Klondike Sun, June 29, 2011
News and events from the capital of the Klondike.
KLONDIKE Dust to Dawson The SUN $1.25 Wednesday June 29, 2011 • Vol. 23, No. 5 ONLINE EDITION "It ain't gold but it's close!" Story and photos by Dan Davidson The Dust to Dawson motorcycle gathering began last Thursday and continued into the weekend. Though it was officially a two day event, some made it three or more by arriving on Wednesday or by staying on afterwards. “This is a gathering, not a Rally”, says the information on the website which has lured close to 200 bikers to the Klondike last week. In spite of that disclaimer, there were biker games on Friday night, there was a Poker Run and a steak dinner at the Palace Grand Theatre. But the website also advised the participants to simply enjoy Dawson for a couple of days. The organizers recommended the following: - Visit the Dredge. (take the tour; it’s worth the $) - Take a walk in the 1800's graveyard. - Visit the Robert Service Cabin. - Take a walking tour of the town. - Spend an hour or two in the Museum. - Check out the paddle wheeler. - Throw rocks into the Yukon. - Go skinny dipping in the Yukon. - Meet “Fighter” the Founder of the D2D. (the original name was the Over The Top Hop but D2D fit on the T-shirt better) - Or just stand around on the boardwalk and BS with other ADV riders. After all this ain’t no (expletive deleted) rally, so have fun. They spent a lot of time just hanging out at the Downtown Hotel and along 2nd Avenue, checking out each other’s bikes and enjoying the long evening sun. Bikers arriving. in this Issue Minor Soccer Championships 5 The U11 portion of the Yukon Championships was held at Crocus Bluff on June 10 - 12 Pasloski Ceremony Uffish Thoughts: Cut-off Slinky Mine 3 4 6 Mysterious Lillian Ailing Aboriginal Day Celebrations DCMF Profiles 7 8-9 12 Commissioner's Ball 10 The Yukon celebrated its 113th birthday at this annual gala event held at the Palace Grand. Riding the G.B. Ferry Tara'a Birds Randolph Reading 13 19 20 Pasloski presses on 23 The newly minted premier faced his first question period shortly after being sworn in at the Museum. Relay for Life photos RSS Awards Commissioner's Tea 21 22 24 P2 Wednesday June 29, 2011 What to SEE and DO in dawson now: This free public service helps our readers find their way through the many activities all over town. Any small happening may need preparation and planning, so let us know in good time! To join this listing contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) Odd Gallery: The Natural & The Manufactured 2011 -â€¨Platform01: The Creation of Evolution: June 16th - July 15th. Gallery hours: Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 5 pm , Sat. Noon - 5pm. CONFLUENCE GALLERY: Everyday I'm Hustlin': June 16 - July 10. Original photographs by local artists + historic works from the Dawson Museum, TH Archives and Yukon Archives. Curated by Megan Graham. KIDS' ART CAMP: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 pm, June 21 - July 28. $36/week, or $200/all summer. Please phone 993-5005 for more information or to register. Visit www.kiac.ca for current exhibitions and programming information. Zumba Fitness Class Held in the Odd Fellows Ballroom at KIAC. Classes Sat: 4-5 PM, Mon: 5:306:30 PM. $10 drop-in fee or punch cards are available. For more information please contact Michelle Fisher at email@example.com THE KLONDIKE SUN Dawson City Recreation Department Drop-in Badminton, Mondays in the RSS Gymnasium - 6:15- 8 p.m. Kickboxing, Tues & Thurs, 5:30-7:30 PM in the Ancillary Room. For more information on these and other available programs, please contact the Rec Department, 993-2353. For CANADA DAY event listings, see pg 28. Bombay Peggy's TRIVIA: Mondays @ 8:30 PM with your host Freddy. Prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams. Westminster Hotel Live music in the Tavern, Thurs. - Sat. nights, 4-8. In the lounge this month: Friday nights, the Greasy Band, Saturday nights featuring Harmonica George and friends. Music starts at 10 p.m. Dawson City Chamber of Commerce Regular meetings 2nd Wed. of each month. Dawson City Community Library Open Mon - Fri, noon to 6:30. FRIDAY STORYTIME: Do you know children who love (or struggle) with books? A preschooler who likes to be read to? If so, drop by the library on a Friday. Preschoolers storytime is 12-2 PM & the Reading Club for 6-12 year olds is 2-4 PM. Drop by with your little one for an hour or more of poetry, stories and games. Conservation Klondike Society Depot Hours: Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed: 1-5 pm, Tues: 3-7 pm. Donations of refundables may be left on the deck during off hours. Info: 993-6666. Klondike Vistor's Association Diamond Tooth Gertie's: Our unique Can-can shows have begun, 7 days a week, 3 times nightly: 8:30/10:30/Midnight Canada Day Pancake Breakfast Enjoy Aldene's famous Sourdough pancakes for the low price of $8.00. Brought to you by St. Paul's Anglican Church. Event held at St. Mary's Hall - corner of 5th & King. Funds go to the repair on the minister's home and the Thift Store's new entryway. Bike Photos by Lisa McKenna Wednesday June 29, 2011 P3 THE KLONDIKE SUN Darrell Pasloski Becomes the Yukon’s New Premier Story & Photos By Dan Davidson History was made in Dawson City over the weekend when a territorial premier was sworn into office here for the first time. This may seem odd, but in the days when Dawson was the territory’s capital, the Commissioner was the person in charge of the government, only some of his executive committee members were elected, and there was no such thing as a government leader or a premier. So the installation of Darrell this historic chamber,” Phillips said. “This ceremony will see Mr. Darrell Pasloski formally installed as the Premier of the Yukon. As Premier, Mr. Pasloski will also become president of cabinet.” Pasloski was elected leader of the Yukon Party on May 28, succeeding Dennis Fentie, who served two consecutive terms as Yukon’s premier. The newly appointed premier will carry the Finance, Executive Council Office, Yukon Development Corporation and Yukon Energy Pasloski, the newly elected leader of the governing Yukon Party, was indeed a piece of history in the making. The ceremony was brief, taking hardly eight minutes in total from the time that cabinet secretary Janet Moody introduced Commissioner Doug Phillips to the fifty or so people gathered in the former legislative chamber on the second floor of the Old Territorial Administration Building (now mostly devoted to the Dawson City Museum). “It’s certainly a great pleasure to welcome you all here this morning for this special event in Corporation portfolios. “Mr. Pasloski today takes on the obligation to Yukoners that, as Premier, he will do his best to serve the Yukon and its citizens,” Phillips concluded before going on to administer the oaths. Holding the large, white ceremonial Bible, Pasloski swore the following: The Oath of Allegiance: “I, Darrell Thomas Pasloski, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.” Darrell Thomas Pasloski takes his oaths before Commissioner Doug Phillips. The Oath of Office: “I, Darrell Thomas Pasloski, do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will duly and faithfully and to the best of my skill and knowledge execute the powers and trust reposed in me as a member of the Executive Council of Yukon. So help me God.” The Oath of Secrecy: “I, Darrell Thomas Pasloski, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will faithfully and honestly fulfill the duties that devolve upon me by reason of my appointment as a member of the Executive Council of Yukon and that I will not, without due authority in that behalf, disclose or make known any matter that comes to my knowledge by reason of such an appointment.” Following this, the pair moved to a side table where they signed the documents that made it all official. Moody explained that there were three documents involved. The first appointed Mr. Pasloski to his new office; the second assigned him his portfolios in the government; and the third revoked the appointment of the former Yukon party leader, Dennis Fentie, to those same positions. Premier Pasloski addressed the crowd briefly after the signing. “This is a very special day for me. I’m honoured today to be sworn in as Premier of Yukon. It’s truly humbling and I’m very proud to be elected as leader of the Yukon Party and also the government of Yukon. “In the coming months. I’m going to work very, very hard to insure that I can earn the trust and respect and support of Yukoners. There’s a lot of things going on in the Yukon. There’s always challenges, but there’s been a lot of great accomplishments as well. We’ve got a growing population. Our economy is strong. We have excellent relations with our First The official documents are signed. Nations governing partners. “In conclusion I would like to thank and recognize outgoing Premier Dennis Fentie and his team for the excellent job they’ve done to this point. We are on a path of prosperity and we need to continue to build on our successes and maintain that movement with integrity and with respect and a team approach, to continue to make Yukon a place that we all want.” Events at the OTAB concluded with much picture taking, hand shaking and a special family shot of the Pasloski family, including both sets of parents, who travelled here from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, for this occasion, on the front steps of the building. Greetings arrived from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the form of a press release. “On behalf of our Government, I offer my most sincere congratulations to Mr. Pasloski on winning the leadership of his party and becoming the next Premier of Yukon. “Our Government has made Canada’s North a cornerstone of its agenda, and I look forward to working closely with him to take action on the priorities of Yukoners and all Canadians, including the implementation of our Northern Strategy.” Harper also commended Dennis Fentie for his years of service and wished him well in his future endeavors. Darrell and Tammie Pasloski pose with their parents. Did You Know that Burn Barrels Require Burning Permits? If you plan to dispose of debris using a burn barrel, obtain a FREE burning permit from your local Wildland Fire Management or Client Services District Office. 