Issue: 2014 Feb 20

Issue: 2014-02-20

“Portrait of a Developing Photographer”

Ice; It’s Always Changing

With warm weather things change quickly, as we have seen this year. By mid-December there was a great freeze on most lakes, with little snow. Then the pineapple express brought warm weather and bad ice. But as the weather cooled, the winds came up, and the ice blew clear, so it is back to ideal …

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Triple Threat

With three noticeable talents, namely photography, singing, and fashion design, Emma Blair is exceptional – and not afraid to be loud and proud about her interests. Her father ignited her passion for photography when Blair was four years old. It was 2005, Christmas time in the Yukon. The family had just moved to the Yukon …

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An All Night Art Affair

Nuit Blanche is coming to Whitehorse for the first time. The concept behind the all night art project is to showcase live art installations throughout downtown Whitehorse, turning the city into a single art exhibition. The first Nuit Blanche took place in Nantes, France in 1984. Helsinki became the second city to host one, in …

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Didee & Didoo: Sex Education

SEX EDUCATION  IT WASN’T TOUGHT IN OUR SCHOOL MAYBE THEY THOUGHT IT WAS CRUEL. WE NEVER LEARNED FROM A TEXT ‘CAUSE THEY NEVER TAUGHT US SEX. HOW INNOCENT BABIES WERE MADE THEY NEVER TOUGHT US IN ANY GRADE. WE HAD NO SEX BOOKS TO READ WE JUST LEARNED HOW TO READ. WE WERE ALL SELF-TAUGHT …

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Myth and Medium are Coming Again

The bi-annual Myth and Medium symposium runs from February 24 to 28 this year, the week after the territorial Heritage Day holiday. Heritage Day originally inspired the idea of Myth and Medium about a decade ago. The first symposium tied in nicely with both a display of the Cameron Collection, brought here by Ken Lister …

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Twins Equals Double Trouble

I have four sisters and one brother. The youngest two sisters, Heidi and Elsa, are twins who  are five-and a-half-years old. The story of us finding out that my mom was having twins is very funny. It goes like this: When I found out that my mom was going to have another baby, I was …

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Tiny Homes for Big Change

It’s no secret that Yukon communities feel pinched when it comes to housing, employment,  and capacity. Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) has an innovative program to address all three at once Between now and the end of May, 16 CTFN members will be counting hours towards their carpentry apprenticeships while building what are called tiny houses, …

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Racing in Italian Rain

The skiing in Italy was beautiful, until the races started. After a week of sunshine, the weather transformed back into a typical European winter — rain. I haven’t raced in rain much, but if I learned anything this week, it’s that I should start getting used to it. For under-23 skiers there are only three …

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Northern Gifts

Some gifts take time sinking in; others stare you in the face. We, our family of four in a VW Beetle, arrived late in Watson Lake on October 1, 1957, and awoke in a strange house, beside the lake. Outside, in brilliant sun, and “a silence you most could hear,” as Robert Service described it, …

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Hooked on Hand-Dyeing

Baby alpaca and baby camel grow some very nice wool that can be sheared off and spun into  beautifully soft balls of yarn. Skeins of yarn, actually – that’s the term that Whitehorse artist Sophie Jessome uses. She and her boyfriend Yann Le Roy have a passion for natural fibre. They’re also interested in learning old …

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It’s Not Just the Feathers and Fancy Dresses

For Elizabeth Nemeth, the tiara sparkled in her eyes since she placed third in the McDonalds’ Junior Princess competition – she was 12 years old. Last year, when sponsored by her employer, the Jarvis Street Saloon, she was crowned 2013’s First Princess and Miss Congeniality in the Rendezvous Queen pageant. She loved the role, and …

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