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Sunday, July 5th, 2020       



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NEW - On July 1st, the Galena City School District Board of Education approved a plan for operating the Galena Interior Learning Academy at reduced capacity for at least the fall semester of the upcoming school year. Highlights of the plan include:

The Board will revisit the plan in the coming months as conditions change and decide how it might be amended for the spring semester and beyond.


Louden Tribal Council has rescheduled its Annual Membership Meeting for July 16th at 5 pm. There will be three seats on the Council up for election at the meeting. To get on the ballot as a candidate, please fill out a declaration of candidacy form at the Louden office. The deadline to file as a candidate is July 9th at 5 pm.




COVID-19 Coronavirus-related announcements - organized by community




UPDATED - On June 23rd, the Galena City Council amended the ordinance that spells out the City’s travel, testing and isolation policies. For a rundown and summary of what the City Council did, please read this document.

Please be aware that a traveler no longer has the option of returning to Galena from urban Alaska and quarantining for 14 days without doing a test. Also, the option of getting a virus test done in Galena immediately upon return from urban Alaska no longer exists.

Individuals in Galena who wish to make travel arrangements, as well as residents of other communities who wish to visit Galena, need to get a travel permit from the City of Galena’s Travel Committee. Email or call 656-1301 to request travel authorization. Or get a copy of the travel request form here (form updated June 26).

Here is the City of Galena's latest brochure describing travel and shelter in place policies

A video in which Dr. Tamara A. Huntington demonstrates the procedures for coronavirus testing in Galena is posted on Paul Apfelbeck's You Tube channel.


NEW - Wright Air Service now 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. (7/1)


The Galena Behavioral Health Department will be hosting a doggie run/walk on Wednesday, July 8th starting at 6:30pm. The starting and finishing point will be the ballfield. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: wiggliest tail, trickiest, friendliest, barkiest, oldest, and best match between human and dog. Only humans need to wear masks while in the ball field area; dogs will not be expected nor required to wear masks. Participants do not have to bring a dog if they don't want to. This event will also serve as a meet and greet for the Edgar Nollner Health Center's new Physician's Assistant and Family Nurse Practioner. (6/26)


The Edgar Nollner Health Center requires all patients, except for emergencies, to make an appointment. If you have a medical need, please call 656-1366 to schedule an appointment. If you would like to arrange a telephone consultation with your provider, this may be available depending on the nature of your concern. The ENHC is screening all patients and escorts for possible coronavirus symptoms. Please plan to wear a face mask or face covering to your appointment. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with these important safety measures. (5/24)


The Galena District Court facility is open. Face coverings are required for all people who enter the building, and individuals must keep a 6 foot distance from others. All court hearings are by telephone or video unless otherwise ordered. Call 656-1322 for assistance or more information. (6/11)


UPDATED - Sweetsir's Store has new summer hours: Sundays from noon to 6 pm, weekdays 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 6 pm. Face coverings and hand sanitizing or gloves (which are provided) are required for all shoppers who wish to enter the building. If a shopper chooses not to comply, he or she can place a phone order for pickup at the back loading dock of the store, or for delivery. Requests made after 4 p.m. will be delivered the next morning. Call 656-1223 to place a phone order. Sweetsir’s also invites elders over 70 years of age to shop before the store opens or after it closes avoid the risk of mingling with too many other people. Call Agnes at 656-7449 to make these special arrangements.



The Kaltag Task Force is requiring all travelers that go to and from Fairbanks to sign a travel contract and get a COVID test
done no more than 24 hours prior to returning to Kaltag. Travelers then must quarantine for 7 days upon return to Kaltag. This is subject to
change when the task force begins planning phase 2 of Kaltag's reopening. Please check with local tribal or city authorities for the most current
policies before attempting travel to or from the village. (6/11)



All travelers coming into Nulato from Fairbanks are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result. They should have this test result before they get on the plane. Intervillage travelers must turn in the travel request to Nulato Travel Task Force. Please check with local tribal or city authorities for the most current policies before attempting travel to or from the village.(6/20)



The Ruby Tribal Council announces that Ruby residents may travel without approval from the Emergency Task Force. If and when you travel, continue to take precautions: limit exposure to others, wear a mask when shopping and at medical appointments, and wash your hands often. Upon return to Ruby, please stay away from Elders and wear a mask for two weeks whenever you enter a public place. There are face masks available at the Kendra B. McCarty Building. Travelers coming into Ruby from out of state, and all of their household members, are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. (6/1)



COVID-19 Informational Resources



COVID-19 Coronavirus-related mandates from the State of Alaska


An updated statewide mandate concerning travelers coming into Alaska from out of state is now in effect.

