Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

Send a message for the WIRELESS to:



(heard weekdays at 7:19am and 11:45am)


Send a message for the WIRELESS to:

We ask that when you send announcements for the Yukon Wireless that you write the information in the body of the e-mail. You can send us a flyer, which we can attach to the announcement. But we would rather you write out the who, what, when, where, etc of your announcement. Note that we may adjust your announcement for broadcast purposes. Also, please do not send your important announcements via Facebook. Instead, e-mail it to to make sure we see them.

= read on the latest broadcast version of the Yukon Wireless

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 @ 11:30 AM

The KIYU News archives are here


Missed a KIYU Yukon Wireless broadcast? No worries! Just click on the replay button and listen to recent Yukon Wireless broadcasts. Searchable by date, the Yukon Wireless Replay is another way to never miss what’s happening in the Interior.

NEW – The KIYU Membership Line is open. Please visit the Membership Page, look at the new gifts you’ll receive and check out the new easy click donation system. You can also call toll free at 800-478-KIYU (5498) and I’ll be happy to help you. We have new coffee cups, new zip-up hooded sweatshirts and thermometers.

2022 looks like a great year for Big River Public Broadcasting, with some big maintenance projects on the horizon, a continued effort to update and replace aging equipment, more teamwork with other Alaska stations, and constant attention to the Big River community through the Yukon Wireless tradition. Please do show your support for public radio in rural Alaska, and become a member today!


NEW – Louden Tribal Council is hosting an informal open house on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to share their new building. There will be individually wrapped food and beverages served throughout the day, including door prizes. If you’re minimizing your exposure to COVID and plan to stay home, call and we’ll enter you for the door prizes, including a $500 prize! The prizes will be announced on Monday morning. Please exercise safety and wear a mask when entering the building.

A community picnic and celebration will be planned for the spring. (1/25)

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The 2021 Yukon River Fall Season Summary has been released by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

The fall chum salmon run size forecast, using brood year analysis, was for 652,000 fish, with a
range of 542,000 to 762,000 fish. A preseason run size projection was made in mid-July using
the relationship between historical summer and fall chum salmon run size estimates. Using the
estimate of 157,000 summer chum salmon, the preseason projection for a fall chum salmon was
a run size of less than 184,000 fish.
The coho salmon outlook for 2021 was for a near average run size of 240,000 fish. The outlook
assumed an average survival of fish from the 2017 parent year, however recent trends have been
run sizes below average.

That full 21 page document is available here. (12/23)

COVID-19 Coronavirus-related announcements – organized by community


NEW – The Kaltag Task Force recently met and has reinstated some COVID policies in their community in response to the recent spread of the virus. The mask mandate in Kaltag is now in place for all public spaces. Please get tested if you have any COVID symptoms, and quarantine if positive to prevent infecting others. Also, travel to and from Kaltag is limited to essential travel only. Please contact Marissa McGinty at 907-534-2305 if you have any questions about Kaltag’s COVID-19 policies. (1/19)


NEW – We are sorry to announce that visiting at the YK Elder Assisted Living Facility is temporarily closed until 1/22.  During this high risk time, we want to be careful and protect our residents.  Thank you for understanding. Please direct any questions to the center at 907-656-2574. (1/7)

NEWThe Edgar Nollner Health Center has begun rounds of COVID-19 booster shots. If you would like to be included in a future vaccination clinic, please call 656-1366 to be put on the list. (12/2)

NEW and UPDATED – Sweetsir’s Store reminds you that they still require masks, hand sanitizing/gloves, and social distancing for in-person shopping. We are available for no contact shopping. Call 656-1223 or text 656-1449. We appreciate all your efforts to flatten the COVID curve. Thank you for understanding. (Updated 11/17)

The Edgar Nollner Health Center would like to remind everyone that the masking requirement is still in effect for visitors to the clinic. Let’s all stay healthy! (8/18)

Galena’s own dedicated COVID-19 website has also been recently updated. You can check out the website at (8/20)

Travelers are no longer be required to fill out a travel declaration or submit a negative COVID-19 test before or upon arrival into Galena. Also, all people entering public spaces will no longer be required to wear a mask as a City mandate. However, it is encouraged that we all stay safe by wearing masks in public places, washing our hands often and respect everyone’s space. Please contact the City of Galena with any questions at 656-1301. (4/28)

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. Call the clinic at 656-1366.