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We got lost in Guysborough County last June. We were never in any danger of not getting ourselves sorted out, but we hadn’t intended to go to Antigonish, and that’s where we fetched up. The map wasn’t as clear as it might have been, and GPS would not have helped if we’d had it, since a lot of the provinces roads aren’t included there yet. It made me think of my late Editor’s Note Aunt Doris, who was a bit of a fussbudget when it came to aimless weekend drives. She would get nervous as the houses thinned out and became more and more what she called "shacky", but could always be calmed by the sight of a utility pole of any description. She favoured telephone poles, and would be heard murmuring, "Well, we must be close to somewhere. People still have telephones here." I have seldom had that feeling in any of the three rural Yukon communities in which we have lived, but I got just a taste of it on last Wednesday when all means of communication south of the town were cut off for a few hours. It began with the postal strike, of course. The rotating shut downs were a nuisance, for sure, but it took Canada Post’s crack management team to turn an inconvenience into a full-blown crisis by declaring a lockout. You do get used to seeing nothing but local fliers in your box after a day or two. There is still email and the Internet, so life goes on and the world is still out there. Except when it isn’t. Such was the case for some six or seven hours on Wednesday afternoon, two weeks ago, when a very important cable was cut somewhere by Fox Lake. Suddenly there was no email, no Internet, no debit or credit card service at our local stores (except for the smart folks who have kept their old manual sliders and a supply of credit slips), no Interac for people who suddenly needed cash. The RCMP were cut off for a while, and the town office seemed to be out of reach for the rest of the day, though most calls within the town still connected. I know the Mounties managed to get a different link to work, for it was from them that I learned what had happened long before the problem was fixed. It’s rather ironic that this major disruption took place so shortly after NorthwesTel announced the completion of its alternate cable into the Yukon via northern BC and the NWT, the one that was supposed to be the cure for all those cables that keep getting cut south of the Yukon border. I suppose they could solve this other internal problem by double tracking the entire system throughout the territory making certain that the cables were at least five metres apart for their entire length. That would solve the connectivity problem. Buried cable wouldn’t have helped my aunt fell secure at all, but now there are power poles visible almost all the way to Dawson and I suppose she might have been content with that. Comments about the new look Klondike Sun have been uniformly positive so far. Continue to lket us know what you think about all this. Elsewhere in the paper, Evan has penned a piece about our newest attempt at a website. Evan and John Steins have been tinkering with options for several months now. Check it out and let us know what you think. The back issues from 1989 to 1991 have now been posted there. As usual, we invite you all to get involved. Have you got a great idea for a regular column? Interesting photos or stories from local events? 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THE KLONDIKE SUN Deadline for ad & story submissions: Friday, July 8, 2011 at Noon For More Information: Email: email@example.com Telephone: (867) 993-6318 Fax: (867) 993-6625 Bag 6040 • Dawson City, Yukon • Y0B 1G0 Published by the Literary Society of the Klondike: Director Emeritus: Palma Berger Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 1-5 PM President: Tara Borin Advertising/Production Manager: Evan Rensch Tel: (867)-993-6318 Fax: (867)-993-6625 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRINTED BY THE YUKON NEWS IN WHITEHORSE, YT Societies Registration # 34600-20 GST # 12531 0581 RT Vice-President: Dan Davidson Board of Directors: Florian Boulais, Miles Kenyon, Megan Graham, Aubyn O’Grady Editor/Head Writer: Dan Davidson Staff Reporter: Lisa McKenna Subscriptions/Distribution: Diverse Hands see volunteer list Bookkeeping: Karen McIntyre It Figures Bookkeeping Reporters/Photographers: Tara Borin, Glenda Bolt, Palma Berger, Betty Davidson, Jay Armitage & others as noted Webmaster: John Steins We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for our publishing activities. Wednesday June 29, 2011 P5 THE KLONDIKE SUN Yukon Soccer Championships U11 Cross-Field Story & Photos Submitted Dawson City Minor Soccer and the Yukon Soccer Association hosted the U11 portion of the Yukon Championships June 10 to 12. For the first time, part of the annual championships was played outside of Whitehorse, at the Crocus Bluff field in Dawson City. “We’re thrilled to be in Dawson which has the best field for soccer in the Yukon,” said Johnny Nunan, President of the Yukon Soccer Association. “With the field, the weather, the caliber of teams playing, the support for the local community what a fantastic weekend of footie.” Four teams competed in the U11 category with the Little Peppers defeating Dawson Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in 3-2 in the gold medal match, while Envirolube beat Peak Fitness 8-7 in extra time for the bronze. DCMS also put on a skills and drills competition for the players with Ethan Gaw and Emma Davis winning the ball juggling contest, Felix Maltais and Georgia Gaw winning the fastest dribbler, Angus Clarke and Georgia Gaw winning the hardest shot portion while Ewan Halliday and Madison Dorion won the old NASL style shoot-out competition. “It was a great day, a great weekend,” said Irwin Gaw, President of DCMS. “It took a lot of coordination to make this event happen outside of Whitehorse,” said Nunan. “A lot of organizations came together including Carmen Dubois of DCMS and Kerry Maltais from Whitehorse Minor Soccer, Peter and Karen Jenkins and many exceptional parents including Vera Holmes, who organized the Saturday evening barbeque.” “They’re all a goal to the good in my books!” “It was a great weekend,” said Ron Bramadat, coach of Peak Fitness. “It was a long way to come but I think it was a great idea because by Saturday afternoon, all the Whitehorse kids and Dawson kids were playing together between games. It was a great way for kids of the territory to become friends.” YSA and DCMS would like to send out a big thank you to Arctic Inland, Gammie Trucking, the Eldorado Hotel, the YOOP, Ryan-Wood Exploration, the City of Dawson and Jeremy ‘what’s in my backyard’ Lancaster. The chefs, Vera and Elizabeth Photos by Dan Davidson Dawson team with their silver medals: Front - Brandon Kormendy, Ethan Gaw, Jesse Favron, Emma Davis, Leilani Sharp-Chan Back - Sam Crocker, Billy Holmes, Lauren Jenkins, Will Connellan THE KLONDIKE SUN thanks our volunteers! chief writer & editor - Dan Davidson webmaster/online assistance - John Steins proofreading - Betty Davidson, Miles Kenyon, Megan Graham & Colleen Smith layout - Dan, Evan Rensch, Miles, & Megan subscription mailing/retailer deliveries - Cpl. Karina Watson taking a shot in the parent and coaches game Saturday night. Karen MacKay, Palma Berger, Colleen Smith, Judith Blackburn-Johnson P6 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN in our community Slinky Mine Needs a Better Plan Story & Photos By Dan Davidson Dawson’s council has rejected a proposal by the Slinky Mine regarding relocation of one of its streets and is requesting a plan that is specific to that location rather than the generic photocopy of a road plan from Alberta Transportation and Utilities Engineering Division stamped by the mine’s representative, Randy Clarkson, (This type) of roadway is only used where less than three residences are served.” Mary MacLeod Road is one of the two access roads between the downtown core and the Dome subdivisions. While there is period of some weeks (sometimes a couple of months) in the winter when the road cannot be used due to creeping glaciation on the downhill side past the cemeteries, it is in use most of the year for the several The Slinky Mine clear-cut the brush and trees from this land beside the Mary MacLeod Road last summer, encroaching on the town’s road rightof-way in the process. P.Eng. One of the conditions of the development permit the town issued Darrell Carey’s mine last summer was that any attempt to relocate the Mary McLeod or Dome Roads for the purpose of mining under them could not be undertaken without the miner first providing properly drafted engineer approved plans which meet Yukon standards. Councillor Bill Kendrick pointed out that the Alberta generic sample diagram submitted as a sample of the standard to which Slinky proposes to restore the road contains the following note: dozen homes on the Dome and the half dozen or so along the road itself. It would therefore be an error to refer to the road as “a local traffic only seasonal trail” as Mr. Clarkson does in his cover letter. Council voted to require Mr. Carey to supply additional information showing “intersection specifics” as required by condition number five of his municipal development permit. Mayor Peter Jenkins bluntly stated that a photocopy of a page from the Alberta highways manual was insufficient planning to meet that condition. “What we have here,” said Coun. Stephen Johnson “is not sufficient for making a determination.” The city administration has already surveyed and marked the area into which it does not want the miner to intrude. Community Development Officer Micah Olesh’s report on the matter indicated that the local office of Energy, Mines and Resources had not determined if the plan submitted by Mr. Clarkson on behalf of the miner was sufficient to get EMR approval. Coun. Rick Riemer wanted to know that the miner was going to be prepared to leave the road in a better condition than it currently is, as there is no advantage to the city if the already poor intersection with the Dome Road is made worse. The map that was provided did not show how that would work. Noting that the Clarkson letter refers to the road as the "Mary MacLeod Trail" throughout its length, Mayor Jenkins said, “It’s not a trail at all. The whole premise on which this (plan) is presented is incorrect.” City manager Jeff Renaud said that Mr. Clarkson had been presented with a proper cross section of that intersection, provided by himself and Yukon’s Dept. of Highways, to help in the preparation of his presentation. It did not appear that he used it. “This is substantially unacceptable information,” Renaud said. “Like” the Klondike Sun on Mary McLeod Road (the original Dome Road) veers off from the current Dome Road to the left at an extreme angle here. Council maintains that any attempt to relocate the road in order to mine through it should leave the town with a better intersection than the current one. Wednesday June 29, 2011 P7 THE KLONDIKE SUN in our community The Mysterious Story of Lillian Ailing Story & Photo By Clare Brown In the Dawson City Museum train shelter on a rainy day, a group of tourists from all over the continent listen intently to the story of an unsolved Yukon mystery. “No one knows for sure why a slender young woman undertook such an epic journey,” narrates Alex Somerville, an interpreter at the Museum. “Perhaps she was homesick, perhaps the life of a new immigrant in New York City wasn’t all she had imagined,” he says pacing intensely back and forth stopping at audience members along the way. “Lacking the money for transport home Lillian Alling decided to take the long way around and yes,” he pauses, “walk to Russia.” The brand new summer program is a hit at the museum. It tells the story of a young woman who travelled mostly by foot from New York City to Dawson City on the way back to her Russian homeland. Planning the program began when Laura Mann, the museum’s executive director received a research request from a woman writing a book about Lillian Alling. “Funnily enough she knew about a letter we had from a gentleman who lived in Dawson at the time and worked for the bank of commerce,” says Mann. She explains that the