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Friday, December 13th, 2019


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 2019                    



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UPDATED - The Koyukuk River Fish and Game State Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Fairbanks in the Bentley Room of Pike's Waterfront Lodge on Monday, December 16th at 2:00 pm (note that this is a slight change from the meeting time announced earlier).  This meeting will be teleconferenced.  To participate, please dial 1-800-504-8071 and enter access code 4597263 when prompted. The draft agenda for the meeting is posted here.


NEW - Louden Tribal Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, December 16th starting at 6 pm at the LTC offices. The agenda for the meeting is posted here.


NEW - The Galena City School District Budget Review Committee plans to meet next Wednesday, December 18th at 4:30pm in the Superintendent’s office at SHS to continue work on the FY21 budget. This meeting is open to the public.


NEW - The Galena City Council will hold a regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 18th starting at 6 pm at City Hall. Here is the agenda.






UPDATED - The City of Galena Utility Department will begin excavating in front of City Hall today (Friday) to access the water main. Please use extreme caution in that area and look out for workers. Use an alternate route that bypasses that section of Antoski Road if possible.

-Also, the City is asking all utility customers to update or confirm their contact phone numbers, which the City keeps on file. The existing customer contact list is outdated. Please call the City office at 656-1301 or email with that information. (12/2)


NEW - The Galena City School District is accepting letters of interest from individuals who would be willing to fill one of the school district's seats on the Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska Board of Directors. Letters of interest are due on January 7th at the Superintendent's office. For more information, see this letter from GCSD.


The Galena Middle School Close-up students are raising money for their trip to Washington, DC by selling Galena calendars, which feature local photos and birthdays.  Calendars are $20 each and can be purchased at Sweetsir’s Store, or from the students. 

Close-Up students and parents will provide a gift wrapping service at the Elders' Center on Sunday, December 15th from 3-6 PM.  Close-Up will have a wide variety of wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and tags.  You bring the gifts that you need to be wrapped, and make a donation of your choice for this service. Contact Tamara Huntington with any questions. (12/6)


NEW - Galena Good News Kids Club will meet today (Friday the 13th) from 3 to 4:15 pm in the SHS Elementary Library. Kids in kindergarten through 6th grades are welcome to take part in games, singing, and learning more about the Bible. A lite snack is provided. (12/11)


NEW - The Galena Coffee Shop is coordinating an effort to make holiday food trays for Galena elders. To make the trays, the following donations are welcome and needed: jarred fish, jams, baked goods like bread, muffins and cookies, dry fish or meat, tea, coffee, and candy. Cash donations will also be accepted. Please bring donations to the Coffee Shop. You can contact Shirley at 656-2505 for more information. The trays will be put together on the afternoon of Sunday, December 22nd at the Coffee Shop.


NEW - The Galena Christmas Cookie Exchange is scheduled for Saturday, December 21st starting at 7 pm at the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility. Bring 6 dozen cookies to exchange and 1 dozen to leave for the elders.


The Galena Sports Authority is sponsoring a Christmas lighting and decoration contest in Galena. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: most original, most humorous, greatest quantity of lighting and decor, and best "reason for the season." Prizes include a round trip ticket on Wright Air, $250 cash, and $200 and $100 utility credits from the City of Galena. Judging will occur on December 21st. To enter your house in the contest, call Nancy Pitka at 656-7044 or Jen Hildebrand at 656-7161 no later than December 20th at noon. If you want this information in flyer format, here ya go.


The Galena City School District Athletics Department presents "Meet the Hawks” at the SHS Gymnasium on Saturday, December 14th starting at 5 pm.  Coaches and players will be introduced for the Galena Junior High and High School basketball programs, and there will be some intra-squad scrimmages.  No gate fee will be collected, and there will likely be concessions. (12/5)


Congratulations to the following winners of the raffles at the St John Berchman's Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar on Saturday.

Item Donated By WINNERS
$500 Cash Sweetsir's Construction LARRY & JOYCE HAUSMANN 
5 qt Instapot  Dick & Lilly Evans BECKY HUHNDORF
Beaded Wall Hanging-cross Tom & Chrissy Johnson CARLSON MALEMUTE
Cast Iron 7 piece camp set TCC -BH program FRANKSON FAMILY
Native food basket - fish, jam, jarred meat  John, Shirley & kids                               EMILY BURGETT
$500 Gift Certificate Sweetsir' Store DARLENE BILLINGS
Keurig coffee machine Apfelbeck family ZENAE BILLINGS
Beaded Cross Jewelry Set - by Jaylein Kriska Wightman Family MARYLENE BURGETT
6 qt Instapot Stephanie Sweetsir  BROOKLYN HONEA
Samsung Galaxy tablet -32GB - 8inch Apfelbeck family DANICA & ZENAE BILLINGS
Wright's Ticket Wrights Air Service VIRGIL SAM
43" TV Vera Mountain & Fr. Thinh, OFM, Mo W TINA MARTIN
Beaded Gloves -womens Green Family DAVE PELKOLA
Case of Fish Russ & Agnes Sweetsir DARLENE BILLINGS
18 Qrt Roaster and Afghan by Doris Darrell & Edith Hildebrandn and Virginia Johnston DARLENE BILLINGS
Airpods (2nd Generation) Dave and Sutton Casey ROSIE HABEICH - ANC
Sewing Basket - moose skin piece, beads, supplies, beaver skin Mo Wightman, Shirley, Haveners, Frankson DEBBIE MERRINER
Beaded Slippers - womens & Foot Spa John, Shirley & family and Karen Evans BRANDON HILDEBRAND
Kitchen Aid -Classic - black Trisha, Ian and Lily Esmailka DEBBIE MERRINER
50 gallons of Heating Fuel Pitka's Services PAULA SOMMER
$200 Gift Certificate Galena Coffee Shop GEORGIANNA MADROS -KAL
8 qt. Instapot & Beaded Pillow Sweetsir's B&B & Local Beadwork Artist BR. JUSTIN
Kitchen Aid - Pro HD Series -Purple- 5qt Galena Liquor Store JENNY PELKOLA
Stihl Chainsaw - MS 170 Larry & Joyce Hausmann JULIE LOMBARDI (McCOY) -CO
Medzahoolahn shirt & Tlaa'bass Andrew & Tammy Huntington & family - Nolan Aloysuis CAROL LOWE
$ Dollar Raffles    
Kids Basket #1 Burgett Family, Trisha & Kate RJ GREGORY
Kids Basket #2 Burgett Family and Kate & Trisha EMILY BURGETT
Kids Basket #3 Burgett Family, Trisha & Kate NICO LUMBA
Kids Basket #4 Burgett Family and Kate & Trisha ZENAE BILLINGS
Quilt - large Rosie Habeich EVAN WALTON
Quilt - Small Rosie Habeich SANDY SCOTTON
Everts Air Cargo Everts Air Cargo CHAD BURGETT
Beaded Glass Jars (3) Sandy Evans JENNESSA MILLER
Gingerbread Village- Candyland Pam Pitka and kids RHIANNE ISAAC

