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any classic stories have food and drinks intrinsically linked to their narratives. Think of Marilla’s raspberry cordial from Anne of Green Gables; the Queen of Hearts’ tarts from Alice in Wonderland; Harry Potter’s butterbeer; the Snow Queen’s Turkish delight from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; or the elves’ lembas bread from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Whitehorse Public Library has taken this idea and run with it, creating a series of workshops for youth linking literature and cooking. The series is called Page to Plate. “Page to Plate takes inspiration from stories, classic and new, and ties them to recipes. Youth learn how to create delicious food that they can make again at home for family and friends,” said Sarah Gallagher, outreach librarian at the Whitehorse Public Library. “It’s serious learning, where youth are introduced to kitchen basics like knife skills, proper kitchen etiquette and how to read a recipe. But it’s also fun and youth are often introduced to some new foods.” The idea for the workshops was developed by Andrea Bols, library assistant, who is also a professional chef. She came up with the idea as a way to share her love of children’s literature and cooking with youth in a fun and informative workshop. “While we learn a lot and accomplish a lot, the best part of the program is coming together as a group and enjoying a good meal,” said Gallagher. “This isn’t your typical PB&J after-school snack, but real food made with real technique. The social and celebratory aspect of feasting together is high-

Food in literature lighted in this program.” The library is keeping the lid on which dishes will prepared in the workshops, but eager participants might be able to make some educated guesses based on the themes.

The Page to Plate workshops take place from March 23 to 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Participants meet at the library for introductions and games. They then move to the kitchen at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, where they cook before returning to the library to feast. The first workshop, Adventure Cooking, will take place on March 23. Whether the participants are planning to head off on an epic quest, or into the woods for a picnic, this workshop will help them prepare for an adventure. The program will draw its inspiration from The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Rutabaga the Adventure Chef. A Series of Unfortunate Recipes is up next on March 24. This workshop takes its inspiration from A Series of Unfortunate Events. It recognizes that the sun can’t shine every day, so we should all have the know-how and skills

PHOTO: Pixabay to make some delicious comfort foods during those grey days. The third workshop in the series, The Sweet Life, takes place on March 25. This baking-focused workshop draws inspiration from Matilda and Anne of Green Gables. In past workshops, participants have learned how to make a complete roast dinner, how to make butter and ice cream from scratch, and how to cook a perfect egg. The Page to Plate workshops take place from March 23 to 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Participants meet at the library for introductions and games. They then move to the kitchen at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, where they cook before returning to the library to feast. Workshops are open for youth who are ages 10 to 14. To promote access, participants are able to register for only one workshop. For those who are interested in more than one, the library will keep a waitlist and call participants if space becomes available. The workshops are free, but registration is required, as space is limited. Call 667-5239, or pop into the library to register. All supplies, including apron, provided.

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We are looking to hire a staff lawyer with experience in criminal law matters (specifically duty counsel and bail court), family law, child protection law and mental health law. Litigation experience, trial experience and ability to manage deadlines in a fast paced and highly demanding work environment would be required.

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I use a frisbee for a plate. I use a parachute for a tent. I use a hardhat for a bowl. Uncle uses a sardine can for an astray. I use a wheelbarrow for a shopping cart. I use a measuring cup for a coffee cup. I use a volleyball net for a fishnet. I use a javelin for a spear. I use a goldpan for a basin. Didoo uses a broom handle for a cane. I use a magnet for a metal detector.

Didoo’s Beliefs Don‛t hunt beaver and porcupine on the same day. Don‛t say anything bad about bears. Don‛t harm crows, always feed them. Don‛t shoot caribou leaders. Tie ptarmigan feet on your snowshoes. Hang caribou hoofs high up on trees. Always keep dogs. Kids always eat first. Never eat snow.

Build a survival cabin out in the bush. Don‛t cut wood close to town. Know where berries grow. Don‛t waste food. Don‛t bother nests or dens. Respect gifted, talented people and Elders. Eagle feather is a sacred gift. Don‛t play with a cane.

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I use curling rocks for net sinkers. I use a curling broom for a broom. I use welders flint for matches. I use a ping pong table for a table. Auntie uses a tennis racquet for snowshoes. I use a canoe for a bathtub. I use measuring spoons for spoons. I use basting brush for paintbrush. I use ovenmittes for winter mitts. I use oarlock for slingshot. I use a bread roller pin for a massager. Didee uses a lacrosse stick for a dipnet.