letters were lost somewhere, unsorted in a fifteen year backlog of artefacts that has since been catalogued. “While I’m getting the letter for her and getting any other information about Lillian, we discovered that we had two photos of Lillian that we didn’t know we had,” laughs Mann. When she found the photos and started working with the book’s author, Mann knew it would make a great summer program. “Lillian has been a mystery to Dawson since she was here,” she says, “and every once in awhile her name surfaces.” The museum’s overall goal is to draw people in to a story and show them what it was really like to live in Dawson City history and Mann says the Lillian Alling performance gives tourists an extra chance to connect with a story and take something away from their visit. Back in the locomotive shelter, Somerville passes out the two photos of a disgruntled Lillian Alling. “There’s something to be said for facts and details and dates and numbers but I think when people leave, it’s the stories they remember, it’s the stories they take away and it’s the stories that they can tell other people,” he says after the presentation. Both he and Mann agree that visitors are really enjoying the program and latch on to the mystery. Ottawa Ontario tourist Heather White had heard about Alling’s journey before and was compelled to learn more about such a mysterious Klondike character. “We came in here and saw that the play was happening which was really very exciting because we were quite curious,” she says. White says Alling’s sense of adventure and peculiar journey really peak people’s interest. “You scratch at the surface of where she might have ended up, and what happened to her. It was great, we really enjoyed it,” says White. Lillian Alling is the last performance of the day at five o’clock daily and is one of two brand new programs on the museum’s summer schedule. -30- P8 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN New Ceremonies Mark Aboriginal Day Celebrations in Dawson Story & Photos By Dan Davidson THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY SAYS: Thank you Dawson City for a very successful Relay for Life held on May 28, 2011! • We raised a total of $ 43,377!!! • Had 150 eager participants!! • 14 registered teams!! • 17 registered cancer survivors!! • And perfect weather in a beautiful setting!! We couldn’t have done it without the generous sponsors and supporters and of course the wonderful MANY volunteers!! • the lead volunteers • DCMF • Dawson City Junior Rangers • volunteer firefighters • the energetic grade five class • the musicians • the RCMP member in red serge • the people who donated and bought at the silent auction Despite the constant drizzle and occasional serious spatter, spirits were not dampened and attendance remained strong at Dawson’s Aboriginal Days events, held mostly outdoors at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre on Front Street. Emceed by Erika Scheffen (in her Gramma Ernestine persona), the afternoon began with an opening prayer by elder and Anglican Deacon Percy Henry and a procession by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Singers and Drummers, who sang and danced the “Welcome Song”, the “Moosehide-Eagle Song”, the “Grandma Song”, the “Ross River Song”, the “Happy Day Song” and the “Flag Song”. Deputy Chief Roberta Joseph welcomed everyone to the afternoon’s events and called on the senior levels of government to make Aboriginal Day a Statutory Holiday. Music was a big part of the afternoon with contributions from Diyet (accompanied by Robert van Lieshout), Art Johns and Nola Lamken, the Pit Band (Billy and Bob Hilliard, Willie Gordon and Jimmy Roberts) and Ecka Janus. There were two special events during the afternoon. Jackie Olsen, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Director of Heritage, presided over a Welcoming Ceremony for the young citizens who had been born recently. “We're hoping to make this an annual event. This is our first time, so bear with us as we work out the kinks,” she said. Elder Mabel Henry and Dolores Anderson assisted as each new citizen was introduced to the crowd. Not all of the announced names were present on this drizzly afternoon, but there were enough to make it a moving ceremony. Following that came a revival of an old tradition, the Naming Ceremony. “Dänojà (long time ago)”, Olsen explained, “when a baby was born it was given a name by an elder of the family group. This name did not always come right away. It was determined as the elder watched the child and noticed something in the child that stood out. It could be a characteristic, something significant that happened to them. In some cases the child was given an ancestor’s name in honour of that person, bringing the name forward into new generations.” Olsen explained that this was once a long and complicated ceremony that could go on for days as the child’s entire genealogy was recited. “We have not done this ceremony in a very long time and the children are asking ‘Why don’t I have an Indian name?’” Olsen asked the entire assembled audience to form a large circle for the ceremony and, as each new name was given, to respond by reciting the name three times. There were names given to both infants and teenagers, and the audience responded with great enthusiasm. “Walk proudly and wear your name with pride,” Olsen told the recipients. “Shout it out to the world at every opportunity.” Lunch for the day was provided by the Dawson Women’s Shelter. Special guests for the afternoon included the International Ambassadors’ Northern Tour group. “The ambassadors had a very different experience from the tour we usually give them,” said Dänojà Zho manager Glenda Bolt. She also noted that no one seemed to mind the rain much. Tours inside the cultural centre began just after 3 o’clock when the outdoor activities were done. This year’s seasonal display celebrates the tradition of storytelling among the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. “We got some really great comments from people coming out as they left,” Bolt said. • the head shaver and those who got their heads shaved! • to the people who purchased 192 luminaries This all helped us pass the goals set for us! The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Singers and Drummers. Wednesday June 29, 2011 P9 THE KLONDIKE SUN Jackie Olsen, Mabel Henry and Dolores Anderson welcome a new member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. Diyet and Robert van Lieshout. The Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre was the gathering point for Aboriginal Day celebrations. Nola Lamken and Art Johns. Erika Scheffen and Percy Henry during the Opening Prayer. Youngsters dance to the Pit Band In-Store Specials & Fresh Coffee every day! The Pit Band: Bill Hilliard, Willie Gordon, Jimmy Roberts and Barnacle Bob Hilliard. THE KLONDIKE SUN makes a great gift: SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Tel: 993-6567 Fax: 993-5973 European cheeses and Organic foods Our Specialties IN A RUSH? IN A HURRY? Check out our Deli with ALL KINDS of great snacks! Pizza by the slice, gourmet sandwiches and dessert goodies FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES? FINANCIAL CREDITORDIFFICULTIES? PROBLEMS? CREDITOR PROBLEMS? LOSS EMPLOYMENT? LOSS OF OF EMPLOYMENT? 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He went on to acoutnumbered the people across knowledge the presence the street at the Old Post Office. of a number of former It had not been planned in ad- commissioners: Geralvance that Midnight Sun Piper’s dine Van Bibber, Judy Pat Ross would pipe in the Com- Gingell, Ken McKinnon, Sophie Ross missioner’s party, but something Doug Bell, Art Pearson. Phillips thanked his red coated about having the man walking Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Yuaround in full piper’s regalia (with kon Lorne and June Raymond, and Aides de Camp, RCMP Staff Sgt. Mapipes nearby, just in case) seemed Miss Sourdough Rendezvous 2011, jor Al Hubley, and Canadian Forces Captain Mark Patterson, who vola strong enough hint and so that’s Carolyn Carter. unteer their time for this office during the year. “We also have with us … someone whom I had the pleasure of swearing in today as the new Premier of the Yukon, Mr. Darrell Pasloski and his wife, Tammie.” Speaker of the House, Ted Staffen was also present, along with Klondike MLA Steve Nordick. Surprisingly, no other elected Yukon Party members were present, though there were several Liberal MLAs in attendance. “It certainly is a real pleasure to be back here in Dawson City for Dale (Stokes, his wife) and I as Commissioner. A certain renowned Dawsonite reminds me that I’ve come back to the center of the uniCommissioner Phillips and the Ross girls. verse every time I come to Dawson Group photo by Evan Rensch City. Every time I return here he reminds me that this is what Dawson is and, y’know, when you get here on a day like this, with the events we’ve had today, it really is, today, the center of the universe. “An awful lot has changed in Dawson City and yet a lot of it has stayed the same. I always kid this person from time to time, when she in- Liberal Leader Arthur Mitchell and his vites me to Dawson City to wife, Nancy, arrive at the Ball. take part in the festivities … I tell her ‘I don’t know if I want were staked in this area. Entrepreto go to Dawson City much more, neurs set up new businesses, the because every time I come there hotels were full and the tent city you tell me there’s new buildings, came to life. They were arriving by and every time I come here all the all means possible: fixed wing, helibuildings look the same.’ She says, copter and rental truck. ‘Well, that’s the deal here. All the “Wait a minute! That wasn’t then; buildings are supposed to look the that’s now. same.’ “Dawson is in the middle of a “A hundred years ago, gold seek- new gold rush and that’s very exciters flocked to the Dawson area, and ing for Dawson City and the Yukon, hundreds and thousands of claims that things are happening in Dawson. Probably, in the end, they’ll be bigger than they ever were in the 1898 Gold Rush. Who could have imagined that 113 years later we would be starting all over again? ‘There are some interesting comparisons between the gold rush then and the gold rush today. From 1896 to 1903, $96 million of gold was taken out of the Klondike. Last year alone 46,000 Speak Ted Staffen. ounces of gold were recovered Wednesday June 29, 2011 P11 THE KLONDIKE SUN the Lead on the Ball worth $69 million in today’s prices. It’s estimated that there’s going to be, in exploration alone this year, in the Dawson area, $47 million in exploration. That’s astronomical, compared with what it was years ago. Over 32,000 claims were staked just last year and I understand there’s about 63,000 active in the Dawson area this year. “Ladies and gentlemen, Dawson City is alive and well and Dawsonites are seizing the opportunities created by the demand (for) Yukon’s mineral wealth.” Having thanked both Parks Canada and the Klondike Visitors Association for the work they do in making this Ball happen, Phillips went on to announce that he intends his office to take a more active part in planning and promoting the ball. “In the future the Commissioner’s office will be taking the lead role in organizing this event and will endeavor to keep this event up to the standard set by the KVA. My hope is that this event will continue as a major event in Dawson City and, in fact, will grow, as I hope, over the next five years, to put more effort into recognizing Yukon’s birthday.” The territory has other kinds of wealth as well, and Phillips has decided that one of his goals as Commissioner will be to encourage the arts and culture sector, beginning with musical talent. To that end, sisters Sophie and Emily Ross were each invited to the stage to serenade the ball, following which Phillips announced in advance that Commissioner Doug Phillips he’s inviting them back in five years to sing for his last Ball. The other big announcement was from the Honourable Ted Staffen, who took the microphone to reveal that a project begun by Geraldine Van Bibber during her term of office was now well under way. Linda Johnson has been commissioned to research, interview and write a book covering the history of the Yukon’s commissioners. This will make a companion volume for her last book, With the People Who Live Here: The History of the Yukon Legislature, 1909 – 1961. Staffen presented a copy of the completed first chapter to Phillips. “This is long overdue,” said the Commissioner. “Geraldine, it’s a Pat Ross piped the Commissioner into the banquet room. wonderful project and from every single Yukoner out there, thank you very much.” In addition, Staffen gave Phillips a print of a photograph taken at the time that the Commissioner’s Residence was recommissioned in 1996. “In this photograph you’ll see many of the people that are here this evening, former commissioners and a Minister of Tourism that has dark hair.” Phillips was Minister of Tourism at that time and that line got a laugh from the audience. The evening continued with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Triple J Hotel and dancing to tunes provided by the Canucks. Former commissioner Ken McKinnon chats with current Commissioner Doug Phillips. P12 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN This is the last installment of the Klondike Sun's series of artist profiles for the 2011 Dawson City Music Festival. Tickets are running out - visit the festival’s new website www.dcmf.com to grab some before they're gone and check out this year's complete schedule while you're at it. Profile: Owen Pallett Don’t Stop Believin’: DCMF Volunteers In Action: 1979-2010 For the first time in DCMF history, the Festival is proud to present an art show, taking place at the Confluence Gallery (at the Yukon SOVA building, 3rd & King) from July 14-17, 2011. "Don’t Stop Believin’" is a visual history of volunteerism in Dawson, curated by local photographer (and Klondike Sun office manager) Evan Rensch. Featuring photographs by approximately ten Yukon-based photographers, covering a thirty-year span of Dawson City Music Festival volunteering, this show promises to be an emotional and hilarious journey through our collective Festival past. For two months, Rensch has been digging through boxes, binders, archives, and filing cabinets in search of precious moments captured on film throughout the years. He’s gathered a remarkable selection of photos that feature everyone from Festival founders to second-generation volunteers, hard at work (and at play) during the Festival weekend. Along the way, the exhibit captures some unforgettable events in DCMF history: fires, floods, tears and laughter. The show features images from Jay Armitage, Aaron Woroniuk, Davida Nemeroff, Michael Edwards, Kevin Hastings, Mario Villeneuve, Karen Dubois, Gail Calder and Monina Wittfoth among others. Many of them have been generously donated from the collections of the individual photographers; others have been sourced from the Dawson City Museum and the Yukon Archives. The exhibit’s opening will take place at the Confluence Gallery on Thursday, July 14, from 5:30-7:30. It’s a great first stop on your DCMF weekend, and takes place directly across the street from, and right before, the Owen Pallett concert described in these pages. The exhibit is free and open to all; during the weekend, it will be viewable each day from 3-7 PM. On July 14th, Owen Pallett will grace Dawson with an uncommonly intimate concert at the Palace Grand Theatre. This show is presented by the Dawson City Music Festival Association but is not part of the Festival – rather, it is a separatelyticketed event that forms part of the Association’s year-round concert series. Since his last appearance in Dawson (Dawson City Music Festival 2006, under his former stage name Final Fantasy), Pallett has gone on to relative superstardom, performing at Madison Square Garden, on late night TV, and at festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury as well as becoming a recipient of the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. He remains a contributing member and string arranger for the world-famous Montreal group, Arcade Fire. Owen’s eponymous release (Domino Records) received near-unanimous critical support, cementing his position as one of the world’s most inventive composers. Pallett has a superlative ability to draw on classical and avant-garde string arrangement traditions and insert them into a pure pop context. He has become well known for his solo performances involving looped violin and keyboard that results in a one-man orchestral display unrivalled by his contemporaries. He’s recently begun playing in a trio configuration: drummer Rob Gordon’s wildly-unorthodox and extremely mobile playing style is worth the price of admission on its own. Jeremy Strachan (reeds) & Jean Martin (percussion) will open with a short set of jazz. Strachan & Martin are two of Canada's foremost adventurers in new music. Strachan is a member of Toronto-based jazz duo Feuermusik, while Martin can be seen playing with Tanya Tagaq at this year’s Dawson City Music Festival. This duo set, commissioned especially for the Palace Grand, is a brand new project and a truly unique opportunity to witness two of Canada’s best improvisational musicians. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show will begin by 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30 and are still available online at www.yukontickets.com , by calling the Yukon Arts Centre’s box office, (867)-667-8574, or in person at Maximilian’s Gold Rush Emporium in Dawson as well as Arts Underground and the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse. WHITEHORSE IN THE EVENING. New Monday & Friday evening departures. Until September 9. Depart WHITEHORSE DaWSON CITy Arrive 5:00pM 6:35pM › › DaWSON CITy WHITEHORSE 6:15pM 7:50pM flyairnorth.com Call your local travel agent, or Air North at 1.800.661.0407 or (867) 668.2228 Wednesday June 29, 2011 P13 THE KLONDIKE SUN Riding the George Black Ferry Story and Photos by Lisa McKenna The George Black Ferry runs 24 hours a day all summer. to Whitehorse where it was assembled, and finally piloted down to Dawson my the late Frank Slim on 1967. The ferry was presently being run by Roger Mendelsohn, who has been ferrying people and supplies for 25 years, tallying up over 93,000 miles !!! Roger stressed how the ferry is always in top maintenance form and stated that he had had only one incident when the power to the rudder was lost, but fortunately this was in late October so the ice just pushed him into shore perfectly! He also had some interesting passengers over the years. “Cowboy” Smith used to take his horse across frequently, some times joined by the horses of Swede Creek. He even had a passenger at 3 a.m. arrive with nothing but his boots on !! Once he transported a sluice box and conveyer that towered 30 feet over the wheel house. The ferry line up was building when I was there and I met several interesting people. There was Neville and Lucy from Melbourne, Australia, who had come to see their son Chris, who lives in Whitehorse, and they were “doing the loop” (that’s a local term for driving from Whitehorse, to Tok, to Beaver Creek, and then back to Whitehorse). Roger Mendelsohn Another gentleman stated the fact that he hadn’t been on a ferry since the Wheatland ferry in Oregon in 1972!!!!! Raymald and Helen, from Florida didn’t even know there was a ferry because it’s not on the map !! but they didn’t mind, they loved our weather. Jeanne and Larry Hanes, and Pico the cat, from Arlington Virginia had been waiting in their truck (with the three bedroom apartment following behind) for an hour and a half but they had not a care in the world. They said that “ No trip would be complete without stopping in Dawson” they had been to Gertie's, the Dome, Dredge Pond, and Klondike Kate's for lunch. They were happy. One local “west coaster”, mark, said he found the ferry service awesome because they would make a trip at any time for even one person. All in all no one seemed to mind waiting in the line up but I wonder if they would feel the same way on a cold rainy day ? Don't forget to check out o The George Black ferry runs 24 hours a day when the river is free of ice, except from 5 to 7 am on Wednesday when it gets thoroughly cleaned. The ferry is named after George Black. He was born in 1873 and in 1898, at 25 years of age, he joined the Gold Rush to Dawson where he began a law practice. In 1905 he was elected to the Yukon council and from there he was appointed the Commissioner of the Yukon from 1912 to 1915. He then recruited a regiment from the Yukon but was unfortunately wounded in combat during W.W. 1. He was elected Member of Parliament of the Yukon. In 1930 he became the Speaker of the House of Commons and sat front and center, managing the house and supervising its business. The ferry was manufactured in Vancouver, shipped by ferry to Skagway, and transported http://klondikesun.com THE KLONDIKE SUN Subscription & Renewal Form Name: Address: City: Postal/ Zip Code: Email: Province/ State: Country: Annual (25 Issue) Subscription Costs: Canada U.S.A Overseas $44.00 $75.00 $125.00 (Airmail) Contact Information: Mail: The Klondike Sun, Bag 6040, Dawson YT, Y0B 1G0 Phone: (867)-993-6318 / Fax: (867)-993-6625 Email: email@example.com GST #: 12531 0581 RT / Societies Registration #: 34600-20 Print by THE YUKON NEWS, Whitehorse YT P14 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN Tara's Birds: Long-tailed Jaegers by Tara Borin Here in the Yukon, we are lucky to have access to certain bird species that are otherwise not very common throughout the rest of Canada and North America. One of these species, termed a “Dempster specialty”, is the Long-tailed Jaeger. Stercorarius longicaudus is one of three jaegers that breed in the Arctic; however, it is the only one of the three that ranges far enough south for us to be able to spot them along the Dempster highway. Adults of the species are grayish above with a white breast and belly. They have a black cap and a short, stubby bill. Perhaps most striking about this bird is its long, pointed central tail streamers, conspicuous in all stages of development and plumage but longest during breeding season. Long-tailed Jaegers winter south of the equator, spending most of their time over the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. During these months, they feed primarily on fish and crustaceans, sometimes robbing other seabirds of their An OH&S