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Yukon mineral exploration industry enjoys banner year

Mineral exploration spending in the Yukon is expected to top $300 million for 2011, making it the busiest year on record. That's nearly twice the previous high of $157 million in 2010.

The end of the rainbow

He offered local artists the best commissions in town. But Dick Clements still couldn’t get enough locally crafted works to sustain his…

First Air grounds Whitehorse flight

First Air has cut service from Yellowknife to Whitehorse. The northern airline will discontinue its thrice-weekly flight beginning March 27th.

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Carcross is about to become even more attractive

The Caribou Hotel is the grand old lady of Carcross and the oldest operating hotel in the Yukon. The original was built during the Klondike Gold…

The Village Bakery rises again

Dave Thompson was "ski-bumming" in Rossland, B.C., this March, like he's done for the past several winters, when he got a phone call beckoning him back to Haines Junction.

Yukon hitches a ride on the great rare earth element race

The Yukon could one day crack China's iron grip on the strategically important market for rare earth elements. Don't care? You ignore rare earths at your peril.

Umbellula: ‘Good energy’ for office dwellers

Nestled within northern downtown, at the farthest reaches of the trolley line, lies a mystical multi-syllabic place known as Umbellula.

Greenery rises from the rot

Landfill manager Dan Jordan likens composting to baking a cake. It's a strange analogy when you consider what's cooking away at the city's landfill is far from edible.

Logbooks reveal hidden history of Yukon weather

The Yukon Research Centre has digitized 50 years of historical weather data and put it online for everyone to see. Somewhere in the Yukon Archives labyrinth sat logbooks from the White Pass and Yukon Route from 1902-1957.

If you build it, they will come

The Carcross Tagish First Nation has big plans for its little community. Justin Ferbey, CEO of the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation, the First Nation's economic development branch, likens the plan to the famous Field of Dreams mantra.

Brews cruise: Winterlong Brewing Co. set to open Yukon’s first tasting room

Yukoners will soon be able to drink pints of beer at a local brewery. Winterlong Brewing Co. is set to open the territory’s first ever tasting room.

First salmon return to Fox Creek

On August 29 at around 11 a.m., Coralee Johns spotted two spawning chinook salmon in Fox Creek. It was the moment she had been waiting for, a culmination of seven years of work.

New butcher on the block

There's a new butcher shop in town, and it's off the hook. Off The Hook Meat Works processes domestic and wild game, and provides a variety of deli meats to retail and commercial customers.

Dawson to make room for miners

Dawson is tweaking its rules so miners who want to cash in on the boom have a place to stay. "It's put in place as a kind of band-aid solution to Dawson's housing shortage," said community development officer Micah Olesh of possible amendments to municipal bylaws.

NorthwesTel scales back planned upgrades

NorthwesTel has received some bad news from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission. Late last week the telecom regulator scuttled a $3.4 billion deal for Bell Canada.

Eldorado rises from the ashes

DAWSON CITY Get close enough and one call still smell smoke soaked into the beams that supported the roof of Dawson City’s Eldorado Hotel…

Thirty six hours in the Peel

Karen Baltgailis' vision of the Peel was fading. Actually fading. So we had to cut our trip short. The 54-year-old conservationist was at Bonnet Plume Lake in the Peel Watershed...

Whitehorse housing market cools off

With house prices in the territory falling slightly, the president of the Yukon Real Estate Association says that buyers and sellers should get used to this "new normal.""It's a rebalancing of the market," said Val Smith.

Research that stinks: using bacteria to clean up old mines

As Guillaume Nielsen peels back the plastic seal on a glass jar, a powerful stench wafts free. It smells like a combination of rotten eggs and a mouldy coffee cup that's been left unwashed for far too long. “It’s good,” Nielsen says, laughing. “When it smells bad, it means the bacteria is working.”

Cantung mine to reopen

North American Tungsten Corporation plans to re-open its Cantung mine by October.