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Issue: 2015-05-21

Training For the Yukon

Recently we went down south for a family visit. At the time it was still very much winter here in the Yukon.Down there the snow was melting, there were puddles everywhere and it felt like spring. If it had been like that up here...

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Grief Writing in Dawson

Jacob Scheier wrote his first collection of poems about the loss of his mother; he was 20. She had gotten sick when he was in high school. It was part of his shift from writing as a hobby to writing because it felt very...

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A Northern Diary

About 11:00 p.m. I finally got a glimpse of McClure when our trail passed near the deep ravine the river made. I had been vainly looking for it for the last few hours, but it was hidden in the canyon. The lake is about three...

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A Biker at 30

Amelia Merher, also known as the ukulele-slinging songwriter Big Mama Lele, has ambitious plans for her 30th birthday. “I’m putting a new spin on fatbiking,” she says.On May 26, her birthday, Merher kicks off a 16-gig bicycle...

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The Emperor and Me

Peep this — the word cigar comes from the Latin word cicala, which means “large insect”.When the Spanish started discovering cigars in the 1700s, they turned cicala into cigarra, since cigars resembled the shape of a cicala. The...

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Bourbon and Words to Live By

On a sunny Saturday a few weeks ago I joined 70 other curious souls at a bourbon tasting andbarbecue cohosted by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and the Yukon Liquor Corporation.Seventeen different fine and rare bourbons were set...

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Getting Naked

On a Monday evening I ring the doorbell to the Arts Underground studio. No one answers.As I wait I begin to feel nervous and awkward. Have I come to the wrong place? I double-check the instructions.A moment later a truck pulls...

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