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Signs of the past continued

I mentioned in a previous column that the Dawson City area had many beautifully created signs in its gold rush days, like the sign appearing in this column.

Genetic diversity news is good for goats

The fossil record suggests mountain goats immigrated to North America across the Bering land bridge from Eurasia sometime in the early Pleistocene epoch, or late Pliocene.

Slow down and think, please

I have come to want my culture slow. I realized this while nearly twitching into an epileptic fit at the local cinema as I was flooded with cranked up sound, explosions, jump cuts, and flashing light, and this was a preview for a quiet, love story.

One of my favourite photos

Although I’m interested mainly in people of the Yukon area, I’m interested also in people in the North in general. This photograph shows a beautiful Inuit woman and child from the Nome, Alaska, area.

It’s the what ifs that make history interesting

Sometimes, it’s the what-if’s that make history interesting. It’s rather like the butterfly effect: a time traveller goes back in time to view events in the distant past, being careful not to disturb anything while on the journey...

Rare plant rediscovered 110 years later

In the summer of 1899, American botanist John Berry Tarleton spent months travelling from Skagway to Dawson. While late gold seekers sped past him, Tarleton poked along the banks of the Upper Yukon River, looking for plants. And he found his own kind of treasure.

Has Facebook killed the mosh pit?

Ah, the mosh pit. It is the very essence of what it means to be a young person in the post-modern age. It's where we go to escape the digital confines of the internet and reconnect with real people in a somewhat primal fashion.

Bringing back what matters

An elder friend once told me how to change the world. I was in my mid 20s and just beginning to become politically active in pursuit of native rights. We were visiting and walking by the river that ran by her home.

Senator Brazeau is an embarassment to First Nations

There are few things I can say that I genuinely love. Oh sure, like all of us I can cite my life partner, my home, my son, my work, music, books, maybe even my age, but beyond that things get skimpy.

Generating research to power the territory

It's a scene that's all too familiar to most Yukoners: it's the middle of a cold, dark winter and suddenly you're plunged into a blackout.

OK – critters might not be quite the right description. However, appearances to the contrary, fungi

Lawrence Millman is fascinated by fungi. And why not? They’re pretty amazing critters. OK – critters might not be quite the right description. However, appearances to the contrary, fungi aren’t plants.

Eavesdropping in the alpine

If you're hiking above treeline in the Yukon, especially near a slope of tumbled boulders, keep an ear out for a high-pitched, repeated "eeeep" sound. That's the call of the collared pika.

Interesting gold dredges of the Klondike and 60 Mile country

Just the dredge stories about Joe Boyle, one of the Klondike kings, have filled many exciting books. Even William Ogilvie was involved with dredging, I think on the Stewart River.

The hidden sector: halfway between public and private

As northerners, we often fixate on the types of development we lack in the North.

Fear not the Freegans

It is so seldom you phone at some ungodly hour that Pete was quite frightened for a moment, thinking thoughts of death and disaster; the kind of things that leap to mind when brought from a sound sleep by the sound of a telephone ringing.

Single celled creatures ‘stood up’ to Neoproterozoic bullies

Once upon a time, say 1,000 million years ago or so, the Earth's seas were probably reasonably safe places in which to drift, even if you were a microscopic, unicellular creature.

NASCAR goes green … No, really!

Today is Earth Day. This means it's the day most of us pretend to be concerned with the environment and, in the process, pollute a smidge less. Oh, and we wear green T-shirts to tell the world we truly care about the environment

Hotel Galena of Keno City, YT

This old photograph by William S. Hare shows the Hotel Galena of Keno, Yukon. Also shown, top right, is the actual old letterhead of the hotel. It is dated April 12, 1928...

Frontier journalist had wanderlust and a large imagination

Bernard H. (Casey) Moran had a nose for news -- be it real or completely fabricated. And for Moran, frontier towns, such as Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush was the perfect place to put his skills to good use.

The co operative alternative

Can a business work without the profit motive? As Adam Smith famously pointed out, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.