Issue: 2013-12-05

Hiking “Winter Mountain”

When the girl-gang goes hiking, we like to do as little driving as possible. The girls live in town. I don’t. So, we try to find a hike in the middle. I’d never done this hike before. But it is quite magnificent, a little comparable to the Coal Lake area, but in my opinion, even …

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Living with Wildlife: Carol Coote

I was working at my desk when this deer family sauntered past my window and gave me a prime opportunity to enjoy their beautiful faces. My camera is a Canon PowerShot ELPH330HS

Breaking Bread and Serving Tea

Most nights, I go somewhere in the hills behind Riverdale, buried in all my warm clothes, and there, standing still, I look at the sky for long hours, until the cold air makes its way through my layers. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, an opening in the clouds reveals dim lights over the northern horizon. Or, …

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The Art of Design

It is a busy Monday afternoon when Margriet and Al Aasman open their office for an interview. They are sitting in the meeting room where they do their brainstorming and workshops. One can feel the creative atmosphere in the room , with a white board full of notes on the wall, red lamps in the …

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Quilters Without Borders

 “ We might be copyright , ” says May Gudmundson, laughing . A pin with the words I (heart) Quilts rests above her heart. “There’s another Quilters Without Borders in the States. We just wanted to have a group name.” “ And there are no boundaries for where we’ll give quilts,” adds Lee Pugh, in …

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Food Bank Superstar

Four years after she officially retired, Robyn Ward-Clark still pulls two shifts a week doing what she’s always done: working with people. Following 31 years of “fascinating, but fairly stressful work” in the airline business, she called it quits in 2005. For the next five years, she worked part-time in two local flower shops while …

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Coffeehouse Folks

Twenty-five years ago, the Folk Society of Whitehorse (FSW) began as an event for people of all ages to enjoy. Today, it is on a roll — hosting monthly events. Paul Davis is the president of FSW, but he admits that he can’t do it on his own. “ We have about 20 volunteers, which …

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The Nutcracker Comes to Dawson

The Nutcracker is coming to Dawson City just in time for the holidays. The Northern Lights School of Dance in Whitehorse is staging the traditional ballet on Saturday, December 6, at Diamond Tooth Gerties. Of the five years that the production has been coming to Dawson, the last three have brought a twist to the …

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Digesting the Facts

In part one and two of this series, we investigated the effectiveness of synthetic supplements and looked at the natural food sources of our most needed nutrients. Yet, even with a proper diet, health still eludes some people. What gives? Although there are many reasons for poor health, most of them start with a compromised …

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Celebrating Local Books

Writing tends to be a pretty solitary activity, but with their books completed and published, nine Yukon authors are ready to celebrate. Mac’s Fireweed Books is hosting the annual Yukon Book Signing Extravaganza on Dec. 7, and the authors will be there speaking about their books, signing copies and mingling with the book loving guests …

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Donations Can Go a Long, Long Way

Making donations to charities in lieu of giving gifts has become common practice for many people. Large organizations such as Oxfam and UNICEF have seasonal campaigns where you can “buy” gifts such as goats, books, and bicycles for communities in developing countries in the name of a loved one. The community will receive a goat, …

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Rocking to Roll: Gordie Tentrees plays benefit concert for Paralympic hopeful Jessica Frotten Dec. 1

Whitehorse resident Gordie Tentrees is giving back to the community that has supported him throughout his 10-year music career. On December 10, the blues-rock musician is performing a benefit concert called Speedraiser for Paralympic hopeful Jessica Frotten at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse. In 2009, Frotten, a Whitehorse native, was the victim of a …

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The Saskatchewan Embassy Hosts a Grey Cup Party

In December 2010 I moved into my current residence on Normandy Road in Takhini. Joining me as roommates were Gavin Gardiner from Saskatoon and Jayden Soroka from Regina. In January 2011, Weyburn’s own Shawn O’Dell also moved in. With three-quarters of our household originating from Saskatchewan it was natural to begin calling our large, white …

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