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    Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: J. Simon

    An Accidental Alien

    With the world’s longest undefended border it’s not difficult to become an accidental illegal alien, especially between the Yukon and Alaska. After all, the last time there was a serious passport control on the Chilkoot Trail was during the gold... more

    Apr 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Michel Morris

    Strap on your dancing shoes

    “Lucie asked me to take a Latin dance class in 2001 while she was doing a minor in Spanish at Saint-Thomas university in Fredericton,” says Salsa Yukon cofounder Michel Morris. “My first session was painful and to be honest I just wanted to play... more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Honeymooners Head to Augusta

    When Abbotsford's Adam Hadwin, 29, defeated American Patrick Cantlay on the final hole of the Valspar Championship in Florida on March 12 to win the first PGA Tour title of his career, his life changed forever when the winning putt fell into the cup. more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Baseball's Only Perfect Season

    As a retired sportswriter who bleeds baseball Red and could steal second base before I was able to walk to first, I was recently deep into the internet researching the history and origins of the game when I stumbled on a fact that had somehow... more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Josh Schroeder

    Coy Cup Comes to the Yukon

    “Get ready for some high paced hockey,” says Huskies Coach Michael Tuton. “The top AA teams of B.C. and the Yukon are battling it out for the Coy. It’s gonna be great hockey. Very hard hitting games. “Bring some excitement let's blow the roof off... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO Rick Massie Photography

    Looking Back on 40 Years of Team Spirit

    In the fall of 1975 when Joe Jack was around 24 years old he and a group of friends thought it would be a good idea to start a First Nations hockey team that would include people from all the communities in the Yukon. He and his friends were avid... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Super Bowl LI

    By every statistical quantifier known to man or beast, less one, the upstart Atlanta Falcons don't have much of a chance against the New England Patriots in Sunday's 51st issue of the NFL's Super Bowl or "LI" to those who still count like Romans... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Emily Sheff

    Every Revolution Begins with a Spark

    The kicksled, or potkukelkka in Finnish, is part scooter, part sled. It has two long runners for self-propulsion on snow. With a wooden seat at the front, it can accommodate a backpack or two. It is widespread in Scandinavian countries, especially... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Ingrid Wilcox

    I’m a Survivor

    It is winter in the Yukon, why would anyone even be thinking of paddling? If you are a breast cancer survivor, and would like an experience of a lifetime, in company of other breast cancer survivors, plus the chance to prove to yourself that you... more

    Dec 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Sylvie Geoffrey

    Training Ground

    Mount Sima is “the first mountain in North America to have a jump line in.” That’s what Graham Pollock says. He’s the head coach of the Yukon freestyle ski team. A jump line means a skier can take more than one jump in a row while going down a hill. more

    Nov 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: by Becky Striegler

    Learning to Fly

    Jonathan Henkelman lies on his back on a yoga mat, legs lifted and bent, the bottoms of his bare feet facing the ceiling. I am standing at his feet, looking down at him. He asks me to lean forward and let his feet press against my lower belly to... more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia commons

    What’s Under the Waves

    A Discover Snorkeling event run by Virginia Labelle of Yukon Scuba will be run on November 6th between 9 – 9pm at the Canada Games Centre pool. The event is targeted at first time snorkelers, especially families looking to make the most of their... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons

    How to Have Enough Energy to do Things That Make You Happy

    What makes you happy or gives you energy? It is easy to get carried away in everyday life and be around distractions that take you further away from knowing what gives you energy – and what takes it away. This is the time to tap into one of the... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.com

    Get Your Elbows Up

    The ski swap happens every year. I’ve never been. I don’t know why, maybe because I always wake up too late on the Saturday of the swap, and I’ve heard that it’s not worth going unless you get there early. more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Alexander Weber

    Never Again

    In this two-part series Alexander Weber writes about competing in his first Ironman triathlon. In Part One he told us about his race preparation and his feelings before the competition. We left him three days before race day... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: by Alexander Weber

    Fear and Loathing

    Dear Reader, having just read the title of this article, I assume you may believe the following about myself: I am insane, and I am a diehard superhuman athlete. While you may be right about the former, I would disagree with the latter. Before I... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

    Footloose and Fancy Free

    On the first of August, Gurdeep Pandher celebrated 10 years in Canada. “It’s been such a wonderful journey,” he says. His voice is light and full of joy and laughter. In the past decade, Pandher has lived in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Eating for Endurance

    What you eat and drink before a long run impacts your performance and your ability to recover, post race. If you’re looking to beat a previous time, or just finish, it’s important to focus on the fuel you are giving your body. more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Paul Burbidge

    Catch the Infection

    Kid Vicious, Starbuck's Revenge, Goat. No, not my favorite B-movies, but mountain bike trails christened by those who build and ride them. All of these routes, some gnarly and others more family-friendly, can be found up on Mount McIntyre, where... more

    Aug 18, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Sue Meikle

    Off to the Races with Allan Benjamin

    Looking for healthy-living inspiration? Turn your gaze from younger athletes and movie stars toward the golden generation - 55 might just be the new 20. Just ask the 97 Yukoners aged 55 to 91 who will be participating in the 2016 Canada 55+ Games... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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