The north star is our compass. Don‛t touch artifacts. Don‛t eat caribou calf. Don‛t wear carbour leg skin boots all day. Feed beaver tails to kids.

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We did our best to find a geezer-style phone!

Reaching out for that long-distance feeling I

just finished a long-distance chat with my nephew. Really long-distance; he lives in Hong Kong. As we do every month or so, we talked about what’s happening on the streets of his adopted city, and what’s going on here and elsewhere. There’s plenty—impeachment, Brexit, shoes, ships, sealing-wax, pigs with wings. The line was clear, and the conversation lasted nearly an hour. The cost to each of us? Not a single penny. Flashback to the 1950s, when my siblings and I lived in Ontario and most of our relatives lived in Alberta, California, or England. Calls were rare, and invariably connected to a special occasion such as Christmas, Easter, some-

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body’s birthday, or somebody’s demise. When we did call, it was always after supper on Sunday, when long-distance rates were lowest. No call was allowed to exceed the magic three-minute time limit. “Hi, Granny. This is Kenny. Happy Birthday. Bye.” Repeated almost verbatim by all five of us young-uns. Our parents could linger a bit longer, but woe betide anyone who let the conversation wander into overtime. A single icy glare from Dad, who stood by the phone with his eyes riveted to the second hand of his watch, was all the warning we needed to curb our loquaciousness. I can’t remember ever speaking by phone with our assorted cousins in England. International calls were technically possible, but prohibitively expensive. That’s what those flimsy, foldable blue air letters were for. Back then (and for a few decades afterward), any out-of-town trip by train, bus, private auto, or thumb required a pocketful of loose change, just in case the need arose to call home, or to call the next town to arrange a tire repair. You’d stand in a cramped glass booth (which, unlike the Tardis,

was definitely not bigger on the inside) and feed linty nickels and dimes into Ma Bell’s chrome-andpolymer apparatus. As the coins clinked their way down the machine’s innards, you could imagine an invisible operator tapping her foot impatiently, waiting for the full deposit. Meanwhile, the party at the other end was left hanging onto a silent receiver. No wonder the Mike Nichols-Elaine May sketch about the payphone user telling three unsympathetic operators about the fate of his last dime, remains a comedy classic nearly 60 years later. And who can forget the lovesick lad begging Mrs. Avery to let him speak one last time with her daughter, Sylvia? All the while, the operator keeps demanding “40 cents more for the next three minutes.” With unlimited domestic calling plans and free online options, things are decidedly better now. Yet still, for some strange reason, I find myself waiting until after supper on Sunday to do most of my long-distance calling. I just don’t count the minutes anymore. Our resident Geezer still hoards coins southeast of Whitehorse. Just in case.

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The Book Shelf with Dan Davidson

Seventy tales from the Yukon, Atlin and Tibet Vignettes of a Writing Doctor Half a Century of Stories By Peter Steele Self-published 291 pages $19.95

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eter Steele’s book arrived on my desk at just about the time in my cataract affliction when I was unable to read it, the white glare off the paper turning the printed words to grey smudges. Eventually I was piqued enough by this that I sought it out in the various ebook options and found it on the Kindle app. By then it was too late to give it the pre-book signing treatment Steele had been hoping for. Not long after that, I was struggling to use my laptop, so dealing with Steele’s compilation of 70 or so pieces has had to wait until I got my eyes back. At 87 years of age, Steele is described by encyclopedia.com as a physician, mountaineer and author. One of his publishers sums him up with the following words: “The author of several other books, Steele has received several international awards for his book on Arctic explorations. Peter Steele and his family have lived in Whitehorse since 1975. A British-born and trained plastic surgeon and ophthalmologist, Steele has lived, travelled and worked throughout the world,

including such places as Bhutan, the Sahara and Katmandu. He was chief medical officer of the Grenfell Medical Service in Labrador. He served as team doctor to the international 1971 Everest expedition.” For the last half century, Steele has been writing history books about explorers and mountain climbing, as well as two volumes of memoirs and a book about his beloved wife, Sarah. Some of the short essays in this book come out of his work for The Medical Post. He has contributed to other periodicals and our local newspapers, but this volume does not tell us where and when the pieces were penned. Vignettes are short, descriptive pieces about people or places. Most of these were

