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A COVID-19 rapid test shows a positive test result. The Yukon government has announced it is extending its paid sick leave rebate program for another six months. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon’s paid sick leave rebate program gets 6-month extension

Program exists for employers and self-employed individuals to pay workers up to 10 days in wages

A blank Excel spreadsheet seen on Sept. 23. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Privacy breach puts hundreds of Yukoners at significant risk

Education employee sent spreadsheet containing personal information data

A tanker truck hauling highly flammable materials caught fire after a collision with a bridge on Highway 97 near Fort St. John. (Miranda Dendys/Facebook)

Alaska Highway bridge burned by truck fire now open to heavy traffic

Heavy loads bound for the Yukon no longer need to detour via Highway 37

The Bistro on Bennett in Carcross, just one of many Yukon restaurants squeezed by labour shortages. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Labour shortages squeezing Yukon businesses

Business owners facing staffing shortages, rising costs, smaller margins and lower productivity

The Bistro on Bennett in Carcross, just one of many Yukon restaurants squeezed by labour shortages. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Grand Chief Peter Johnston of the Council of Yukon First Nations addresses media during a news conference about the shelter transition. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

CYFN Grand Chief set on refocusing Whitehorse shelter

Council of Yukon First Nations and Connective will take over Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Oct. 1

Grand Chief Peter Johnston of the Council of Yukon First Nations addresses media during a news conference about the shelter transition. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A Sept. 23 fire has destroyed the Sincerely Yours building, known as the Atlin General Store. The building also housed the post office for the community. (Courtesy Robin Armour)

Atlin General Store destroyed by fire

Blaze leaves Northern B.C. community without a post office

A Sept. 23 fire has destroyed the Sincerely Yours building, known as the Atlin General Store. The building also housed the post office for the community. (Courtesy Robin Armour)
A series of landslides hit the North Klondike Highway near the Dempster Highway cutoff. (Submitted/Department of Highways and Public Works)

UPDATE: North Klondike Highway still closed; 40 people transported by helicopter

Department of Highways and Public Works does not know when the road will reopen

A series of landslides hit the North Klondike Highway near the Dempster Highway cutoff. (Submitted/Department of Highways and Public Works)
A police cruiser passes by the RCMP station in Whitehorse on Aug. 22, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Suspicious death investigated as homicide, related to missing man: Yukon RCMP

Whitehorse RCMP say that their investigation into a suspicious death launched at…

A police cruiser passes by the RCMP station in Whitehorse on Aug. 22, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Construction in Whistle Bend in 2017. Plans have been announced to continue with more phases of Whistle Bend development. (Yukon News file)

City contemplates more homes in Whistle Bend

Close to 26 acres of land could be rezoned for development

Construction in Whistle Bend in 2017. Plans have been announced to continue with more phases of Whistle Bend development. (Yukon News file)
A Yukon man has been charged with sexually abusing a former student in the 1980s. (Yukon News file)

Court hears from woman who alleges Whitehorse teacher sexually assaulted her in the 1980s

Witness testifies and is cross-examined between Sept. 12 and 20. Trial will go at least another week

A Yukon man has been charged with sexually abusing a former student in the 1980s. (Yukon News file)
The sun shines over Whitehorse on July 30. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The sun shines over Whitehorse on July 30. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Worm-like piles of mining waste rock line the North Klondike Highway into Dawson City on July 21. The public is being asked to share their thoughts on mining in Yukon communities while a new framework is underway. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

New mining in communities framework underway

Yukoners are being invited to share their ideas, concerns and opinions via questionnaire

Worm-like piles of mining waste rock line the North Klondike Highway into Dawson City on July 21. The public is being asked to share their thoughts on mining in Yukon communities while a new framework is underway. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The Dawson Regional Planning Commission released its final draft plan on June 15. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)

Last round of consultation on Dawson regional land use plan begins

Dawson regional land use plan poised to become third of seven land use planning processes completed since 1993

The Dawson Regional Planning Commission released its final draft plan on June 15. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Education Minister Jeanie McLean gifts a symbolic glass feather to First Nation School Board executive director Melissa Flynn, St. Elias Community School prinicpal Maggie Mann and a student of the school to show the government’s support of the new First Nation School Board. (Submitted/Alistair Maitland)
Education Minister Jeanie McLean gifts a symbolic glass feather to First Nation School Board executive director Melissa Flynn, St. Elias Community School prinicpal Maggie Mann and a student of the school to show the government’s support of the new First Nation School Board. (Submitted/Alistair Maitland)
Reginald Clements is among the Yukoners who must travel south for medical care and face rising costs including hotel rooms in doing so. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Yukon’s medical travel subsidy falls short of hotel costs

Whitehorse resident faces cancellation of a surgery beacuse he can’t afford to stay in Vancouver

Reginald Clements is among the Yukoners who must travel south for medical care and face rising costs including hotel rooms in doing so. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
AYC president Ted Laking has been confirmed as chair of the northern and remote forum for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (Submitted)
AYC president Ted Laking has been confirmed as chair of the northern and remote forum for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (Submitted)
The Yukon Supreme Court ruled on a dispute between neighbours that left one man injured but also liable for defaming the other. (Yukon News Files)
The Yukon Supreme Court ruled on a dispute between neighbours that left one man injured but also liable for defaming the other. (Yukon News Files)
The Choutla Residential School, also known as Carcross Indian Residential School, seen in an archived photo. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation/Website)

$1.25M provided for search of Yukon residential school sites

Work is beginning at Choutla school in Carcross, then will move to other sites in the territory

The Choutla Residential School, also known as Carcross Indian Residential School, seen in an archived photo. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation/Website)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its Sept.…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee (right), seen with ASL interpreter Mary Tiessen (left), was joined virtually by Dr. Sudit Ranade for a COVID-19 update on Sept. 15. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Feds report shipment of 900 COVID-19 bivalent vaccines to Yukon

Minister McPhee says new Health-Canada approved vaccine will be made available ‘as soon as we have it’

Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee (right), seen with ASL interpreter Mary Tiessen (left), was joined virtually by Dr. Sudit Ranade for a COVID-19 update on Sept. 15. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)