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Justice Karen Wenckebach, right, shakes hands with Chief Justice Suzanne Duncan after being officially sworn in to the Yukon Supreme Court judiciary on May 27. (Jim Elliot/ Yukon News)

Yukon Supreme Court officially welcomes newest justice

Karen Wenckebach has been hearing cases for more than a year. Swearing-in was dealyed by COVID-19.

Justice Karen Wenckebach, right, shakes hands with Chief Justice Suzanne Duncan after being officially sworn in to the Yukon Supreme Court judiciary on May 27. (Jim Elliot/ Yukon News)
The historic Downtown Hotel, seen on July 31, 2018, in Dawson City, is home to the infamous sourtoe cocktail. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Resurging Yukon tourism industry’s $1.95-million boost runs dry

Two levels of government pooled money to address increased tourism traffic; local industry association says there is no funding left

The historic Downtown Hotel, seen on July 31, 2018, in Dawson City, is home to the infamous sourtoe cocktail. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Fences close off much of the base of the escarpment downtown as it continues to see sloughing, slides, tension cracks and movement. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Fences close off much of the base of the escarpment downtown as it continues to see sloughing, slides, tension cracks and movement. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Higher flood risks are possible as the weather warms at several Yukon rivers, The Yukon emergency measures organization reports. (Yukon News file)

Three high water advisories in effect for Yukon

Emergency measures organization has issued advisories for Upper Liard, Carmacks and Ross River areas

Higher flood risks are possible as the weather warms at several Yukon rivers, The Yukon emergency measures organization reports. (Yukon News file)
Poster outside the Yukon legislature on May 25. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Poster outside the Yukon legislature on May 25. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Yukon Wildland Fire and Whitehorse Fire Department crews attended a report about several brush fires burning near Porter Creek Secondary School on June 2. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Whitehorse crews smother fire near school amid extreme fire danger warning

With Whitehorse’s fire danger rating set to extreme amid “hot and dry”…

Yukon Wildland Fire and Whitehorse Fire Department crews attended a report about several brush fires burning near Porter Creek Secondary School on June 2. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
The criminal trial looking into the shooting in front of a Whitehorse bar in 2019 is ongoing. (Yukon News file)

Witnesses take the stand in trial for 2019 shooting outside Whitehorse bar

Witnesses report seeing man with gun moments after shot fired

The criminal trial looking into the shooting in front of a Whitehorse bar in 2019 is ongoing. (Yukon News file)
Aan Yatx’i Saanni dancers perform at the launch of Carcross/Tagish First Nations’ safety and wellness initiative. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Aan Yatx’i Saanni dancers perform at the launch of Carcross/Tagish First Nations’ safety and wellness initiative. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Yukon and Canadian flags flap in the wind in Whitehorse on May 31. Premier Sandy Silver met virtually with his provincial and territorial counterparts for the Western Premiers’ Conference on May 26 and 27. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Western premiers flag Arctic security funding omission

Premier Sandy Silver said his counterparts agree feds need to put money into northern sovereignty

Yukon and Canadian flags flap in the wind in Whitehorse on May 31. Premier Sandy Silver met virtually with his provincial and territorial counterparts for the Western Premiers’ Conference on May 26 and 27. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The Darius Elias Community Centre in Old Crow opened May 22, as part of Caribou Days celebration 2022. (Western ArchRib/Screen shot)
The Darius Elias Community Centre in Old Crow opened May 22, as part of Caribou Days celebration 2022. (Western ArchRib/Screen shot)
Andy Lera (right) and his partner Pam Godin (left) pictured at Bennett Lake in July 2020 during their last camping trip before their experience with long COVID-19 set in. (Andy Lera/Submitted)

Yukon working group examines long-COVID

Yukoner Andy Lera believes he has been fighting long COVID-19 symptoms for nearly two years

Andy Lera (right) and his partner Pam Godin (left) pictured at Bennett Lake in July 2020 during their last camping trip before their experience with long COVID-19 set in. (Andy Lera/Submitted)
The trial of two men tied to a near-fatal shooting outside a downtown Whitehorse bar in late 2019 began May 30 2022. (Yukon News Files)

Trial for men tied to shooting outside downtown Whitehorse bar begins

Witnesses called include patrons and staff who were at the bar on the night of the shooting

The trial of two men tied to a near-fatal shooting outside a downtown Whitehorse bar in late 2019 began May 30 2022. (Yukon News Files)
Video gathered May 28 and shared on social media by the Yukon Geological Survey shows an escarpment slide in action above Cliffside Park. (Screenshot/Facebook)

Two more large slides prompt property evacuation orders in downtown Whitehorse

Each of the latest escarpment slides over the weekend were larger than the initial slide on April 30

Video gathered May 28 and shared on social media by the Yukon Geological Survey shows an escarpment slide in action above Cliffside Park. (Screenshot/Facebook)
A chicken looks in the barn at Honey Brook Farm in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., on April 18. The avian flu has made its way to the territory with the Yukon government advising poultry owners to protect their birds. (Lindsey Shuey/AP)

Avian flu reported in the Yukon

Public advised to report sightings of ill or dead birds

A chicken looks in the barn at Honey Brook Farm in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., on April 18. The avian flu has made its way to the territory with the Yukon government advising poultry owners to protect their birds. (Lindsey Shuey/AP)
Kristina Craig, executive director of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition. (Yukon News file)

Anti-poverty Coalition releases new Surviving the Yukon booklet

The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition has released its 2022 edition of “Surviving in…

Kristina Craig, executive director of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition. (Yukon News file)
Leftover 2021 election campaign materials from all three parties. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)

Electoral reform probe continues in Yukon communities

Yukon Legislative Assembly’s all-party special committee on voting system will be holding public hearings

Leftover 2021 election campaign materials from all three parties. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

Escarpment update A May 26 update from the city states that initial…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
Lori Fox’s book, This Has Always Been a War: The Radicalization of a Working Class Queer, was released May 3. (Mark Kelly)

Lori Fox’s book, This Has Always Been a War stirs class, race and gender struggles

Fox’s personal narrative pulls no punches, takes on the big systems of oppression in 2022

Lori Fox’s book, This Has Always Been a War: The Radicalization of a Working Class Queer, was released May 3. (Mark Kelly)
The City of Whitehorse is reporting more escarpment slides and advising residents to stay away from the area. (City of Whitehorse)

Residents advised to avoid escarpment

More slides along the escarpment in downtown Whitehorse have prompted the city…

The City of Whitehorse is reporting more escarpment slides and advising residents to stay away from the area. (City of Whitehorse)
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver (on screen), Council of Yukon First Nation Grand Chief Peter Johnston (right) and Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal (left) address media following the Yukon Intergovernmental Forum on May 24. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Leaders from feds, territory, Yukon First Nations converge at intergovernmental forum

Meeting brings together signatories of the Yukon First Nations final and self-government agreements

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver (on screen), Council of Yukon First Nation Grand Chief Peter Johnston (right) and Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal (left) address media following the Yukon Intergovernmental Forum on May 24. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)