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Darrell Hookey

Darrell Hookey

Darrell Hookey was the first editor for What's Up Yukon, a position he held from 2005 to 2010. Starting in 2015 upon his return to Yukon, Darrell has rejoined the team as a freelance contributor to What's Up Yukon.  His columns Include: Stepping UpDining Fine and I'm Just Saying


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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: creativecommons [Will Steacy]

There’s a reason people like me should never play the stock market. Some time ago, when I heard that a new arts and entertainment magazine was in the works, the cynic in me said it wouldn’t last six months. These things never do. more

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Issue: 2015-02-19 PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

What are those? “Whiffle balls.” What are they for? “Tic-Tac-Toe.” Five-year-old Nash Battersby is about to school me in the art of winning prizes at the Fun Fair at Whitehorse Elementary School, this Friday and Saturday. more

Yukon Families

Laughter, tears, dancing and push-ups. The celebration was just how Reid Curtis Parent would have wanted it, as if his spirit were guiding us. To all who knew him, Reid was a shining light, as unique a character as the Northern Lights he grew up more

Yukon People

Over a mug of root beer, the editor of What's Up Yukon, Darrell Hookey, extols his particular Christmas Wish List. more

Literature

To the Editor, Hookey, you fiendish, fiendly fiend. Like an anarchic CBC host maliciously injecting a noxious ear worm such as Seasons in the Sun into my auditory canal, you have wantonly invaded my gustatory system ... more

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Issue: 2008-12-04

The month of May is over, and so is observing deep-sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies. The only stellar objects in the sky that are of interest to amateur astronomers are the moon, sun, Jupiter, Saturn and a handful of stars and clusters... more

Hobbies

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Issue: 2013-05-02

Every amateur astronomer's dream is to have totally dark skies, right in their own backyard. No time spent loading all your telescopes, binoculars, tables and gearboxes into your vehicle; just to unload all your gear as you set up at your... more

Hobbies

Similes and metaphors infuse our language with richness and power. more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Special Olympics Yukon

Tom Gibbs doesn’t get as many hugs as he used to. As the president of the board of Special Olympics Yukon these past five years, he isn’t working with the athletes as much and he isn’t able to give out as many of those encouraging hugs... more

Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

There are meetings. There is paperwork. There are grants to apply for and cheques to sign. But, for Jessica Hall, being the president of the Yukon Film Society is all about… people. more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Sarah Crane will tell you that her Riverdale community is "a great place to live" with its close proximity to downtown and the diversity of its residents. And the trails. Indeed, walk along the shore of the Yukon River, paralleling Riverdale... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Everybody knows that the Humane Society of Yukon takes care of our beloved animals in distress at the society-run Mae Bachur Animal Shelter. But who takes care of the people who take care of the animals? Well, that would be Brent Slobodin, the... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Philip Fitzgerald was embarrassed when he is asked about his greatest sense of accomplishment as the chair of the Yukon Hospital Foundation. “It sounds too financial,” he explained. Well? more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: Nita Daniels

To begin to understand Mark Daniels, you must first discard the stereotypes of a snowmobile owner. Yes, the president of the Klondike Snowmobile Association (KSA) owns snowmobiles – and ATVs and dirtbikes and quads and boats – but these are mostly... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Dorothy Bradley leaves her vehicle at Eagle Bay Park, where Whistle Bend Way and Range Road meet, and walks to the bench overlooking McIntyre Creek. It is a 10-minute walk along a path that is dappled with bright yellow aspen leaves. To the left... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Have you seen the gamers and sci-fi fans and people dressed up as action heroes from the comics and board games? Well, Paul Scholz is their president. To be more precise, he is the president of the Yukon Comic Culture Society, an all-volunteer... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: 2016 HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

“The best place to view the ride is from up high,” says Inge Sumanik. “But, for me, it is standing next to the fence and feeling the ground shake.” “The ride” that she refers to is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. Since 1876, the... more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

To devote an entire issue of What’s Up Yukon to the celebration of the hot dog, one must completely understand exactly what a hot dog is ... and isn’t. Immediately what scratches at the mind is the question: What is the difference between a... more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Terrence Cory Shorty

This is the story of a carpenter. If you did not see the accompanying photo, you can be excused for imagining it is about a man because, with a few exceptions, this trade is dominated by men. Katelyn Dawson is one of those exceptions, and she is al more

Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Oh what a wonderful time we live in. If you are in a strange, new city and need to know where the best coffee is served, there is an app for that. Just touch your smartphone. If you need to know if those noodles are gluten-free, well, the package... more

Yukon Careers

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Air North

I was writing a story about the Tatshenshini River for a magazine, and had just finished a 10-day rafting trip that left us at Dry Bay, Alaska, at the Pacific Ocean... the very definition of “the middle of nowhere.” more

Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

“I used to stand at my son’s bedroom window, when he was two or three, and look northward to see stars,” says Forest Pearson, a resident of downtown Whitehorse. “Then the streetlights were switched and we couldn’t do it anymore ... we couldn’t see... more

Yukon Business

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

“It is really nice here,” says Virginie Hamel as she looks at the high ceilings and natural woods of the Meadow Lakes Golf Club chalet. “It is super cozy.” This is exactly why she chose to open her new restaurant here in November, called Wintering... more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Winterlong Brewing Co. is absolutely, positively, not a mass production brewery -- in spite of market forces. The owners, Marko and Meghan Marjanovic, call market research “playing around.” They call complications “the fun part” and frustrations... more

Beverages

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Kaori Torigai loves beer in much the same way others love baseball. Or World of Warcraft. Like baseball, there are a mind-boggling array of statistics to consider. And, like World of Warcraft, there is a huge cast of characters. And, as in both... more

Beverages

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Michele Romanow

It is possible to come up with a million-dollar idea. But, from that eureka moment to seeing your bank balance tip over into seven figures, there is a lot of planning and cajoling and spending and risking. A lot. more

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: George Maratos

This is the second year that Northern Vision Development has challenged Whitehorse restaurants to make the best burger. This year six restaurants took the bait -- The Gold Pan Saloon, the High Country Inn, The Cut Off, Earls, the Steele Street... more

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

Jackie Yaklin is a true knitter. If you see her at the dentist office, she likely has knitting needles in her hands conjuring up something warm for someone. “It is like an obsession and I seem to be really obsessed with starting projects,” she... more

Yukon Local Business

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

    Travis Milos and Chelsea Wensel, with their three-month son, Cade, have opened Big Bear Donair at the corner of 4th Avenue and Alexander Street

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

    Travis Milos and Chelsea Wensel, with their three-month son, Cade, have opened Big Bear Donair at the corner of 4th Avenue and Alexander Street

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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Darrell Hookey

    If you are a piece of paper in Whitehorse, you do not want to meet these two: Lana and Owen Laviolette, of Secure Mobile Shredding