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FRIDAY, MARCH 27th, 2020
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The call-to-listen line (1-888-25-RADIO) is now a conference call that will only be active during special events, such as basketball games.
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NEW - The Galena City School District Board Policy Committee will hold a meeting by teleconference on Monday, March 30 starting at 4 pm. If you would like to attend this meeting, please follow this link to view the agenda:
*These mandates override any local government mandates issued earlier on the same topic*
Effective 8:00 am March 28, all in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs. Certain small Alaskan communities may implement further travel policies that are more strict than the statewide restrictions, announced by the Governor on March 27. Many of these inter-village travel restrictions are listed below in the COVID-by-community section of the Wireless.
Effective 5 p.m. March 28, all persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing. For the purpose of this mandate, social distancing is defined as maintaining a distance of six feet or greater from any individuals with whom you do not currently reside.
Read the “Mandate 11 & 12 FAQ’s” for more details, which can be found here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx
Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03232020-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf
The Governor orders individuals to abide by the following:
The Governor also orders that all businesses within Alaska, except those listed in Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the state except Minimum Basic Operations that maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or make it possible for employees of the business to work from home.
A violation of a state COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation. In addition to the potential civil fines, a person or organization that fails to follow the state COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impact may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment.
UPDATED - On Monday, March 23, Governor Dunleavy ordered that all travelers returning to Alaska from another state or another country must self-quarantine for 14 days. This order took effect on March 25. Only individuls who have a job that supports critical infrastructure are allowed to leave their house or lodging during this quarantine period. The list of approved "critical infrastructure" jobs in Alaska is posted here. Failure to follow this order is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both, as dictated in Alaska statute. Businesses or organizations that qualify as critical infrastructure providers must submit a plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development by emailing AlaskaDevelopment@alaska.gov as soon as possible, outlining how the organization will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which it operates.
--Also on Monday, the Governor reaffirmed the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. If gatherings are to occur, people must stay at least 6 feet apart from each other.
On March 20, Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that all public and private schools in Alaska will remain closed to students through May 1st, 2020, in the ongoing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
On March 19, Governor Dunleavy ordered that all non-urgent or elective medical procedures be postponed or cancelled for three months, and that all dental or elective oral health procedures be postponed for at least one month. These mandates are designed to relieve pressure on Alaska's health care system.
For a list of all statewide health and safety mandates issued by the Governor so far, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov
At its meeting on Tuesday night, the Galena City Council approved an emergency ordinance that bans all passenger air service into Galena that is deemed non-essential, effective March 26th. All snowmachine travel into Galena from other communities is also forbidden. The City of Galena has to approve any travel that might qualify as essential travel (such as a medical emergency).
The City Council also passed an ordinance that allows police to issue citations to anyone who violates the conditions of a signed 14-day mandatory quarantine order from the City.
The full versions of the ordinances passed by the City Council are here and here. (3/25)
The full list of virus prevention guidelines approved by Galena city and tribal leaders on March 18th is available here.
In addition to the suspension of all non-essential travel into Galena, the City of Galena and Louden Tribal Council strongly advise that Galena residents follow these guidelines, aimed at preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus within Galena:
--For community members returning to Galena, you must self-quarantine for at least 2 weeks. This means do not go to work, and avoid contact with the public and household members.
--Contractors and businesses doing work in Galena should not send personnel to Galena for the next 3 weeks.
--Educate children on social distancing. This involves staying at least 6 feet away from other people, and always covering a sneeze or cough with a kleenex or your elbow.
--Children should not be visiting each other's homes
--Elders should stay home. Have a family member check on Elders daily. Make sure Elders have a good supply of food, water, and medication
--Wash hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you feel sick in any way.
