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Despite a number of politicians across the country being busted for holiday trips to exotic locations during a pandemic, Yukon political parties said their members stayed close to home. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon MLAs follow public health advice

Despite a number of politicians across the country being busted for holiday…

Despite a number of politicians across the country being busted for holiday trips to exotic locations during a pandemic, Yukon political parties said their members stayed close to home. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Andrew McKenzie tests his strength by seeing how far he can toss a log during Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse on Feb. 22, 2020. The 2021 will still happen despite COVID-19, but look a little different as it adapts gathering restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Rendezvous planned for 2021 with some COVID-19 changes

“This year it’s not just the cabin fever, but the COVID fever”

Andrew McKenzie tests his strength by seeing how far he can toss a log during Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse on Feb. 22, 2020. The 2021 will still happen despite COVID-19, but look a little different as it adapts gathering restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Housing is set to take over ownership of Options For Independence’s supportive housing residence on Fourth Avenue with the non-profit organization continuing to operate the facility. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Options For Independence seeks exemption on grant repayment

Organization could have to pay back $65,672 if exemption not approved

Yukon Housing is set to take over ownership of Options For Independence’s supportive housing residence on Fourth Avenue with the non-profit organization continuing to operate the facility. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
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Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sep. 17, 2020. A bear that Yukon conservation officers were tracking in the Kathleen Lake area was euthanized on Dec. 31. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Kathleen Lake bear euthanized

A bear that Yukon conservation officers were tracking in the Kathleen Lake…

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sep. 17, 2020. A bear that Yukon conservation officers were tracking in the Kathleen Lake area was euthanized on Dec. 31. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Dawson Mayor Wayne Potoroka admits there have been some minor issues in the two months since the town has taken over waste collection, but says overall the transition has been fairly successful. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News file)
Dawson Mayor Wayne Potoroka admits there have been some minor issues in the two months since the town has taken over waste collection, but says overall the transition has been fairly successful. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News file)
A worker sifts through rock samples at a minesite in 2013. A draft mineral development strategy for the Yukon that includes 79 recommendations was released for public review on Dec. 28. (Jesse Winter/Yukon News file)

Yukon’s draft mineral strategy open to public feedback

The ambitious report outlines 79 recommendations for a sustainable resource extraction industry

A worker sifts through rock samples at a minesite in 2013. A draft mineral development strategy for the Yukon that includes 79 recommendations was released for public review on Dec. 28. (Jesse Winter/Yukon News file)
Agnes Mills is one of the first to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility on Jan. 4. Staff and residents of the facility were the first Yukoners to be vaccinated. (Mark Kelly Photography/Government of Yukon)

COVID-19 vaccinations begin

Five new cases have been announced since the new year began

Agnes Mills is one of the first to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility on Jan. 4. Staff and residents of the facility were the first Yukoners to be vaccinated. (Mark Kelly Photography/Government of Yukon)
Norman Barichello was awarded the 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award by the Yukon Conservation Society. (Submitted)

Norman Barichello receives 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award

Conservation has been the focus of Barichello’s career since the 1970s

Norman Barichello was awarded the 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award by the Yukon Conservation Society. (Submitted)
The Yukon government is recognizing Amy Handrahan of Teslin with the territory’s Community Recreation Leadership Award for 2020. (Submitted)

Yukoner recognized for efforts in recreation

The Yukon government is recognizing Amy Handrahan of Teslin for her efforts…

The Yukon government is recognizing Amy Handrahan of Teslin with the territory’s Community Recreation Leadership Award for 2020. (Submitted)
Commissioner Angélique Bernard, centre, shakes hands with a visitor during a speaking engagement in Whitehorse in 2019. The Commissioner’s office launched several prizes and programs in 2020 geared toward enhancing civic pride. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Commissioner’s office celebrated Yukoners in 2020