– If you are traveling to Nulato, please respect the community’s concern for COVID-19 spread. Get tested before travel, wear your masks, social distance, and show respect for others. If you are showing any flu like symptoms, please get tested immediately and quarantine. If you have any questions contact Kathy Ekada at the Nulato tribal office, 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. 898-2339, 417-7030, 656-7285. (8/5)

Tanana Chiefs Conference has started a COVID-19 vaccination incentive program with some great cash and vacation prizes up for grabs for those who have been fully vaccinated. Visit to find out more. (10/6)

Other villages

If you want to post your village’s current coronavirus control policies here on the Yukon Wireless, please email them to

Community Info

NEW Galena School will be hosting girls’ basketball this week against Monroe Catholic School.  Games will be Thursday and Friday night at 7:15 pm.  The Little Hawks will be playing both nights starting at 6:00.  Senior class will be sponsoring concessions and will be having shooting contests and cake raffles.   Masks will be required by all of those who are in attendance, and masks will be available at the gate.  Entrance to games will be the back door of SHS.  Admission will be $2.00 for students and $3.00 for adults. The game will also be broadcast and streamed on KIYU for those wishing to not wear masks. KIYU’s internet stream is here: (1/24)

NEW The Friday open swim at the pool is cancelled in favor of basketball. (1/26)

NEW – Galena City School Board Appoints New Superintendent of Schools

The Galena City School Board is pleased to announce their unanimous choice for a new Superintendent, Dr. Jason Johnson, beginning July 1, 2022.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Board interviewed two finalists separately for 45 minutes.  The interviews were broadcast live for those who called into listen.  Immediately following the interviews, the Board met in executive session. When they came out of executive session, they voted to offer the job to Dr. Jason Johnson.

Dr. Johnson made the following statement upon his appointment: 

This evening, Danielle, Briley and I were overjoyed to learn that we would have the opportunity to join the GCSD family!  It is truly humbling and an absolute honor to be your next superintendent. To the City of Galena, to every parent, guardian, staff member and student of SHS, GILA and IDEA, I look forward to supporting, serving and partnering with you.” 

Dr. Jason Johnson is currently the superintendent of the Dillingham City School District in Dillingham, Alaska.  Previously, he was a principal and coach for the Yukon-Koyukuk School District in Nulato, Alaska.  Before that, Dr. Johnson was a teacher in the Dominican Republic. Prior to that, he was in private business and served as a full-time NCO in the Indiana National Guard.  He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Indiana University, an M.S.Ed from the same university, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. (1/21)   

NEW – School photo sessions at the studio at SHS have been rescheduled. The new times for retakes and new photos is 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26 and 27.

Cap and gown photos are now scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 2-3. (1/21)

NEW – Are you the parent or guardian of a child six years old or younger? Family Swim has returned to the pool on Sundays 4:30-5:30pm starting this January 23rd. The cost per family is $5 each week, no reservation required. Note: parents/guardians are expected to join in the pool with their little ones. There there will also be in-water assistance provided by lifeguard and swim coach Ashley Kramer. Come swim with other young families! (1/20)

NEW – Louden Tribal Council has available fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors available for Tribal Members.  One apiece to each household and please stop by the Louden Tribal Office to pick up these items. They also have some extra laser printer toner cartridges, for Konica Minolta printers, free of charge. Stop by and see if they match yours. (Updated 1/19)

A message for Gana-A’Yoo shareholders:

The Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Board of Directors seeks to fill three (3) open board seats, both being 3 year terms. This year’s election requires two directors to fill two rural seats. Voting shareholders 18 or older are encouraged to consider serving on the board. Interested shareholders must submit a director’s questionnaire.