NEW - The City of Galena has been hosting a series of teleconferences intended for all local entities to discuss virus prevention efforts. When th next meeting is announced, we will pass along that information. To connect to the conference call 1-800-315-6338, then enter the passcode 46789. (3/24)
NEW - The City of Galena will not be offering notarization services at this time, unless it is an emergency. (3/23)
As required of all school districts in Alaska, the Galena City School District will provide GILA and SHS students distance-delivered educational services throughout the duration of the school closure. The Sidney Huntington School will be distributing student packets on Monday, March 30th from 9 am to 3 pm at the school. Elementary student packets will be arranged by grade in the commons. High school packets will be arranged by grade in the counselor’s office next to the main office. Parents, guardians or family units will be admitted one at a time to the commons area for pick-up. The commons will be sanitized before families arrive on Monday and after families leave on Monday evening. Access to the school is limited to the commons area. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe. (3/26)
For questions regarding the distance-delivery of educational services for your child(ren), please contact the principal of your child’s school: GILA Principal John Riddle (656-2053 or email@example.com) or SHS Principal Dave Casey (656-1205 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
UPDATED - The SHS Kitchen now has volunteers to help deliver school meals. Deliveries will begin at 11am each staff work day. Students will receive a lunch and breakfast for the following day. This service will continue throughout the "break." The SHS kitchen staff will try to deliver a hot lunch when possible. Thanks to Roger Spann and Kelly Ruchti for volunteering to be the delivery crew. Call the SHS main phone line at 656-1205 for more information. If you are signed up to receive school meals, please make sure that the delivery crew can access your driveway and front door. (3/24)
The Edgar Nollner Health Center in Galena strongly urges residents of Galena to call 656-1366 before seeking treatment at the health center if you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. This precaution will help the ENHC staff take the necessary precautions to ensure that others do not get exposed to any virus that you may have.
The Edgar Nollner Health Center has temporarily postponed all appointments for routine care. If you have an urgent medical need, please call 656-1366 to discuss a plan for meeting your needs safely and effectively.
The ENHC Behavioral Health staff continue to be available for phone consults, check-ins, and some phone or internet-based appointments. Please call if you would like to talk to one of the behavioral health team members at 656-1366 or 656-1617. (3/17)
UPDATED - Galena Liquor Store has new hours of operation: 12 pm through 6 pm each day. Only one customer will be admitted to the store at a time. Alcohol will only be sold to persons residing or working in Galena with a valid ID. Residents of other villages are encouraged to comply with the area-wide ban on inter-village travel, and should not be attempting to come to Galena to buy alcohol. The GLC asks that customers limit their visits to once per day. These measures are for the safety of staff, elders and community as a whole. The GLC apologizes for any inconvenience these new policies may cause, and appreciate your understanding. (3/23)
UPDATED - Here are the latest policies for Sweetsir's Store in Galena:
NEW - The Galena Post Office requests that customers that are coughing, sneezing, or exhibiting signs of illness do not come to the Post Office. Please send someone else to pick up your mail, or call the Post Office at 656-1262 to make arrangements. The Post Office understands that this is an inconvenience and appreciates your understanding.
Also, If you are an elder and have received a PO Box renewal notice from the Post Office, please send the proper documentation with a family member to the Post Office. There is no need to deliver the paperwork in person as long as the requirements for renewing your PO Box are met. One form of ID is not enough, and please don’t forget to sign and fill out the back of the form. The Post Office understands the present situation and will make accommodations accordingly in order to serve the community, while still complying with federal regulations.(3/24)
Due to staff shortages, the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena will no longer be able to prepare or deliver lunches to Elders. The Elders Facility encourages everyone to look after their elder neighbors and bring them a meal. (3/20)
At the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena, the only people allowed into the facility are staff. Residents will be sheltering in the facility and mostly in their units at this time. All visiting is restricted to telephone calls. The phone number is 656-2574. Or you can text or call Agnes at 656-7449 and she'll help the resident call you, and possibly set up a video chat. The YKEALF is doing all they can to protect the Elders and staff from COVID-19 and appreciate everyone's understanding and support. (3/17)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Galena is closed to the public. Staff will continue their work remotely. (3/20)
The Galena Pool is closed to all users until further notice. (3/19)
The offices of Louden Tribal Council in Galena are closed to the public, but the Louden staff continues to work. You can continue to call or email Louden with any issues you might need to discuss with them. The Galena recycling program is suspended until further notice. Louden has also postponed its annual meeting. (3/18)
The Sidney Huntington School Idita-Read Contest is continuing. Because of the disruption to the normal school routine, the competition will now extend until March 29th. If students run out of printed reading slips, you can make your own, or download blank ones here. Report reading progress remotely by emailing Ayla Kalke (email@example.com ), calling 203-7042, or calling your child’s teacher. Winners will be announced on March 30th. (3/17)
The Nulato City Council and Nulato Tribal Council have approved a host of new restrictions for the community of Nulato, including a suspension on non-emergency travel for residents of Nulato until April 8th. Travel is permitted for serious medical conditions only. Upon return to the village, the traveler should be placed in self-quarantine for a minimum of 21 days. Should COVID-19 symptoms occur, then self-quarantine will be extended. These self-quarantine measures will apply to all household members. If Nulato residents choose to leave the village for non-emergency reasons, they will not be allowed to return for two weeks. Proof of COVID-19 screening by the airlines will be required for re-entry into the village. No inter-village travel to and from Nulato will be allowed until further notice.
More new restrictions on activity in Nulato are posted here. (3/19)
--Nulato Stickdance has been postponed until the week of April 13.
UPDATED - The Koyukuk Tribal Council would like to notify neighboring villages that travelers will not be allowed into Koyukuk until April 23. This restriction covers all forms of travel, including snowmachine and air travel. The only exceptions will be given to individuals coming into the village in order to provide essential services, such as health care, communications and mechanical repair of critical equipment. This is an effort to help prevent the potential spread of the virus into the community. If you have any questions please contact Koyukuk Tribal Administrator Loretta Lolnitz at 927-2253. (3/23)
The Native Village of Tanana announces that the Tanana Highway is closed to road traffic in and out of Tanana. Anyone who reenters the village by air must self-quarantine for at least two weeks. For further information, contact Curtis Sommer in Tanana. (3/21)
NEW - Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the village of Ruby is closed to inter-village travel. If you leave Ruby for another village you may not come back until the ban is lifted. All passenger airline service into Ruby will be stopped until April 6th - this ban will be re-examined at that time. Exceptions will be made for emergency medical services, medical providers, and public safety officers. Cancer, pre-natal and emergency patients, and people that work on the North Slope, will be allowed back into Ruby, but will have to self quarantine upon return. These types of travelers must be pre-approved for travel by the Ruby Tribal Administrator, Brenda Ambrose.
Freight and mail is still accepted from the airlines. The Dineega Fuel Company is closed to non-residents. Everyone is requested to self quarantine until further notice. Contact Tribal Administrator Brenda Ambrose for more information.
NEW - The City Office and the City Shop in St Marys are closed until at least April 1st. No one will be admitted. The City is not providing any lodging for the foreseeable future, and not giving any rides to or from the airport. There will be no repair work done at the city shop, no work orders accepted, and no equipment rentals. The City of St Marys encourages everyone to take the health advisories seriously, and immediately restrict your travel and other activities. (3/22)
UPDATED - BLM Alaska Fire Service has cancelled all pack testing and refresher courses for wildland firefighters. All EFF responders who qualified for duty last year still must complete the required “Self-Certification” through the Comprehensive Health Services EAS portal. Instructions were emailed to every EFF responder who has provided a valid email address. All EFF responders who have completed the medical “Self-Certification” process will be given the same pack test rating as last year.
Here are some resources for firefighters to use as a replacement for the refresher course:
Now you have more time to file your federal income taxes! The new deadine is July 15th. Go to irs.gov for more details. (3/21)
UPDATED - Jennessa Miller from the Galena Behavioral Health Department has created some Koyukon language coloring pages. You can download the latest batch here, and the first batch here. Coloring can be both therapeutic and fun in these troubling times. 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. (3/27)
All interested kids are invited to sign up for a pen pal! How will it work?
1. Sign up. All interested kids should sign up by calling or writing to Heidi McClure at the clinic at 656-1366 ext. 5332 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You should include your first and last name and PO box number. If you don't have a PO box number, let them know, and they'll find another way to deliver your letters to you.