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written while he lived in the Yukon, but some date back to his time in Bristol, UK. The book is divided into chapters, within which are collected somewhat related material. The first, for instance, is basically a collection of stories and opinions related to his medical career. Chapter two deals with material connected to his home in Whitehorse, including the house itself, some events and several essays about pets. In a later chapter he revisits some of his family’s experiences in Tibet, while another collects a few of his thoughts about the craft of be-

ing a writer. Dawson gets a couple of references. One relates to the donation

of a frostbitten toe (a patient’s, not his) to the ritual of the Sourdough Cocktail, back when it was celebrated at the Eldorado Hotel, before it moved to the Westmark Hotel and finally to the Downtown, where it now resides. Another is a tale about training (in Mayo) and then doing the July Midnight Dome Run in Dawson, back in the days when the starting gun was an actual pistol fired by a member of the RCMP. The final two chapters feature adventures and misadventures in the winter, staple subjects for any Yukon writer. The final chapter returns to the setting of his 1995 celebration of the village of Atlin, Atlin’s Gold, which I reviewed in Bookends 25 years ago. His affection for the village is contagious. These pieces tend to have a lively and somewhat self-deprecating tone to them. Whether Steele is attending a wedding in Tibet, writing about skiing to work on a bitterly cold Whitehorse day, or struggling with the construction of a shed, or a tree house, Steele has found a way to make the story interesting. Dan Davidson has been writing about books for Yukon publications since 1977. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.

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Canada awards reception. Not only did the event bring people to the Yukon to see northern music, it highlighted the interests of the Yukon’s music sector locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and they ate here too. Antoinette GreenOliph of Antoinette’s restaurant opened her restaurant on a Sunday to serve brunch to approximately forty BreakOut West attendees, most of

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ourists from around the world come to the Yukon for the northern lights. They come for dog sledding in the winter and to paddle the rivers when they’re not frozen. At the 16th annual Bravo Awards, the Yukon Convention Bureau (YCB) recognized another type of draw though—those who live here and make a difference by offering “the best spot in Canada to hold a conference or meeting.” Approximately 70 people attended the awards, which took place on March 5. “In 2018 and 2019, more than 35 and 40 conferences came to the Yukon with 3,000+ visiting delegates per year,” said Alida Munro, managing director of the YCB. This is a boost from 2011 to 2016, when the average number of conferences was 25, with 3,400 visiting delegates. This year, the planning committee for BreakOut West 2019 received a Bravo Award for its event, which took place over four days in October. BreakOut West was attended by 1,200 total delegates, including 360 non-Yukoners and 840 Yukoners. Many who came from elsewhere in Canada extended their stay or arrived early to travel in the Yukon. Angela Drainville, who hosted and acted as chair of the event, said she was excited to see recognition for BreakOut West, which relied on the work of more than 200 volunteers in order to hold various artist showcases, industry meetings, an awards brunch and the Western

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Whitehorse EVENTS ART SHOWS Until Sat Mar 28 Stix & Stones by Leslie Leong Arts Underground A response to the complexity. An attempt to find simplicity and peace as the morass of problems, expectations, and simple “to do’s” swirl around me like a tornado. Until Sat Mar 28 Spring is for the Birds by Martha Jane Richie Arts Underground What began as little paper birds flying has turned into complex creations of 3-dimensional birds perched on branches or stumps- creating a paper world. Until Tue Mar 31 The Art of Giving - Group Show Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Three artists, Minnie Clark, Akilah Bolten, and Jackie Dowell-Irvine, are giving, in their own way, two works of art each to a charity of their choice. Their intention is to use their talents and gifts to make the world a better place. 8673331961 Until Wed Apr 1 Natural Connections Yukon College View new Acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection Until Fri Apr 3 True North Strong and Free Amber Church Hilltop Bistro Yukon College Features ten mixed media pieces made up of layered ink and watercolour works some augmented with polymer clay and resin to engage the viewer from different angles and to break through the natural barrier between the work and outside world.

