Gabrielle Plonka

Representatives from Ketza Construction and Yukon University announce the opening of Ketza Construction Carpentry Shop on March 29. From left to right: Joe Densmore, Ernie Prokopchuk, Maggie Matear, Jeff Wolosewich, Peter Densmore. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Ketza Construction donates $250,000 to Yukon University

Yukon University’s carpentry training space has been renamed the Ketza Construction Carpentry Shop

Representatives from Ketza Construction and Yukon University announce the opening of Ketza Construction Carpentry Shop on March 29. From left to right: Joe Densmore, Ernie Prokopchuk, Maggie Matear, Jeff Wolosewich, Peter Densmore. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Porter Creek South candidates for the territorial election in alphabetical order from left, Chad Sjodin for the Yukon Party, Colette Acheson for the NDP and Ranj Pillai for the Liberals. (Submitted photos)

Getting to know the candidates in Porter Creek South

The Porter Creek South riding encompasses the Porter Creek neighbourhood south of…

Porter Creek South candidates for the territorial election in alphabetical order from left, Chad Sjodin for the Yukon Party, Colette Acheson for the NDP and Ranj Pillai for the Liberals. (Submitted photos)
NDP candidate Annie Blake, left, and Liberal incumbent Pauline Frost. (Submitted photos)

Getting to know the candidates in Vuntut Gwitchin

NDP candidate Annie Blake goes against incumbent Liberal Pauline Frost

NDP candidate Annie Blake, left, and Liberal incumbent Pauline Frost. (Submitted photos)
Yukon Heli Ski campers and staff were escorted through the avalanche zone on the South Klondike Highway on March 30. (Submitted/Naomi Danaway)

Youth safely returned from camp after avalanche highway closure

Campers returned home one day late due to road closures

Yukon Heli Ski campers and staff were escorted through the avalanche zone on the South Klondike Highway on March 30. (Submitted/Naomi Danaway)
Porter Creek Centre candidates for the territorial election from the left, Paolo Gallina for the Liberals, Shonagh McCrindle for the NDP and Yvonne Clarke for the Yukon Party. (Submitted photos)

Getting to know the candidates in Porter Creek Centre

Porter Creek Centre encompasses Whistle Bend and the eastern section of the…

Porter Creek Centre candidates for the territorial election from the left, Paolo Gallina for the Liberals, Shonagh McCrindle for the NDP and Yvonne Clarke for the Yukon Party. (Submitted photos)
Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
Up to 20 inmates and additional staff have been transferred to the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Inmates transferred to Whitehorse following Baffin Correctional Centre fire

Inmates on remand or serving a territorial sentence were transferred to Whitehorse on March 27

Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
Up to 20 inmates and additional staff have been transferred to the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.
The Yukon Teachers’ Association filed a legal petition against the Yukon government on March 24. (Yukon News file)

YTA files lawsuit over rehiring policy for laid-off teachers

Petition alleges that the Yukon government has broken its collective agreement

The Yukon Teachers’ Association filed a legal petition against the Yukon government on March 24. (Yukon News file)
From left: Liberal candidate Dan Curtis, Yukon Party candidate Eileen Melnychuk and NDP candidate Emily Tredger. (Submitted)

Getting to know the candidates in Whitehorse Centre

The retirement of incumbent NDP MLA Liz Hanson clears the field for three new candidates

From left: Liberal candidate Dan Curtis, Yukon Party candidate Eileen Melnychuk and NDP candidate Emily Tredger. (Submitted)
Diane McLeod-McKay, the Yukon’s public interest disclosure commissioner, has highlighted issues with the Yukon’s whistleblower protection legislation. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Commissioner highlights issues with whistleblower protection legislation

March 24 was Canada’s first Whistleblower Awareness Day

Diane McLeod-McKay, the Yukon’s public interest disclosure commissioner, has highlighted issues with the Yukon’s whistleblower protection legislation. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
From left to right: Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon, Liberal incumbent Ted Adel and NDP candidate Saba Javed. (Submitted)