Comissioner Angélique Bernard introduced several prizes and projects this year

Commissioner Angélique Bernard, centre, shakes hands with a visitor during a speaking engagement in Whitehorse in 2019. The Commissioner’s office launched several prizes and programs in 2020 geared toward enhancing civic pride. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A Main Street business shows its new hours cut back due to COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 31. At least 200 Yukon businesses received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy this year, according to an online database recently launched by the Canada Revenue Agency. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

200 Yukon businesses accessed federal funds, database shows

Nearly 30 per cent of subsidized businesses in the tourism industry

A Main Street business shows its new hours cut back due to COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 31. At least 200 Yukon businesses received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy this year, according to an online database recently launched by the Canada Revenue Agency. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Two individuals have been arrested after allegedly taking over another person’s private residence with a hatchet on Dec. 22. (Black Press file)

Two arrested after taking over a private residence with a hatchet

Rodney Bailey, 47, and Lateesha Wolki, 32, face several charges

Two individuals have been arrested after allegedly taking over another person’s private residence with a hatchet on Dec. 22. (Black Press file)
Birders Jenny Trapnell and Jim Hawkings participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count downtown on Dec. 26. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Bird numbers steady and human numbers up during COVID-19 Christmas Bird Count

Organizers speculated that people had less to do this year on Boxing Day, leading to more interest

Birders Jenny Trapnell and Jim Hawkings participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count downtown on Dec. 26. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
With the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy now approved and set to come into effect in the new year, a series of tutorials are being offered by the Procurement Support Centre through January and February about the new measures coming into effect. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Tutorials to focus on Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy

With the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy now approved and set to…

With the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy now approved and set to come into effect in the new year, a series of tutorials are being offered by the Procurement Support Centre through January and February about the new measures coming into effect. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
On Dec. 21, Maxwell Harvey, the chief electoral officer for the Yukon, submitted a 16-page report in the legislature providing an update on election readiness in the territory. (Yukon News file)

Elections Yukon preps for territorial vote

Election must be called by Nov. 18, 2021

On Dec. 21, Maxwell Harvey, the chief electoral officer for the Yukon, submitted a 16-page report in the legislature providing an update on election readiness in the territory. (Yukon News file)

Yukon coroner confirms double fatality near Marsh Lake

Cause of death suspected to be carbon monoxide poisoning

Premier Sandy Silver, Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost and Community Services Minister John Streicker are seen welcoming the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine in Whitehorse on Dec. 28. (Submitted)

Moderna vaccine arrives in the Yukon

First doses to be administered in early January

Premier Sandy Silver, Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost and Community Services Minister John Streicker are seen welcoming the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine in Whitehorse on Dec. 28. (Submitted)
The Dawson City Music Festival in 2010. The Dawson City Music Festival Association received $73,195 to build a community recording studio from the Yukon government’s Community Development Fund. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)

Community Development Fund recipients announced

Fifteen community projects have received $487,846 from the Yukon government’s Community Development…

The Dawson City Music Festival in 2010. The Dawson City Music Festival Association received $73,195 to build a community recording studio from the Yukon government’s Community Development Fund. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
The Yukon legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. This year, the longest Yukon legislature sitting in 25 years concluded on Dec. 22. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Marathon fall legislature sitting ends

The extended sitting was dominated by COVID-19 and partisan sniping

The Yukon legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. This year, the longest Yukon legislature sitting in 25 years concluded on Dec. 22. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lines of caribou stream out of the mountains near the Yukon and Northwest Territory border. The caribou took four days to pass the border in a seemingly endless procession. The herd is one of the few barren ground caribou herds with a healthy population. In 2017, the latest population estimate for the Porcupine caribou herd was 218,000. (Peter Mather/Yukon News)

In pictures: The Porcupine caribou

The Porcupine caribou herd might be the most famous in the North

  • Dec 24, 2020
Lines of caribou stream out of the mountains near the Yukon and Northwest Territory border. The caribou took four days to pass the border in a seemingly endless procession. The herd is one of the few barren ground caribou herds with a healthy population. In 2017, the latest population estimate for the Porcupine caribou herd was 218,000. (Peter Mather/Yukon News)