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Jack Cable with his wife Fay in December 2020 when he was inducted into the Order of Yukon. (Facebook/Office of the Commissioner of Yukon)

Condolences shared for former Yukon Commissioner Jack Cable

“His impact on the community during his lifetime of public service is immeasurable.”

Jack Cable with his wife Fay in December 2020 when he was inducted into the Order of Yukon. (Facebook/Office of the Commissioner of Yukon)
Stained glass at the Vuntut Gwitchin Government building front desk in Old Crow photographed on Feb. 19. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Stained glass at the Vuntut Gwitchin Government building front desk in Old Crow photographed on Feb. 19. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Vuntut Gwitchin government calls by-election after councillor calls for change with resignation

Marilyn Charlie is the seventh councillor to resign since the last election in 2018

Stained glass at the Vuntut Gwitchin Government building front desk in Old Crow photographed on Feb. 19. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Stained glass at the Vuntut Gwitchin Government building front desk in Old Crow photographed on Feb. 19. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
The government’s new safe consumption site will be located at 6189 6th Avenue in Whitehorse, photographed on July 22. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Building on 6th Avenue chosen for Whitehorse safe consumption site

“We have lost far too many Yukoners as a result of drug overdoses.”

The government’s new safe consumption site will be located at 6189 6th Avenue in Whitehorse, photographed on July 22. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
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)
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)
Members of the Canadian Forces fill sandbags near South McClintock Road on July 7. Flood relief efforts will continue until the water levels peak and recede. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Flood watch expected to continue for another month in Southern Lakes

While water levels are receding, the government is still preparing for a mid-August peak

Members of the Canadian Forces fill sandbags near South McClintock Road on July 7. Flood relief efforts will continue until the water levels peak and recede. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A camper is driven along the Alaska Highway. The Yukon and Alaska governments are working to hook a $25 million U.S. federal grant to upkeep the highway between Beaver Creek, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)

Border announcement “encouraging” for Alaskans and tourism businesses

Tourism providers – and officials in Alaska – still have questions about the change

A camper is driven along the Alaska Highway. The Yukon and Alaska governments are working to hook a $25 million U.S. federal grant to upkeep the highway between Beaver Creek, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
Yukon fire services have blockaded the Aishihik Road to Otter Falls. (Facebook/Champagne and Aishihik First Nations)

Aishihik Road closed due to wildfire

The road is expected to remain closed until Monday afternoon at the earliest

Yukon fire services have blockaded the Aishihik Road to Otter Falls. (Facebook/Champagne and Aishihik First Nations)
Joe Wickenhauser, executive director of the Queer Yukon Society, was one of the speakers during a press conference on July 15 to announce the Yukon Government’s new “LGBTQ2S+ Inclusion Action Plan.” (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Government releases action plan for more inclusion around sexual orientation and gender

Items include gender-neutral ID and inclusive classrooms and workplaces

Joe Wickenhauser, executive director of the Queer Yukon Society, was one of the speakers during a press conference on July 15 to announce the Yukon Government’s new “LGBTQ2S+ Inclusion Action Plan.” (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Minister responsible for the women’s directorate Jeanie McLean speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon workers able to access paid leave after domestic violence or sexual assault

The new policy was developed by the government alongside Yukon nonprofits

Minister responsible for the women’s directorate Jeanie McLean speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yellowknife-based group Quantum Tangle performs at the 2019 Arctic Arts Summit in Finland. (Courtesy Artic Arts Summit/Kaisa-Reetta Seppänen)

Yukon to host Arctic Arts Summit in 2022

“We look forward to working together with the Canada Council for the Arts.”