The mandate describes how travelers must get tested for coronavirus if they wish to avoid quarantine. Get more details at the state's traveler information page or see the full text of this mandate (#10, as revised) here.

Under the state’s economic reopening plan, villages are still allowed to impose travel restrictions that limit or block non-essential travel into their communities. Large public gatherings such as festivals and concerts will need to get approval from public health officials before they can happen.

Even though the state is allowing businesses and organizations to operate at pre-pandemic levels, state government and health officials insist that all Alaskans continue to follow these virus-prevention guidelines in the days, weeks, and months to come:

The virus is still among us and cases continue to pop up in rural locations such as Nome, Bethel, Dillingham and Kotzebue. Please continue to be cautious and vigilant.

For a list of all statewide health and safety mandates issued by the Governor so far, visit






The 2019 Consumer Confidence Report for Water Treatment Plant #2 at the former Galena Air Force Base is out and available for review. A copy of the report is available through this link.


The City of Galena is requesting proposals to provide 10,000 gallons of #1 heating fuel by barge during the 2020 barge season. Sealed bids must be submitted to the City of Galena at P.O. Box 149, Galena, AK 99741 by 4:00 PM on July 15th. The envelope containing the bid should indicate clearly that it contains a proposal for City fuel for calendar year 2020. For more information see the proposal request announcement here.(6/30)


The City of Galena is accepting bids for the rental of the Aviation Education building at the airport. All bids must be received by 3 pm on July 14th. For more information, contact Shanda Huntington at 656-1301 or see this document (6/30)


The Galena Behavioral Health Department is proud to present the Hawks Summer Challenge. Prizes will be provided for every participant who completes the challenge and larger prizes will be awarded to families if every family member completes the challenge. Participants will have until July 15th to complete the challenge. More details are attached. Please contact Heidi McClure (656-7178 , or Jennessa Miller ( with any questions you might have. They can also provide you with printed copies of the challenge wheel at your request. (6/10)



Heal Wheel





Wright Air Service in Galena is open from approximately 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday for package pickups. Passenger service is only available from Wright Air Mondays through Fridays, and all passengers must wear a face covering on board the plane and at the terminal building in Fairbanks. The office is closed on Sundays. Please retrieve packages as soon as possible after being notified. The office phone number is 656-2589. (6/30)


Koyukon language coloring pages from Jennessa Miller at the Galena Behavioral Health Department are ready for download here.

And here, and here, and here, and also here, and here.

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)



2020 Elections


The State of Alaska Division of Elections will now accept applications for absentee ballots through a new online system. An absentee ballot will allow a registered voter to cast a ballot through the mail before an election. The old method of filling out a form on paper and mailing it in is still an option as well. You can access the online absentee ballot application system at A valid Alaska drivers license or state ID card is required to complete the online application.

This service will only apply to the August 18th Primary Election and the November 3rd General Election, which are organized and overseen by the State. It will not apply to local elections. Contact your local city government for details about absentee voting opportunities that it might provide.

The State of Alaska Division of Elections also offers an online method for registering to vote. You can use this system if you recently moved and want to change your registered address to your new location, or if you are registering to vote for the first time. A valid Alaska drivers license or state ID card will also be required to register online.



The KIYU River Report presents information from the National Weather Service regarding water levels and river conditions on the Koyukuk, Yukon and Tanana Rivers. The River Report can be heard at 11:45 am and 6:30 pm each weekday, and 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.

To get the written version of the River Report, see the following link:


For more information from the National Weather Service concerning river conditions, visit this site.




Subsistence Hunting and Fishing

Yukon Drainage Subsistence Fishing Update and Schedules
with information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Updated July 5

King salmon estimates at the Pilot Station sonar indicate the run size should meet escapement goals and support some harvest. However, Fish and Game is asking subsistence fishermen to set their harvest goals to about half of what they normally would take.