Safety Officer is stationed in Dawson until September 30th. The Officer is available to deal with any safety concerns or inquiries and can be reached at 993-3560. In an emergency situation where the Officer cannot be contacted, call 1-800-661-0443. food. This behaviour is common to all jaegers. Each year these birds make the long trip to their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic. From mid-May to August, they can be found throughout the north. Their summer territory is the open tundra, where they make their nests in shallow depressions in the ground. Rather than a seafood diet, the Longtailed Jaeger feeds on voles and insects. According to Robert Frisch in his book “Birds by the Dempster Highway”, Stercorarius longicaudus is common in the Richardson and southern Ogilvie mountains. He lists several roadside spots that offer excellent viewing opportunities: the Blackstone Uplands, km 87132, the Southern Richardson Mountains, km 410-450 and the Northern Richardson Mountains, km 450-492. mies, so that its overall role can be better understood and factored into current and future economic development planning initiatives.” Total direct spending in Dawson City generated by the town’s visual & performing arts was $1.4 million dollars. Economic impact (which includes indirect spending such as money spent by visiting artists in residence and student at the Yukon School of Visual Arts) is calculated at $2.68 million. In addition to the 17.4 positions directly created in arts organizations, the economic impact of these activities supports or creates an additional 33.3 jobs locally. These statistics show a substantial return from a modest public-sector investment. Indirect benefits to the community include considerable anecdotal and survey-generated evidence that the arts scene is attracting new residents to Dawson, as well as retaining existing ones. Over 20% of community members frequently volunteer at arts events. The study shows other sectors of the economy, including tourism and hospitality, to be both directly and indirectly affected by Dawson’s lively event-based arts scene. Research Northwest concludes: “What has been accomplished thus far in Dawson’s creative placemaking is extraordinary, and perhaps under appreciated even by those who have seen it happen. For a small and isolated northern community to be increasingly recognized as a vital and thriving hub for a variety of the visual and performing arts and even as a full-fledged arts destination is an exceptional accomplishment.” "We're very pleased by the results of this study," says Peter Menzies, President of the Dawson City Arts Society. "Our Society has an economic development mandate: this study proves that we're achieving our goals. With greater public and private investment, I'm confident we could create exponential benefits for the local community by developing new infrastructure and programming” For more information contact: Arts in Dawson Generate Economic Impact Press Release A recent study has found that the visual and performing arts in Dawson City play a substantial role in the local economy, generating over 2.68 million in economic impact and directly or indirectly creating 33.3 jobs: a huge impact for this very small town. The study, conducted by Research Northwest with the support of the Government of Yukon’s Department of Economic Development, focuses on the economic footprint created by three major arts organizations in Dawson: the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City Music Festival, and the Yukon School of Visual Arts, as well as Klondike Visitors Association’s spending on performing arts. The study also includes a discussion of the “arts dividend,” a qualitative assessment of how the presence of a vibrant arts sector enhances the quality of life and impacts other sectors of the economy (ie: tourism). The Dawson City Arts Society initiated this study with the objective of “assessing the contribution of the arts sector to the Dawson City and Yukon econo- Another busy work seAson into help DAwson City YWCHSB wants make it a safe one. Karen DuBois Executive Director Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (867) 993-5005 Kdubois@kiac.ca CYFT 106.9 FM: Dawson City Community Radio “The Spirit of Dawson” Thursday, June 30rd 3:30-4:30 4:30-5:00 5:00-6:00 6:00-7:00 7:00-8:00 8:00-9:00 9:00-9:30 9:30-11:00 Aaron - Old Fashioned Gumption Tonight, it’s poetry Jorn - The Grapevine Matthew - Radio Rock Rosie and Capri- The Cat’s Meow Antoine - Something about wilderness Antoine and Matthew - The Bridge Matthew - The Blow Off Friday, July 1st 3:00-5:00 6:00-7:00 7:00-8:00 8:00-9:00 9:00-10:00 John - On the John Logan - Fill-In Show Dan - Imperfect Vibrations Sonny Boy Williams- Rockin’ Blues Show Jim- Psychedelic Saturday, July 2nd 1:00-2:00 2:00-3:00 3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00 5:00-7:00 7:00-9:00 Simon - Story Time Holly - The Talk of Shame Scott - Odds & Ends Tim and Megan- Nuggets Chris - Southside City Swag Jen - The Cave Of Spleen Sunday, July 3rd 1:00-2:00 2:00-3:00 3:00-5:00 5:00-6:00 6:00-8:00 8:00-10:00 Matthew - Heart Attack Hotel Julie- Francopen Kerry and JacksonYukon SOVA Radio Program Aubyn - Diff’rent Strokes Kit- Meat and Potatoes Ben and BrendanThe Kings of Dawson City Tune your dial to 106.9 FM or Cable Channel 11 (Rolling Ads) in Dawson City, or listen live over the internet at www.cfyt.ca! Wednesday June 29, 2011 P15 THE KLONDIKE SUN Berton House gets support from Amazon.ca Story & Photo By Dan Davidson Berton House is about to receive financial assistance from Amazon.ca, in the form of a grant the online bookstore and retailer has provided to the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Amazon.ca has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Writers’ Trust to support two initiatives that advance and celebrate Canadian writers and the creation of new works: the Berton House Writers’ Retreat and the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award. “The priority of the Writers’ Trust is to nurture great Canadian writers in their efforts to entertain and inform Canadian readers,” said Peter Kahnert, Writers’ Trust Chair and Senior Vice President, Raymond James Ltd. “We are delighted that Amazon is partnering with us to achieve these goals and we are grateful for their ongoing support.” The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is a unique literary sanctuary situated in Dawson City, Yukon. Each year it provides four professional writers the opportunity to live and work in the Klondike for a three-month period. They live in the house in which Pierre Berton spent the greater portion of his childhood. Writers receive a monthly honorarium, perform public readings in both Dawson and Whitehorse, and become involved in the community. More than 50 writers have participated since the program began in the summer of 1996 when Berton and his sister, Lucy BertonWoodward, opened the house to welcome Russell Smith. The house is currently occupied, until the end of June, by Jeanne Randolph, a cultural critic based in Winnipeg. Poet Jacob McArthur Mooney, a Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, will be at Berton House from July to September 2010. Berton House is not open to the public, but there is an interpretive platform with signs at the bottom of the lawn. The Writers’ Trust Engel/ Findley Award is an annual literary prize given, unlike most book honours, for a writer’s oeuvre rather than one single book. The award celebrates and encourages a Canadian fiction writer at the top of their game and comes with a cash gift of $25,000. Established in 2008, the prize is the product of merging the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career and the Timothy Findley Award for a male writer in mid-career. Novelist Miriam Toews was the latest recipient of the prize. This year’s award will be presented on November 1 at the Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto. “The Writers’ Trust of Canada has been a bulwark of support for the Canadian author and publishing community for many years,” said John Nemeth, Director of Amazon.ca. “We are proud to be able to help the organization support the creation of great new works.” Amazon.ca has been a supporter of the Writers’ Trust since 2003 through its sponsorship at the annual Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa, the organization’s largest fundraising event. The largest single fundraising event for Berton House is the annual gala, the Berton House Klondike Banquet, which takes place in Toronto each November. Jeanne Randolph: Looking at Art through Freud’s Lens Story & Photo By Dan Davidson Jeanne Randolph has a very focussed way of looking at the world. She views everything through the lens of psychoanalysis. While she free-associates all over the place when giving a presentation, psychoanalytic theory is the string on which her beads of observation are strung. She demonstrated this during an engaging hour-long reading/ talk at the Dawson Community Library on June 14, part of her duties as the current writer-inresidence at Berton House. This is not Randolph’s first visit to Dawson. She was here in 2009 as part of the ODD Gallery’s Natural and Manufactured summer series of exhibits. Is she an artist or a writer? She is variously described online as “one of Canada’s foremost cultural theorists”, a “psychoanalytically-biased intellectual”, and a creator of “extemporaneous soliloquies, psycho-theoretical musings on the state of contemporary culture and ficto-critical texts written for exhibition catalogues.” “Ficto-criticism” is what happens when one piece of art becomes the inspiration for another piece, which may or may not mention its inspiration. Randolph gave as an example of the form “Along the Lakeshore: an incantation for John & Paul”, which began life as a poem/essay written for a gallery newsletter to accompany the photo and text exhibition “Lakeshore”. Her work appears in a variety of art and culture magazines, and she has produced several books, among them Psychoanalysis and Synchronized Swimming (1993); Symbolization and Its Discontents (1997); Why Stoics Box (2003); and The Ethics of Luxury (2008). Her second actual reading, as opposed to simply provoking (her word) discussion, was the15 part “Diary of a Bright Blue Molecule”, another catalogue piece. Her talk was fast paced and ranged widely over a number of topics, from Barbie dolls to types of writing, to replicas of famous monuments and how confusing they can be. This led to a discussion of her work in progress, a study of something she is calling the “adoration of commodities”. This is based on a trip she took to Las Vegas to study the replicas that are found there, and the book may just be called “Las Vegas Pantheism” when it is done. She says it is somewhat inspired by Jonathan Swift’s 1729 essay “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick”. Anyone who should happen to look this up at Project Guttenberg (or other sites on the Internet) should not begin to read it until they are completely clear in their minds that it is a satire. Much of Randolph’s work is satirical in tone as well, and her final study of “commodity fetishism” should be quite entertaining. Certainly her talk at the library was for the dozen or so in attendance. Randolph will be reading at the Whitehorse Public Library on June 29 as she departs from Dawson and the Yukon, something she told her audience she is loathe to do after her two month stay. That evening is likely to be quite different from the one described here. Jeanne Randolph gets excited during her reading. P16 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN Hunter Gatherer By Allie Haydock Seafood Linguine Here is a very easy recipe I came up with a few nights ago to help make a dent in our ridiculous pasta reserves. I’ve also been very curious about the “seafood medley” bags sold in the freezer sections of both grocery stores. I chose the one that was just shrimp and scallops and was pleased. I realize this recipe may be all wrong, technically speaking, (I’m not quite sure if it’s illegal or not to pair seafood with tomatoes and cheese) but it turned into a very lovely dinner nonetheless (and took very little effort). The sauce was cooked and ready before the pasta even was. There were 150 participants, 14 teams from Dawson, Mayo and Pelly Crossing and 17 registered Cancer survivors for the May 28 Relay for Life event, which raised $43,377.00. It was a day of good music, stirring speeches (thanks Adeline Viney and Geraldine Van Bibber) and many kilometres of walking. 