Business

Rawhides: Robert Campbell and the Yukon’s first cattle drive

The first cattle drive into the Yukon was to have been a small one: two heifers and a young bull, brought from Fort Simpson on the MacKenzie River to Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River in 1852.

Faro couple conjure creations from things they find in the woods — even fungus and dung

Lucy Moreira and Rick Charlebois run Lone Wolf Creations, a small Faro home-based business where pieces come together with time, patience, fungus and occasionally a little bit of dung.

Sky high club: Yukon’s new flight school spreads its wings

When the 2008 financial crisis hit, Steve Kinoshita was working in Tokyo. All he needed was the right opportunity. That happened last year when his wife saw an article about Alkan Air’s flight school.

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Canadian anthropologist to tell Yukoners about discovery of new human ancestor

In November 2013, Marina Elliott squeezed through an 18-centimetre-wide vertical passage into an underground chamber in South Africa and began to excavate the bones of what turned out to be a new species of hominid

For the love of peat: Miners and conservationists study best ways to restore wetlands

You might not think much of bogs. They’re wet and buggy, sure, and they don’t always smell very nice.

Learning the tools of the trades

Cassandra Galbraith discovered her interest in the trades after a comment from a boy she used to date.

Mapping the hazards of climate change

It’s no secret that many Yukon homes are built on permafrost. And it’s not news that as the climate warms, pockets of permafrost are starting to thaw, causing roads and foundations to settle unevenly.

Deep freeze: Yukon’s newest ice cream magnates set up shop in Whitehorse

Behind the counter, Cheryl Wilcox has a large tub of rainbow-coloured plastic spoons and she’s not afraid to use them.

Guild launches its season with Myth of the Ostrich

Brian Fidler and Clare Preuss exude a remarkable amount of calm considering what they’re planning to do less than a week from now.

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.

Sweet tarts: Haskap berry farmers hoping to cash in on Japanese demand

At first blush, the Yukon doesn’t seem like a great place to grow fruit. North of 60, the growing season is too short and the temperatures too cold to allow for the kind of harvests that come out of southern Ontario or the Okanagan Valley.

Operation Nanook prepares soldiers, responders for the worst

A Canadian Forces soldier is almost done drilling through a concrete slab the size of a small window, his only way into a building that has collapsed.

Beer, molasses offer hope for sweet solution to mine contamination

To decontaminate water flowing out of old Yukon mines, all you need is beer. Or molasses. Or anything carbon-based, really: wood chips, peat or straw.

Yukon inspired snowboards, coming to a hill near you

You can smell it in the air. Winter is coming. And for those who love to hurl themselves down frozen mountains, it can’t come soon enough.

Researchers use Indigenous bird names to track changes in species and languages

For the past year, Jared Gonet has compiled names of Yukon birds in Yukon and Alaskan First Nation languages.

Calling all would be code warriors

To the uninitiated eye, the code behind a website looks complex, ugly and boring, made up of line after line of random words, numbers, colons, brackets and symbols.

Dawson City’s new hostel is The Cat’s Pyjamas

Dawson City has always seen a wide variety of summer visitors, from well-heeled RV drivers to young hitchhikers travelling on a shoestring budget.

A Whitehorse institution changes hands as longtime owners plot their next steps

After 47 years, one of Whitehorse’s best-known family businesses is getting new owners.

A breath of fresh air for Whitehorse’s hair scene

Tony Ciprani sits in a black leather salon chair, in front of his younger, bespectacled, cartoon likeness on the storefront window. “That’s when I used to have hair,” he says.

The curious case of the vanishing river

One of Lance Goodwin’s pilots noticed something strange as he flew over the Slims River a few weeks ago.