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Putin naval speech highlights the Arctic; Alaskan senator plots Arctic infrastructure

Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid out the new naval doctrine of…

The Yukon government will not be announcing monkeypox case counts after confirming the territory’s first case in July. (Courtesy/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Monkeypox case numbers will not be announced: Yukon government

Public Health Agency of Canada reports case numbers from across the country on its webpage

The Yukon government will not be announcing monkeypox case counts after confirming the territory’s first case in July. (Courtesy/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Keno’s new fire truck sits in Whitehorse before it makes the journey north. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Keno City residents pool their money to purchase fire truck

The story of Keno’s heartbreaking loss to fire will be remembered this…

Keno’s new fire truck sits in Whitehorse before it makes the journey north. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
The Yukon Coroner’s Service is reporting further details on opioid-related deaths in the Yukon in 2022 and has also pledged an inquest into two deaths at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter. (File Photo)

Yukon coroner launching inquest into emergency shelter drug deaths

Territory continues to lead Canada in per-capita deaths. 71 per cent are First Nations citizens.

The Yukon Coroner’s Service is reporting further details on opioid-related deaths in the Yukon in 2022 and has also pledged an inquest into two deaths at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter. (File Photo)
RCMP vehicle seen in Whitehorse on April 19. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Family of woman found dead in 1967 expecting RCMP apology for poor investigation

Tootsie Jimmy-Charlie’s death ruled a “misadventure” by coroner. Family believes it was murder.

RCMP vehicle seen in Whitehorse on April 19. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The Whitehorse General Hospital is seen on Aug. 2, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Untimely care, delayed diagnosis resulted from COVID-19 measures: Yukon health officials

Memo states these public health measures “are not currently warranted and may be detrimental to care”

The Whitehorse General Hospital is seen on Aug. 2, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Yukon MP Brendan Hanley, right, speaks with Gun and Hobby Show organizer Donovan Dewis at the show held July 23 in Whitehorse. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Hanley discusses tabled handgun transfer freeze at Whitehorse gun show

Hanley says he heard views from several people. Some said new rules won’t stop gun crime

Yukon MP Brendan Hanley, right, speaks with Gun and Hobby Show organizer Donovan Dewis at the show held July 23 in Whitehorse. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
A Northwestel location in Dawson City on July 20. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Backup telecommunications line could go live in 2024: Yukon government

$85-million project will be leased and operated for two decades by Northwestel

A Northwestel location in Dawson City on July 20. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Alkan Air runs an airplane charter business, a local flight school and operates emergency medevac services throughout Yukon. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Yukon First Nations partner with Alkan Air, purchase medevac planes

Advantages for all with new way of doing business with First Nation development corporations

Alkan Air runs an airplane charter business, a local flight school and operates emergency medevac services throughout Yukon. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Allison Anderson leads the drumming for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Hän Singers who performed on the Moosehide main stage for a crowd in the hundreds on Saturday, July 30. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s Moosehide gathering returns with hundreds of guests

Feasting, music and dance among the activities at first gathering near Dawson City since 2018.

Allison Anderson leads the drumming for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Hän Singers who performed on the Moosehide main stage for a crowd in the hundreds on Saturday, July 30. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Jessica Frotten races to a first place finish in the 1500-meter para wheelchair final at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C., on June 24. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Wheelchair racer from Whitehorse competing in Commonwealth Games this week

Jessica Frotten races the 1,500-metre in Birmingham 2022 on Thursday, Aug. 4

Jessica Frotten races to a first place finish in the 1500-meter para wheelchair final at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C., on June 24. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
The proposed Official Community Plan was brought forward to Whitehorse city council at its Aug. 1 meeting. (Screenshot/City of Whitehorse)

Looking to the future: City of Whitehorse releases 20-year plan

Council will vote Aug. 8 on first reading of proposed OCP

The proposed Official Community Plan was brought forward to Whitehorse city council at its Aug. 1 meeting. (Screenshot/City of Whitehorse)
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Farm is receiving nearly $65,000 for new greenhouses as part of the Community Development Fund. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon Community Development Fund allocates over $1M to social development projects

The Community Development Fund is investing over $1 million into 21 organizations…

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Farm is receiving nearly $65,000 for new greenhouses as part of the Community Development Fund. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A detour will be in place April 7 while the city fixes a water leak to a main on Second Avenue. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)

Second Avenue detour planned for Aug. 7

A detour will be in place beginning at 7 a.m. on Aug.…

A detour will be in place April 7 while the city fixes a water leak to a main on Second Avenue. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)
A mask sits on a desk on June 9, which is when data that tracks the Yukon’s hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status was released in a memo. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A mask sits on a desk on June 9, which is when data that tracks the Yukon’s hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status was released in a memo. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A new face in council chambers Whitehorse city council welcomed a new…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
Elder Ralph James points to a spot on the map that shows caribou corridors for their fall migration to winter grounds. Project lead, Dexter Tokylak takes notes so the GIS can be adjusted to reflect James’ insights. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Three Yukon First Nations combine traditional knowledge and modern mapping in preparation for land use planning

How We Walk with the Land and the Water compiles local indigenous knowledge and modern technologies to map wildlife habitats, seasonal variations and migration patterns

Elder Ralph James points to a spot on the map that shows caribou corridors for their fall migration to winter grounds. Project lead, Dexter Tokylak takes notes so the GIS can be adjusted to reflect James’ insights. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
An at-home rapid test for COVID-19 from March 25 appears to show a positive result. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)

Nearly 290,000 free rapid tests handed out in Yukon this year

Yukoners can pick up test kits at no cost at several businesses and communities

An at-home rapid test for COVID-19 from March 25 appears to show a positive result. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)
A public hearing will be held Sept. 12 on a proposal that would see the former Marble Slab location on Second Avenue rezoned to allow for a cannabis retail shop. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
A public hearing will be held Sept. 12 on a proposal that would see the former Marble Slab location on Second Avenue rezoned to allow for a cannabis retail shop. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
From left to right, moderator John Higginbotham, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Lt. Gov Kevin Meyer of Alaksa were joined virtually by Caroline Wawzonek, Northwest Territories minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, during a panel at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit on July 26, 2022. (Pacific NorthWest Economic Region/Twitter)

North American leaders confront infrastructure development in volatile Arctic

Urgency of Russia’s war of Ukraine prompted speakers from the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska

From left to right, moderator John Higginbotham, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Lt. Gov Kevin Meyer of Alaksa were joined virtually by Caroline Wawzonek, Northwest Territories minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, during a panel at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit on July 26, 2022. (Pacific NorthWest Economic Region/Twitter)