Thank you to all of the volunteers who donated their food, gifts, and labor to make the event possible.


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.



The Galena City School District Athletic Department is offering a series of free basketball clinics for third through fifth graders on Sundays from 1 to 2 pm in the SHS Gym. The clinics will focus on fundamentals and introducing the kids to the game of basketball. Contact David Huntington for further information. (11/5)


Here is the2019-2020 school sports and activities calendar, dated December 5, 2019.

Or click here to get the most recently updated Google Doc version


2019-2020 Galena Basketball Schedule

Dec 4

Start Practice

Dec 13-14

Alumni Scrimmage

Dec 19-21

Kenai Tournament (at Kenai Central HS; radio coverage by KSRM Kenai)


Thursday, Dec 19
Galena v Nikiski (girls) - 3 pm
Galena v Nikiski (boys) - 4:30 pm

Friday, Dec 20
Galena v Kenai (boys) - 6 pm
Galena v Kenai (girls) - 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec 21
Galena v Houston (girls) - 12 noon
Galena v Houston (boys) - 1:30 pm


Jan 10-11

@ Delta

Jan 16-18

Dean Cummings Tournament (Delta)

Jan 23-25

Bethel Tournament (JV Home)

Jan 31-Feb 1

Eielson @ Galena

Feb 7-8

Homer Tournament

Feb 14-15

Hutchinson @ Galena

Feb 21-22

Boys Home, Girls @ Nome

Feb 28-29

@ Monroe

Mar 6-7

@ Valdez

Mar 12-14

Regionals @ North Pole

Mar 26-28

State Tournament

All home games start at 6 pm / 7:30 pm



UPDATED (12/11) The Galena City School District currently has the following job openings:

Computer Technician
Accounts Payable Specialist
Bus Driver
SHS School Counselor
GILA Assistant Cook I
GILA Resident Advisor
Long Term Temporary Teacher in the CTE Department at GILA

IDEA Computer Technician

IDEA Contact Teacher

To apply, fill out a complete employment application on the Galena City School District website located at

Also, the Galena City School District is hiring for a full time Business Manager. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in accounting, business management, finance or other related fields. Salary and benefits will be determined based on education and experience. For more information, see the job announcement here. (12/12)


UPDATED (11/13) Tanana Chiefs Conference currently has the following job openings across the region:

Family Visitor
Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Home Care Provider

Community Health Aide Practitioner

Lead Teacher and Teachers Aide for an additional 0-3 year old Head Start classroom

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Elder Nutrition Cook

Substitute Elder Nutrition Cook
Systems of Care Project Youth Program Leader
Village Public Safety Officer

Systems of Care Project Youth Program Leader
Community Health Aide/Practitioner

Home Care Provider
Community Health Aide

Home Care Provider

Head Start Lead Teacher
Head Start Teacher's Aide

Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Behavioral Health Aide


Region Wide
Medical Coder II
Community Health Aide/Practitioner - Itinerant

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


UPDATED DECEMBER 4 - 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.



NEW - FOUND: In Galena, a camoflauge pack sack was found on the trail in Antoski Slough. To describe and claim, call 656-1369. (12/13)


The City of Galena continues to seek information regarding the location of two large Knack metal tool boxes, which went missing from the barge landing sometime between August 23 and August 26. There is a $1000 reward for their return to the City. Call 656-1301 with any information you might have. (10/30)




*** 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!


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




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 December 9 - December 14


Turkey Day wraps with seasoned rice


Thai noodles with chicken


Nachos Supreme & Indian Tacos


Shrimp Scampi with garlic knots


Homemade Clam Chowder and 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 - December 2019

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

Thursday, December 12


Breakfast: Belgium waffles, boiled eggs, strawberry cups

Lunch: Lasagna, garlic bread, green beans, fruit cocktail


Friday, December 13


Breakfast: Yogurt parfait, apple cinnamon muffins, mixed berries

Lunch: Tuna melts, crinkle cuts, fresh grapes



**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 - December 2019


The full menu for the month is available here.


Thursday, December 12


Breakfast: Blueberry oat muffins, froyo, pears

Lunch: Chicken teriyaki, rice, mixed veggies, mandarin oranges


Friday, December 13


Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, mixed fruit

Lunch: Chicken salad sandwich, corn, blueberry cobbler, peaches



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



Galena Interior Learning Academy Menus -


December 2019 Breakfast


December 2019 Lunch