Haley Ritchie

Zhùr, the ancient wolf pup found mummified in permafrost at Last Chance Creek mine in July 2016. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)

‘Mummy’ wolf pup unearthed in permafrost paints a picture of ice age ancestors

Zhùr is the best preserved and most complete mummy of an ancient wolf found to date.

Zhùr, the ancient wolf pup found mummified in permafrost at Last Chance Creek mine in July 2016. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)
The grace period for the new Yukon lobbyist registry has come to an end and those who seek to influence politicians will now need to report their efforts to a public database. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)

Grace period for new lobbyist registry ends

So far nine lobbyists have registered their activities with politicians in the territory

The grace period for the new Yukon lobbyist registry has come to an end and those who seek to influence politicians will now need to report their efforts to a public database. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19, in Bogota, Colombia, Jan. 5. The presumptive COVID-19 case that had Whitehorse high school students isolating as a precaution has come back negative from the southern lab. (Ivan Valencia/AP)

Presumptive COVID-19 case declared false-positive after lab tests

Self-isolation has ended for 48 people connected to the individual

A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19, in Bogota, Colombia, Jan. 5. The presumptive COVID-19 case that had Whitehorse high school students isolating as a precaution has come back negative from the southern lab. (Ivan Valencia/AP)
Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton won’t be runing for re-election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Mayo-Tatchun MLA won’t run for re-election

Liberal MLA Don Hutton won’t be running for re-election. A former wildland…

Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton won’t be runing for re-election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
An aerial view shows the footprint of a test well drilled in the mid-1980’s on land owned by the Kaktovik Native village corporation within the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. During its sale of land on Jan. 6, the U.S. government only garnered bids for half of the 22 tracts that were listed as available in the refuge’s coastal plain. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

First lease sale for ANWR takes place in Alaska with limited interest

A U.S. lawsuit against the decision to allow the sales is ongoing.

An aerial view shows the footprint of a test well drilled in the mid-1980’s on land owned by the Kaktovik Native village corporation within the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. During its sale of land on Jan. 6, the U.S. government only garnered bids for half of the 22 tracts that were listed as available in the refuge’s coastal plain. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on Jan. 5, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Yukon government has revealed the timeline for when residents of the territory will be vaccinated. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Access to COVID-19 vaccine for Whitehorse general public planned for early February

Nine new cases have been confirmed and 48 people have been asked to self-isolate

A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on Jan. 5, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Yukon government has revealed the timeline for when residents of the territory will be vaccinated. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
Liz Hanson announces her resignation as Yukon NDP party leader in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. The former leader and current Whitehorse Centre MLA said she won’t run in the next election for Whitehorse Centre after a decade in legislative politics. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Former NDP leader Liz Hanson stepping down from Whitehorse Centre riding

Three-way race begins for riding nomination

Liz Hanson announces her resignation as Yukon NDP party leader in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. The former leader and current Whitehorse Centre MLA said she won’t run in the next election for Whitehorse Centre after a decade in legislative politics. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Despite a number of politicians across the country being busted for holiday trips to exotic locations during a pandemic, Yukon political parties said their members stayed close to home. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon MLAs follow public health advice

Despite a number of politicians across the country being busted for holiday…

Despite a number of politicians across the country being busted for holiday trips to exotic locations during a pandemic, Yukon political parties said their members stayed close to home. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Andrew McKenzie tests his strength by seeing how far he can toss a log during Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse on Feb. 22, 2020. The 2021 will still happen despite COVID-19, but look a little different as it adapts gathering restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Rendezvous planned for 2021 with some COVID-19 changes

“This year it’s not just the cabin fever, but the COVID fever”

Andrew McKenzie tests his strength by seeing how far he can toss a log during Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse on Feb. 22, 2020. The 2021 will still happen despite COVID-19, but look a little different as it adapts gathering restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Agnes Mills is one of the first to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility on Jan. 4. Staff and residents of the facility were the first Yukoners to be vaccinated. (Mark Kelly Photography/Government of Yukon)

