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Whitehorse courthouse interior on April 6, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

CYFN launches pilot program for community impact statements

First Nations will receive support developing statements after major crimes

Whitehorse courthouse interior on April 6, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
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Ross and Cindy Smith are finding more reason to smile as the floodwaters that almost reached their farm house were beginning to recede on June 8.

Farms on South Klondike Highway experience severe flooding

The nearest body of water is a lake almost three kilometres away

Jim Elliot/Yukon News
Ross and Cindy Smith are finding more reason to smile as the floodwaters that almost reached their farm house were beginning to recede on June 8.
Haley Ritchie/Yukon News
Mike Blumenschein leads a tour of the damage to the Echo Mountain Ranch farm in the Takhini Valley on May 28. The Yukon Agricultural Association organized the tour for politicians and media to see firsthand the damage.

Farmers say elk still causing damage in Takhini Valley

“We put our heart and soul into it and my worry is that we can’t sustain this over and over.”

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Mike Blumenschein leads a tour of the damage to the Echo Mountain Ranch farm in the Takhini Valley on May 28. The Yukon Agricultural Association organized the tour for politicians and media to see firsthand the damage.
Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's chief medical officer of health, speaks to media at a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 30, 2020. Hanley announced on April 8 Yukon's first COVID-19 case to be found in a Yukon community.
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Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's chief medical officer of health, speaks to media at a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 30, 2020. Hanley announced on April 8 Yukon's first COVID-19 case to be found in a Yukon community.
The RCMP Critical Incident Program will be training in Watson Lake from June 14-16. Mike Thomas/Yukon News

RCMP will conduct three days of training in Watson Lake

Lakeview Apartment in Watson Lake will be used for RCMP training

The RCMP Critical Incident Program will be training in Watson Lake from June 14-16. Mike Thomas/Yukon News
Mike Thomas/Yukon News Dawson City RCMP have arrested Rodney Bailey on several charges.
Mike Thomas/Yukon News Dawson City RCMP have arrested Rodney Bailey on several charges.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced one new case and one confirmed case on June 9. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced one new case and one confirmed case on June 9. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon has 20 invasive plant species including the creeping thistle. (Photo by Andrea Altherr)

Be aware of invasive species, Yukoners told

The Yukon Invasive Species Council continues to work to inform Yukoners about the territories invasive, plant, animal and aquatic species

The Yukon has 20 invasive plant species including the creeping thistle. (Photo by Andrea Altherr)
Closing ceremonies from the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, which marked the first time the Games were held in the North. Whitehorse and the Yukon government are considering a bid to host the Games once again in 2027. (Submitted/Sport Yukon)

Whitehorse council contemplates 2027 Canada Winter Games

City and territory would co-host national event

Closing ceremonies from the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, which marked the first time the Games were held in the North. Whitehorse and the Yukon government are considering a bid to host the Games once again in 2027. (Submitted/Sport Yukon)
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The Yukon Supreme Court reviewed an Employment Standards Board decision on longer shifts for mine workers.

Yukon court rules on long shifts for self-isolating mine workers

The territory’s Director of Employment Standards initially rejected a proposed averaging agreement.

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The Yukon Supreme Court reviewed an Employment Standards Board decision on longer shifts for mine workers.
Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee photographed at a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on June 9, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography)

Rural mental wellness audit finds staffing shortages at new hubs

The report found improvements had been made but challenges remain

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee photographed at a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on June 9, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Melissa Murray announced her plans to run for Whitehorse city council on June 6. (Submitted/Archbould Photography)

Council candidate steps forward

Mellisa Murray plans to run in Oct. 21 election

Melissa Murray announced her plans to run for Whitehorse city council on June 6. (Submitted/Archbould Photography)
The City of Whitehorse’s Mayday Tree is reaching the end of its life and will be brought down when the new city hall/services building is constructed. Clippings are being taken from the tree for later planting. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Days are numbered for Whitehorse Mayday tree

Beloved tree is nearing the end of its life, will be brought down as part of city hall work

The City of Whitehorse’s Mayday Tree is reaching the end of its life and will be brought down when the new city hall/services building is constructed. Clippings are being taken from the tree for later planting. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography file)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography file)
Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced three new cases of COVID-19 on June 8. (Yukon News file)

Three new COVID-19 cases in Whitehorse

All are isolating and contact tracing is underway

Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced three new cases of COVID-19 on June 8. (Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon government commits to financing examination of residential school sites

“We’re going to let the communities give us direction.”

Premier Sandy Silver and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse first responders helped a group of paddlers on Chadburn Lake after their canoe flipped on June 1. Mike Thomas/Yukon News

First responders bring stranded paddlers to shore

First responders located a group of paddlers after their canoe flipped

Whitehorse first responders helped a group of paddlers on Chadburn Lake after their canoe flipped on June 1. Mike Thomas/Yukon News
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The law court building in Whitehorse.
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The law court building in Whitehorse.
Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced three probable COVID-19 cases at the Eagle Gold Mine site on June 6. (Yukon News file)

Three COVID-19 cases, outbreak declared at Victoria Gold mine site

Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced three probable COVID-19 cases at the Eagle Gold Mine site on June 6. (Yukon News file)
A paddle boarder drafts behind the Paddlers Abreast voyageur canoe while crossing Lake Laberge on Jun. 26, 2019. On June 2 Paddlers Abreast celebrated its 20th anniversary. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

‘You can’t deny the river’: Paddlers Abreast celebrates its 20th anniversary

Paddlers Abreast, the well-known voyageur canoe in the Yukon Quest, celebrates its 20th anniversary

A paddle boarder drafts behind the Paddlers Abreast voyageur canoe while crossing Lake Laberge on Jun. 26, 2019. On June 2 Paddlers Abreast celebrated its 20th anniversary. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)