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On Feb. 2 the government announced a new website service for “surplus auctions” where individuals and businesses can bid on excess items the government is looking to offload. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)

Government joins surplus auction site

Purchasers can bid on items like office furniture and retired machinery

On Feb. 2 the government announced a new website service for “surplus auctions” where individuals and businesses can bid on excess items the government is looking to offload. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
The Yukon Employees’ Union is calling on the Yukon government to ensure workers don’t need to use sick days if they have reactions to the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine does not contain the live virus or make a person more vulnerable to sickness, but it does trigger an immune response that can mimic COVID-19 symptoms while the body builds immunity. Most commonly the response can produce a headache, fatigue or localized pain and muscle aches. These symptoms are normal and indicate that the vaccine is working. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

YEU says employees shouldn’t need to use sick days to manage vaccine reactions

Department says the situation is being handled appropriately

The Yukon Employees’ Union is calling on the Yukon government to ensure workers don’t need to use sick days if they have reactions to the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine does not contain the live virus or make a person more vulnerable to sickness, but it does trigger an immune response that can mimic COVID-19 symptoms while the body builds immunity. Most commonly the response can produce a headache, fatigue or localized pain and muscle aches. These symptoms are normal and indicate that the vaccine is working. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
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A salmon swims near the Whitehorse fish ladder.
Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
A salmon swims near the Whitehorse fish ladder.
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. Legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AWNR) is going ahead as President Joe Biden begins his term in the United States. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire file)

Legislation proposed in United States to protect ANWR

Legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AWNR) is going ahead…

Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. Legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AWNR) is going ahead as President Joe Biden begins his term in the United States. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire file)
A person leaves the Whitehorse Public Library on Feb. 4. As part of the Love your Library campaign, Yukon Public Libraries is introducing new digital services it hopes will expand access to people during COVID-19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Libraries introduces new digital offerings

As part of the Love your Library campaign, Yukon Public Libraries is…

A person leaves the Whitehorse Public Library on Feb. 4. As part of the Love your Library campaign, Yukon Public Libraries is introducing new digital services it hopes will expand access to people during COVID-19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Ranj Pillai, minister of energy, mines and resources, during a press conference in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020.Ranj Pillai, minister of energy, mines and resources, during a press conference in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. Pillai says the new guidelines for the quartz mining industry will help advance projects while also protecting freshwater resources. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Government releases guidelines for quartz mining water use

“It is important to all Yukoners to have healthy fresh water”

Ranj Pillai, minister of energy, mines and resources, during a press conference in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020.Ranj Pillai, minister of energy, mines and resources, during a press conference in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. Pillai says the new guidelines for the quartz mining industry will help advance projects while also protecting freshwater resources. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Mike Thomas/Yukon News file The Yukon government sign in front of the main administraton building on Second Avenue. The Yukon government is promising full-time kindergarten in rural areas and a fixed cost for childcare, but details are still forthcoming.

Yukon government says more affordable childcare coming

Opposition party focused on timeline for universal daycare promise

Mike Thomas/Yukon News file The Yukon government sign in front of the main administraton building on Second Avenue. The Yukon government is promising full-time kindergarten in rural areas and a fixed cost for childcare, but details are still forthcoming.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27 about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Hanley said the rationale from the federal government on their new vaccine shipment numbers is based on their calculations of risk and vaccination rollout, but both Hanley and Silver said they disagreed with the decision. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Premier disagrees with feds on modified vaccine delivery math

The territory is receiving less of the Moderna vaccine in February than expected

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27 about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Hanley said the rationale from the federal government on their new vaccine shipment numbers is based on their calculations of risk and vaccination rollout, but both Hanley and Silver said they disagreed with the decision. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Siku Allooloo, ALFF associate programmer and industry producer, left, and Andrew Connors, festival director, pose for a photo in the ALFF studio in Whitehorse on Jan. 28. The Available Light Film Festival runs Feb. 5 to Feb. 22. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Siku Allooloo, ALFF associate programmer and industry producer, left, and Andrew Connors, festival director, pose for a photo in the ALFF studio in Whitehorse on Jan. 28. The Available Light Film Festival runs Feb. 5 to Feb. 22. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
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The Yukon government and Kluane First Nation have begun the process of building a new school in Burwash Landing.

