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Darrell Hookey

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Darrell Hookey was the first editor for What's Up Yukon, a position he held from 2005 to 2010. Starting in 2015 upon his return to Yukon, Darrell has rejoined the team as a freelance contributor to What's Up Yukon.  Columns Include: Dining Fine and I'm Just Saying


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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: creativecommons [Will Steacy]

There’s a reason people like me should never play the stock market. Some time ago, when I heard that a new arts and entertainment magazine was in the works, the cynic in me said it wouldn’t last six months. These things never do. more

Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Business 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-02-19 PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

What are those? “Whiffle balls.” What are they for? “Tic-Tac-Toe.” Five-year-old Nash Battersby is about to school me in the art of winning prizes at the Fun Fair at Whitehorse Elementary School, this Friday and Saturday. more

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Families

Laughter, tears, dancing and push-ups. The celebration was just how Reid Curtis Parent would have wanted it, as if his spirit were guiding us. To all who knew him, Reid was a shining light, as unique a character as the Northern Lights he grew up more

Dec 9, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Over a mug of root beer, the editor of What's Up Yukon, Darrell Hookey, extols his particular Christmas Wish List. more

Dec 24, 2009 12:00 AM Literature

To the Editor, Hookey, you fiendish, fiendly fiend. Like an anarchic CBC host maliciously injecting a noxious ear worm such as Seasons in the Sun into my auditory canal, you have wantonly invaded my gustatory system ... more

Nov 26, 2009 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2008-12-04

The month of May is over, and so is observing deep-sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies. The only stellar objects in the sky that are of interest to amateur astronomers are the moon, sun, Jupiter, Saturn and a handful of stars and clusters... more

Jun 4, 2009 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2013-05-02

Every amateur astronomer's dream is to have totally dark skies, right in their own backyard. No time spent loading all your telescopes, binoculars, tables and gearboxes into your vehicle; just to unload all your gear as you set up at your... more

May 30, 2008 12:00 AM Hobbies

Similes and metaphors infuse our language with richness and power. more

May 16, 2008 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Terrence Cory Shorty

This is the story of a carpenter. If you did not see the accompanying photo, you can be excused for imagining it is about a man because, with a few exceptions, this trade is dominated by men. Katelyn Dawson is one of those exceptions, and she is al more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Oh what a wonderful time we live in. If you are in a strange, new city and need to know where the best coffee is served, there is an app for that. Just touch your smartphone. If you need to know if those noodles are gluten-free, well, the package... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Air North

I was writing a story about the Tatshenshini River for a magazine, and had just finished a 10-day rafting trip that left us at Dry Bay, Alaska, at the Pacific Ocean... the very definition of “the middle of nowhere.” more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

“I used to stand at my son’s bedroom window, when he was two or three, and look northward to see stars,” says Forest Pearson, a resident of downtown Whitehorse. “Then the streetlights were switched and we couldn’t do it anymore ... we couldn’t see... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

“It is really nice here,” says Virginie Hamel as she looks at the high ceilings and natural woods of the Meadow Lakes Golf Club chalet. “It is super cozy.” This is exactly why she chose to open her new restaurant here in November, called Wintering... more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Winterlong Brewing Co. is absolutely, positively, not a mass production brewery -- in spite of market forces. The owners, Marko and Meghan Marjanovic, call market research “playing around.” They call complications “the fun part” and frustrations... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Kaori Torigai loves beer in much the same way others love baseball. Or World of Warcraft. Like baseball, there are a mind-boggling array of statistics to consider. And, like World of Warcraft, there is a huge cast of characters. And, as in both... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Michele Romanow

It is possible to come up with a million-dollar idea. But, from that eureka moment to seeing your bank balance tip over into seven figures, there is a lot of planning and cajoling and spending and risking. A lot. more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Business 2 Comments

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Jackie Yaklin is a true knitter. If you see her at the dentist office, she likely has knitting needles in her hands conjuring up something warm for someone. “It is like an obsession and I seem to be really obsessed with starting projects,” she... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: George Maratos

This is the second year that Northern Vision Development has challenged Whitehorse restaurants to make the best burger. This year six restaurants took the bait -- The Gold Pan Saloon, the High Country Inn, The Cut Off, Earls, the Steele Street... more

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Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

In a second-floor office of Alkan Air, there is a bulletin board that holds photos of pilots with their aircraft. The pilots are smiling – and a few of them are wet. “This is the First Solo Wall,” says Dan Rosen, Alkan Air flight training unit... more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Jeff Wolsynuk looks like his happiness will burst out at any second. Tanya Butler looks relieved and content. The couple is sitting in the kitchen of their home. Their home. That they own. Three years ago, they did not know that their lives would... more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Michael Vernon

“I thought no one cared.” This Yukon College student can be forgiven for being surprised. Just over 10 per cent of students at this institution are struggling, as he was, and are on probation. But then they were introduced to the Learning... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: courtesy of Bob Sharp

There are two kinds of gardeners in the Yukon: those who can grow tomatoes and those who can't. With Yukoner Bob Sharp's Solar Growing Greenhouse Kit – a stable-temperature greenhouse that extends the growing season by three months– it is now much... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

The best cup of coffee I’ve ever had was at the table of Philippe and Leandra Brient in the log-hewn home they built themselves. Outside the back window was a view of Atlin Mountain rising majestically from a valley of boreal forest. more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Atlin, BC

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

The young woman is dancing like nobody is watching, lip syncing animatedly to Abba's “Dancing Queen.” It is 2 p.m. on a Monday and Klondike Rib & Salmon is packed. Is that a server or a customer? “It could be either,” says Dona Novecosky, craning... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink 2 Comments

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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

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Issue: 2016-04-28, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Just because you have a great idea for a business, it doesn't automatically follow that you have an idea of how to get it up and running. What does follow is a lot of research into areas you may have no experience with: market studies, permitting... more

Apr 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

The excitement of a pregnancy is fuelled by the unknown and profound changes that it brings to you and your family. Filling in that information to make it a little less “unknown” can be a daunting task as you navigate from government department to... more

Mar 31, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

A weary traveller can be forgiven for expecting typical food in a highway restaurant, even in a nice place like the Skky Hotel in Whitehorse. Instead, at the Hue Oasis Asian Fusion Restaurant and Bar, they find a passionate dedication to South... more

Feb 25, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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