Tristin Hopper

Lost offroaders light forest fire

After getting his SUV stuck, a lost offroader decided to light a forest fire to signal rescuers. The cellphone call to police was more effective. On Wednesday night, two men and a woman got stuck while offroading in an SUV west of the Lobird subdivision.

‘Everybody’ searches for Chicago couple’s stolen dog

When Mark and Lisa Campillo woke up Thursday morning at the 202 Motor Inn, they were only days away from capping off an exhausting moving trip from Chicago to Anchorage.

Get Out!

Packed with good music and named after a temperature-related ailment; Sunstroke carries all the features of a respectable Whitehorse music festival. The Pack A.D. bring a refreshing wave of garage rock, almost like the rebellious love child of the White Stripes and the Black Keys.

Safety scoffers to pay dearly

Yukoners should soon be hurting themselves less thanks to a new round of workplace safety fines. Starting July 1, Yukon workers caught without proper workplace-safety equipment will be instantly slapped with a $50 fine.

Search continues for missing plane

Search-and-rescue planes buzzed Alaska and the Yukon over the weekend in search of a missing Whitehorse-bound single-engine plane. California pilot Gary Petigler, 68, and wife Ingrid, 66, lifted off in a red-and-white Beech V-35 from Wolf Lake, Alaska, around 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Yukon Queen assessment to start in fall

More than 16,000 salmon fry are killed annually by the Yukon Queen II, according to a 2006 report commissioned by Holland America. By the end of September, another Holland America-commissioned report will show how many were killed this year.


Cyclists with borders Due to Canada's border-hugging population distribution, it's hard to travel very far without entering US territory. Undefended borders are a good thing, after all, and what better way to celebrate than with a bike relay across international frontiers.

Klondike Sun turns 20

The newspaper business was long dead in 1989's Dawson City. Ninety years earlier, when the first prospectors made their way to the Klondike gold fields, newspapermen hadn't been far behind.

Yukon Brewing holds its own among Old World beer

Arriving in the UK armed only with a recipe for Lead Dog Ale, Yukon Brewing's head brewer Alan Hansen won the hearts and minds of the beer-savvy nation in just a couple of weeks.

Grandfathers of the Yukon stage

Dressed in matching suits and packed into a yacht-sized Oldsmobile, the rock 'n' roll-playing Canucks dominated the West Coast touring circuit of the 1950s.

Yukon schools to adopt ‘glitchy’ student tracking system

Schools in BC are starting to ditch a much-despised student-tracking system. The Yukon is spending $625,000 to adopt it.

YESAB waiting on Holland America

Waiting on a submission from Holland America, an environmental assessment of the Yukon Queen II remains stalled. Meanwhile, the Yukon Queen II continues to run unregulated along the Yukon River.

Get Out!

The Alsek Music Festival is on hiatus, but the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival has gallantly raised the torch of high-quality live music.

Bomber was unlawfully seized: marine lawyer

An Alberta family didn't have an historical-resources permit when they salvaged a Second World War bomber out of Watson Lake. But it doesn't matter because, technically, the bomber isn't an historic resource.

Backhoe severs information superhighway

One wrong scoop from a backhoe, and thousands of Yukon phone and internet customers were left frustrated on Wednesday afternoon. For five and a half hours, cellphone service across the Yukon was virtually wiped out.

Former Yukon premier drafts Nunavut report card

A decade old, and saddled with many of the same problems it faced at its inception, the young territory of Nunavut is getting a physical by former Yukon premier Piers McDonald.

Hip enough for a North American, but made for an Asian

All too often, the "Made-in-China" label has been unduly saddled with visions of cheap, plastic schlock. As the world's manufacturing mecca, China has become the go-to place for anybody wanting to crank out millions of Hot Wheels, imitation Barbie dolls or dollar store kitsch.


Adam Sol needed a "louder" voice for his next book of poetry -- a voice that could "blow the roof off the joint.

Campfire ban begins

After extinguishing 10 human-caused forest fires in four weeks, fire officials have banned all open fires across the Yukon. Two thirds of 2009's forest fires have been started by human negligence.


Yukoners have gawked at swans, rubbernecked at geese and goggled at ducks, but the sky continues to reveal its chirping secrets. Migrating birds continue to make a beeline for the Arctic Circle, sprinkling colour and mystery into Yukon forests and landscapes along the way.