Haley Ritchie

Sarah Traiger drops off a ballot at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library vote center on Tuesday, the last day to cast a ballot in the City and Borough of Juneau's 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Yukon communities elect new mayors, councils

Six of the Yukon’s rural municipalities saw elections for mayor and council…

Sarah Traiger drops off a ballot at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library vote center on Tuesday, the last day to cast a ballot in the City and Borough of Juneau's 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Deputy Premier and former Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee stands in the legislature to answer questions on Oct. 14. The (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Over 300 signatures on petition calling for Hidden Valley disclosures

The petition was filed in the legislature on Monday.

Deputy Premier and former Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee stands in the legislature to answer questions on Oct. 14. The (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A man carries multiple plastic bags of groceries. (Yukon News/file)

Yukon’s plastic bag ban will come into effect in January

Yukoners are being asked to to “BYOB” or “Bring Your Own Bag.”

A man carries multiple plastic bags of groceries. (Yukon News/file)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News Allister Kucheream, left, and Dave Galbraith of Kelly Construction prepare to hang the Cannabis Yukon storefront sign in Whitehorse on Oct. 17, just over an hour before the store opens its doors to public for the first time.

Online cannabis sales coming to Yukon

Right now only the official government store can do so.

Crystal Schick/Yukon News Allister Kucheream, left, and Dave Galbraith of Kelly Construction prepare to hang the Cannabis Yukon storefront sign in Whitehorse on Oct. 17, just over an hour before the store opens its doors to public for the first time.
Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee at the Government of Yukon COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse, Yukon on June 9, 2020. (Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography)

Yukon unions seeking more details on mandatory vaccine policy

“Now you’ve got an entire workforce that has no idea what those ramifications are.”

Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee at the Government of Yukon COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse, Yukon on June 9, 2020. (Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott announced July 21 that a number of COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory mask usage, will be lifted on Aug. 4. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

New public exposures released; second case at Whitehorse Elementary

Three new public exposures have been released, in addition to advice for…

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott announced July 21 that a number of COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory mask usage, will be lifted on Aug. 4. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Harrison Holt takes a picture of the New Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tazlina at the Juneau terminal on April 24, 2019. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Yukoners looking forward to visiting Alaska after border reopening

People crossing the border and returning to Canada will still require a negative COVID-19 test

Harrison Holt takes a picture of the New Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tazlina at the Juneau terminal on April 24, 2019. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
Hidden Valley School. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Lawsuit filed by second alleged victim of sexual abuse at Hidden Valley Elementary School

The lawsuit was filed Oct. 1 on behalf of a student at the school and also includes his guardians

Hidden Valley School. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Education Minister Jeanie McLean, Premier Sandy Silver and Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee exchange glances during question period on Oct. 15. All three MLAs stood to address opposition questions about Hidden Valley. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Premier and Justice Minister rise in the House on fourth day of Hidden Valley questions

An independent review is expected to be completed by the end of January

Education Minister Jeanie McLean, Premier Sandy Silver and Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee exchange glances during question period on Oct. 15. All three MLAs stood to address opposition questions about Hidden Valley. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Yukon government announces mandatory vaccination rules

Vaccination will be required for government jobs and attending non-essential services.

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Trikafta will soon be covered under the Yukon Drug Formulary. (Courtesy/Trikafta)

Coverage for cystic fibrosis medication endorsed in legislature

“This new drug has the potential to change so many people’s lives for the better.”

Trikafta will soon be covered under the Yukon Drug Formulary. (Courtesy/Trikafta)
Jack Bowers, Lisa Snyder and Len Faber are running for mayor. (Submitted)

Three candidates on the mayoral ballot in Faro

Leonard Faber, Lisa Snyder and Jack Bowers are running for mayor.

Jack Bowers, Lisa Snyder and Len Faber are running for mayor. (Submitted)
U.S. Consulate General Brent Hardt (left) at Boyle Barracks in Whitehorse on October 7. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

United States Consulate General pays first visit to the Yukon since pandemic

Consul General Brent Hardt was appointed over a year ago.

U.S. Consulate General Brent Hardt (left) at Boyle Barracks in Whitehorse on October 7. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Performer Johanna Goossens demonstrates how to do tricks in silks during a Circus Sunday. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Class clowns welcome: Circus Society starts weekly lessons

Yukoners who have always dreamed of running away to the circus don’t have to go far this fall

Performer Johanna Goossens demonstrates how to do tricks in silks during a Circus Sunday. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addresses media following a heated question period on Oct. 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Hidden Valley dominates first question period of fall sitting

A number of motions were introduced on the first day back for MLAs

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addresses media following a heated question period on Oct. 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A Housing First building on Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 5, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Yukon’s housing demand exceeds supply: report

“People are losing hope that adequate and affordable housing is possible.”

A Housing First building on Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 5, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Acting CMOH announces 14 new cases in Whitehorse and one in Watson Lake

Public exposure issued for Oct. 3 Whitehorse-Vancouver flight

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A chalkboard display at the 2021 Yukon Housing Summit prompts attendees to write down challenges and possible solutions to the housing crunch taking place across the territory. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Government summit hopes to find solutions to housing crunch

“We would need to have collaboration between multiple departments like we had not seen before.”

A chalkboard display at the 2021 Yukon Housing Summit prompts attendees to write down challenges and possible solutions to the housing crunch taking place across the territory. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Doug Kerley, owner of Creekside Wood Supply, poses for a photo in front of milling equipment. Kerley says he has invested in the business with the expectation that the Yukon government would approve wood harvesting. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Local mill owner says lack of wood identified for harvesting threatens business

The owner of a mill in Whitehorse says he’s been forced to…

Doug Kerley, owner of Creekside Wood Supply, poses for a photo in front of milling equipment. Kerley says he has invested in the business with the expectation that the Yukon government would approve wood harvesting. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Shepard spoke to reporters Sept. 23 in Whitehorse and announced a review would be launched into the mishandling of a sexual assault investigation at Hidden Valley school. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Hidden Valley parent says apology was appreciated, but more work to be done

Officials have acknowledged that errors were made in the handling of a sexual assault at the school

Yukon RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Shepard spoke to reporters Sept. 23 in Whitehorse and announced a review would be launched into the mishandling of a sexual assault investigation at Hidden Valley school. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)