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Wed Mar 18 Whitewater Wednesday 6:00 PM Town & Mountain Hotel Longtime Local jam night hosted by Peggy Hanifan Wed Mar 18 Karaoke with DJ Carlo 8:00 PM The Local Bar Dance, hip hop, top 40 and everything in-between.. Wed Mar 18 Hillbilly Wednesday with Railroad Tye 8:30 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint A journey into the depths of folk/country/blues. Wed Mar 18 Hip hop Jam Night 9:00 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint Bring your words and lay them down. All sorts of poetic collaborations will be occurring. Thu Mar 19 Joe Loutchan 7:00 PM 98 Hotel Thu Mar 19 Karaoke with DJ Carlo 8:00 PM The Local Bar Dance, hip hop, top 40 and everything in-between.. Thu Mar 19 The Interstellar Blues Jam 8:30 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint Hosted by Caroline Allat, listen and jam with local blues folk. Fri Mar 20 Steve Slade 6:00 PM The Cut Off Restaurant Steve Slade entertainment, for reservations call 668-7800 Fri Mar 20 The House Cats Tribute Fred Eaglesmith 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Playing a wide variety of music from new to old, funky to country, classic rock to new releases and everything in between! Fri Mar 20 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat Mar 21 The Baxter Street Four 7:00 PM The Cut Off Restaurant Featuring Eric Epstein, Kim Beggs, Patrick Keenan and Brian Sentance. Cover charge applicable. Sat Mar 21 Rick Sward 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Live music venue north of 60. Great food, strong drinks and the best people. 668-4500 Sat Mar 21 Meagan & Amy 8:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre An exclusive talk with the artists,Violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Megan Milatz share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music making. Tickets online or at the door. Sat Mar 21 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat Mar 21 60’s Bash Feat. Garbage Man & Caroline Allatt 9:30 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint Wear your favorite 60’s attire, 60’s cocktail menu! Featuring live music by Garbage Man + Caroline Allatt and The Liquid Soul. Sat Mar 21 Mystical Madness: Equinox Edition 10:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale Dress up and dance! DJs for the night include Alpen Flow, PurpleTeeth, Mega Krahn & a Special Guest. Featuring a Professional Laser Lights Show 19+ Event, Tickets at the door. Sun Mar 22 Jam Session 6:00 PM 98 Hotel Bring your instrument and have fun! Sun Mar 22 Patrick Keenan 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Tue Mar 24 Tuesday Jazz Night with Anne Turner 5:30 PM Earls Restaurant On the Restaurant side local Jazz musicians join Anne weekly. No TVs - just great times with family and friends! Tasty menu and tasty tunes! Wed Mar 25 Whitewater Wednesday 6:00 PM Town & Mountain Hotel Longtime Local jam night hosted by Peggy Hanifan

Wed Mar 25 Karaoke with DJ Carlo 8:00 PM The Local Bar Dance, hip hop, top 40 and everything in-between.. Wed Mar 25 Hillbilly Wednesday with Railroad Tye 8:30 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint A journey into the depths of folk/country/blues. Wed Mar 25 Hip hop Jam Night 9:00 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint Bring your words and lay them down. All sorts of poetic collaborations will be occurring.

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Wed Mar 18 Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 6336081 Terry or Michèle Wed Mar 18 Chess Night 5:00 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint All levels welcome, bring your favourite board. Wed Mar 18 Sourdough 101 - 2nd offering 6:00 PM Well Bread Culinary Centre Inc. Learn about creating your own Sourdough starter; how to care for it and how to use it in more than just bread. Call or email for more info, register online. 633-2665 Wed Mar 18 Learn to Knit 6:00 PM Itsy-Bitsy Yarn Store Learn how to do the knit stitch, the purl stitch, casting on and binding off, and the basics of how to fix your mistakes. All supplies included. Please register in advance at Itsy-Bitsy Yarn Store Wed Mar 18 Legion Texas Hold ‘Em 6:30 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 All Legion Members both local and national Welcome 6672802 Wed Mar 18 Tragedy into Triumph 7:00 PM Church of the Nazarene You will hear from Pattie Mallette, Kylie Bisutti, Justin Wren. Tickets online. Wed Mar 18 The Spirit of Wood Buffalo Reception 7:00 PM MacBride Museum Enjoy traditional drumming, live music, food and drinks Wed Mar 18 Whitehorse United Church Choir Practice 7:30 PM Whitehorse United Church Wed Mar 18 Hump Day Trivia 8:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Thu - Sat Whitehorse Yukon Community Thrift Store - Silent Auctions 12:00 PM Whitehorse Community Thrift Store Silent Auctions for valuable, unusual and unique items. Bids taken Friday and Saturday at the store. Bidding Closes 2:00 PM Saturdays, each week. Thu Mar 19 Chess Corner 6:30 PM Yukon College Chess played in room A2101, beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Thu Mar 19 Tragedy into Triumph 7:00 PM Church of the Nazarene You will hear from Pattie Mallette, Kylie Bisutti, Justin Wren. Tickets online. Thu Mar 19 Christ Church Cathedral Choir Practice 7:30 PM Christ Church Cathedral Fri Mar 20 Afternoon Tea and Hymn Sing 2:00 PM Christ Church Cathedral Fri Mar 20 Wine & Charcuterie - More Than Just a Pairing 6:00 PM Well Bread Culinary Centre Inc. Learn how to create an expertly composed and professional looking cheese/ charcuterie plate. Call or email for more info, register online. 633-2665 Fri Mar 20 Legion TGIF Dinner 6:00 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 Open to Members and signed in guests Meals are $12 unless a steak dinner which is more. Fri Mar 20 Let’s Play! Watercolor Evening Workshop 6:45 PM Yukon Herbal and Natural Health Centre Explore the fun and unpredictable nature of watercolor with emerging artist Colette Acheson. All supplies included. Register online. Sat Mar 21 Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 AM The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat Mar 21 Let’s Play! Watercolor Afternoon Workshop 1:30 PM Yukon Herbal and Natural Health Centre Explore the fun and unpredictable nature of watercolor with emerging artist Colette Acheson. All supplies included. Register online. Sat Mar 21 Legion Crib 2:00 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 All local and national legion members as well as signed in guests welcome! Come play crib. Registration closes at 2:25 pm 667-2802 Sat Mar 21 Graduation Regalia Making Program 4:00 PM Northern Cultural Expressions Society Materials and supplies, instruction, snacks and bus tickets. To register please call 633-4186 or email programcoord@ northernculture.org Sat Mar 21 International Fly Fishing Film Festival - IF4 2020 7:00 PM Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre Short fly fishing films, refreshments available. All-ages show. Tickets online or at the door. 334-3661

