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Saturday May 30th, 2020
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UPDATED - 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 7:30 am, 11:45 am and 6:30 pm each weekday, and 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.
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MAY 30 RIVER REPORT
For more information from the National Weather Service concerning river conditions, visit this site.
For reminders about preparing for a flood, see this announcement
NEW - The Galena City Council will hold a work session next Tuesday (June 2) starting at 5 pm at City Hall. The fiscal year 2021 budget, and COVID-19 relief funds, will be discussed. This meeting is open to the public.
UPDATED - Governor Dunleavy announced on Friday that the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Alaska from Outside will expire on June 5th.
At that time, travelers bound for Alaska will be strongly encouraged to get a corona virus test no more than 72 hours before they get on board their flight to Alaska, and have proof of a negative test result when they get off the plane. Those without proof of testing will be able to get a test at the airport (including the Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau airports), or they can choose to go immediately into quarantine for 14 days. When they have proven that they have tested negative for the virus, travelers will then be allowed to leave the airport and continue their journeys.
More details on this updated policy are expected early next week.
The State of Alaska has now moved into Phase 3 and 4 of the economic reopening plan. In general, businesses and houses of worship can operate at full capacity if they so choose. 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 reaching new areas of the state, with recent cases discovered in Nome, Kotzebue, Bethel and Barrow. Please continue to be cautious and vigilant.
Health Mandate #15 remains in effect until further notice. According to the mandate, hospitals, rural health clinics and other specified health care providers are allowed to offer nonemergency and elective medical procedures . For procedures that put health care workers at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, patients would have to have a negative test result for the virus no more than 48 hours before the procedure. There are many other details and conditions tied to this mandate; go to coronavirus.alaska.gov to learn more. (4/16)
For a list of all statewide health and safety mandates issued by the Governor so far, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov
UPDATED - The Galena City Council made several changes to Galena’s COVID-19 testing, travel, and isolation policies at its meeting on Friday night.
According to Emergency Ordinance 2020-12, which passed by a 5-1 vote, there are two sets of rules concerning travel into Galena.
--Travelers who would like to come to Galena from a “local area community” – defined in the ordinance as Ruby, Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag, and Huslia – can do so without having to quarantine or get a virus test upon arrival, but only if the traveler informs the City of Galena immediately upon arrival, or ahead of time, of their presence in Galena. If the traveler does not inform the City of their presence in Galena, they will be subject to a mandatory 14 day shelter in place order. To report travel plans from a local area community to Galena, you can email email@example.com, or call the City’s main number at 656-1301 and leave a message if necessary. The City’s travel coordinators are attempting to get separate contact phone numbers soon.
--Travelers coming back to Galena from Fairbanks, Anchorage, or any other community besides those listed earlier can either go straight to a residence and shelter in place for 14 straight days, or shorten the length of a shelter in place requirement to 7 days if the following steps are taken:
1. Receive a virus test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival in Galena, or go straight to the Edgar Nollner Health Center upon return to Galena and get tested there. Call the Health Center ahead of time at 656-1366 during business hours to make arrangements for testing, which can be done “drive-in” style at the emergency room loading dock;
2. Obtain a negative result from the virus test;
3. Inform the City of Galena at firstname.lastname@example.org or 656-1301 after you have arrived in Galena, noting when you arrived and when you were tested for the virus;
4. Proceed to shelter in place for at least 7 days. “Shelter in place” means to stay at home, and avoid contact with anyone outside of your household.
5. Receive a second virus test after 7 days of sheltering in place. If the test comes back negative, then the mandatory shelter in place period is finished.
Additional information and guidance should be provided to travelers in written form by the City upon arrival, and the Edgar Nollner Health Center after a virus test.
These policies went into effect on May 29, and stay in place for 60 days unless otherwise modified by the City Council.
Individuals in Galena who wish to make travel arrangements still need to get a travel permit from the City of Galena’s Travel Committee. Email email@example.com or call 656-1301 to request travel authorization.
