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NEW – KIYU will be carrying the radio coverage of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, thanks to Native Voice One. This will take place on Monday and Tuesday, December 13th and 14th, starting at 8:00 AM, running until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch, where KIYU will air The World as usual. Mine and Ann Fears’ hours will be preempted for this event, and will return on Wednesday, December 15th. (12/8)


NEW – Galena Bible Church is hosting a Christmas Candlelight Service open to the community this Sunday Dec 12th from 7-8:30pm. All are welcome! There will be candlelight, carols, and cookies as well! (12/7)

NEW – The Louden Tribal Council will be holding a meeting of their Housing Committee on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30 PM at the Louden Tribal Office. There is a teleconference available at 1-252-656-5134, with the PIN number 142 125 058. Their agenda is here. (12/7)

NEW – The GCSD Board Policy Committee is meeting in Paul Apfelbeck’s classroom Thursday December 9th, 2021 at 4:05pm. The teleconference is available at 1-800-315-6338 with the access code 12053. (12/6)

NEW – Please join the City of Galena for a meeting to discuss volunteering with the Galena fire department on Tuesday, December 14th at the city office. A ham dinner and door prizes will be provided. See this flyer for more details. (12/3)

NEW – PA message from Jim Merriner, GCSD Superintendent:

Dear Galena community members,
The GCSD School Board is meeting next Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The Work Session begins at 6:00pm. The Regular Meeting starts at 7:00pm. In order to ensure proper physical distancing in the SHS Library/Commons area, please consider teleconferencing into the meeting by calling 1-800-315-6338 and entering access code 12053# when prompted. If attending in person, thank you for following COVID-19 protocols (masks are personal choice as of now). The Board Packet is available at the following website: Click on “GCSD December 2021 School Board Packet.”
Thank you for your support of education in Galena and across Alaska! (12/2)

NEW – The Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm, and will be held in the SHS Charles Evans Library area. The teleconference number is 1-800-315-6338 with the access code: 12053. (12/2)

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Yukon River Summer Season Summary has been issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It’s an extensive document available here. (10/27)

The Department of Fish and Game office will be open until December 10. Lisa is back in town till then, so if you have not submitted your moose hunt reports, please bring them to the office by next Friday. Or, you can report online. Thank you! The office is open Monday – Friday 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM closed from 12-1 for lunch. Lisa can be reached at 656-1345. (Updated 11/30)

COVID-19 Coronavirus-related announcements – organized by community

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)


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 – Visiting policy has returned to normal at the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility. There are some restrictions, and you need to arrange visits in advance, so please call 656-2574 if you have any questions or to set up your visit. (Updated 11/17)

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)


– The Kaltag Task Force met on August 25th and have reinstated the mask requirement for indoor public spaces for residents of Kaltag. Please keep 6 feet of social distance, avoid crowded situations and get tested if you show any symptoms. If you have any questions, call Gina Madros at 907-534-2305. (8/27)

Other villages

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Community Info

NEW – The St. John Berchman’s Church Bazaar is coming up on December 12th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the SHS gymnasium. Dinner is served; Tex Mex, sides and juice. Wear your holiday apparel and win a prize! There will be a rummage sale, chowder cook off, food basket raffles, baked goods, cake walks, games & bingo, a craft table and door prizes. There is also a huge raffle with fantastic prizes (see the raffle flyer here). Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100, and are available at the Galena Coffee Shop, Sweetsir’s Store and Sunday at the church. See their flyer for the event here. (12/8)

NEW – Tanana Chiefs Conference is looking for participants for the upcoming Indigenous Wellness Academy. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in leading community prevention efforts and substance abuse prevention. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2021. There is a flyer here with all of the information. If you’d like a printed copy of the application, see Jennessa at the clinic. The application is downloadable here. (12/3)

NEW – A message from the City of Galena: Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. At this time, no alternative source of water is necessary. However, if you have any specific health concerns, consult your doctor. A detailed notice from the City of Galena is here. If you have any questions, please call the Water Treatment Plant staff at 907-656-2132. (12/2)

NEW – There is an upcoming Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament on December 10th and 11th. Teams of 6-8, $15 entry fee. Everyone is invited to create a team and join in the fun!! Please contact Carrie Given, Head Volleyball Coach, with your team entry, or questions. Entry money due by the first game, December 10th. Call 907-656-7191 or email Their flyer for the event is here. (12/1)

UPDATED – Attention Gana-A’Yoo shareholders that are 18 years of age or older, you may qualify for cash assistance through the Gana-A’Yoo CARES Assistance Project. Applications are open and the deadline is now extended to December 15th. Visit to download the application or call 907-569-9599 today! (Updated 11/17)

A message for Doyon shareholders: Doyon Limited has instituted the Covid Assistance Project, designed to help members in need. Visit to find out more and check your eligibility. (10/6)

The Native Village of Ruby is pleased to accounce the Rescue Relief Assistance Program has launched, thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act funds that the tribe has received. It provides $2500 to all Ruby Tribal enrolled members over the age of 18. Enrollment begins on Monday, August 30th. Applicants must have been enrolled into the Ruby Tribe as of August 20th, 2021. Please call the Ruby Tribal Office for more information and to receive an application form at 907-468-4497. Deadline to apply is December 31st, 2021. The full announcement is here. (8/24)


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 and UPDATED – The Louden Tribal Council is currently seeking to fill four positions. They are seeking a Tribal Administrator to lead the team, a Housing Specialist is needed to operate the Council’s housing department. A position for a Bookkeeper is open. 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 11/30)

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 12/7) The Galena City School District has the following job openings:


GCSD – Accounts Payable (IDEA)

GCSD – Temporary Custodial II / Maintenance

GCSD – Coaching and Advisors

GILA – Assistant Principal

GILA – Residence Life Counselor

GILA – Community Aide

GILA – Dorm Aide (4)

GILA – Resident Advisor (2)

GILA – Food Service Manager

GILA – Assistant Cook I

GILA – Secretary / Registrar

GILA – Custodian

SHS / GILA – Math & Science Teacher

SHS – Middle School Teacher


IDEA – Special Education Teacher (TBD)

IDEA – Computer Technician (Fairbanks)

IDEA – Registrar (Fairbanks)

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

Coaches Needed:

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!

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

NEW – 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.

December 6th – December 12th


Beef Gyros w/Fried Rice


Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Corn & a Roll


Nachos Supreme & Indian Tacos


Thai Noodles w/Chicken
Burger Night! 5pm-7pm


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


11am – 2pm

Sunday – Closed


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