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<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)
Several Yukon ministers and First Nation chiefs are seen here at the end of Dec. 11’s Yukon Forum at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. They are standing at the sacred fire, which was maintained overnight after the MMIWGS2+ strategy signing ceremony the previous day. (Submitted)

New government policy aims to award 15 per cent of contracts to First Nations businesses

The policy was announced Dec. 11 following the Yukon Forum

Several Yukon ministers and First Nation chiefs are seen here at the end of Dec. 11’s Yukon Forum at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. They are standing at the sacred fire, which was maintained overnight after the MMIWGS2+ strategy signing ceremony the previous day. (Submitted)
Artist Joyce Majiski poses for a photo near her eight-metre long replica of a baby humpback whale’s skeleton made of discarded Styrofoam found in or near the ocean at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse on Dec. 7. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Yukon artist carves complete whale skeleton with discarded Styrofoam

Joyce Majiski hopes her Song of the Whale will have people reflecting on ocean pollution

Artist Joyce Majiski poses for a photo near her eight-metre long replica of a baby humpback whale’s skeleton made of discarded Styrofoam found in or near the ocean at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse on Dec. 7. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A mocked-up version of the 180-page full-colour <em>Yukon Hiking</em> due out this month. (Submitted)

Take a hike: Popular Yukon Hiking website becoming hardcopy guidebook

The new title is set to hit the shelves in early December

A mocked-up version of the 180-page full-colour <em>Yukon Hiking</em> due out this month. (Submitted)
Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. The government and opposition party voted down a motion brought forward by the NDP on Dec. 9 that proposed a six-month freeze on rent increases to help renters during the pandemic. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Proposed six-month freeze on rent increases voted down in legislature

The Yukon has no limit on annual rent increases.

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. The government and opposition party voted down a motion brought forward by the NDP on Dec. 9 that proposed a six-month freeze on rent increases to help renters during the pandemic. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon government and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have officially signed the Fortymile caribou harvest management plan. (Yukon News file)

Agreement signed for Fortymile caribou herd management plan

“This plan is long overdue and we’re pleased to finally see it come to life.”

The Yukon government and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have officially signed the Fortymile caribou harvest management plan. (Yukon News file)
Vail Health Hospital employee health nurse Diane Schmidt, left, gives a mock COVID-19 vaccine to Caitlyn Ngam, an infection preventionist at the hospital on Dec. 8, in Vail, Colo. The Yukon is expected to receive 50,400 Moderna vaccine doses in January, enough to cover 75 per cent of its adult population. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

All Yukon adults will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021

“Not only do we have a fantastic opportunity, we also have an obligation to do this right.”

Vail Health Hospital employee health nurse Diane Schmidt, left, gives a mock COVID-19 vaccine to Caitlyn Ngam, an infection preventionist at the hospital on Dec. 8, in Vail, Colo. The Yukon is expected to receive 50,400 Moderna vaccine doses in January, enough to cover 75 per cent of its adult population. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)
Paula McMahon prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the mass public vaccination program gets underway, at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 8. The Canadian federal government announced Dec. 7 that 249,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Canada before the end of the year, but none will be going to the territories. (Jeff J Mitchell/AP)

Early round of December vaccines won’t reach the territory

Chief doctor says Pfizer vaccine not well-suited to small population of the North

Paula McMahon prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the mass public vaccination program gets underway, at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 8. The Canadian federal government announced Dec. 7 that 249,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Canada before the end of the year, but none will be going to the territories. (Jeff J Mitchell/AP)
Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. It’s been an average year for bear conflict in the territory, according to staff from the Department of Environment. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Average year for bear-human conflict, say conservation officials

“We want to get this number as low as we possibly can.”

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. It’s been an average year for bear conflict in the territory, according to staff from the Department of Environment. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
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. Hanley and Silver gave holiday advice to Yukoners celebrating around town or welcoming friends and family for a visit during the latest COVID-19 update on Dec. 8. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

As case count creeps upward, government officials give holiday advice

New measure requires bars and restaurants take down contact info

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. Hanley and Silver gave holiday advice to Yukoners celebrating around town or welcoming friends and family for a visit during the latest COVID-19 update on Dec. 8. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
<em>Yukon Hiking</em> creators Meghan and Marko Marjanovic atop Tally-Ho in 2008. (Submitted)

Take a hike: Popular Yukon Hiking website becoming hardcopy guidebook

The new title is set to hit the shelves in early December

<em>Yukon Hiking</em> creators Meghan and Marko Marjanovic atop Tally-Ho in 2008. (Submitted)
The primary goal of the new relief package for tourism operators is to support the tourism sector, whether they’re private industry or not-for-profit organizations, said Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Relief program offers funds for businesses that rely on tourists for more than half their revenue

Two new streams of funding, in addition to the accommodation relief program, were announced

The primary goal of the new relief package for tourism operators is to support the tourism sector, whether they’re private industry or not-for-profit organizations, said Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Employees’ Union says a lack of staff training and high turnover at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter is creating a dangerous situation for underpaid workers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon Employees’ Union says lack of training at emergency shelter leading to unsafe situations

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said the staffing policy “is evolving”

Yukon Employees’ Union says a lack of staff training and high turnover at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter is creating a dangerous situation for underpaid workers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Liberal government blocked a motion by Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers that would have asked the federal government to provide the territories with more than a per capita amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses during initial distribution. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon Party says a per capita distribution of vaccines would leave Yukon short

The opposition is also asking the government to release their plan for vaccine distribution

The Liberal government blocked a motion by Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers that would have asked the federal government to provide the territories with more than a per capita amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses during initial distribution. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new councillor in a byelection held Dec. 3. (Wikimedia Commons)

Watson Lake elects new councillor

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new…

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new councillor in a byelection held Dec. 3. (Wikimedia Commons)