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 for possible coronavirus symptoms and will need to know if you plan to bring a family member to your appointment, so that this person can be screened as well. 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)
Due to social distancing policies, the 2020 U.S. Census takers for Galena, Joyce Huntington and Melissa Lester, will be making phone calls to households, rather than visiting in person. If you receive a message please return their call; there are only a few questions and it takes about 5-10 minutes. It is very important to be counted in the census because it determines how much funding a community receives for services such as transportation, medical care, public safety, and more. (5/18)
NEW - St. John Berchman's Catholic Church will not be holding Saturday evening Mass anymore. The current schedule is Sundays at 11am, Monday through Saturday at 11:30am, and Saturdays at 4 p.m. at the Elders Center for staff and residents only.
Social distancing requirements including the wearing face covering by all is required. St. John's celebrations continue to be available on Facebook. If you have any questions please contact Agnes Sweetsir at 656-7449 (5/29)
NEW - The offices of Louden Tribal Council have reopened and are open to the public. (5/29)
The Galena Pool is open for afternoon lap swims on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 – 6 pm. Patrons are expected to continue social distancing and follow other signed protocols within the facility.
The City of Galena has also given permission for local families to rent and use the pool facility. Families may rent the pool for private use under the following conditions: The users may only include members of your immediate household; those who currently are living in your home. NO tag-a-longs or non-household members, even if they are related to you, are permitted. Fees for a family swim are $30 per hour plus $3 per swimmer. An extra $10 cleaning fee will be added on for cleaning and disinfecting the locker rooms after the rental time. To schedule a swim please contact Sandy Scotton at 656-7100 or 656-4545. (5/1)
The Galena Liquor Store is open from noon to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. Shoppers from 4 households will be allowed in the store at a time. Only individuals residing in Galena will be served. Customers must maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other and employees whenever in the store. Elders are still encouraged to have someone else shop for them. (5/3)
NEW - 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 will be required for all shoppers who wish to enter the building, effective Monday, June 1. 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 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.
Restrictions on travel into and out of Koyukuk have been extended until June 9th. Residents are permitted to leave the village for medical emergencies and essential business purposes only. The Koyukuk Tribal Council will re-visit the travel restrictions for the community again on June 9th. (5/18) .
The ban on travel into and out of Ruby has been extended until June 1st. No inter-village or intra-state travel will be allowed. (5/18)
The ban on travel into and out of Kaltag has been extended until May 31st. The City and Tribal council will re-evaluate the ban on that date. (5/12)
The ban on travel into and out of Nulato has been extended until June 3rd. The travel policy will be evaluated on a monthly basis from here on out. 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.
The City and Tribal Council of Huslia have extended the travel ban into and out of Huslia until June 1st. The Huslia gas station is closed to all visitors. (4/23)
The Native Village of Tanana announces that a travel ban is still in place for Tanana. Only permanent residents who are returning home are allowed to enter the community. All Tanana residents are encouraged to wear face coverings when out in public, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC. (5/12)
NEW - Thanks to Patrick Lumba for plowing the Galena community garden. The next step is to put the moose fence back up. If you would like to help with this job, please report to the community garden today (Saturday) at 1 pm. Please bring shovels, gloves, pliers and post hole diggers if you have those things. To reserve a plot in the community garden , call Isabella at 952-3240, or respond to the post on the Galena Buy, Sell, Trade Facebook page. (5/29)
NEW - Wildthings Garden Products in Galena is selling flower baskets and starter plants. 10-inch flower baskets are $30, and 12-inch baskets are $50. 6-packs of pansies and petunias are also available. For vegetables, there are 6-packs of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage starter plants for $8 each, and individual tomato and pepper plants for between $5 and $10 each. To place an order, call Sandy at 656-7100. (5/27)
NEW - The Galena Education Association has awarded the 2020 Madeline Solomon Scholarship to four students from the GCSD: one from GILA, one from SHS and two from IDEA. The names of the students cannot be revealed due to district privacy policies. Each student represented the schools of GCSD with pride and distinction. They truly embodied the spirit of the Madeline Solomon scholarship. Award winners received a check for $500, to be used in their continuing education. If you have questions, please contact Carrie Given at 656-7191. (5/29)
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)
Louden Tribal Council has scheduled its annual membership meeting for June 9th. Three seats on the Council will be up for election at the meeting. To file as a candidate for one of these seats, or to find out more, contact the Louden office. Declaration of Candidacy Forms are due on June 2nd. (5/20)
The annual Water Quality Report for Galena Water Treatment Plant #1 (in new town Galena) is available for review and posted at the normal locations around town. Contact Howard Beasley at 656-2132 with any questions. (5/20)
The latest Koyukon language coloring page from Jennessa Miller at the Galena Behavioral Health Department is ready for download here.
