Haley Ritchie

Yukon Liberal Party candidate Pauline Frost speaks with media following a judicial recount of the riding of Vuntut Gwitchin’s results of the Yukon election, in Whitehorse on April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Kelly
Yukon Liberal Party candidate Pauline Frost speaks with media following a judicial recount of the riding of Vuntut Gwitchin’s results of the Yukon election, in Whitehorse on April 19, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Mark Kelly)

Frost challenge to Vuntut Gwitchin election results dismissed

Justice upholds results that elected Annie Blake MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin.

Yukon Liberal Party candidate Pauline Frost speaks with media following a judicial recount of the riding of Vuntut Gwitchin’s results of the Yukon election, in Whitehorse on April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Kelly
Yukon Liberal Party candidate Pauline Frost speaks with media following a judicial recount of the riding of Vuntut Gwitchin’s results of the Yukon election, in Whitehorse on April 19, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Mark Kelly)
Yukon Minister of Education Jeanie McLean. (Yukon News file)

RCMP still investigating Hidden Valley after more potential victims identified

“They didn’t do the investigation properly in the first place.”

Yukon Minister of Education Jeanie McLean. (Yukon News file)
A man walks into the emergency wing of the Whitehorse General Hospital on April 4, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Whitehorse’s only walk-in clinic ending service for new patients

There are 2,125 Yukoners waiting to be paired with a family doctor

A man walks into the emergency wing of the Whitehorse General Hospital on April 4, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Parents question why they weren’t informed about sex offender at Hidden Valley Elementary

The former educational assistant was convicted of sexual interference concerning a student

The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
An empty classroom at Vanier Secondary School in Whitehorse on Aug. 12. In addition to the usual teaching challenges, educators will also be instructing on infection control. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Students will return to full-time learning and maskless classrooms

Handwashing, avoidance of crowding and masks in communal spaces will continue

An empty classroom at Vanier Secondary School in Whitehorse on Aug. 12. In addition to the usual teaching challenges, educators will also be instructing on infection control. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces the Yukon’s first COVID-19 related death during a press conference in Whitehorse on October 30, 2020.

Public exposure notice issued for July 23 Whitehorse-Vancouver flight

The “low risk public notice” for Air Canada flight 8890 was issued on Aug. 1.

Crystal Schick/Yukon News Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces the Yukon’s first COVID-19 related death during a press conference in Whitehorse on October 30, 2020.
The town has received seven submissions so far in response to its call for input on the budget. File photo

Minimum wage set to increase on Aug. 1

The Yukon’s minimum wage will officially increase to $15.20

The town has received seven submissions so far in response to its call for input on the budget. File photo
Among 28 southern groups of B.C. chinook assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, only two remain “not at risk”. (Michael Humling)

A number of First Nations closing chinook fishing as numbers continue to disappoint

“We ask our citizens to sacrifice so our children and grandchildren can have salmon.”

Among 28 southern groups of B.C. chinook assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, only two remain “not at risk”. (Michael Humling)
A Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum), one of the Yukon’s 33 species of dragonflies and damselflies. This individual was captured near Kelowna, British Columbia on Aug. 6. (Cameron Eckert/Submitted)

Here be dragons: Finding and IDing Yukon dragonflies

Here be dragons: Finding and identifying the Yukon’s 33 dragonfly species

A Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum), one of the Yukon’s 33 species of dragonflies and damselflies. This individual was captured near Kelowna, British Columbia on Aug. 6. (Cameron Eckert/Submitted)
Whitehorse resident Michael Healey found out he had a winning LOTTO MAX ticket a few days following a June 18 draw. (Submitted/Western Canada Lottery Corporation)

Whitehorse man wins $1 million with lottery ticket

His winning numbers were 16, 17, 24, 28, 30, 31 and 38.

Whitehorse resident Michael Healey found out he had a winning LOTTO MAX ticket a few days following a June 18 draw. (Submitted/Western Canada Lottery Corporation)
Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen and Yukon Education Minister Jeanie McLean sign a childcare agreement on July 22. (Screenshot/Facebook)

Feds contribute $42 million toward affordable, improved childcare

Minimum wages for early childhood educators will go to $30 an hour.

Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen and Yukon Education Minister Jeanie McLean sign a childcare agreement on July 22. (Screenshot/Facebook)
Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speak at a COVID-19 update press conference in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

COVID-19 update stresses vaccination amid plan to lift restrictions

“Vaccination, not border control, is now our safety net.”

Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speak at a COVID-19 update press conference in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
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)