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Sun Mar 22 Adult RPG Drop-in with Whitehorse Dice Knights 12:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library Monthly Role-Playing Game (RPG) Free! No experience necessary. All supplies provided. Must be 18 years of age or older. Sun Mar 22 Cupcake Decorating 101 1:00 PM Well Bread Culinary Centre Inc. Learn how to pipe and swirl your way to bake sale perfection in this fun class. This is a great class for beginner bakers. Call or email for more info, register online. 633-2665 Sun Mar 22 Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Non-instructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Sun Mar 22 Game Day 4:00 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint Bring your favourite games - chess/ backgammon/crib - hook your gaming console up to our tv. Mon Mar 23 Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 AM Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon Mar 23 Legion Scrabble Meet 1:00 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 All Legion Members both local and national Welcome 6672802 Mon Mar 23 GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Mon Mar 23 Euchre Night 6:30 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 All local and national legion members welcome! 667-2802 Mon Mar 23 Japanese Film Festival - Born Bone Born 7:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre Lighthearted and humanistic in its approach, it is a rare opportunity to learn about a near-extinct regional custom, and a tender meditation on love, family, and coming to terms with grief. Tue Mar 24 Second-hand Clothing Bazaar 5:30 PM Whitehorse Seventh-day Adventist Church Donations of clean clothing in good condition welcome. All proceeds go to charitable causes. For more info. call 633-3463. Tue Mar 24 10 Card Crib 6:30 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 For members or signed in guests. Have some fun on a Tuesday night and play 10 card crib! Tue Mar 24 Uke On Ukulele Club! 7:00 PM Porter Creek Secondary School Email us at ukeonukuleleclub@gmail.com for more information. Wed Mar 25 Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 6336081 Terry or Michèle Wed Mar 25 Chess Night 5:00 PM Paddy’s Juke Joint All levels welcome, bring your favourite board. Wed Mar 25 Lamb & Pork 101 6:00 PM Well Bread Culinary Centre Inc. Learn cuts to purchase and how to prepare them with plenty of tasting and hands-on fun. Call or email for more info, register online. 633-2665 Wed Mar 25 Legion Texas Hold ‘Em 6:30 PM Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 All Legion Members both local and national Welcome 6672802 Wed Mar 25 Whitehorse United Church Choir Practice 7:30 PM Whitehorse United Church Wed Mar 25 Hump Day Trivia 8:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room

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Wed Mar 18 Prenatal Luncheon 12:00 PM Skookum Jim Friendship Centre A healthy lunch and an activity for all prenatal mothers and for those with babies up to 12 months old. Welcomes all pregnant moms-to-be, nursing moms, new dads, expectant dads, wee babes, and family supports. Fri Mar 20 Preschool Drop-in Gymnastics 10:00 AM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Silly songs and preschool free play, call 668-4794 for more information. Fri Mar 20 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 AM Whitehorse Public Library Discover the power of songs, rhymes and stories as a positive parenting tool. Ages newborn - 5 yrs old. Call 322-5990 to register. Fri Mar 20 Girls Club 7:30 PM Bethany Church Call 668-4877 for more information. Sat Mar 21 Swim for Life 10:00 AM Canada Games Centre Indigenous youth ages 8-18 swim lessons, swim certifications & access to lifegaurd certification. Call 250-809-3272 for more info. Sat Mar 21 Family Drop In 3:30 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Drop in for families and caregivers, call 668-4794 for more info.