Prior coloring pages are available 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to share the following reminders about the springtime subsistence waterfowl hunt:
1. To be eligible for the Federal Spring/Summer migratory bird subsistence hunt you must be a PERMANENT RESIDENT OF A RURAL AREA (Refer to the 2020 Subsistence Bird Harvest Regulations Handbook for further information)
2. All hunters 18 and older must have a 2020 hunting license and 2020 State Duck Stamp, except disabled veterans, those 60 years or older, and those that qualify for a low income license (Available online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/, State license vendors, or ADF&G offices)
3. Rural subsistence hunters do NOT need a Federal Duck Stamp
4. Hunters must use non-toxic shot; lead shot cannot be used when waterfowl hunting.
5. You do not need to have a plug in your shotgun during the Spring/Summer season.
6. Baiting and electronic bird calls are not allowed
7. The Season is open from April 2-June 14 and July 16-August 31. (May 1- June 14 for egg gathering only.) 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 1-800-656-1231 (5/1)
Wright Air Service in Galena is open from approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Saturday for package pickups. The office is closed on Sundays. Please retrieve packages as soon as possible after being notified. The office phone number is 656-2589. (4/22)
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:
The 2020 U.S. Census is underway 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 requests that all households complete the census survey online, by phone or through the mail. You can learn more about the census process at this site. (4/2)
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)
NEW - The City of Galena has a full time job open for a bookkeeper / administrative assistant. Qualifications include two years' experience with bookkeeping, familiarity with governmental accounting, and experience with QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Applications will be accepted through June 10th. A full job description is available here. Contact Shanda at 656-1301 for more information. (5/28)
(Updated 5/22) The Galena City School District currently has the following job openings:
SHS Elementary Teacher
SHS Special Education Aide
SHS Cook’s Helper
GILA Residence Life Counselor
GILA Resident Advisor
GILA Dorm Aide
GILA Assistant Cook I
GILA Cook’s Helper
Summer Temporary Maintenance worker
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
MISSING: In Galena, a 36 foot aluminum extension ladder with damage near the top. Loaned out many moons ago. If you see one in your yard that matches this description, call Larry Hausmann at 656-1318 and leave a message or just return it to his yard. (5/19)
FOUND: In Galena, on Tiger Freeway, a black Suzuki four-wheeler key. Call 764-4479 to describe and claim. (5/15)
*** 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!
Corban Sommer is operating a car wash next to Wright Air in Galena. Exterior cleaning only for $20 per car, $10 per four-wheeler. No commercial vehicles please. (5/13)
NEW - In Galena: Huge moving sale tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am-4pm at the Pomrening's House on Tom Cook Loop at the end of Gabe's Drive. New items added since last weekend. Please no early bird sales. (5/28)
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Open 11 am to 2 pm
Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli over Rice
Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos
Chicken Coconut Curry over Rice
Homemade Clam Chowder & Pizza
open 11 am to 2 pm
Sunday - Closed