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A traffic signal is seen in downtown Whitehorse on Aug. 22, 2022. The updated COVID-19 stoplight system is being used in the Yukon to determine if children should go to school, daycare and regular activities. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon government revises recommendations for keeping kids home from school

Revised tool can be used to determine if children should attend school, daycare and regular activities

A traffic signal is seen in downtown Whitehorse on Aug. 22, 2022. The updated COVID-19 stoplight system is being used in the Yukon to determine if children should go to school, daycare and regular activities. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Police are asking the public to report information on the whereabouts of Vaclac Jonas, who has been missing since Aug. 16 when the vessel he was in overturned on the Nisutlin River. (Supplied/Yukon RCMP)
Police are asking the public to report information on the whereabouts of Vaclac Jonas, who has been missing since Aug. 16 when the vessel he was in overturned on the Nisutlin River. (Supplied/Yukon RCMP)
Yukon Housing Corporation is seen in a file photo. (Yukon News file)

Draft Yukon housing action plan released

Final document will come forward in November

Yukon Housing Corporation is seen in a file photo. (Yukon News file)
Yukon schools have several vacancies entering the new year. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon’s teacher shortage puts vulnerable students most at risk: union

Education department says it’s too early to say how many specialized staff are covering for teachers

Yukon schools have several vacancies entering the new year. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A Yukon Wildland Fire Management crew member cools the canopy of a tree while burning tree tops and limbs during a previous prescribed burn near the Mary Lake subdivision in Whitehorse in 2020. (Yukon News files)

Prescribed burn underway near Mary Lake

A prescribed burn is underway in the Mary Lake area this week.…

A Yukon Wildland Fire Management crew member cools the canopy of a tree while burning tree tops and limbs during a previous prescribed burn near the Mary Lake subdivision in Whitehorse in 2020. (Yukon News files)
Expired bear spray is among a number of items that can be dropped off at the Whitehorse landfill during household hazardous waste day on Sept. 10. (Yukon News file)

Household waste day planned for Whitehorse dump

Household hazardous waste day set for Sept. 10

Expired bear spray is among a number of items that can be dropped off at the Whitehorse landfill during household hazardous waste day on Sept. 10. (Yukon News file)
A photo from July 1 shows the damage done to the Alaska Highway by a washout near Contact Creek just south of the British Columbia/Yukon Border. (Yukon Highways and Public Works/Facebook)

Contract awarded for repair of Alaska Highway washout

Whitehorse’s Cobalt Construction gets $2.6 Million of work.

A photo from July 1 shows the damage done to the Alaska Highway by a washout near Contact Creek just south of the British Columbia/Yukon Border. (Yukon Highways and Public Works/Facebook)
A compost pile is seen at the waste management facility in Whitehorse. The City of Whitehorse is in the public engagement phase of a review of the 2013 solid waste management plan. (Yukon News file)

Whitehorse reviews its solid waste action plan

Residents looking for a say in how the city of Whitehorse deals…

A compost pile is seen at the waste management facility in Whitehorse. The City of Whitehorse is in the public engagement phase of a review of the 2013 solid waste management plan. (Yukon News file)
This map shows the detour that will be in place when paving work is done on Second Avenue Aug. 21. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)

Paving planned between Main and Steele streets

Those heading along Second Avenue between Main and Steele streets Aug. 21…

This map shows the detour that will be in place when paving work is done on Second Avenue Aug. 21. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)
This map shows the area proposed to be rezoned to allow for the runway extension at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)

Whitehorse airport information session set for Aug. 31

The Yukon government’s plans for the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport will…

This map shows the area proposed to be rezoned to allow for the runway extension at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)
The Yukon Supreme Court handed down an 18-year sentence for Everett Chief who beat two women to death in Whitehorse in 2017. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News Files)

Man sentenced to 18 years for manslaughter of two women in Whitehorse

Everett Chief will be designated a long term offender, monitored heavily for 10 years after release

The Yukon Supreme Court handed down an 18-year sentence for Everett Chief who beat two women to death in Whitehorse in 2017. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News Files)
The new shelter for Indigenous women and children will be built in Whistle Bend with the Whistle Bend community garden set to move to another area of the neighbourhood. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
The new shelter for Indigenous women and children will be built in Whistle Bend with the Whistle Bend community garden set to move to another area of the neighbourhood. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bennett Lake, seen on Aug. 8, has a high-water advisory in effect as of Aug. 17. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Bennett, Tagish, Marsh lakes under high-water advisory

Advisory prompted by precipitation and glacial inputs in Southern Lakes area

Bennett Lake, seen on Aug. 8, has a high-water advisory in effect as of Aug. 17. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Passengers are seen lining up for the ferry in Dawson City last month. The ferry has been closed since Aug. 16. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Dawson ferry remains out of commission for at least another day

The Yukon government-run ferry will see reduced hours of operation when it goes back in the water

Passengers are seen lining up for the ferry in Dawson City last month. The ferry has been closed since Aug. 16. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Hyder Bos-Jabbar, who is Yukon Wildland Fire’s safety and training project manager, left Whitehorse for Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 11 to work as a safety officer trainee. (Submitted/Yukon Wildland Fire Management)

Yukon firefighters migrating south to repay neighbours

The territory’s wildland fire personnel are helping with wildfire response in B.C., U.S.

Hyder Bos-Jabbar, who is Yukon Wildland Fire’s safety and training project manager, left Whitehorse for Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 11 to work as a safety officer trainee. (Submitted/Yukon Wildland Fire Management)
The reportable spill report form includes a few photos, such as this one, that show the impact of the diesel fuel spill and the response. (Form/Yukon Water Board)

2,000 litres of diesel fuel spilled at Minto Mine

Spill took place during routine tank fill up conducted by Chieftain Energy

The reportable spill report form includes a few photos, such as this one, that show the impact of the diesel fuel spill and the response. (Form/Yukon Water Board)
Firefighters spray water on a burning semi truck that has closed the Alaska Highway south of Whitehorse on Aug. 18. (Calvin Gillings/Facebook)

Burning semi truck closes Alaska Highway south of Whitehorse

The highway is currently closed in both directions.

Firefighters spray water on a burning semi truck that has closed the Alaska Highway south of Whitehorse on Aug. 18. (Calvin Gillings/Facebook)
The Whitehorse General Hospital, seen Aug. 2, is postponing scheduled surgeries as a result of staff illnesses and recruitment issues. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Whitehorse hospital continuing to put off scheduled surgeries

Recent staff illnesses, recruitment challenges blamed for postponements

The Whitehorse General Hospital, seen Aug. 2, is postponing scheduled surgeries as a result of staff illnesses and recruitment issues. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A view of Dawson City from the George Black Ferry on July 21, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

UPDATE: Robert Service School start delayed due to water and drainage work

Information for families cites progress on school construction projects as reason for delay

A view of Dawson City from the George Black Ferry on July 21, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A barrel of an unknown substance burns as empty containers lay scattered amongst auto wreckage near the corner of Boulder and Clifton Road in the MacRae East industrial park on July 12 2018. Conservation officers killed three bears due to the dumping of waste. (Yukon News file)

Yukon man and company fined $30,000 after bears feed on cooking oil

After April 2022 trial, Michele Palma and his company were fined by Yukon Territorial Court

A barrel of an unknown substance burns as empty containers lay scattered amongst auto wreckage near the corner of Boulder and Clifton Road in the MacRae East industrial park on July 12 2018. Conservation officers killed three bears due to the dumping of waste. (Yukon News file)