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A passenger boards a bus at the Second Avenue and Steele Street stop near Whitehorse City Hall on June 9. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
A passenger boards a bus at the Second Avenue and Steele Street stop near Whitehorse City Hall on June 9. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
The sentencing hearing for Charabelle Silverfox, convicted of killing Derek Edwards in 2017, and Lynzee Silverfox, convicted of interfering with Edwards’ body, was held in Pelly Crossing on June 20, 2022. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News Files)

Judge gives life sentence in 2017 Pelly Crossing murder

Charabelle Silverfox uneligible for parole for 10 years. Her sister Lynzee will be out in 24 days.

The sentencing hearing for Charabelle Silverfox, convicted of killing Derek Edwards in 2017, and Lynzee Silverfox, convicted of interfering with Edwards’ body, was held in Pelly Crossing on June 20, 2022. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News Files)
The boat that the missing men, Evan Russell and Mitchell Fichten might be using. (RCMP Image)

Men who planned to spend winter in Yukon wilderness now considered missing

Evan Russell and Mitchell Fichten, both 28, haven’t been seen or heard from since October.

The boat that the missing men, Evan Russell and Mitchell Fichten might be using. (RCMP Image)
On June 22, Yukon Wildland Fire Management fire information officer Mike Fancie said crews are working to contain an out-of-control fire burning near Pelly Crossing. This photo was posted to social media on June 21. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)

‘Top-of-mind’ fire burning in Yukon’s Pelly area visible from highway, community

Fire information officer Mike Fancie says proximity to road and residents is concerning

On June 22, Yukon Wildland Fire Management fire information officer Mike Fancie said crews are working to contain an out-of-control fire burning near Pelly Crossing. This photo was posted to social media on June 21. (Yukon Protective Services/Facebook)
Yukon Breeze’ site at Schwatka Lake. (Courtesy Yukon Breeze)

Yukon Breeze C-can plan turned down

Council votes 4-3 not to allow storage, fencing plan

Yukon Breeze’ site at Schwatka Lake. (Courtesy Yukon Breeze)
Chief Dylan Loblaw of the Ross River Dena Council says Canada and Yukon governments show blatant disregard by concluding assessment process on contentious mine on unceded territory. (Submitted)

Kudz Ze Kayah approval is a ‘blatant disregard’ of First Nations rights: Ross River Dena Chief

Ross River Dena Council’s “comprehensive 48-page submission” is called “a letter” in decision document for major mine

Chief Dylan Loblaw of the Ross River Dena Council says Canada and Yukon governments show blatant disregard by concluding assessment process on contentious mine on unceded territory. (Submitted)
This map shows the area in Copper Ridge the Kwanlin Dün First Nation plan to develop for residential lots. (City of Whitehorse/Screen shot)

KDFN development could bring close to 100 lots online

Residential development considered for Copper Ridge

This map shows the area in Copper Ridge the Kwanlin Dün First Nation plan to develop for residential lots. (City of Whitehorse/Screen shot)
Joseph Thomas Chief was reported missing to the Dease Lake, British Columbia RCMP on June 15. He may have been travelling to the Yukon and was last seen less than 100 KM south of the border. (RCMP Photo)

RCMP seek help locating missing man from northern B.C.

Joseph Thomas Chief may have been on his way to the Yukon when he was last seen June 14.

Joseph Thomas Chief was reported missing to the Dease Lake, British Columbia RCMP on June 15. He may have been travelling to the Yukon and was last seen less than 100 KM south of the border. (RCMP Photo)
Surging water levels in Carmacks and Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation are threatening to shut down the local wastewater treatment plant. The Yukon River is seen along the River Drive boardwalk on June 18, 2022. (John Tonin/Submitted)

‘On the verge of shutting down’: Potential Carmacks wastewater plant closure could force evacuation order

Carmacks mayor Lee Bodie says evacuation alert could be upped to an order if system does not hold up

Surging water levels in Carmacks and Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation are threatening to shut down the local wastewater treatment plant. The Yukon River is seen along the River Drive boardwalk on June 18, 2022. (John Tonin/Submitted)
A barrier is set up along the racing Yukon River in Carmacks to prevent flood waters on June 18, 2022. (John Tonin/Submitted)

UPDATE: Flood evacuation alerts affecting 2 Yukon communities; 1 alert rescinded

Carmacks and Teslin are under alerts; Ross River alert rescinded June 20

A barrier is set up along the racing Yukon River in Carmacks to prevent flood waters on June 18, 2022. (John Tonin/Submitted)
Premier Sandy Silver and his Cabinet, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston and the Yukon First Nations Chiefs met in Old Crow on June 16 for the Yukon Forum. (Council of Yukon First Nations/Facebook)

Old Crow hosts 21st Yukon Forum

Yukon First Nations and government representatives met June 16 in the northern community

Premier Sandy Silver and his Cabinet, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston and the Yukon First Nations Chiefs met in Old Crow on June 16 for the Yukon Forum. (Council of Yukon First Nations/Facebook)
Keitha Clark and Annie Avery perform at Arts in the Park in Whitehorse on June 7. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon government boosts musician funding

Emerging and established musicians can apply to new performing musicians fund

Keitha Clark and Annie Avery perform at Arts in the Park in Whitehorse on June 7. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Dr. Sudit Ranade has been appointed as the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)

Dr. Sudit Ranade is Yukon’s new chief medical officer

Dr. Sudit Ranade has been appointed chief medical officer of health

Dr. Sudit Ranade has been appointed as the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)
Robert Service Way opened today with new sheet pile wall constructed to stave off future road closures. The road has been closed for six weeks leaving only one access road into downtown Whitehorse. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Canadian institute report details Northern vulnerability to climate change

Decades of neglect coupled with climate change rates double that of southern Canada

Robert Service Way opened today with new sheet pile wall constructed to stave off future road closures. The road has been closed for six weeks leaving only one access road into downtown Whitehorse. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Boarding a Whitehorse Transit bus. (Yukon News file)
Boarding a Whitehorse Transit bus. (Yukon News file)
Candles are held by mourners at a vigil honouring Stallion Smarch and Faith Papineau on May 14, 2019. The driver in the crash that killed them was sentenced this week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Two-and-a-half year sentence for intoxicated driver in May 2019 crash that killed two

Court hears of damage done by crash, words of forgiveness from dead teen’s family.

Candles are held by mourners at a vigil honouring Stallion Smarch and Faith Papineau on May 14, 2019. The driver in the crash that killed them was sentenced this week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Group lodging has been set up at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse in anticipation of accepting people evacauted due to flooding elsewhere in the territory. (submitted)

Whitehorse’s Canada Games Centre prepared to lodge evacuees

Evacuees can preregister by calling 867-332-7367.

Group lodging has been set up at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse in anticipation of accepting people evacauted due to flooding elsewhere in the territory. (submitted)
Rendering of the White River First Nation’s new community centre which is under construction this summer. (Screenshot/Facebook)
Rendering of the White River First Nation’s new community centre which is under construction this summer. (Screenshot/Facebook)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its June…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
A rendering of the new headquarters for Northwestel set to be built on Kwanlin Dün First Nation settlement land on Quartz Road. (Courtesy Northwestel)

New headquarters planned for Northwestel

Three story structure will be built on KDFN land on Quartz Road

A rendering of the new headquarters for Northwestel set to be built on Kwanlin Dün First Nation settlement land on Quartz Road. (Courtesy Northwestel)