Jeremy Scott, KIYU - Galena
Jeremy Scott is a reporter at KIYU in Galena.
Alaska Senator Mark Begich and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell got a firsthand view of Galena’s flood damage. The U.S. Senators toured the town on Friday as they continue to push for a federal appropriation for disaster areas that rely heavily on seafood for economy and sustenance.
People in flood-affected communities around the state say they’re having trouble applying for FEMA individual assistance via phone.
With Tuesday’s federal disaster declaration for areas affected by last month’s flood, the State of Alaska has effectively decided to close the disaster assistance centers that had been set up this week in Galena and in Circle.
Governor Sean Parnell has requested a federal disaster declaration for Galena and other communities damaged by spring flooding. And most of the State of Alaska Emergency Management Team that’s been in Galena to assist with flood relief is scheduled to leave this week. The team has been in the city since shortly after the May 27 incident to assist in coordinating rebuilding efforts.
Galena residents are returning to see what’s left of their flooded homes. And one thing they are finding is the rancid contents of freezers that stopped operating when the power plant went down. There’s a dump down the road, but the road is washed out.
The school year may be over for Galena’s students but, for some, the seeds of next year’s education are already in the ground. Over 80 students from the Interior Learning Academy and Sidney C. Huntington School are taking part in the Potato and Carrot Production Project.
The Galena City School District took part in a national celebration of imagination last week, challenging students and parents alike to go without some modern conveniences for one week.
Students at the Galena Interior Learning Academy are getting a field lesson in a staple of rural Alaska living. Students are set to gather timber from the Yukon River this summer through a new subsistence wood harvesting program with a medieval twist.
The first team of snowmobile racers has reached Nome in the 2,000-mile Iron Dog race. Marc McKenna and Dusty VanMeter arrived Tuesday afternoon. For being the first to reach the race’s half-way point, they pocket $10,000.
Representatives from the Air Force Real Property Agency say efforts to clean up the former Galena base are well ahead of schedule. When the project began nearly two years ago, over sixty sites had been marked as areas of concern.
Fuel waste areas left by the Air Force during its stay in Galena could be cleaned up soon. City Council voted Tuesday night to further talks about leasing a building on the former base to Air Force-hired subcontractors.