Dennis Fentie is the premier of the Yukon and watches over an annual budget of $550 million ... but I don't care about that. I do care that he likes to play Bridge and, before he lost most of his free time to that government job thingy of his ... Read more

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Issue: 2017-10-11

Fall has arrived and Yukoners have all started to settle into our winter routines. This busy time of year seems like the perfect time to take over as editor of What’s Up Yukon. I’m excited for the challenge and have already had some great ideas... Read more

Yukon Arts & Entertainment


Issue: 2017-01-25

Dear readers, I’m excited to be taking over as editor. We’re already three issues deep into my mandate. I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about what I have planned. First, I’ve got a short story for you. Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

On Monday mornings, I get up and check my email. If I have worked over the weekend, I usually only have 30 or 40 unread messages. If I haven’t, it’s usually in the 60 to 70 range. I start at the bottom and go through them, filing stories that have... Read more

Yukon People

Captain Neely Leaves The Ship

Photo by Teddy F.

But alas, there comes a time when even the most tenacious journalist must succumb to the realities of pregnancy; that time has come for Tamara. This issue — the one in your hot little hands — is her last as editor.... Read more

What's Up Yukon Columns

In September 2008 I visited Scotland for two weeks with Casey Lee McLaughlin. I was almost killed on the slopes of Ben Nevis and I nearly went to heaven in the Oban distillery, Read more

Travel Outside

Shortly after setting up camp in my adolescent bedroom, I learned about What’s Up Yukon. I emailed then-editor Darrell Hookey — with a couple of attachments demonstrating my writing prowess — and mentioned I was interested in “editorial work.” Read more

What's Up Yukon Columns

Sometimes I wish I didn't know how to read. No. That's not true at all. I am endlessly grateful that I can read, and I wish everyone in the world had that privilege. What I should have said is that I wish I weren't addicted to books. No ... Read more

On the particular Friday in question, I set out to catch a little Main Street culture. When the #1 Riverdale rolled to a stop at the foot of my street, I blithely hopped aboard. That's when my first bald moment of the day struck ... Read more

The wonderful ArtsNet list serve is many things: a notice board, a trading post, a soapbox. I've never posted anything on it, but the ArtsNet folder in my email program contains 4659 items at the time of writing ... And that's just the ones I Read more

Some offers a person simply can't refuse. When the email inviting me to be part of the What's Up Yukon team landed, the cadence of Marlon Brando coming down the wire was unmistakable. The pressure was intense. How could I rush ... Read more

What's Up Yukon Writers

But what What's Up Yukon offers that online information-sharing cannot is a sense of place and a sense of shared experience. Read more


As you are reading this, there is a different editor preparing the next issue of What's Up Yukon, as I have stepped aside to allow some fresh blood to take this beloved paper to the next level. That editor is a friend of the paper, Elaine Corden, ed Read more

Yukon Business

My computer cheats at Backgammon. Let's all ponder that for a moment. Pathetic, eh? But is it pathetic because I like to play Backgammon on my computer, whereas I could be conquering fantastical creatures in World of Warcraft? Or is it pathetic bec Read more


Hmmm, you know, I've always felt that my Mom and Dad did a good job of teaching me how to walk. Seventeen years later, their lack of follow-up and obvious lax standards were efficiently cleaned up by Sergeant Hannah. Read more

Yukon Active

These days, whenever I drive past Home Hardware, I throw my head back and laugh. You see, I am now a renter. Yup, most of my adult life, I have owned a home (well, the bank and I did) and, so, most of my adult life I have always needed to buy top Read more


June was a bad month to be a human. First, we all watched with horror as Armando Galarraga's perfect game was stolen from him, at the 27th out, by ... human error. Read more

Yukon Active

The atmosphere contains sufficient quantities of oxygen, but very little moisture. It is amazing that anything can grow here. The vegetation is as fantastical as anything I have seen on any other planet, with spears protruding from many of the variet Read more


I can't thank each of What's Up Yukon's readers personally for their patience as I try to find my way through this stint as guest editor. Read more

What's Up Yukon Columns

By the time you read this, I will sitting on my brother's back deck where it is 40 degrees in the shade. My fiancé and I are heading to Arizona to tie the knot in his back yard as he and his wife stand up for us, and my niece officiates. And I know Read more


I met an expectant mother the other day and I asked if they had picked out a name yet. When she said, no, they haven't, I tried to be helpful by suggesting that a good name would be "Darrell". She received this assistance in the worst way ... Read more