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Tanya Harper takes a moment between vehicles and tests to peek outside the drive-thru testing centre garage door window in Whitehorse on Nov. 24, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

List of Yukoners eligible for government COVID-19 tests changing as Omicron surges

The testing centre is now recommended for at-risk individuals only.

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Tanya Harper takes a moment between vehicles and tests to peek outside the drive-thru testing centre garage door window in Whitehorse on Nov. 24, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Southern Lakes transmission line expansion plans from Yukon Energy’s Renewable Electricity Plan. (screenshot from Yukon Energy’s website)

Atlin and Skagway part of new transmission line expansion plans

Atlin hydro expansion project is a key piece of Yukon Energy’s renewable electricity plan

Southern Lakes transmission line expansion plans from Yukon Energy’s Renewable Electricity Plan. (screenshot from Yukon Energy’s website)
Deputy Minister of Education Nicole Morgan and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Ryan Sikkes spoke to reporters Sept. 23 in Whitehorse and acknowledged that it was a mistake not to communicate with parents about a sexual assault investigation at Hidden Valley Elementary School. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Government says in-person learning is a priority, as three schools move online

Around a third of students stayed home on Jan 4, according to Yukon government data.

Deputy Minister of Education Nicole Morgan and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Ryan Sikkes spoke to reporters Sept. 23 in Whitehorse and acknowledged that it was a mistake not to communicate with parents about a sexual assault investigation at Hidden Valley Elementary School. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
The sun peeks through the ice fog over the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse. (Yukon News file)

Extreme cold impacts Yukon schools and buses

School buses cancelled throughout territory

The sun peeks through the ice fog over the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse. (Yukon News file)
The Yukon Supreme Court heard an appeal from a man who had been prohibited from keeping sheep and goats due to issues with the enclosure he had built for them. (File Photo)

Appeal over goat enclosure rejected by Yukon Supreme Court

A man sentenced to a prohibition on the keeping of goats and sheep had legal challenge thrown out.

The Yukon Supreme Court heard an appeal from a man who had been prohibited from keeping sheep and goats due to issues with the enclosure he had built for them. (File Photo)
Acting chief medical officer of health Catherine Elliott. (Yukon News file)

Yukon reports 41 new COVID-19 cases

Medical officer says true number likely higher amid community spread

Acting chief medical officer of health Catherine Elliott. (Yukon News file)
The Canada Games Centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Whitehorse preps municipal public health measures

Recreation schedules will be updated Jan. 7

The Canada Games Centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Samantha Knight Weston Family Science program manager for Nature Conservancy Canada, says leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard over the winter can provide many benefits for backyard wildlife. (Submitted photo)

Christmas tree pickup scheduled for Jan. 9

As the holiday season comes to a close, Whitehorse residents looking to…

Samantha Knight Weston Family Science program manager for Nature Conservancy Canada, says leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard over the winter can provide many benefits for backyard wildlife. (Submitted photo)
Nunavut is no longer testing for COVID-19 in most scenarios, Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says. (Emma Tranter/Canadian Press)

Nunavut changes COVID-19 testing to free up health-care resources

IQALUIT — Nunavut will no longer offer lab-confirmed testing for communities with…

Nunavut is no longer testing for COVID-19 in most scenarios, Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says. (Emma Tranter/Canadian Press)
Joel Krahn/Yukon News The law courts in Whitehorse. Michael Nehass has been found guilty of assaulting a woman in Watson Lake more than three years ago.

Man accused of 2018 Porter Creek home invasion acquitted

William Dean Ryan Vaneltsi was initially arrested four months after the attack.

Joel Krahn/Yukon News The law courts in Whitehorse. Michael Nehass has been found guilty of assaulting a woman in Watson Lake more than three years ago.
City crews clear mounds of snow from a residential area in Copper Ridge in Whitehorse in 2021. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

High-traffic roads prioritized for Whitehorse snow clearing this week

Takhini, Whistle Bend and Downtown are next on deck for service

City crews clear mounds of snow from a residential area in Copper Ridge in Whitehorse in 2021. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The sun peeks through the ice fog over the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse Monday. A break from the cold temperatures is expected by the end of the week, according to Environment Canada. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Yukon cold snap expected to last until Sunday evening

Bundle up Yukoners, a nasty cold front is moving through on the way to the east.

The sun peeks through the ice fog over the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse Monday. A break from the cold temperatures is expected by the end of the week, according to Environment Canada. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Ashley Fewer was named the City of Whitehorse 2020 Volunteer of the Year. The city is accepting nominations for the 2021 award. (Submitted/City of Whitehorse)

Nominations sought for Whitehorse volunteer of the year

Volunteers can make all the difference in a community, and the City…

Ashley Fewer was named the City of Whitehorse 2020 Volunteer of the Year. The city is accepting nominations for the 2021 award. (Submitted/City of Whitehorse)
The Yukon and Saskatchewan were the two jurisdictions in Canada where children returned to school as scheduled. (Black Press file photo)
The Yukon and Saskatchewan were the two jurisdictions in Canada where children returned to school as scheduled. (Black Press file photo)

Schools reopen on schedule despite requests from union and First Nations

Porter Creek Secondary School has gone to online learning due to a staff shortage.

The Yukon and Saskatchewan were the two jurisdictions in Canada where children returned to school as scheduled. (Black Press file photo)
The Yukon and Saskatchewan were the two jurisdictions in Canada where children returned to school as scheduled. (Black Press file photo)
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations artist Cole Pauls designed graphic art blocks with southern Tutchone messaging, and more panels are on the way. (Courtesy of Champagne Aishihik First Nation)

Rapid testing proving useful for Yukon communities

This is the second January living with COVID-19 for Yukoners. Much has…

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations artist Cole Pauls designed graphic art blocks with southern Tutchone messaging, and more panels are on the way. (Courtesy of Champagne Aishihik First Nation)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has issued new recommendations for testing as Omicron surges in the Yukon. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)

Yukon protocols for testing and isolation adjusted as Omicron spreads

Rapid tests may soon be available in the territory as the testing centre approaches capacity.

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has issued new recommendations for testing as Omicron surges in the Yukon. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Catherine Elliott speaks to media during a press conference in Whitehorse on September 7. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Omicron cases spike upwards over the weekend

The territory now has a 32 per cent test positivity rate.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Catherine Elliott speaks to media during a press conference in Whitehorse on September 7. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Dr. Katharine Smart, Yukoner and CMA president, speaks on vaccines for kids at a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 1. (Screengrab)

Public safety minister asks Twitter Canada to remove ‘abusive’ tweet threatening former YMA president

Dr. Katharine Smart, Yukoner and CMA president, speaks on vaccines for kids at a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 1. (Screengrab)
The average price of single detaches houses in Yukon rose nearly $100,000 this year, according to the Yukon Bureau of Statistics. (Black Press file)

Housing prices, staffing shortages continued in 2021: Yukon Bureau of Statistics

Whitehorse broke records for housing prices in the third quarter of 2021,…

The average price of single detaches houses in Yukon rose nearly $100,000 this year, according to the Yukon Bureau of Statistics. (Black Press file)
City crews clear mounds of snow from a residential area in Copper Ridge in Whitehorse on March 16, 2021. The City of Whitehorse is considering its snow and ice control policy for the upcoming winter season. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Major snowfall makes for great ski conditions in Whitehorse

Environment Canada says there is 58 cm of snow accumulation.

City crews clear mounds of snow from a residential area in Copper Ridge in Whitehorse on March 16, 2021. The City of Whitehorse is considering its snow and ice control policy for the upcoming winter season. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)