2. Get a Pal. They will assign you a pen pal and send you their information.
3. Start writing. When you get a letter send one back! There will be prompts to help with ideas of things to write about so you don't get stuck.
If you have any questions please contact Heidi at 656-1366 ext. 5332, or email@example.com (3/18)
The City of Galena is aware of the water main leak near the community hall. It is leaking about 1 or 2 gallons per minute, but since the leak is difficult to access, the City will not dig up the road to repair the leak at this time. If the situation gets worse, they will address the problem more urgently. Fixing the leak would also involve a full piped water system shutdown, which would cause other problems at a time when water is especially needed for cleaning and sanitation. Call the City at 656-1301 or 656-2132 for more information. (3/20)
Ladies Bible study in Galena is continuing via phone and Zoom at 8pm Thursdays. If any would like to join, please call or text Heidi at 656-7178. The book for this study is Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. It will be a 12 week study. (3/21)
The 2020 U.S. Census is underway in rural Alaska, and the Alaska Federation of Natives has produced a tip sheet for native or mixed-race households with guidance on how to answer certain questions on the census form in order to deliver maximum benefits to your community and Alaska as a whole. You can read the tip sheet here.
The Census Bureau will be sending mail to all households in the country in mid-March with more information about how and when to respond to the census online, by phone or through the mail. If you do not respond in one of these ways, then census takers will come to your house. You can learn more about the census process at this site. (2/10)
The Galena Ski Team has groomed a series of trails to the north and east of new town Galena. To keep these trails to tip-top shape for the students and local skiers, please do not drive snowmachines on the groomed trails. If you must travel on a groomed trail, stay to the righthand side. A map of the groomed trail network is available here. (3/9)
The Galena City School District would like to provide its new and prospective employees with up-to-date information regarding house rental opportunities in Galena. If you have a place for rent and you have not already spoken with Superintendent Jim Merriner, please call at 656-1205 or 538-2199. (2/14)
The Galena Liquor Store is hiring for stocker and clerk positions. Applications are available at the counter. (3/11)
UPDATED (3/10) Galena City School District currently has the following job openings:
Assistant Director of Maintenance
Special Education Teacher
GILA Residence Life Counselor
GILA Resident Advisor
GILA Assistant Cook I
SHS Elementary Teacher
IDEA Contact Teacher
To apply, fill out a complete employment application on the Galena City School District website located at https://www.galenaalaska.org/employment
UPDATED (2/12) Tanana Chiefs Conference is hiring for the following positions throughout the TCC region:
Community Health Aide/Practitioner
Edgar Nollner Health Center Director
Home Care Provider
Infant and Toddler Teacher
Elder Nutrition Cook
Tribal Administrator Onsite Supervisor
Substitute Elder Nutrition Cook
Village Public Safety Officer
Community Health Aide Practitioner
Community Health Aide
Registered Nurse Case Manager
Village Public Safety Officer
Behavioral Health Aide
Itinerant Community Health Aide Practitioner
Region wide vacancies are jobs that can be located in any village in the TCC region. To apply, contact the Tanana Chiefs HR department by calling 1-800-478-6822 Ext. 3155, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.tananachiefs.org
UPDATED (2/7) - Here is the most recent list of jobs available in St Marys.
*** 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!
Here's the 2019-20 Galena City School District Bus Schedule.
The 2019-20 Galena City School District School Year Calendar is now posted here.
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 FEBRUARY 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.
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
GALENA COFFEE SHOP
UPDATED - The Coffee Shop will serve all orders to-go ONLY. And the hours of operation have changed as well: the Coffee Shop is now open 10 am to 2 pm each weekday, and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Galena Coffee Shop Specials March 23-28
Turkey Day Wraps w/Seasoned Rice
French Dip w/Mac & Cheese
Nachos Supreme or Indian Taco
Teriyaki Chicken w/Rice
Homemade Clam Chowder and Pizza
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
The full menus for March 2020 are available here: Breakfast and Lunch.
**Bagged meal delivery service is in effect. See announcements above. Call 656-1205 for more information. **
Yukon Koyukuk School District Menus
The full menu for March is here.
Galena Interior Learning Academy Menus
The full menu for the month of March is available here.