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Former premier Tony Penikett begins a presentation at the Whitehorse Public Library about his book, Hunting the Northern Character, on Dec. 11, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Former premier named to Order of Canada

Tony Penikett reflects on career

Former premier Tony Penikett begins a presentation at the Whitehorse Public Library about his book, Hunting the Northern Character, on Dec. 11, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Mayor Dan Curtis speaks during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on March 9, 2020. Whitehorse property owners can expect their 2021 property tax bills to rise by less than a per cent if the operating budget for the year is adopted as proposed. “A minimal tax increase allows the city to maintain its many existing services and programs, while also supporting important initiatives such as climate change mitigation and enhanced bylaw enforcement,” Curtis said. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Minimal increase proposed for Whitehorse property taxes

Budget would see 0.34 per cent tax increase

Mayor Dan Curtis speaks during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on March 9, 2020. Whitehorse property owners can expect their 2021 property tax bills to rise by less than a per cent if the operating budget for the year is adopted as proposed. “A minimal tax increase allows the city to maintain its many existing services and programs, while also supporting important initiatives such as climate change mitigation and enhanced bylaw enforcement,” Curtis said. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
As it gets set to turn over ownership of its supportive housing building downtown to Yukon Housing, Options For Independence will not be required to pay back more than $65,000 in City of Whitehorse grants it was provided towards property taxes, decided city councillors on Jan. 11. (John Hopkins-HIll/Yukon News file)

Exemption granted for building transfer

Options For Independence won’t be required to pay back city grants

As it gets set to turn over ownership of its supportive housing building downtown to Yukon Housing, Options For Independence will not be required to pay back more than $65,000 in City of Whitehorse grants it was provided towards property taxes, decided city councillors on Jan. 11. (John Hopkins-HIll/Yukon News file)
Two Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation councillors, Esau Schafer and Katriel Villacorta, have resigned, triggering a byelection. (Yukon News file)

UPDATE: VGFN announces byelection date

Two Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation councillors have resigned, triggering a byelection. In…

Two Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation councillors, Esau Schafer and Katriel Villacorta, have resigned, triggering a byelection. (Yukon News file)
Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Signage near the newly opened Dawson City ice bridge. (Sandy Silver/Facebook)

Dawson City ice bridge opens

The Dawson ice bridge has opened. In a Jan. 6 social media…

Signage near the newly opened Dawson City ice bridge. (Sandy Silver/Facebook)
A city bus heads up Lazulite Drive in Whitehorse on Oct. 1, 2020. A new Whitehorse transit schedule is anticipated to come into effect this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Work on transit changes continues

Public input being reviewed

A city bus heads up Lazulite Drive in Whitehorse on Oct. 1, 2020. A new Whitehorse transit schedule is anticipated to come into effect this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The office space at 151 Industrial Road in Marwell where Whitehorse city council is considering a lease. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Council contemplates conditional use

Proposed office space needs conditional use approval

The office space at 151 Industrial Road in Marwell where Whitehorse city council is considering a lease. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
Yukon Housing is set to take over ownership of Options For Independence’s supportive housing residence on Fourth Avenue with the non-profit organization continuing to operate the facility. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Options For Independence seeks exemption on grant repayment

Organization could have to pay back $65,672 if exemption not approved

Yukon Housing is set to take over ownership of Options For Independence’s supportive housing residence on Fourth Avenue with the non-profit organization continuing to operate the facility. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sep. 17, 2020. A bear that Yukon conservation officers were tracking in the Kathleen Lake area was euthanized on Dec. 31. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Kathleen Lake bear euthanized

A bear that Yukon conservation officers were tracking in the Kathleen Lake…

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sep. 17, 2020. A bear that Yukon conservation officers were tracking in the Kathleen Lake area was euthanized on Dec. 31. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Dawson Mayor Wayne Potoroka admits there have been some minor issues in the two months since the town has taken over waste collection, but says overall the transition has been fairly successful. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News file)
Dawson Mayor Wayne Potoroka admits there have been some minor issues in the two months since the town has taken over waste collection, but says overall the transition has been fairly successful. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News file)
Norman Barichello was awarded the 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award by the Yukon Conservation Society. (Submitted)

Norman Barichello receives 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award

Conservation has been the focus of Barichello’s career since the 1970s

Norman Barichello was awarded the 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award by the Yukon Conservation Society. (Submitted)
The Yukon government is recognizing Amy Handrahan of Teslin with the territory’s Community Recreation Leadership Award for 2020. (Submitted)

Yukoner recognized for efforts in recreation

The Yukon government is recognizing Amy Handrahan of Teslin for her efforts…

The Yukon government is recognizing Amy Handrahan of Teslin with the territory’s Community Recreation Leadership Award for 2020. (Submitted)
With the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy now approved and set to come into effect in the new year, a series of tutorials are being offered by the Procurement Support Centre through January and February about the new measures coming into effect. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Tutorials to focus on Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy

With the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy now approved and set to…

With the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy now approved and set to come into effect in the new year, a series of tutorials are being offered by the Procurement Support Centre through January and February about the new measures coming into effect. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
On Dec. 21, Maxwell Harvey, the chief electoral officer for the Yukon, submitted a 16-page report in the legislature providing an update on election readiness in the territory. (Yukon News file)

Elections Yukon preps for territorial vote

Election must be called by Nov. 18, 2021

On Dec. 21, Maxwell Harvey, the chief electoral officer for the Yukon, submitted a 16-page report in the legislature providing an update on election readiness in the territory. (Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver, Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost and Community Services Minister John Streicker are seen welcoming the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine in Whitehorse on Dec. 28. (Submitted)

Moderna vaccine arrives in the Yukon

First doses to be administered in early January

Premier Sandy Silver, Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost and Community Services Minister John Streicker are seen welcoming the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine in Whitehorse on Dec. 28. (Submitted)
The Canada Games Centre will be operating on reduced hours from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, with full closures Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

City outlines holiday hours

The holidays are here and that means a number of changes to…

The Canada Games Centre will be operating on reduced hours from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, with full closures Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A boat crosses Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park and Reserve near Haines Junction on Sept. 6. Yukoners are being advised to avoid the Kathleen Lake area as conservation officers are tracking a grizzly bear in the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukoners warned of bear near Kathleen Lake

Yukoners are being advised to avoid the Kathleen Lake area as conservation…

A boat crosses Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park and Reserve near Haines Junction on Sept. 6. Yukoners are being advised to avoid the Kathleen Lake area as conservation officers are tracking a grizzly bear in the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Kate Mechan speaks during a conference in Whitehorse on June 26, 2018. Mechan, executive director of Safe at Home, said it’s her hope the program will see more vulnerable people in the community housed than previously. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

100 Homes project launches

Will work with landlords, potential tenants

Kate Mechan speaks during a conference in Whitehorse on June 26, 2018. Mechan, executive director of Safe at Home, said it’s her hope the program will see more vulnerable people in the community housed than previously. (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. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon ‘well-prepared’ for vaccine arrival, says premier

Moderna vaccine approved by Health Canada

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 file)