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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Hoefs’ family collection

Gold-mining in the Yukon River watershed took place well before the Klondike discovery. It started in the Forty-Mile River in 1886 with 600 miners participating, and Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka (1892) described 100 to 200 miners working the... more

Dec 20, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Unlikely Events Yukon

For the parents who had heard that Santa Claus wasn’t going to be able to make it to the Whitehorse Winterval Festival Santa Claus Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street, you can now let your children know he will be there – with... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

The 45th annual Geoscience Forum will kickoff at the Yukon Convention Centre on Saturday, November 18 with Family Day, sponsored by Golden Predator. The free event will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have interactive, hands-on family friendly... more

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Helen McCullough

Despite the romantic image of the grizzled miner panning by the creek side in search of gold, that phase of the Klondike’s mineral saga was relatively short. Entrepreneurial minds knew of more efficient and less-labour intensive ways of getting... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

Late at night around a campfire, a local miner may share their story. This one was told on an informal basis, but, there’s no need to name names. We all know someone like this. If not, imagine this is you: you’re lured to the Yukon to mine for gold.. more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The editor set us the challenge of making a pitch for our community that says it is more special than any other in the territory, with a wink and a nod in the direction of Whitehorse. The assignment is hardly fair to the capital city. Those who... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: www.archbould.com, courtesy of Yukon Women in Mining (YukonWIM)

Yukon Women in Mining wants to raise the profile of mining as a vibrant career option, especially for Yukon women and youth. To do that in May they launched the Experiential Extravaganza in three Yukon communities. more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

I’m not a miner, but on a recent visit to Germany my friends took me on impromptu mining tours of their regions. First Clemens and I drove 100 kilometres west of Leipzig to Wangen and the Arc of Nebra (Arche Nebra) museum, where the Himmelsscheibe... more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: courtesy MacBride Museum

You wouldn’t think a person could go ghost hunting in the middle of the day in the middle of summer, but MacBride Museum offers six to 12-year-olds a chance to do just that from August 14 to 18. more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Yvonne Mueller

MacLeod’s Books in Vancouver is a book lover's dream. Books are piled up from floor to ceiling. Fortunately, the friendly staff helps you to navigate through the wide selection of books – some of them quite old and rare. When my partner and I... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Early in May, with the deadlines for the 2017 edition of the Dawson City International Gold Show approaching, Coralee Rudachyk was busy, but calm. As the General Manager of the Dawson City Chamber of Commerce, she has the primary responsibility... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Chamber of Mines

The mining industry plays an important role in the lives of Yukoners. The Yukon Chamber of Mines wraps up their annual mining week with a free interpretive tour of the Whitehorse Copper Belt region on the evening of May 4th and the Mining... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Gould

Clinton Creek was one of the last company towns in the Yukon, part of a cluster that included Elsa and Faro. The mines in Clinton Creek and Faro were developed about the same time, but Clinton Creek had the misfortune to be based on mining... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The original purpose of the Clinton Creek Oral History Project was to gather information about how the area around the former asbestos mine and company town had been used by locals prior to the establishment of the mine in the mid-1960s. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City 1 Comments

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In just about two-and-a-half months the nomination dossier for the Tr’ondëk/Klondike World Heritage Site will be sent to Paris, France, to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. It will be evaluated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: Courtesy of Harvey Burian

Harvey Burian was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Dawson City in December 1944. His parents were Mayo residents Mary (Miyo) Yoshida and Renny Burian. They had been operating a wood camp at 26 Mile on the Stewart River until wartime shortages shut... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Bill Mann

Local geologist Bill Mann remembers when the Yukon Geoscience Forum was a couple of days of technical talks. Now it’s the premier post-season industry event in the territory, and everyone is invited to take part at the High Country Inn from... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Ingrid Isaac

Did you grow up or work in Tungsten, in the Northwest Territories? If so, you’re invited to a party and might not even know it. Expats from this now defunct mine and community are putting together a reunion June 24 to 28 at Mount Robson Provincial... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Tim Green

The next time you travel north on the Alaska Highway between the Fish Lake Road and the Porter Creek Super A, ask yourself why the canyon there is called Rabbit Foot Canyon. Why not Anaconda? In 1899, the White Pass Railway was wondering whether... more

Aug 27, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon History 3 Comments

In two previous columns I have given some background behind Dawson City's interest in UNESCO's World Heritage Status designation. The Klondike region was placed on the national short list for this status in 2004, and I have outlined some of the... more

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Dawson City