Also available are nomination forms for Student of the Year and Shareholder of the Year. Find all three forms at Please call 1-888-656-1606 or 907-569-9599 or email for any questions and to submit forms. (1/10)

Please stop by the Louden Tribal Council office to pick up a copy of the 2022 TCC Calendar. (1/6)

As a way of increasing the legal harvest of wolves and to reduce predation on moose in the Galena area,
the Louden Tribal Council is sponsoring a Predator Harvest Incentive Program.
For each legally harvested wolf taken, a payment of $350.00 will be made to the successful trapper/hunter. See the full document with all the rules here, and call Louden with any questions at 907-656-1711. (12/22)


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. Also, a permit is required to hunt on Native lands and violators will be fined. If there are any questions or concerns please contact us at 888-656-1606. (Updated 8/18)

Once again there has been an increase in dogs running loose in the community. The Galena Police Department wants to remind you that your dog running loose is in violation of city code GMC 6.04.130 and subject to a fine of $300 and a mandatory court appearance. The police department will be issuing citations to any dog owner whose dog is seen running loose. Please tie up your dogs and save your money for something else. (9/7)

Please talk to your children about the safe usage of ATV’s before letting them drive. We have been getting complaints of how fast and reckless kids are driving ATV’s. Technically by Alaska Law ATV’s are not allowed on the roadway. However, Galena PD tries to be understanding and lenient when it comes to on road operation in Galena. Children should be informed that ATV use is a serious responsibility and ALL TRAFFIC LAWS INCLUDING SPEED must be followed. Also National Standards state officially that no child under the age of 16 can operate an ATV without an adult present. PASSENGER LIMITS are also a safety factor. If it appears that this is becoming a safety risk, your police department will have no choice but to start issuing tickets and possibly impounding ATV’s for the safety of the community and your children’s safety. Please help us keep your children safe. (4/30)

Louden Tribal Council is pleased to announce the return of the aluminum can and plastic recycling programs in Galena. Bags of clean cans or plastics can be left in the designated drop-off cage outside of the LTC Office. Please take the time to rinse and dry 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 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)

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)

The Galena emergency contact numbers have to change again. Please note the following changes:

  • Call 911 for a police emergency
  • If you cannot get through to 911 in a police emergency, call Trooper Dispatch at 1-800-811-0911
  • Call 656-0911 to report a fire
  • The Galena medical emergency line remains 656-1266
  • The Galena Police Non-Emergency line remains 656-2177

Job Openings

NEW – The Louden Tribal Council has issued a Request for Proposals to construct a two bedroom residential unit to be located at 624 Falcon Drive in Galena, Alaska. Proposals will be received by the LTC at its offices until 4:00 PM on Monday, January 31st, 2022. The Council’s request is here, and interested parties can examine the RFP documents at the office of Louden Tribal Council, 100 Front Street, Galena, AK, Monday through Friday 8am-4pm, at or at this address: (1/14)

NEW and UPDATED – The Louden Tribal Council is currently seeking to fill two positions. A Housing Specialist is needed to operate the Council’s housing department. And, they’re also seeking to hire an Administrative Assistant. Full descriptions are linked here, and you can call Louden with any questions and to apply at 907-656-1711 or email (Updated 1/11)

Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility is accepting applications for personal care attendants and Certified Nursing Aides. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check which is done by YKEALF, have at least 3 positive references and above all love and respect elders. Applications must be neat and complete with 2 sets of fingerprint cards to be considered. Questions can be directed to Agnes at 656-2574. The application is here. (6/2)

(Updated 1/12) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:


GCSD – Coaching and Advisors
GCSD – Coordinator of Human Resources
GILA – School Counselor
GILA – Community Aide
GILA – Dorm Aide (4)
GILA – Resident Advisor (2)
GILA – Assistant Cook I
GILA – Assistant Cook II
GILA – Secretary / Registrar
GILA – Custodian
SHS – Bilingual Aide
SHS – Bilingual Aide Coordinator
SHS / GILA – Math & Science Teacher
SHS – Middle School Teacher


IDEA – Special Education Teacher (TBD)
IDEA – Computer Technician (Fairbanks)
IDEA – Clerical II (Fairbanks)
IDEA – Registrar (Fairbanks)

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

Coaches Needed:

Assistant Cross Country Skiing Coach – Description Here
JV Girls Basketball Coach

For more information, see the Galena City School District employment page. Or, call the district office at 907-656-1205.


