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Turning our best friends into ashes

In a land of ice, snow and permafrost, the delicate task of burying deceased pets has always posed a problem.

What it takes to be a wildland firefighter

Eva Holland Special for the News The standardized fitness test for Canada's wildland firefighters is as much a game of strategy as it is a feat of raw strength and endurance. I learn that quickly, but not soon enough.

Yukon farm forced to close — for now

Garret Gillespie and Heidi Marion knew they might be planting more seeds than they could hope to grow.

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          Passive House helps pay for itself

          Antonio Zedda is actively trying to make the Yukon more passive - at least in terms of home design. The Whitehorse based architect is organizing a Passive House certification course for this January.

          Northwestel considers new fibre optic line

          For residents fed up with the territory's periodic Internet outages, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski's recent budget speech contained a promising tidbit.

          Mapping the hazards of climate change

          It’s no secret that many Yukon homes are built on permafrost. And it’s not news that as the climate warms, pockets of permafrost are starting to thaw, causing roads and foundations to settle unevenly.

          Visitors seek refuge in new Whitehorse hostel

          A man carrying a giant cardboard box is awkwardly making his way down the basement stairs of the newly opened Lead Dog Backpacker's Inn. "Do you need a hand with that?" says Mike Tribes, one of the hostel's co-owners.

          Portable forest village — with mountain bikes

          First there was nothing. Then there was bike-friendly yurt accommodation. Perched amid the high bluffs of Long Lake Road lies a hobbit-like…

          Newlyweds bring hometown Mexican flavour north

          Roxana Perez de Iga and Jorge Iga moved to the Yukon from Mexico 10 days after they got married. They're a long way from Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila, but they have brought little pieces of their former home with them.

          Tlingit Tours takes tourists back to the land

          CARCROSS ‘WoooooOOOOOO!” Ten mostly francophone civil servants from Ottawa come roaring across the desert on ATVs, while the dozen…

          The way of the simulator

          In an open pit mine somewhere in Canada, the driver of a 777D earthmover is casually delivering his load of newly excavated rock. Suddenly, the engine erupts into flames. Calmly, the operator cuts the engine, brings the ear

          Arm yourself! The world is in need of a hero

          Calgary's Rebecca Northan has become an excellent judge of character. It's a job requirement when you cast the lead of your play moments before you go on stage.

          Yukon Brewing unveils its berry liqueur

          The brewmasters at Yukon Brewing have been known to put all manner of things into their beers, from pureed ginger and stinging nettle to hand-peeled grapefruit and espresso coffee.

          Two languages, one voice

          Singer Nicole Edwards can hold a note in two languages. Inspired by her French first name, an Anglo-Ontarian is now Yukon's francophile folk-rock diva. Many agree Edwards has the most beautiful voice in Yukon.

          Hatchery seeks to supersize fry numbers

          A tiny fish hatchery just outside Porter Creek is making big strides to help the Yukon's struggling chinook salmon population. If you're not looking for it, the McIntyre Creek hatchery is easy to miss.

          Telco recognized for diversity efforts

          For the second year in a row, Northwestel has been selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

          Housing corporation adds fuel to hot market

          Whitehorse is in the grips of a residential lot shortage. Housing prices have skyrocketed and proposed lot developments have become snarled in some…

          Permafrost melt changing chemistry of the Yukon River

          Melting permafrost is one of the best-known impacts of climate change in the North. Now, new research out of Alaska suggests that vanishing permafrost is having a major impact on the Yukon River.

          Blowing out Yukon’s diesel dependency

          Destruction Bay earned its name from the wind. Seventy years later, wind prospector J.P. Pinard hopes to capitalize on that reputation.

          Growth industry

          Ten thousand years after some Mesopotamians first got the bright idea to plant some corn seeds, it's hard to imagine the gardening industry has any new ideas up its sleeve.