1 pkg. dry linguine pasta 1 onion, finely chopped 1 pgk. mushrooms, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 pkg. frozen “seafood medley” (uncooked shrimp and scallops), thawed ½ cup dry white wine 1 large can crushed tomatoes ¼ cup goat cheese ½ tsp red pepper flakes Fresh basil, minced Salt and pepper • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package • Sauté the onions until translucent (about 5 minutes) • • • • • • • Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in the bottom of a large, deep pan Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, then add the garlic and the shrimp and scallops, cooking until the shrimp are turning pink (about 5 minutes) Stir in the wine and cook for a minute more, then add the tomatoes; continuing to cook until simmer ing Stir the goat cheese into the sauce until blended and then add the spices to taste Season with salt and pepper Put the cooked pasta into bowls and ladle a generous amount of the sauce over each portion Garnish with crumbled goat cheese if you like and serve with a caeser salad and bread with olive oil and balsamic on the side SEEWOLF Enterprises & Klondyke Winemakers Stop by our location on 2nd Avenue, next to the Hardware Store: Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from Noon to 5 PM. Any other time, contact Martin at 993 3502 or 6644 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos by Dan Davidson “From spill kits to wine kits!” Wednesday June 29, 2011 P17 THE KLONDIKE SUN Achievement and Citizenship Awards Bring the School Year to An End Story by RSS Staff Photos by Clair Dragoman The annual Awards Day Ceremony was held at RSS on June 3 this year, about a week later than usual due to the decision to try out a two week March Break this year. Emcees for the event were Mr. Laszlo and Grade 12’s Bryan Leary, assisted by Mr. Karmel (Principal) and Ms. McCullough (Vice- Principal) who helped hand out the certificates. The ceremony began with the Hän drummers/singers entering while singing “The Welcome Song”. Then the entire assembly joined in singing “0 Canada”, followed by the Hän singers repeating the anthem in Hän. Mr. Lazlo and Bryan Leary addressed the assembly: “It is our privilege to welcome you to Robert Service School's Awards Ceremony. Today is a special time in the school year. It is a time when we gather to recognize RSS students and their accomplishments. This year we are again gathering all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, in front of their families and friends, so that we have a truly school-wide awards ceremony.” “For 17 of our students this was their last year at Robert Service School. It is now my pleasure to introduce the Class of 2011: Monica Beets, Ginette Brisebois, Stephanie Dragoman, Meghan Elliott, Jenelle Favron, Heather Aili Fraser, Gaven Johnson, Marshall Jonas, Katrina Kocsis, Bryan Leary, Jordan Lord, Hayley Riemer, Tanner Sidney, Andrew Taylor, Nancy Taylor, Tanis Van Bibber, Hailey Wallace." Primary School Awards Awards from Kindergarten to Grade 3 were handed out by classroom teachers and educational assistants. Intermediate School Awards Hard Worker Awards were given to: Grade 4 - Kacie Hastings; Grade 5 - Ethan Gaw, Lauren Jenkins; Grade 6 Zackery Bartholomeus; Grade 7 - Tamara Stock-Dickson Most Improved Awards were presented to: Grade 4 Kale Michon; Grade 5 - Frazer Graham; Grade 6 - Kalilah Olson; Grade 7 - Bobby Caley. Top French Student Awards went to: Grade 4 - Jamie Thomas; Grade 5 - Leilani Sharp-Chan, Emma Davis; Grade 6 - Tiffany Taylor; Grade 7 - Mikaila Blanchard Top Music Student Awards were presented to: Grade 4 Teresa Procee; Grade 5 - Erin Hilliard; Grade 6 - Madison Here we have the top students in Grades 8 to 12. Betts. The following students earned Hän Awards for the “for the work and effort they put into learning the traditional language and culture of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people”: Kindergarten - Eli Cairns, Vivianne Brousseau, Francesca Nunan, Jaden Ezzard; Grade 1 - Tyrel Green, Kaitlyn Solosy, Joe Osborne-Couture, Janie Popadynec; Grade 2 - Jack attendance at school a priority for their children.” At the point there was a performance by the Elementary School Rock Band. Secondary School Awards The Grades 8-12 Subject Awards. Award winners were presented to students who had maintained a minimum average of 75% as well as demonstrated Betts, Asia Procee, Nvlan Zalitis, Olivia Holmes, Nicole Favron; Grade 8: Emily Hume, Melissa Naef; Grade 9: Victoria Holmes, Stuart Leary; Grade 10: Alicyn Hunter, Jared Stephenson; Grade 12: Bryan Leary. For the Grades 4-12 Top Academic Student, these students had the highest academic average in their grade. Grade 4: Teresa Procee; - Alicyn Hunter, 3rd - Hailey Wallace; Junior Boys: 1st Spencer Wallace, 2nd - Galen Clarke, 3rd - Jacob Elliot; Senor Boys: 1st - Axel Riemer, 2nd Jared Stephenson, 3rd - Francis Bouffard. Athletes of the Year: Axel Riemer and Natalja Blanchard Grade 5: Erin Hilliard; Grade 6: Madison Betts; Grade 7: Mikaila Blanchard; Grade 8: Melissa Naef; Grade 9: Stuart Leary; Grade 10: Alicyn Hunter; Grade 11: Jasmine Ewasiuk; Grade 12: Bryan Leary. Intermediate Grades Top Athletes Grade 4: Cassidy Everitt, Jesse Caley; Grade 5: Lauren Jenkins, Ethan Gaw; Grade 6: John Kolpin, Tiffany Taylor; Grade 7: Sandy Dubois, Bobby Caley. have made a contribution to the school above and beyond average expectations (i.e. volunteer work with children, assistance at school functions, readily volunteers when help is needed, sets a standard for helping & encouraging others). Grade 4: Jaden Anderson; Grade 5: Leilani Sharp-Chan, Sam Taylor; Grade 6: Nylan Zalitis; Grade 7-9: Galen Clarke; Grade 10-12: Hayley Riemer. Robert Service School Citizenship Awards are presented to students who This group won the Scholastic Achievenent Awards for the year. Foran-Taylor, Austyn Reynaud, Christopher Tom-Tom, Rory Loewen; Grade 3 - Rory Duncan, Emma Tom-Tom, Emily Gaw, Bohdan Sharp-Chan; Grade 4 Emily Netro, Jesse Caley, Isaac Dube, Teresa Procee; Grade 5 - Jesse Favron, Kyla FrangettiHaines, Erin Hilliard, Leilani Sharp-Chan. Corporal Karina Watson spoke about the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Then she and Ms. Rear handed out certificates to the Grade 5 class. IODE Attendance Awards were given to the following students: Riley Elliott, Francesca Nunan, Annie Procee, Jesse Caley, Isaak Dube, Teresa Procee, Michael Betts, Erin Hilliard, Jordan Huot, Madison Betts, Asia Procee, Bailey Favron, Emily Hume, Melissa Naef, Christina Strutton, Ryan Titus, Victoria Holmes, Hayley Riemer, Leilani Sharp-Chan, Bohday Sharp-Chan “All of these students had an attendance level of 95% or more this school year and are receiving a gift Certificate from Klondike Cream and Candy,” said Mr. Laszlo. “Attendance is a crucial aspect to gaining a sound education. Thanks to the families of all of our students who support and work hard to make regular daily a positive behavior and attitude. English: Alicyn Hunter (810) Bryan Leary (11-12); Social Studies: Stuart Leary (8-10), Bryan Leary (11-12); Science: Stuart Leary (8-10), Bryan Leary (11-12); Math: Victoria Holmes (8-10), Jenelle Favron (11-12); French: Naomi Viney (8-10); Physical Education: Francis Bouffard (8-10); Meghan Elliot (11-12); Art: Daniel Titus (8-10); Ginette Brisebois (11-12); Rock Band: Jared Stephenson (8-10), Bryan Leary (11-12); Technology Education: Christina Mcintyre (8-10), Katrina Kocsis (11-12); Home Economics: Victoria Holmes, Hayley Riemer (11-12); Information Technology: Stuart Leary (8-10), Bryan Leary (1112); Health & Careers: Melissa Naef & David Johnston (8-10); Planning: Alicyn Hunter (8-10). The results of the Activity Day contests on Wednesday, June 1, resulted in the following awards: Junior Girls: 1st - Sandy Dubois, 2nd - Kendra Franks, 3rd - Mikaila Blanchard; Senior Girls: 1st - Meghan Elliott, 2nd COMMUNITY AWARDS The Pioneer Women of the Yukon Award was presented by Bonnie Barber to students who have been chosen as the most improved over the year. They are hardworking and dedicated Intermediate/S econdary Awards For the Grades 4-12 Scholastic Honour Roll, students must have received a final average mark of 86% or higher in four academic subjects Grade 4: Teresa Procee; Grade 5: Erin Hilliard, Leilani SharpChan, Michael Betts, Lauren Jenkins; Grade 6: Madison Sgt. Dav Wallace Presents the RCMP Award to Bryan Leary P18 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN School Awards The Premier Meets the Press on Day One, Hour One to their studies; had good attendance; and contributed to the life of the classroom and the school. Grade K-3: Rory Duncan; Grade 4-7: Jamie Thomas; Grade 8-10: Alastair Findlay-Brooke; Grade 11-12: Ginette Brisebois The RCMP Award was presented by Sergeant Dave Wallace to the student in Grades 8-12 who displayed the most outstanding cooperation and assistance during the school year. This year that student was Bryan Leary. Klondike Gymnastics Club Award The following four students were chose because they are sports-minded and exhibit a high level of sportsmanship by encouraging fellow teammates to do their best, being kind and considerate of others and respectful to all including the coach. The recipients of this award also need to have at least a 75% average and excellent attendance at school and in sport. Grade 4-7: Caleb Verdonk, Asia Procee ($150.00 each); Grade 8-12: Natalja Blanchard, Axel Riemer ($250.00 each). Helen Winton Creative Writing Contest Award – Ms Heinbigner presented $25.00 cheques to Bryan Leary and Naomi Viney. The Robert Service School Council sponsors this award STAFF APPRECIATION The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Recognition Award was presented to the staff members who are leaving the school as the year ends: Mr. Jesse Cooke, Mr. Nathan Dewell, Mr. Colin Mcintosh and Ms. Carol Frank. “For these staff members this, too, is their last day at RSS. All are all moving on from Robert Service School for various reasons. We would like to say