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Alaska Highway

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Tracy Rondeau

Growing up, Kathy Jessup was always “the yakky little sister.” In Fort Nelson, where she was raised, she’s still known as “Kathy who likes to talk.” Her family still teases her about finding a way to turn her gift for gab into a career as a... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

There are thousands of antiques to ask Sid van der Meer about, however, his most recent addition has been the latest topic of discussion. The 1949 Jeep, that was once gold, has now faded to a stil de grain yellow as it basks in the dry sun. “The... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Lisa Sakulensky

Bestselling Canadian author Lawrence Hill pursues a lifelong interest in African diaspora narratives. As a part of the research for a book he’s writing about the contribution of African American soldiers to the construction of the Alaska Highway... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

I’m very jealous of what Whitehorse based Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly have managed to pull off with their delightful book, Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (published last month, Lost Moose, 240 pages, $24.95). more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-04-12, Photo: Courtesy of Environment Yukon

The first time I saw this sign, I had to stop and pull over on the side of the road to make sure I had read it correctly. It was early spring in 2012 and I was travelling up the Alaska Highway for the first of what would be uncountable times... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Amazon.com

Stories are invaluable teachers, says B.C. author Caroline Woodward, they have the ability to “give us whole worlds.” Old stories, too, are relevant artefacts that help us gain perspective on how much, or how little, progress we have made. more

Apr 5, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

From "Don’s Descent," the small hill behind our house, one can look as far as Haines Junction. Mount Decoeli and Mount Archibald loom on the western horizon when skies are clear. In front of Decoeli, I can clearly make out Paint Mountain... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Aislinn Cornett

Stepping into Johnson’s Crossing Lodge nestled off the Alaska Highway at historic Mile 836 feels more like walking into your mom’s living room than a highway lodge. Vintage tins and rusted relics line the shelves overtop a cozy room with tables... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Veronica Nelson

We Found Roads is their latest album – and also the personal story of Cie and Karisa Hoover. They are a two-person indie rock band called You Knew Me When, currently singing, playing and camping their way through Alaska and the Yukon. Their road... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“It’s a 1942 International,” Sid tells me as we are standing by a truck whose yellow paint is slowly chipping away with age. The truck’s original grey colour has been exposed underneath the bright yellow. Its large body and tires tell us it was a... more

Jul 21, 2016 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“They were popular back in the 1960s,” Sid tells me as we stand in one of his many garages. Built attached to his house, his old garage holds tools, machines and different parts of Sid’s antique/vintage collection. Looking up towards the ceiling,... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Rick Massie

The CutOff Restaurant & Pub has really nice customers. On a Sunday night, looking at the crowd that has come in for the ever-changing weekly dinner special, you see a lot of long-time Yukoners. Real Yukoners who dress comfortably and laugh out... more

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

Long-time Yukoners

Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: Lori Garrison

“I was ready to live here permanently the day I got here – the land just drew (me) in,” says Velma Hull. The day she is speaking of was 57 years ago, when she and her husband - well-known local handyman and one-time bike shop owner Red Hull... more

Oct 8, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

A few years ago, my brother found an ancient tool that had migrated upward through the soil in the middle of his wheat field in Southern Alberta. It was a sure sign of human life on the prairies long before Europeans came to “settle” the land. more

Aug 27, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

The airport in Beaver Creek, Yukon is small and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you will miss it. Many who know Sid van der Meer may recall him owning and operating a small aircraft in the 1970s. more

Aug 6, 2015 12:00 AM , Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Yes! This month, Jane Vincent is coming with me on an attempt to climb the pinnacle. It’s a pinnacle I now call Dragon Mountain. Recently, hiking there on my own, setting my own pace, very aware of my surroundings, I was in tune for miracles. more

Aug 6, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: Miche Genest

Up on the Alaska Highway, in the bright boîte called Tonimoes, attached to the SKKY Hotel, a quiet ritual takes place every Tuesday. Informally known as Scotch night, the weekly event “honour[s] the bounty of Scotland with the frugality of a Scot." more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Image: James S. Shorty

I have been on an ad hoc personal journey to find my father’s heritage for several years. He passed away when I was only about six-and-a-half years of age. What I know about him I know from my mother and from older siblings from his first and second more

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Artwork: James S. Shorty

It was the Christmas season in 2005 in Whitehorse and my two great-grandsons, Dakota and his younger brother Garrison, were visiting us during their Vancouver school break. Because my late partner, John, and I had a trip planned to travel down the more

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Culture