people to wear masks in public places. Please continue to stay safe by wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing.

Call the City of Galena with any questions at 656-1301. (2/24)

NEW - The City of Galena has issued an updated Travel Declaration Form for new arrivals to Galena. This form must be submitted to the Galena City Manager before or directly upon arrival. That form can be downloaded here. (2/26)

NEW - There is an upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Edgar Nollner Health Center on March 17th, which is open to everyone at least 16 years of age. Minors need signed parental consent. This will be the Pfizer vaccine, and second doses will be adminstered on April 10th. You must register in advance, as no extra doses will be issued for walk-ins. Call the clinic at 656-1366 and make your appointment today! Their flyer for the event is here. (2/24)

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 (1/31)

Galena Hardware will resume in-person shopping on a limited basis for the public. It will be allowed with the following restrictions strictly enforced: Only one shopper in the store at a time (no kids or pets allowed). By appointment only for a maximum 30 minutes per visit during regular store hours. Shopper must present a vaccination card proving they have received at least a first dose. Shopper must wear a mask for the entire visit inside the store. Shoppers are strongly encouraged to pay with a debit or credit card or a store account. Phone numbers to call for a reservation: 656-7111 or 656-8636. Customers without a reservation will not be allowed inside if they show up when another shopper has reserved time. These changes will go into effect immediately and be in effect for the foreseable future. (1/27)

In case you missed it, Dr. Tamara Huntington sent over a copy of her powerpoint presentation from the COVID-19 meeting on January 26th, and it's available here. Travel Coordinator Shirley Cleaver also made a presentation, and that's available here. They wanted to thank everyone for participating and sharing your thoughts and concerns. (1/27)

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)

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 2/23 - The tribal council meets on Monday to discuss restrictions, but until then, 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.


UPDATED 2/23 - Nulato remains on lockdown. All city travel must be approved by the Task Force Committee. The ban on inter-village travel continues as well. Please contact Kathy Ekada at 898-2339 or 417-7030 if you have any questions. (11/3)


UPDATED 2/23 - The community of Kaltag also remains on lockdown, through March 23rd, when the task force will re-evaluate. No travel in or out of the village will be allowed, unless it is for medical attention. For further information, you can contact Laura Saunders at the Kaltag Task Force at 534-2305. (2/23)


UPDATED 2/26 - The tribal council meets today, February 26th to discuss current policy. But, until we hear differently, current status in Tanana has not changed. 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. (2/26)


Other villages

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NEW - 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)

NEW - It's time to call your water meter readings in to the City of Galena. That number is 656-1301. (2/26)

NEW - Nenana Ice Classic tickets are available at the Yukon Inn in Galena. Don't out on one of the longest running games in Alaska. Big big money! (2/18)

NEW - As a way of increasing the legal harvest of wolves and to reduce the predation on moose around Galena, the Louden Tribal Council is sponsoring a wolf harvest program. For each legally harvested wolf taken within a 20-mile radius of Galena, between February 9th and May 1st, 2021, a payment of $300 will be made to the successful trapper or hunter. Other rules do apply, so make sure to inspect the announcement from the Council. (2/22)

NEW - An emergency order has been issued by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, opening a state resident registration permit hunt for any moose in the portion of Game Management Unit 21D south of the south bank of the Yukon River, downstream of the up-river entrance of Kala Slough and west of Kala Creek.

Points I've been asked to stress: 1) There will be no vendor issuing permits in Galena this season, so hunters must get their permit online. 2) Only hunters who did NOT get a moose are eligible for this hunt. 3) All hunters must report within 2 days of harvest.

Here is the emergency order and the full announcement. (2/19)

NEW - Louden Tribal Council is looking for volunteer tribal court judges for ICWA cases. If you're interested, please call Susie Sam at the Louden Tribal Office at 656-1711. (2/11)

Joanne Wallis, a Family Nurse Practitioner with TCC, will be working in Galena see patients February 16th through the 26th, and March 15th through the 26th. To schedule a visit with her for any of your health care needs, call (907) 656-1366. (2/9)

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 (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 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:

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. 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)


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)






NEW - The City of Galena has a job opening for a Temporary Travel Coordinator. This person will monitor travel in and out of Galena to ensure compliance with CDC and local guidelines. You would be responsible for keeping up to date on guidelines regarding travel, review and reply to travel requests, maintain records of travel documents, submit monthly reports to the city council, and any other duties as needed. Applications are available at the City of Galena. They must be received by in person or by email to on or before February 26, 2021 at 5PM. Please see flyer for more details or contact the City of Galena at 907-656-1301 with any further questions. A complete job description is here. (2/19)

NEW - The Louden Tribal Council has an opening for a Tribal Victim Advocate. This is full time position, 40 hours per week at $26 per hour. Under the supervision of the Tribal Administrator, this person will be responsible for responding and assisting victims related to child protection, domestic violence and other crime related situations, advocating for victims and referring individuals for services. A full job description is available here. Contact Susie Sam at the Louden Tribal Council at 656-7011. (1/27)

(Updated 2/25) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:


Business Manager
GILA Assistant Principal
Assistant Director of Maintenance
Computer Technician
Coaching and Advisors
Maintenance I - Bus Driver
GILA - Dorm Aide
GILA - Resident Advisor
GILA - Residential Advisor - Programming
GILA - Assistant Cook
GILA - Cook's Helper
GILA - Residence Life Counselor
SHS - Teacher (Grades 6-8)
SHS / GILA - Cultural Studies & Language Teacher
SHS / GILA - Special Education Teacher
SHS / GILA - Construction Trades Teacher
SHS / GILA - Science Teacher
SHS / GILA - Cosmetology Teacher


Special Education Contact Teacher (location flexible)
Temporary Clerical II (Fairbanks)
iGrad Temporary Teacher
Resource Room Coordinator (Anchorage)

For more information, see the Galena City School District employment page.





*** 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!


House for sale in Galena: 4 bedroom home with heated garage. Asking $140,000 and fielding offers. Call Jason at 907-656-7077. The flyer with photos is here. (1/25)

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 (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!


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UPDATED 2020 Galena Pool Schedule

Lap swims:

Monday & Wednesday 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 so we can post it online.



Galena Emergency Numbers UPDATED NOVEMBER 2020

Police: 911

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





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.


February 22nd - February 27th


French Dip w/Fried Rice


Zombies (Turkey/Cheese) w/Pasta Crab Salad


Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos


Enchiladas w/Refried Beans & Spanish Rice


Homemade Pizza & Clam Chowder


11am - 2pm

Sunday - Closed



Notice: The breakfast menus for February 10th and February 17th have been swapped.














-you can download the GILA January 2021 breakfast menu here, the January 2021 lunch menu here.