Vivian Belik

Yukon Artists at Work find a home

The future home of the Yukon Artists at Work rings with the noise of drill bits and hammers. In a month, the space, located in the old Yamaha Motors building, will be completely transformed.

City considers district heating system

The city is reviving an idea to build a district heating system in Whitehorse. The idea was initially floated for the Whistle Bend subdivision but has since been shelved for the first two phases of development.

Whitehorse wharf project delayed once again

The Whitehorse waterfront project has been drydocked for another year. Construction of the wharf, expected to begin last year, won't happen until 2011 even though federal funding was secured back in 2006.

Lawyer removed from First Nation case

A Yukon lawyer has been removed from a case pitting the Liard First Nation and the Yukon government against the Kaska Dena Council because of a perceived conflict of interest.

Sundog shaves its director to save money

Monday, Andrew Finton announced he would sacrifice his job as director of Sundog Carving Studio to save the organization money.

Kayaking down the river of life

When you meet world-class adventurer Frank Bruno for the first time it's probably his stuffed koala bear and not his prosthetic leg you'll notice. The 45-year-old Frenchman has walked to the North Pole, hiked up Kilimanjaro and sailed across the Atlantic.

Federal building closed to public

Whitehorse's federal building is no longer accessible to the public, say two nonprofit workers who were thrown off the property last week. Last Wednesday, Linnea Rudachyk and Patricia Bacon mounted six posters on the front steps of the Elijah Smith Building.

Celebrating 10 years of Yukon women and music

Not too long ago, you would never hear a radio deejay play two female vocalists in a row. And until recently, all-women music festivals and concerts were rare. "A lot has changed for women in the last 10 years," said Yukon musician, Nicole Edwards.

Hot, dry weather sparks territory wide fire ban

Hot, dry weather sparks territory-wide fire ban Yukon wildland fire management has placed a territory-wide ban on all open fires this weekend.

Dawson short on docs

When it is struggling to keep a single doctor in town, Dawson City residents are wondering how the Yukon government will staff a hospital. Two weeks ago the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board held a public meeting.

Yukono lets everyone be a critic

The food at Sanchez Cantina is "excellent ... when it finally gets to your table." Riverside grocery is "tiny," but a "magic emporium" of specialty items. And the mechanics at John's Auto may drive to your house in the middle of winter to drop off a new battery for your car according to a reviewer on Yukono who experienced it firsthand.

Sundog carved down

The future of the Sundog Carving Studio is in question after territorial funding for the nonprofit organization was cut off this spring. In November, the organization was given a $145,000 grant from the territory to hire counsellors and carving instructors.

Dawson water board hearing delayed

Dawson water board hearing delayed Darrel Carey's application to the Yukon Water Board for a proposed placer mine in Dawson has been delayed. Carey needs his licence approved before he can build a placer mine on Dawson's Midnight Dome.

City moves its markers on claim staking

Whitehorse is pulling up stakes on its position regarding quartz mining within city limits. According to the most recent draft of the Official Community Plan, it "may" request a moratorium from the Yukon government on future mineral staking within the city.

Graham wades back into territorial politics

City councillor Doug Graham is setting his sights on territorial politics again. Graham, 60, is looking to represent Porter Creek North in the next territorial election, a riding currently held by Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon.

Giving new meaning to ‘mop of hair’

Split ends, fried curls and overgrown tresses have become a welcome sight at Kutters Hair Salon. The more hair on the cutting room floor the better. Kutters has been collecting hair to help the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sawmill fire claims $40,000 in wood

The Dimok Timber sawmill near Haines Junction lost thousands of dollars of lumber last week in a fire its owners are calling suspicious. At around 7 p.m. Thursday, Daniel Clunies-Ross got a phone call from one of the other owners that a fire had started in a corner of the timber lot.

Referenda on land planning issues no longer allowed

A motion to protect municipal referenda was voted down in the legislature last week. The NDP introduced the motion after a court decision in 2009 effectively barred citizens from holding referenda on issues arising from a municipality’s Official Community Plan.

Unemployment rate inexplicably high

Unemployment levels peaked at 10.9 per cent in the Yukon this April making the territory second only to Newfoundland and Labrador in terms of people looking for work.

Film crew will migrate to the Dempster Highway in June

Hollywood is coming north this summer. In June, 20th Century Fox films is travelling to the Yukon to shoot scenes for its blockbuster comedy, The Big Year. The movie, about a group of avid birdwatchers, stars Hollywood heavyweights Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin.