Chris Oke

Faro struggling to deal with meltwater

Spring meltwater has been causing trouble at the Faro Mine Remediation Project. After last week's warm weather, water levels in a reservoir known as Moose Pond nearly rose to capacity.

No smoking in social housing

Since the Smoke-free Places Act came into effect, there are few places left for Yukon smokers to enjoy a cigarette. If you're renting, you might not even be able to smoke at home.

Yukon needs a mental health plan

Imagine if only 25 per cent of youth and children diagnosed with cancer received treatment.

The magic touch

What does "Quantum Touch" look like? "It might look a little boring," Alison Zeidler warns when about to demonstrate the technique on Gypsy, a 20-year-old mare. "It'll look like I'm just standing there.

Miner still wants to explore Tombstone

Once again, Canadian United Minerals has applied to do mineral exploration in Tombstone Territorial Park. Last year, the Yukon government barred the local mining company from searching for gold there.

Yukon Energy plays catch up

Yukon Energy is playing catch-up when it comes to meeting the territory's energy needs and searching for innovative alternatives. One would have been district heating in Whitehorse's new Whistle Bend subdivision.

Bringing some bloody blues north

With a name like The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-based duo is some sort of concept group, based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.

Bagnell’s staff closes up shop

Former Yukon MP Larry Bagnell wasn’t the only one who lost his job on election night. Of course, there were the many other Liberal incumbents who lost their seats in the House of Commons – former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff among them.

Get Out!

May 14 is the wrap-up event for the Yukon Women in Music Moon Song series at the Copper Moon Gallery. The afternoon concert will feature 11 Yukon women performing their music.

Strict requirements for Yukon licences

The Yukon's motor vehicles branch is getting a little crazy with its identification requirements. The Yukon government requires drivers to present at least four pieces of ID to upgrade to a secure driver's licence.

Life on a dollar a month

It's fairly common to hear about people in poor countries living off a dollar a day. But one Yukon man is now living on a dollar a month.

Baby on board

On April 27th, Alana Taylor gave birth to a healthy baby boy. He was three weeks premature, weighed six pounds, two ounces, and was born at 17,000 feet.

Squirrels messing with Yukon Energy

A single squirrel died and the Yukon's southern electrical grid collapsed. "You're kidding me," said Gordon Clark, echoing the sentiment of many people when told the cause of the 90-minute power outage on Monday.

Atlin River put on endangered list

A BC-based recreation group has put the Atlin River on its endangered list. The river was added because Yukon Energy Corporation is considering building a weir on the river, which would retain water levels in Atlin Lake.

Building a better dance community

It's pretty rare to leave the Yukon in search of gold, but that's exactly what a group of young dancers did this past weekend. That's where you need to go if your looking for High Gold.

Net metering policy offers small incentives

The public consultation period on the Yukon's draft net-metering policy closed last Friday. Comments were mixed.

Crevasses claim two lives

Two men died after falling into crevasses during the past week. On Sunday, heli-skiing guide Leonhard Steiner was killed while skiing on the Swanson Glacier, about 65 kilometres southwest of Atlin, BC.

Bagnell concedes defeat

In November 2000, Larry Bagnell became the Yukon's member of Parliament, winning by a mere 70 votes. Last night, over a decade and four elections later, Bagnell lost his seat by a similarly slim margin.

Treatment doesn’t cure, it’s but one step on a long road

Lila Corcoran has been sober for more than 20 years. The Watson Lake resident went through the Yukon’s live-in treatment program in August of 1989, back when the program was called Crossroads. “The treatment centre doesn’t cure you, it more or less gives you the tools to work with,” she said.

Entering the maze like Sarah Steele treatment centre

The Sarah Steele building might be the most well-used government space in the Yukon. The structure, which is only slightly larger than the standard Copper Ridge home, provides a 28-day inpatient treatment program.