*** 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!

NEW – Susan Esmailka is looking for a four-wheel drive truck or car to buy in Galena. Please give her a call at 907-656-7075. (1/21)

NEW – To anyone in Galena:  Rich Reifsnyder is moving to a residence with a strict pet policy by Sunday, January 30, and has to find a new, loving home for two middle-aged, affectionate cats, Touchstone and Celia.  They were immunized in 2018.  You will also receive two months’ supply of food and litter, two transport kennels, and a tall cat tree for playing (if it fits in your vehicle).  Please call (321) 446-1204 (after 3:00pm or on weekends), or email There is a picture of them here. (1/17)

Conchetta’s Custom Cakes is back open for business! Call or text 907 656 7066 to place an order. (7/23)

Lost and Found

*** 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!

Galena Pool Schedule

– The fitness room at the pool will be open two evenings a week, beginning December 6th.  Hours are 7 pm to 9 pm Monday and Wednesday.  Open area in the observation room is available for workout videos and exercises.  Showers are also available.  Pool will NOT be available for use at those times.  Cost is:

13 for $50
26 for $100
40 for $150

Contact Sandy Scotton with inquiries at 907-656-7100. (12/1)

UPDATED 2021 Galena Pool Schedule

Open Swim Schedule:
Friday 7:00 – 8:30 pm and Saturday 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Lap Swim Schedule:
Tuesday 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Thursday 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Workout room and showers are available during the same hours. For questions or pool rental inquiries contact Sandy Scotton 907-656-7100.

Lodging and Vehicle Rentals

UPDATED August 19th, 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.


Business Rooms Beds Description Contact Information      
Alexander’s Lake B&B 3 5 3 Bedrooms with 5 beds total. Viasat Satellite w/WiFi, Dish Network. 907-656-7095 cell; 907-947-3631 Joyce & Larry      
Joyce & Larry Hausmann     Firm Comfortable Beds.  Full Kitchen and Laundry.  Free Self-Serve Breakfast Hausmann      
      Airport pick up;  Walking to School, Clinic, City Hall and Coffee Shop(Fully licensed and insured)        
Frankson Services 5 10 2 private homes: one 5 bedroom (Satellite TV in each room) and 907-656-7042 cell Erica Frankson      
Erica Frankson 2 2  one 2 bedroom home.  Both have Wifi, WD, fully furnished kitchen.        
      3 full size Chevy Trucks to rent.        
Gana-A’Yoo Apartments 1 2 Duplex:  1 bedroom apartment. 907-656-1606 Sharon Nollner      
Sharon Nollner     Contact Sharon Nollner regarding vehicles to rent.        
Pitka’s Car Rentals     3: Ford 150 extended cab; Ford 150 standard cab; Ford 250 Flatbed 907-656-7011 cell; 656-1719 home Terry Pitka      
Terry Pitka        
Shangri-la 5 7 Three Bedroom House + 2 Cabins: WiFi, Satellite TV, washer/dryer, full kitchen 907-656-4545; 378-6668 cell (Brad); 656-7100 cell (Sandy) Sandy Scotton      
Sandy Scotton     Vehicles to rent: 2 trucks, 2 Expeditions        
Sweetsir BnoB 7 9* 4 bedrooms with 4 beds: wifi, cable, w/d, dishwasher, 2 showers 907-656-7449 Agnes Sweetsir      
Agnes Sweetsir     with option to increase for customers from the same family or company.        
Yukon Alaska Enterprise 4 9 1 apartment w/3 beds; 3 rooms w/2 beds each 907-656-1334 Shirley Cleaver      
Shirley Cleaver     Truck Rentals: 2 Full size GMC trucks (4×4),  Toyota Tundra (4×4) 4-door 907-656-7210   cell        
      ” Located on the Banks of the Yukon River”        
Tiffany George Truck Rental     2: Chevy Silverados 907-656-7206 Tiffany George             

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: 656-1266

Alaska State Troopers (statewide, toll free ):  1 (800) 811-0911

Airport Police (statewide, toll free):  1 (877) 847-4342

TV Schedule

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


Hours are 10am-1pm. Call 656-2505 ahead of time to place orders.

Due to the weather this Monday morning, the coffee shop will open at 10:00 AM.

January 24th – January 29th


Chicken Wraps w/Pasta Salad


Chicken Coconut Curry over Rice


Nachos Supreme or Indian Tacos


Homemade Lasagna, Corn & Garlic Bread
Burger Night! 5pm-7pm


Homemade Pizza or Clam Chowder
Burger Night! 5pm-7pm



Sunday – Closed


Keep up to date with school happenings in Galena, and link up with the event calendar.