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Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Jubilee and Munin via Foter.com

You may have noticed the above quotation comes to you without attribution. That’s for good reason. Nobody seems to know who muttered it or even if it was ever uttered at all. The Tower ravens of London are arguably the most famous birds in history... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

Concretions are not shaped by running water or fabricated by humans, nor are they dinosaur eggs. They are fascinating geological formations that come in the most interesting shapes. Concretions are time capsules holding clues into the past... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-04-10, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

On a cold February day in 1993, local biologists Cameron Eckert, Pam Sinclair, Wendy Nixon and the late Helmut Grünberg met over coffee, determined to fill a major gap in Yukon’s birding community. While there was a strong body of knowledge and... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-04-03, Graphics: Yukon Fallen/Michael Gates

This slender volume contains brief biographies and photographs of the men from the Yukon who fought and died for Canada between 1914 and 1918. Seven of the enlisted died in 1919, but are recorded as still being in active service... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: NASA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA)

Its difficult not to be awed by the stunning beauty of the “grand design” spiral galaxies, so exquisitely detailed in Hubble images. These incomprehensibly immense discs of dust and gas and stars, structured on a sinuous backbone of fluid spiral... Read more

Hobbies

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

Within Whitehorse city limits, you can see Grey Mountain from almost anywhere. It is one of the first landmarks tourists see flying into the city. Eight thousand kilometres away, the residents around Salzburg, Austria, can look up from their... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons / Paul Gustave Doré

Very few writers throughout history have bonded with their subjects quite like Edgar Allan Poe and the Yukon’s territorial bird. His renowned 1845 poem, The Raven, a critical success, but financial failure, cemented man and bird into one entity to... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Women’s Transition Home Society

Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society is celebrating 40 years in good standing as a society in the Yukon. We were incorporated in 1979 and opened our doors in 1980. The Women’s Transition Home is located in Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional... Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: Charles Horton Metcalf Photograph Collection, 1896-1899 / Wikimedia Commons

No, her name wasn’t Klondike Kate, the Oregon Mare, Bombay Peggy or the (immortalized by Robert W. Service) “Lady that’s known as Lou.” She and her husband Albert were in the fabrication and construction business in Seattle... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-02-27, PHOTO: Chris English via Wikimedia Commons

One of my many favourite Bill Reid carvings, Raven and the First Men, is part of a Haida creation myth which is permanently displayed in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: Jonny Wilkie

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon life. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what’s going on to editor@WhatsUpYukon.com. Read more

Yukon See It Here

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous has been around since 1945 and a defining part of the winter festival has always been the Military. The term “Sourdough” comes from a sour-tasting bread starter that’s made by fermenting dough through a natural... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

I was driving by the Whitehorse courthouse the other day and it made me remember a warm sunny day in 1985 in Inuvik. A customer came into my auto parts store to buy a gizmo he was looking for. I presumed he was just another dumb truck driver... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: Alaska State Library/Alaska Territorial Governors Photograph Collection

“I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind them, of our Bill of Rights.” It was her Russian name that grabbed my attention as I was casually... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: Sabine Schulte

Tomáš Kubínek was just three years old on the August night in 1968 when 250,000 Warsaw Pact troops invaded his Czechoslovakian homeland to crush Alexander Dubček’s liberalization movement, known as the Prague Spring... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvousv

It’s been years since the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) was held on Main Street and still, once a month, someone asks – why isn’t Rendezvous held on Main Street anymore? Is it moving back there from Shipyards Park? When? Why not? Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

When Mary Fitton placed second in the Mad Trapper competition at the 1978 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR), some of the men complained. At the time, Mad(am) Trapper didn’t exist as a contest (in fact, it was the first year for Mad Trapper), but... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: DeYoung’s via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. President Donald Trump’s grandfather started the family fortune during the great Klondike Gold Rush. He never reached the Klondike Gold Fields; he was hundreds of miles short. Nevertheless, he made his golden stake in Golden, B.C., and in the... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

Rendezvous made Marj Eschak move to the Yukon. It was 1977. She’d only come up for the weekend, but was so impressed, she decided to stay. “So I’ve been in every one since then,” she said over the phone, a couple weeks before the 2019 Yukon... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

I was walking through downtown Edmonton, the other day, when an old-timer in curled-up cowboy boots saddled up to me and bummed six bits off of me for a glass of draught. I was so happy to hear that particular vernacular that I almost gave him a... Read more

Humour