Issue: 2012-04-05

A Stage for Students

When the 44th Annual Rotary Music Festival begins on April 11, Whitehorse can expect to hear a fresh collection of musical talent from artists young and old. “This year we are running with things that have worked in previous years,” says Edith Belanger, festival coordinator. She explains the festival will become about “who the participants …

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She’s Got the Tools

The Yukon is often suited to those with a hands-on lifestyle. The territory is brimming with active, independent, multi-skilled residents. And women in the professional trade field are growing. One organization in Whitehorse is contributing to this growth that by educating young women in high school from across the territory and providing them with opportunity …

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Beer

A Happy Accident

I can understand how they discovered wine. You squash grapes. Wild yeast on grape skins devours the sugary liquid and voila! Sociables. But how on earth did they figure out beer? You have to grow barley, dry it and then—most critically—malt it, which means you need to add water to the grains to get them …

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Always an End Result

Chris Rodgers doesn’t mind being called a tinkerer. After all, he’s been playing around with audio equipment since he was a teenager. “I was really addicted to loudspeakers and stereos, but loudspeakers in particular. I still am,” he says. “It’s almost like a hoarding thing, you can never get enough. I’ve got a whole stack …

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Meandering Along the Mendenhall

In most places the river is around 20 feet wide, making it a perfect thoroughfare, even for dog sleds and snow machines, although there are snags and deadfall. The people who use it have tried to cut the overhanging trees, but as the banks slowly erode, trees keep falling across and into the river. My …

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Spring Boost for Your Car

You don’t have to be an auto mechanic, or a computer wizard, to handle many of your vehicle’s basic springtime needs. According to Doug Muir, assistant service manager at Canadian Tire, there are several things most vehicle owners can do on their own, and save money in the process. “Tire pressure is always an important …

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Changing Quarters

I always enjoy watching the interplay of one species with another. So when Allan decided it was time for the piglets to start using an outside pen along with their inside one I wondered what the eventual outcome would be—because the pen they would have access to was the one the geese were in for …

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Dreamers Awake

If I did not believe that reason could bring something of value to the imaginative process I would not bother writing about art. I offer my observations in order to beat down a path in the snow to the art shows, to encourage my readers to see them, and to offer language as a tool …

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Tool Talk

Every serious do-it-yourselfer knows you have to own a bunch of tools. Right? But surely, it’s cheaper to rent them. Right? Maybe yes, maybe no. Bruce Beemish, who describes himself as “chief cook and bottle-washer” at Yukon Service Rentals, isn’t shy about giving advice. If you’re thinking about renting a reciprocal saw, or a cordless …

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Art Is in the House

In an effort to improve the Yukon Artists @ Work ([email protected]) community gallery, creative hands from across the territory have been invited by the co-op to create birdhouses for a silent auction fundraiser taking place at the gallery on April 21. The 17,000-some square-foot volunteer-run gallery is home to 36 cooperative Yukon artists who use …

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Get Your Zumba On!

You can literally feel the energy radiating from Marlon Davis as she teaches a Zumba class. Luckily, it’s contagious. It would be difficult to participate in one of her classes and not feel energized, with a big smile on your face when you leave the room. Zumba is essentially a work-out party or, as Davis …

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Measure Once, Cut … Uh-oh!

For the sake of argument (and who doesn’t like a good argument?), let’s define our terms. To me, a hobbyist is someone who does something as a pastime, a creative outlet, a pleasurable way she/he can temporarily escape the mundane realities of life and produce something of delight: a quilt, a meal, a lathe-turned soup …

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