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Arts in the Park was one program to receive support from the Youth Investment Fund. In this file shot, the All-City Jazz Band plays at the first Arts in the Park concert on May 23, 2017.

Youth-focused community groups receive $68,000

Yukon youth will benefit from the Youth Investment Fund

Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
Arts in the Park was one program to receive support from the Youth Investment Fund. In this file shot, the All-City Jazz Band plays at the first Arts in the Park concert on May 23, 2017.
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)

Court date for couple who snuck into Yukon for vaccines delayed again

Ekaterina Baker and Rodney Baker will appear again on June 15

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Tables and chairs have once again returned to the concourse of the Canada Games Centre. Those visiting the CGC are asked to wipe down the tables after each use. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Canada Games Centre lifting restrictions

Some ‘self-imposed’ restrictions lifted as larger reopening plan considered

Tables and chairs have once again returned to the concourse of the Canada Games Centre. Those visiting the CGC are asked to wipe down the tables after each use. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Signage set up during a mobile vaccination clinic in Old Crow on Feb. 19. The Yukon government has recently released vaccine data for all Yukon communities. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Vaccine acceptance rates vary across the Yukon

Chief medical officer says vaccines for youth are on their way.

Signage set up during a mobile vaccination clinic in Old Crow on Feb. 19. The Yukon government has recently released vaccine data for all Yukon communities. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Allegations of sexual assault at F.H. Collins Secondary School, which were spread widely on social media, were investigated by the RCMP and no charges were laid. (File photo)

No charges after Whitehorse RCMP investigation into sexual assault allegations at high school

F.H. Collins Secondary and the Department of Education say they will offer supports to students

Allegations of sexual assault at F.H. Collins Secondary School, which were spread widely on social media, were investigated by the RCMP and no charges were laid. (File photo)
Piles of compostable material sit for one year before being processed. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)

City taking bulk orders for compost

Beginning May 18, residents can place bulk compost orders for city compost by calling 867-668-8350 ext. 4

Piles of compostable material sit for one year before being processed. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News 
Youth 12-17 in Whitehorse can receive their COVID-19 shots at the vaccine clinic. In the communities, clinics will be set up in schools.

Updated: Yukon’s youth vaccination clinics will open May 31

Vaccine clinics for youth 12-17 to be vaccinated with Pfizer have been scheduled to begin on May 31.

Crystal Schick/Yukon News 
Youth 12-17 in Whitehorse can receive their COVID-19 shots at the vaccine clinic. In the communities, clinics will be set up in schools.
More than 25,000 people have received the firsdt dose of the vaccine, according to the Yukon government. (Black Press file)

Yukon has now vaccinated 76 per cent of eligible adults

The territory has surpassed its goal of 75 per cent as a first step toward ‘herd immunity’

More than 25,000 people have received the firsdt dose of the vaccine, according to the Yukon government. (Black Press file)
Northwestel says it is investigating into the cause of the total communications blackout throughout the territory after a power failure in Whitehorse on Wednesday night.

Internet outage prompts criticism on Dempster fibre project delays

The Liberals responded that they have proceeded cautiously to avoid high costs.

Northwestel says it is investigating into the cause of the total communications blackout throughout the territory after a power failure in Whitehorse on Wednesday night.
A motorcycle with driver pulled over on the right side of the North Klondike Highway whose speed was locked in at 171 kilometres per hour. (Courtesy/Yukon RCMP)

Patrols of Yukon highways find poorly-secured loads, intoxicated drivers

The ongoing patrols which police call ‘Operation Cooridor’ is mainly focused on commercial vehicles.

A motorcycle with driver pulled over on the right side of the North Klondike Highway whose speed was locked in at 171 kilometres per hour. (Courtesy/Yukon RCMP)
Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Food Bank sees Yukoners’ generosity firsthand

“Businesses didn’t know if they could stay open but they were calling us to make sure we were able to stay open.”

Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)

Privacy commissioner recommends release of caribou location data

Department of Environment says consultation with its partners needed before it will consider release

Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)
Air North president Joe Sparling said the relaxing of self-isolation rules will be good for the business, but he still expects a slow summer. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News)

Air North president expects a slow summer

Air North president Joe Sparling suspects it will be a long time before things return to pre-pandemic times

Air North president Joe Sparling said the relaxing of self-isolation rules will be good for the business, but he still expects a slow summer. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Family pleased youth will be able to get Pfizer vaccine

Angela Drainville, mother of two, is anxious for a rollout plan to come forward

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Copies of the revised 2021-22 budget documents tabled in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Liberals introduce new budget with universal dental and safe supply funding

The new items were added to secure the support of the NDP.

Copies of the revised 2021-22 budget documents tabled in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters on May 13. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Cap on rent increases will take effect May 15

The rollout of the policy is creating ‘chaos,’ says opposition

Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters on May 13. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon News file
A 21-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing in Porter Creek on May 14.

One man in hospital, another in custody, after alleged stabbing in Porter Creek

A police dog was used to track the suspect who was later arrested in a wooded area.

Yukon News file
A 21-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing in Porter Creek on May 14.
Mike Thomas/Yukon News file
A fox runs across the street at Main Street and Third Avenue.

A new project seeks to learn more about Whitehorse fox populations

A new project to monitor and improve the understanding of urban foxes living in Whitehorse will begin this year

Mike Thomas/Yukon News file
A fox runs across the street at Main Street and Third Avenue.
A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Nordenskiold and Klondike Rivers on May 11. Photo by Yukon Protective Services

Nordenskiold, Klondike rivers see rising water levels; advisory issued

Following the river-ice breakup, flows have continued to rise on Nordenskiold and Klondike River systems, said a release by the Emergency Measures Organization.

A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Nordenskiold and Klondike Rivers on May 11. Photo by Yukon Protective Services