Tendering process begins for new Kluane First Nation school in Burwash Landing

“That element of our community is missing.”

Maura Forrest/Yukon News file
The Yukon government and Kluane First Nation have begun the process of building a new school in Burwash Landing.
Golden Predator has reported 2020 drill results at the Brewery Creek Mine site, pictured in this undated file photo. (Submitted/Golden Predator)

Golden Predator reports 2020 drill results at Brewery Creek

The company is planning to finish their feasibility study by the first quarter of 2021

Golden Predator has reported 2020 drill results at the Brewery Creek Mine site, pictured in this undated file photo. (Submitted/Golden Predator)
The first vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be used in the Yukon held by Clarissa Wall, Health and Social Services communications and social marketing analyst, in Whitehorse on Feb. 1. It is possible that the Yukon will receive a smaller shipment of the vaccine than originally expected after the federal government announced Moderna is cutting back on vaccine delivery numbers next week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Moderna shortage sees Yukon getting fewer vaccine doses than expected

Second doses will go ahead, but the shortage is expected to impact mass vaccine clinic

The first vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be used in the Yukon held by Clarissa Wall, Health and Social Services communications and social marketing analyst, in Whitehorse on Feb. 1. It is possible that the Yukon will receive a smaller shipment of the vaccine than originally expected after the federal government announced Moderna is cutting back on vaccine delivery numbers next week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A Yukon resident casts a ballot during the 2016 election. All three Yukon parties have announced their candidates that will be running in the upcoming 2021 territorial election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Parties rally for candidate nominations ahead of territorial election

Most sitting MLAs have announced they will seek another term

A Yukon resident casts a ballot during the 2016 election. All three Yukon parties have announced their candidates that will be running in the upcoming 2021 territorial election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media during a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Jan. 27. Cases in the territory remain at zero. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Proof of residency now required at vaccine clinics

Yukon health card, driver’s license, utility bill, lease or letter from an employer all accepted

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media during a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Jan. 27. Cases in the territory remain at zero. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
John Streicker, minister of community services, and Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health, speak to media about the couple that flew to Beaver Creek for a vaccine during a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Jan. 27. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Court date set for couple in Beaver Creek vaccine incident

The couple are expected in Yukon on May 4

John Streicker, minister of community services, and Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health, speak to media about the couple that flew to Beaver Creek for a vaccine during a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Jan. 27. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver talks to media on March 5, 2020. The Yukon government said Jan. 25 that it is disappointed in a decision by the federal government to send the Kudz Ze Kayah mining project back to the drawing board. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Territorial and federal governments at odds over Kudz Ze Kayah mine project

The federal government, backed by Liard First Nation, sent the proposal back to the screening stage

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver talks to media on March 5, 2020. The Yukon government said Jan. 25 that it is disappointed in a decision by the federal government to send the Kudz Ze Kayah mining project back to the drawing board. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 2, 2020. Streicker spoke to the <em>News </em>on Jan. 26 about the hundreds of alternative self-isolation plan applications his department received between June and November 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 2, 2020. Streicker spoke to the <em>News </em>on Jan. 26 about the hundreds of alternative self-isolation plan applications his department received between June and November 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
An avalanche warning sigh along the South Klondike Highway. Local avalanche safety instructors say interest in courses has risen during the pandemic as more Yukoners explore socially distanced outdoor activities. (Tom Patrick/Yukon News file)

Backcountry busy: COVID-19 has Yukoners heading for the hills

Stable conditions for avalanches have provided a grace period for backcountry newcomers

An avalanche warning sigh along the South Klondike Highway. Local avalanche safety instructors say interest in courses has risen during the pandemic as more Yukoners explore socially distanced outdoor activities. (Tom Patrick/Yukon News file)
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)

Former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, actress charged after flying to Beaver Creek for COVID-19 vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
A group of 13 youth from across the territory that have been selected to advise the government on how to tackle climate change in the Yukon meet with Premier Sandy Silver and minister John Streicker during a Zoom call. (Screen shot)

New Youth Panel meets to discuss climate change in the Yukon

“It has to be a global effort”

A group of 13 youth from across the territory that have been selected to advise the government on how to tackle climate change in the Yukon meet with Premier Sandy Silver and minister John Streicker during a Zoom call. (Screen shot)