COVID-19 vaccinations begin

Five new cases have been announced since the new year began

Agnes Mills is one of the first to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility on Jan. 4. Staff and residents of the facility were the first Yukoners to be vaccinated. (Mark Kelly Photography/Government of Yukon)
Birders Jenny Trapnell and Jim Hawkings participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count downtown on Dec. 26. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Bird numbers steady and human numbers up during COVID-19 Christmas Bird Count

Organizers speculated that people had less to do this year on Boxing Day, leading to more interest

Birders Jenny Trapnell and Jim Hawkings participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count downtown on Dec. 26. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
The Yukon legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. This year, the longest Yukon legislature sitting in 25 years concluded on Dec. 22. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Marathon fall legislature sitting ends

The extended sitting was dominated by COVID-19 and partisan sniping

The Yukon legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. This year, the longest Yukon legislature sitting in 25 years concluded on Dec. 22. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
NDP leader Kate White in Whitehorse on Oct. 8. The NDP have raised concerns that essential workers wanting to access the COVID-19 wage top-up program shouldn’t have to rely on employers to apply. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

NDP wants employees to be able to apply directly for wage top-up

The current program only allows employers – not individual employees – to apply

NDP leader Kate White in Whitehorse on Oct. 8. The NDP have raised concerns that essential workers wanting to access the COVID-19 wage top-up program shouldn’t have to rely on employers to apply. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Carcross/Tagish First Nation now has a fish and wildlife work plan for their traditional territory to be implemented over the next five years. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

New fish and wildlife plan released for Carcross/Tagish First Nation traditional territory

The plan outlines initiatives for the next five years, including research on animal populations

The Carcross/Tagish First Nation now has a fish and wildlife work plan for their traditional territory to be implemented over the next five years. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
<em>Encounters of the Yukon</em>, a series of six 20-minute dramas, were broadcast twice a week from CFYT 106.9 FM, the community-owned radio station in Dawson City. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Dawson radio dramas bring theatre to the airwaves during COVID-19

The show goes on for the Friends of the Palace Grand Society

<em>Encounters of the Yukon</em>, a series of six 20-minute dramas, were broadcast twice a week from CFYT 106.9 FM, the community-owned radio station in Dawson City. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean speaks in the legislative assembly on Nov. 27, 2017. McLean announced Dec. 14 some details of a three year plan to restore tourism in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Post-COVID tourism strategy may need a rebrand, says government

$15 million in tourism relief and recovery is planned for the next three years

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean speaks in the legislative assembly on Nov. 27, 2017. McLean announced Dec. 14 some details of a three year plan to restore tourism in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Year’s Eve fireworks over Shipyards Park in Whitehorse on Dec. 31, 2018. The City of Whitehorse announced Dec. 16 that the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News New file)

Fireworks cancelled

The sky over Shipyards Park will be quiet this New Year’s Eve.…

Year’s Eve fireworks over Shipyards Park in Whitehorse on Dec. 31, 2018. The City of Whitehorse announced Dec. 16 that the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News New file)
Racer Mandy Johnson came second in the 10-dog 15-mile race with a time of 51 minutes and 26 seconds. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Yukon Dog Mushers Association holds first event of the season at Ibex Valley tracks

Conditions were cold and bright for one of the sport’s first events of the winter

Racer Mandy Johnson came second in the 10-dog 15-mile race with a time of 51 minutes and 26 seconds. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 2. The Yukon government has plans to assess the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> and the Liberals have insisted that their representative be Streicker, who has been in charge of the ministerial orders and other powers granted under the act. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Committee plans to examine the Civil Emergency Measures Act

The composition of the committee, and the use of the act, has been a hot topic during the fall sitting

John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 2. The Yukon government has plans to assess the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> and the Liberals have insisted that their representative be Streicker, who has been in charge of the ministerial orders and other powers granted under the act. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media on Oct. 30. As the territory emerges with a slowdown from the recent rapid cases of COVID-19, Hanley urged holiday caution during a weekly update. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Three new school buses join fleet in 2021 with new rules for masks

As new cases slow, Hanley urges caution over holidays

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media on Oct. 30. As the territory emerges with a slowdown from the recent rapid cases of COVID-19, Hanley urged holiday caution during a weekly update. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)