Due to unseasonably high water, early closures, and poor weather, fishing effort and catch efficiency has been reported as very low for most of the season. Therefore, in order to allow fishermen opportunity to catch some king salmon in the presence of chum salmon, gillnet restrictions will be progressively relaxed, starting in the lower river districts, to allow the 7.5 inch nets to go back in the water again. For District 4, this change will not occur for about another week. Subsistence fishermen may continue to use fish wheels, dipnets, and beach seines during gillnet openings and all salmon may be retained. During subsistence salmon fishing closures, fishermen may use 4-inch or smaller mesh gillnets to target non-salmon species, such as whitefish, sheefish and pike.

And here are the fishing schedules:

For District 2 (including St. Mary’s): Salmon fishing is closed until 8 pm Sunday, July 5th. Effective 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, salmon fishing will open on the full regulatory schedule with 7.5-inch or smaller mesh gillnets on the following schedule: from 8 p.m. Sundays to 8 a.m. Tuesdays, and from 8 p.m. Wednesdays to 8 a.m. Fridays.

District 4-A Upper Portion (including Kaltag, Nulato, and Koyukuk) and Subdistrict 4-B and 4-C (including Bishop Mountain, Galena and Ruby): Subsistence salmon fishing will open for two more 24-hour periods with gillnets restricted to 6-inch or smaller mesh. These openers will be from 6 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, and from 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. After that, the maximum mesh size for gillnets will increase to 7.5 inches for the next opener, which is set to begin on July 11th.

Koyukuk River: Subsistence salmon fishing is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with a maximum gillnet mesh size of 6 inches. The maximum mesh size will go up to 7.5 inches on July 11th at 6 pm.

Subdistrict 5-A, 5-B and 5-C (Tanana and Rampart): Subsistence salmon fishing is allowed with gillnets restricted to 6-inch or smaller mesh and fish wheels during two 24-hour periods per week: from 6 p.m. Tuesdays to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 6 p.m. Fridays to 6 p.m. Saturdays.


The federal subsistence waterfowl hunting season will be closed from June 15-July 15. Egg gathering also closes down on June 15th. The hunt opens back up on July 16th. For more detailed regulations, please see the 2020 Alaska Subsistence Bird Harvest Regulations Handbook or go online to this address.

If you have any questions please call the Fish and Wildlife office in Galena at 656-1231 or 1-800-656-1231 (5/1)




Louden Tribal Council in Galena is hiring for a full time Housing Director, a full time Indian Child Welfare Director, an Accountant, and a Youth Supervisor / On-call Administrative Assistant. These positions are open until filled. To get more information, contact Louden at 656-1711, or see the job announcements below. (6/20)

--Housing Director


--Youth Supervisor / On Call Administrative Assistant

--ICWA Director


The Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility is now accepting applications for caregivers. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is some leeway regarding the timing of fingerprints. They are still required, but if it's not possible to submit them with the application it can temporarily be waived. The application can be found here. (6/11)


(Updated 6/30) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:


Computer Technician

Coaching and Advisor positions

Maintenance Worker

SHS Elementary Teacher

SHS Special Education Aide

SHS Custodian

SHS Cook’s Helper

GILA Residence Life Counselor

GILA Resident Advisor

GILA Dorm Aide

GILA Assistant Cook

GILA Cook’s Helper

GILA Custodian

Fairbanks IDEA Office

Receptionist / Secretary

Contact Teacher

Mat-Su IDEA Office

Contact Teacher

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




NEW - LOST: In Galena, an orange log hook. Lost somewhere between the barge landing and crow creek on Friday. Call 657-7088 if found. (7/5)




*** 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 Galena, a 2003 Saturn Ion. Asking price is $2500. Text or call Heidi at 656-7178 if interested. (6/30)


NEW - 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)




2020 Galena Pool Schedule

Under its first reopening plan after the COVID shutdown, the Pool will be open for lap swims Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm. Patrons are expected to continue social distancing and to follow other signed protocols within the facility.

Families may also rent the pool for their household members to enjoy. However no friends or extended family members will be allowed to tag along. Contact Sandy at 656-7100 for more details.



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 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




Open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm. Also open for Burger Nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 5 to 7 pm. Call 656-2505 ahead of time to place orders.


June 29 - July 4


Chicken Wraps w/Pasta Salad


Chicken Enchiladas, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice & Corn


Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos


Smoked Italian Sausage, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn and a Roll


Homemade Clam Chowder & Pizza


Closed for the 4th of July holiday

Sunday - Closed