a great thank-you to all of them for their dedication and service that they gave the students and community of Dawson.” “Would all our educators and support staff here at RSS please stand? We thank you all for your dedication and hard work on behalf of the students of Robert Service School.” Bryan Leary had the last word for retiring teacher Clair Dragoman. “We can’t go without saying one last goodbye -- take a look at the big screen.” There followed a slide show of his years at RSS, after which Bryan presented Clair with gift. The assembly concluded with a performance by the High School Rock Band. Story & Photos By Dan Davidson Saturday was a busy day for Premier Darrell Pasloski. His installation ceremony at the Old Territorial Administration Building was followed, about 45 minutes later, by a press conference held at the Legion Hall on 3rd Avenue. As the newly minted Premier was literally in his first hour of actually holding office, no one was expecting greatly detailed responses at this point, and the four reporters (two present, two on a telephone link) did not press him hard. The Premier may someday wish that all his press conferences could be this gentle. Asked about priorities, Pasloski spoke of a need to get out and meet people: municipal and First Nation councils and people in general. His travel schedule for this summer may well rival that of former federal MP Larry Bagnell. He wants to hear what people are thinking and to get the flavour of the territory. He has no plans to make cabinet changes. ‘There’s nothing planned at this point. I think that we’ve got a strong team in place and we’re moving into the summer months, so there’s no plans.” At this time he doesn’t see any change prior to a fall election, which would leave recently promoted Klondike MLA Steve Nordick in cabinet and recently demoted Jim Kenyon, the MLA for Porter Creek North, who also contested the Yukon Party leadership, out. The new Premier also indicated that he was not planning to recall the legislature this summer to discuss matters related to the territorial housing shortage and the Yukon’s finances. The Pasloskis spent the rest of the day attending Commissioner’s Day events, including the Klondike Commissioner’s Ball at the Palace Grand Theatre. On the matter of the $17.5 to $18 million in housing funding that Kenyon had claimed Premier Fentie had been sitting on for several years, Pasloski said he needed to find out if there were conditions or stipulations attached to the funding. ‘This will be a priority, of course, for the government as well, to look at issues that are out there and …. as I’ve heard from people across the territory, housing is an issue; land development is an issue, in Whitehorse and in all of the communities. For everyone I talk to this is an issue, so this’ll be front and center for us.” Pasloski said that his transition from private citizen to Yukon Party leader, and now Press conference – Premier Darrell Thomas Pasloski meets the press for the first time. Premier, has been very exciting for him. He reflected on his experience and feelings during the swearing in ceremony. “It is a short ceremony but it’s very meaningful. There was a lot of emotion for me, recognizing the number of distinguished people that were there – past commissioners, my wife, of course, my wife’s parents and my parents, who are both into their senior years and made it up here from Saskatchewan. “I had some very good friends of mine that were here, supporters and people in the community. So it was it was very meaningful and you have to draw on the weight of what it’s all about. I have to say that, moving forward, I’m excited. We’ve got a great group of people and I’m looking forward to continuing to build the economy.” There’s been a lot of work in the transition. “It’s involved getting to know people, meeting with caucus and… existing staff within the department, briefings on files and specific issue briefings from departments. It’s really about getting my head around as much as I can in a short period of time. “We’ve got a transition team to help facilitate and move everything forward, so we can be hitting the ground running and sweeping.” The new Premier will be attending the Western Premiers’ Conference in Yellowknife from June 20 to 22, where he anticipates one of the main topics will be about health sustainability issues. Asked about the impasse between the City of Dawson and the operator of the Slinky Mine on the Dome Road, Pasloski agreed that the issue was a complex one. “At this point I would just comment to say that it’s important that the government insure that the miner follows the regulations that are out there. We certainly will be supportive of the City of Dawson in insuring compliance with permits that they have in place.” Asked about Yukon Party support for the provision of a new recreation centre for Dawson City, Pasloski declined to comment specifically on the grounds that he had not had time to review that file yet. Dawson Council’s decision to forge ahead with site preparation in the tailings across the Dome Road from the soccer pitch and baseball diamond was only taken on Friday at noon. “I know that recreation is important in all communities,” Pasloski said. During the remainder of the day Mr. Pasloski and his wife Tammie, attended the Commissioner’s Tea in the afternoon and the Klondike Commissioner’s Ball in the evening. Wednesday June 29, 2011 P19 THE KLONDIKE SUN Yukon Celebrates its birthday at the Commissioner’s Tea Story & Photos By Dan Davidson The lineup to get into the Commissioner’s Tea stretched down Front Street a bit on June 11, but the front lawn and verandah of the Residence are spacious and there is room for a great number of people. The lucky first comers get the tables and chairs on the north side of the lawn and on the verandah, but there are benches to the north. This 38th annual Tea marked a first for the Yukon’s new Commissioner, Doug Phillips, though he has attended many others in his previous political life as a cabinet minister and as recently as last year while he was the Yukon’s Administrator. While the guests were settling in, and the first tea, coffee and lemonade was being served, the guests were treated to a serenade by the Dawson Orchestra, conducted by Joe Cooke. Parks Canada is one of the sponsors of the Tea, along with the ladies of the IODE, and Parks’ Superintendent David Rohatensky was the first speaker of the afternoon. Parks operates five National Historic Sites in the Klondike region, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Parks service. “We’re celebrating the centennial of the creation of Canada’s Dominion Parks Branch in 1911. We’re only six years away from the centennial of the National Historic Sites program. Since 1917 the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board has designated almost 1000 National Historic Sites. Here in Dawson, Parks Canada manages five of these sites. A sixth site, known as Tr’ochëk, is owned and managed by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. “The real challenge for historic places is to not only protect the memory, but to bring the memory to life, to create programs and events that excite and involve all Canadians, as well as our international guests. I hope that today’s event invites a curiosity to learn more about the contributions of Martha and George Black, and the next time that you pass a Historic Sites and Monuments Board plaque, please take a moment to learn about the history that that plaque conveys.” Rohatensky outlined some of the changes being made to Parks programming this summer and invited people, both locals and visitors, to try them out. Next to speak was Myrna Butterworth, the president of Dawson’s IODE, the only surviving chapter in the North. “Originally we were the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. Now we are just IODE, women dedicated to a better Canada, a national women’s charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service and citizenship programs.” In Dawson the IODE’s main source of funds is the annual Break-up Ice Pool. They use the money to assist people in trouble and to provide a scholarship for a student at the Robert Service School. Butterworth is a life member who has been with the organization for 52 years, nearly half the length of the IODE’s history, which is now in its 111th year. Commissioner Phillips took the podium to welcome everyone to the 113th birthday of the Yukon. “This is my first Tea as your Yukon Commissioner, in my role as Lieutenant Governor of the Yukon, and I can only imagine how magical it must have been way back in the early 1900s when his Honour, George Black and his wife, Martha, hosted events such as this. “Although it’s the Commissioner’s Tea, I can’t take credit for the tea. I’m just told to show up.” He thanked the participating partners, and his own staff, for making it all happen. ‘This is an exceptional event and it’s a real honour to be here in this place. “Dawson City is buzzing today like it was in the Gold Rush Days. There’s new gold discoveries, and many more visitors are coming from all around the world. They’re walking the streets and checking out the historic buildings. It’s interesting sometimes how history seems to repeat itself. “ As part of putting his own personal stamp on the operations of his office, Phillips has decided to encourage the development of the arts and music in young people. “I’m going to be inviting some of these incredibly talented young Yukoners from all Yukon communities to perform at events such as this that I host or attend throughout the year.” Emily Ross was invited to the podium to play the keyboard and sing two songs for this event. Her choices were Sarah McLachlan’s “Ordinary Miracle” and her own composition, “Life”. The next item of business was the presentation of Youth Recognition Awards to the entire Grade 6 class of the Robert Service School. The “Class of ‘99”, as they call themselves, have been raising money for a variety of charitable concerns since their Grade 1 year and the community felt they had earned the recognition, as did the Commissioner (see separate article on this presentation). No Tea would be complete without a little Service, Robert, that is, and Parks’ interpreter Fred Osson offered the crowd a strong reading of “The Spell of the Yukon.” Sometimes, as emcee Gabriella Sgaga noted, the past returns to Dawson City. It turned out that this year’s Mr. Yukon, Lorne Raymond, had something he wanted to bring home to Dawson, a legacy of his days working for the British Navigation Company. “Back in the days of the sternwheelers, Mr. Raymond worked on the SS Klondike,” she explained, “… and occasionally the Keno, along with his good friend, Sid White. Sid worked as third engineer and spent many years on the SS Keno. When Sid White passed away his son went to the Yukoners’ Ball in Vancouver to give his father’s logbook to Lorne, to take back to the boat. “The log boat is a glimpse into the river trips of the steamer Keno from 1936 to 1953, listing everything from stopping places, to fuel used, tons of ore hauled, and the amount of time lost. Lorne is generously donating Sid White’s engineer logbook to Parks Canada. We’re honoured to accept this unique treasure to help us tell the story of the SS Keno National Historic Site. Thank