Yellowknife-based group Quantum Tangle performs at the 2019 Arctic Arts Summit in Finland. (Courtesy Artic Arts Summit/Kaisa-Reetta Seppänen)
A stock photo of a walrus skull from Alaska found and registered with United States Fish and Wildlife Service. A walrus skull was one of several items seized at the Yukon-Alaska border on May 25.(Wikimedia Commons)

Ivory, turkey talon, bobcat skins seized at Yukon-Alaska border; U.S. man charged

The man who claimed the goods faces fines and four criminal charges

A stock photo of a walrus skull from Alaska found and registered with United States Fish and Wildlife Service. A walrus skull was one of several items seized at the Yukon-Alaska border on May 25.(Wikimedia Commons)
An aerial view of downtown Whitehorse is seen in this file shot. Some Yukoners who applied for subsidies to help with rising rents have been put on a waitlist. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)

Applicants to Canada Yukon Housing Benefit now waitlisted

The subsidy was launched in November 2020 and is now maxed out

An aerial view of downtown Whitehorse is seen in this file shot. Some Yukoners who applied for subsidies to help with rising rents have been put on a waitlist. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
People gather to play a loud and exciting game of Dene hand games outside the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre during the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse on July 1, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Adäka Cultural Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

“Keeping our community safe is the priority right now.”

People gather to play a loud and exciting game of Dene hand games outside the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre during the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse on July 1, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
A woman heads in to one of the polling stations for the last federal election to vote in Whitehorse on Oct. 21, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Conservative candidate announced ahead of possible federal election

The NDP is still seeking a candidate, while Larry Bagnell has not confirmed if he will run again

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
A woman heads in to one of the polling stations for the last federal election to vote in Whitehorse on Oct. 21, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley, speak during a live stream in Whitehorse on January 20, about the new swish and gargle COVID-19 tests.

Yukon’s state of emergency to be lifted in August if cases continue to fall

“We are seeing a slow but steady decrease in cases.”

Crystal Schick/Yukon News Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley, speak during a live stream in Whitehorse on January 20, about the new swish and gargle COVID-19 tests.
Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after tabling the budget in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Yukon mandate letters focus on climate, health care and government relations

Opposition parties said there are gaps in the letters, which direct department priorities

Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after tabling the budget in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Michael Oliphant hands a sandbag to homeowner Lisa Vollans-Leduc to reinforce a flood barrier on the shore of Marsh Lake on July 7. Several homes in the area have been evacuated due to flooding. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Here’s how to help with Yukon flood volunteer efforts

Sandbags are desperately needed in many communities

Michael Oliphant hands a sandbag to homeowner Lisa Vollans-Leduc to reinforce a flood barrier on the shore of Marsh Lake on July 7. Several homes in the area have been evacuated due to flooding. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces 10 new COVID-19 cases in the Yukon during his weekly update on July 7. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Officials urge use of sick days for mild symptoms as COVID-19 case count continues to rise

The current outbreak is expected to last for additional weeks

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces 10 new COVID-19 cases in the Yukon during his weekly update on July 7. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Tombstone Territorial Park begins to take on fall colours Aug. 27, 2017. A buffer zone for the park is proposed in the current Dawson Regional Land Planning draft document. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Tombstone Territorial Park begins to take on fall colours Aug. 27, 2017. A buffer zone for the park is proposed in the current Dawson Regional Land Planning draft document. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
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CPAWS gives B- to the Yukon for progress on protected area goals

Currently, 11.8 per cent of the territory’s total land mass is protected

Tombstone Territorial Park begins to take on fall colours Aug. 27, 2017. A buffer zone for the park is proposed in the current Dawson Regional Land Planning draft document. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Tombstone Territorial Park begins to take on fall colours Aug. 27, 2017. A buffer zone for the park is proposed in the current Dawson Regional Land Planning draft document. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
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Yukon paleontologists Grant Zazula (left) and Elizabeth Hall (right) examine mammoth fossils in Whitehorse on June 10. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Mammoth bones discovered at Dawson mine site

“So this is just a start, hopefully, we’re going to be learning a lot.”

Yukon paleontologists Grant Zazula (left) and Elizabeth Hall (right) examine mammoth fossils in Whitehorse on June 10. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)