Getting to know the candidates in Copperbelt North

A university student and the Yukon Party leader are challenging the Liberal incumbent

From left to right: Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon, Liberal incumbent Ted Adel and NDP candidate Saba Javed. (Submitted)
Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced the two new cases on March 25. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Two new cases, one confirmed variant, of COVID-19 discovered in Yukon

Both individuals are self-isolating and doing well

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced the two new cases on March 25. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Ron Chambers accepts his lifetime achievement award in regalia at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on March 22. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

AFN awards presented for climate, language and culture leadership

Thirteen Yukoners received awards on March 22

Ron Chambers accepts his lifetime achievement award in regalia at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on March 22. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
The Dawson planning region encompasses 40,000 square kilometres. About 12 per cent has been withdrawn from mineral staking, the Yukon government announced March 11. (Submitted/Dawson Regional Planning Commission)

Dawson region staking withdrawal called “far too little, and too late”

The Yukon government has withdrawn a portion of land from mineral staking during land-use planning.

The Dawson planning region encompasses 40,000 square kilometres. About 12 per cent has been withdrawn from mineral staking, the Yukon government announced March 11. (Submitted/Dawson Regional Planning Commission)
Kluane Adamek, Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief, sits in her Whitehorse office on Mar. 17. Adamek was named one of Canada’s most influential women for 2021. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Kluane Adamek named one of Canada’s most influential women for 2021

The AFN Regional Chief has been recognized for climate and youth leadership advocacy

Kluane Adamek, Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief, sits in her Whitehorse office on Mar. 17. Adamek was named one of Canada’s most influential women for 2021. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Ted Hupé, president of the Yukon Teachers’ Association, said the decision to return high school students to school full time has been met with mixed emotions. (Submitted/Yukon Teachers’ Association)

Mixed emotions, quick planning underway for full-time class return: YTA

The Yukon government announced a return to full-time school for Grades 10-12 on March 10

Ted Hupé, president of the Yukon Teachers’ Association, said the decision to return high school students to school full time has been met with mixed emotions. (Submitted/Yukon Teachers’ Association)
The Carcross/Tagish First Nation filed a petition on March 8 against subdividing land in their territory, in defence of the Southern Lakes Caribou herd. (Sheila Kyikavichik/Yukon News file)

First Nations lawsuits highlight planning and consultation tensions, experts say

Two Supreme Court petitions demand better consultation from the Yukon government

The Carcross/Tagish First Nation filed a petition on March 8 against subdividing land in their territory, in defence of the Southern Lakes Caribou herd. (Sheila Kyikavichik/Yukon News file)
From right to left: Yukon Party candidate Cory Adams, Liberal incumbent Nils Clarke and NDP candidate Vanessa Thorson. (Submitted)

Getting to know the candidates in Riverdale North

A small-business owner and a government archivist are up against the Liberal imcumbent

From right to left: Yukon Party candidate Cory Adams, Liberal incumbent Nils Clarke and NDP candidate Vanessa Thorson. (Submitted)
The Yukon Coroner’s office confirmed 2021’s fifth opioid overdose death on March 11. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Coroner confirms the Yukon’s first carfentanil-related overdose death

Carfentanil, which is 100 times more toxic than fentanyl, was confirmed in the territory on March 11

The Yukon Coroner’s office confirmed 2021’s fifth opioid overdose death on March 11. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
The Old Crow health centre, constructed in the 1970s, is slated for a rebuild. (Submitted/Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation)

Construction company disputing Old Crow Wellness Centre contract

The company that filed a competitive bid says the awarded contract lacks financial accountability

The Old Crow health centre, constructed in the 1970s, is slated for a rebuild. (Submitted/Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation)
The First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun is suing the Yukon government over mining in its traditional territory. (First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun/Facebook)

First Nation sues Yukon government over mining approval

The First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun is contesting mineral exploration in the Tsé Tagé watershed

The First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun is suing the Yukon government over mining in its traditional territory. (First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun/Facebook)