you, Lorne.” Both Raymond and David Rohatensky donned protective cotton gloves to handle the transfer of the thin logbook, which was already protected by a Ziploc plastic bag. The orchestra was pressed into service for a few numbers, after which Commissioner Phillips and the IODE’s Myrna Butterworth carved up the official birthday cake to bring the afternoon to a close. Following the Tea, visitors were invited to take one of a number of tours of the Commissioner’s Residence. Commissioner Philips and his wife, Dale Stokes, greet people in the receiving line. Commissioner Phillips and the IODE’s Myrna Butterworth cut the Yukon’s 113th birthday cake. Lorne Raymond (right) presents Sid White’s logbook to Parks Superintendent David Rohatensky (left). P20 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN Commissioner of Yukon presents Youth Recognition Award to Dawson "Class of '99" Story & Photos By Dan Davidson Commissioner Doug Phillips presented Robert Service School’s Grade 6 class with the Commissioner’s Youth Recognition Award during the Commissioner’s Tea on Saturday. “We are proud of our youth. Recognizing them for their contribution to their community and to society is important,” Commissioner Phillips said. “It ensures that they feel valued and encourages further service.” The class will actually graduate in 2017, but they call themselves “the Class of ‘99” because that’s the year they were all born. They have been fundraising in ever increasing amounts, volunteering for various projects and initiatives, and inspiring others to do the same, since the first grade. They were introduced to the guests at the Tea by retired postmaster Lambert Curzon, who outlined the history of their activities beginning with the $26 they raised as a Grade 1 class project and used to The Dawson Orchestra, with Joe Cooke conducting. Commissioner Phillips addresses the crowd. The lawn was filled this year. purchase a backpack full of supplies for a needy student somewhere in Canada. The next year it was $60, which was matched by a local business, and went to sponsor fruit trees in a developing nation through World Vision. In Grade 3 they made and raffled off a piñata and raised $300, which they sent to a school for autistic children in Guatemala. In Grade 4 a bottle drive raised $440, which was used to buy farm animals and clothing for 24 families through World Vision. For the last two years they have bagged groceries at the Bonanza Market and the Dawson City General Store. The first year $3,000 was split between a former student from this town who was injured and needed assistance, and the Dawson City Humane Society. This year they raised $2,000, to which other local groups added $800, as a contribution to an education fund for the children of the late Tim Bierlmeier, a former RSS student who died in a tragic accident last year. “We are a small community with a big heart,” Curzon said, “and this is evident in the various causes that these children have undertaken since Grade 1.” The Commissioner’s Youth Recognition Award is presented to youth 18-yearsold and under who have performed an outstanding or extraordinary service for their community or who have made positive contributions and demonstrated leadership in their activities by volunteering their time, energy and talent for the betterment of their community. “When I heard about this award,” the Commissioner said, “and I heard of the good deeds that these children did, the first thought that came to my mind is that Canada’s future is in wonderful hands with children like these.” Since school had been out for a week in Dawson by the date of the Tea, many of the children were camping, away on holidays, or out at mining camps with their families, but six were available to pick up their framed awards that day. The Commissioner’s Tea is an annual public event hosted by Parks Canada and the IODE, Dawson Chapter. Brianna Lancaster Devon Dubois Olivia Holmes Kalela Olson Wednesday June 29, 2011 P21 THE KLONDIKE SUN kid's korner by Lisa Michelle B Draw the batteries in the grid so that no two batteries are the same in every line and column! A full grown male Bison can weigh up to 1,000 kg (2,200 LB) !!! Bison can run up to 56 km an hour (35 miles/ hr) At one point back in the early 19th century there were 60 to 100 million Bison in North America but that number has been reduced to a mere 15,000 free wild Bison and 500,000 Bison in captivity. How to make a banana split: f Take a banana and cut it length-wise (after you peel it!) and place each half in a bowl. f Put 1 scoop of vanilla, 1 scoop of chocalate and 1 scoop of strawberry ice cream between the two halves of the banana. f Cover the vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, the chocolate ice cream with strawberry sauce, and the strawberry ice cream with pineapple sauce. f Smother all this with whipping cream, sprinkle it with chopped nuts, and add a couple of maraschino cherries and (ta da!) a perfect banana split sundae. sun cartoons Tundra by Chad Carpenter Example: Roacheâ€™s Corner by Mike Roache P22 Wednesday June 29, 2011 THE KLONDIKE SUN sun classifieds Churches Corner of 5th and King Services: Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, Sat. 5 pm, Tues. 7 pm, Wed. to Fri. 9:30 am. All are welcome. Contact Father Ernest Emeka Emeodi for assistance: 993-5361 DAWSON COMMUNITY CHAPEL Located on 5th Ave across from Gold Rush Campground. Sunday worship at 11 am. Everyone is welcome. Pastor Ian Nyland 993-5507 “It ain’t gold but it’s close!” To find out how you can contribute , just email klondikesun@ northwestel.net! ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Sunday Services 1st and 3rd Sundays, 10:30 am. Morning Prayer 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 am. Holy Eucharist 5th Sundays - 10:30 am. Special service. FOR RENT Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Individual, couple, family, or group counselling. A highly confidential service located in the Waterfront Building. We are a non-profit organization with a sliding fee scale. To make an appointment call 993-6455 or email dawson@manyrivers. yk.ca. See our website at www.manyrivers.yk.ca/. Office and/or commercial space on two floors available for rent. For more information contact: Northern Network Security, Dawson City. Ph: 993-5644 Alcoholics Anonymous Responsible employed single woman w'pets seeks longterm/year round rental. 1 or 2 bedrooms, house or trailer, oil or wood heat, in or just out of town (no west side, scared of ice!). Guarenteed income, direct deposit available. Contact Lisa McKenna @ the Klondike Sun 993-6318 Call 993-3734 or 993-5095 HOUSING WANTED Videoconference Meeting at the Dawson Health Centre Fridays 1:30PM. North Star Group meets at the Comm. Support Centre 1233 2nd Ave. Saturdays 7:00PM. Real Estate FOR SALE BY OWNER 1 1/2 COMMERCIAL LOTS On 3rd Ave next to the Westminster Hotel. Call 993-5346 URGENT REQUEST "My sister Lindsay is changing her life and moving to Dawson...in a month! I'm desperately seeking a home to rent or buy for her and all her artist's accoutrements. Is there anything coming available soon, or even not so soon?" Contact Shelley and Greg Hakonson...993-5103 or email@example.com Don't forget to check out klondikesun.com o ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Support business directory Advertise your business and services with The Klondike Sun! Submit your business card at a normal size of 2” x 3.5” -- $25.00 per issue and yearly billings can be arranged. Klondike Outreach Job Board Open Positions: Barista/Front Counter Person Bartender Carpenters Clerks/Cashiers Cooks/Line Cooks Dishwashers Door Staff Driver/Swamper Driver Guides Excavator Operators First Aid Attendant (Industrial) Fleet Detail Crew Front Desk Clerk Heavy Equipment Operator Housekeepers/Room Attendants HVAC Technician (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) Journeyman Labourer Maintenance Workers Night Auditors Oil Burner Technician Rock Truck Driver Servers Stock Clerks Tour Guide Positions w/ Closing Dates: Land & Resources Officer: June 30 @ 4 Plumber: June 30 Programs Manager: July 11 @ 4:30 Area Superintendent of Transportation Maintenance: July 14 Positions Out of Town: Housekeeper Enumerators Various Mining Positions For more information on these and other positions, come into the Klondike Outreach office next to the Territorial Agent/Liquor Store. (853-Third Street). Hours Monday-Friday: 9-noon and 1-5 pm Closed weekends and Stat Holidays Contact Info Phone: 993-5176 Fax: 993-6947 Website: www.klondikeoutreach.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday June 29, 2011 P23 THE KLONDIKE SUN P.O. Box 308 (1336 Front Street), Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0 Tel: (867) 993-7400 ~ Fax: (867) 993-7434 NEW WEBSITE: www.cityofdawson.ca (updated regularly) TENDER PACKAGES FOR: Painting of the Waterfront Building The City of Dawson is seeking the services of a qualified contractor to paint the exterior of the Waterfront Building. Tender Packages are available at the City Office & the Recreation Centre. CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 4:00 pm Contact Marta Selassie at 993-2350 for more information Digital Cable is now available! Kindly contact the City at 9937400 for details on packages and setting up accounts. Please also note the rates and channel line-ups have been posted on the City webpage (www.cityofdawson.ca). Property Taxes are due on Monday, July 4th. Property Taxes are due on Monday, July 4th. If you have not received your Tax Notice please contact the City Office immediately at 993-7400. Kindly note overdue property taxes will be charged a 10% penalty and interest. Recreation Department News The Canada Day Parade is approaching call the Rec Dept to enter your float. Line-up at the Rec Centre 10:30, parade begins at 11. Cash prizes! ******* Free Bike Tune-up Workshop Saturday, July 2nd at the Picnic Shelter Bring your bike and learn some basic bike repair and maintenance skills ******* Canada Day Event Schedule 8-10:30 Sourdough Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary’s (corner of 5th & King) $8 per plate. Celebrate with the Museum & the City of Dawson 10:30 Parade Line up & bike decorating in Rec Centre Parking lot 11:00 Parade begins at Rec Centre West on King to Front St - South on Front to Princess - East on Princess to 5th - South on 5th to Victory Gardens 11:30 Flag Raising Singing of “O Canada” 11:40 Words of Welcome 12:00 Country Picnic begins Country BBQ (by donation) • Live Music • Face Painting • Slow Bicycle Race • Egg & Spoon Race • Potato Sack Race • Tug of War 12:30 Cupcake decorating in Victory Gardens 11:30-1:30 Lane Swim/Parent n’ Tot 1:30-3:30 Public Swim at the Pool $2 Gold Panning Championships 12:00 - 4:00 On Front Street hosted by the Klondike Visitor’s Association Parks Canada 2:30 Greatest Klondike Canadian See 3 or 4 of the biggest names of the gold rush pitted against one another. In the end the audience will determine who truly is the “Greatest Klondike Canadian”. At the Palace Grand Theatre. Free admission. Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre 3:30 3rd Annual Bannock Making Contest Sign up a team or individually, everyone welcome to join. Cash prizes! Call 993-6768 to register DAWSON CITY – HEART OF THE KLONDIKE