Sun Mar 22 Pioneer Format - Magic:The Gathering 1:00 PM Titan Gaming Cafe Weekly MTG Pioneer Format - Cards starting from Return to Ravnica forward - Banned Cards: Fetch Lands Sun Mar 22 Kids Kreate! 1:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre A free art making class for kids average age 4-11! All kids must be accompanied by an adult, dress for a mess. Sun Mar 22 Wee Moves 2:00 PM Yukon Transportation Museum AGES 3-5, learn about transportation through play, craft, and songs!. Save your spot by registering at weemoves@ goytm.ca Mon Mar 23 Maker Camp, Spring Break 2020 8:45 AM Yukonstruct Innovation Hub A week of fun packed with learning, tinkering and constructing activities geared towards kids aged 9-13! Register online. Email workshops@ yukonstruct.com for more info. Mon Mar 23 Comic Art - March Break 9:00 AM Arts Underground Youth will explore a variety of art styles and create your very first body of art work.To register call 667-4080 or stop into Arts Underground. Mon Mar 23 Youth and Elder - Land and Culture Camp 9:00 AM Jackson Lake Healing Camp Registration forms online, call 334-8728 or email kaitlyn.charlie@kdfn.net for more info. Mon Mar 23 Preschool Drop-in Gymnastics 10:00 AM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Silly songs and preschool free play, call 668-4794 for more information. Mar 23 - 27 Page to Plate: March Break Workshops 1:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library Learn kitchen basics and how to read a recipe. Take home your own recipe book and show off your skills to family and friends! Free, Ages 1014. Call 667-5239 to register. Mon Mar 23 Puppy Preschool Classes 6:30 PM Wise Canine Training 335-2919 Positive reinforcement training methods from Certified Dog Trainer, Michelle Wieser. Call for more info. Tue Mar 24 Parent Child Mother Goose 10:30 AM Whistle Bend Place Learn the power of songs, rhymes and stories as a positive parenting tool call 322-5990 for more information. Tue Mar 24 Parent Support Group 10:30 AM Yukon Herbal Health Centre 780 265 6176 Drop-in group for new parents with babies aged 0-12 months to help local parents find support, connect and build their own village. Tue Mar 24 Youth Beading Circle 3:30 PM Nàkwät’à Kų̀ (KDFN’s potlatch house) Learn to bead, try a new style or pattern, free, snacks provided Call 334-8728 for more info. Tue Mar 24 Swim for Life 3:45 PM Canada Games Centre Indigenous youth ages 8-18 swim lessons, swim certifications & access to lifegaurd certification. Call 250-809-3272 for more info. Wed Mar 25 Prenatal Luncheon 12:00 PM Skookum Jim Friendship Centre A healthy lunch and an activity for all prenatal mothers and for those with babies up to 12 months old. Welcomes all pregnant moms-to-be, nursing moms, new dads, expectant dads, wee babes, and family supports.

Fri Mar 20 The Path to Highest Good Workshop 10:00 AM Association francoyukonnaise Discuss planning and screening tools to identify those projects with the greatest potential for impact with Colette Acheson. Call 456-4304 or email info@volunteeryukon.ca to register. Sat Mar 21 Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:00 AM A&W Restaurant Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon and those are interested are welcome Sat Mar 21 Carving Workshop with Eugene Alfred 11:00 AM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre A free 3 hour carving workshop as part of the Arctic Winter Games 2020 celebration. This workshop is appropriate for people ages 12+. Register online. Sat Mar 21 Play & Create Together Workshops 12:00 PM The Old Fire Hall Improvisation, storytelling and energizing physicality. Appropriate for folks 16+ from all backgrounds and experience levels. Register online or by emailing jacob@nakaitheatre.com Sat Mar 21 PFLAG Meeting 7:00 PM Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome Mon Mar 23 Fraud and Cybercrime Awareness Workshop 9:00 AM Yukon Inn Learn about common cyber attacks & threats to SMEs, How to detect and identify cyberattacks, Preventive measures. Register online. Tue Mar 24 Paradise Music Festival AGM 5:30 PM Whitehorse, Yukon All welcome all to attend. Review the 2019 festival and voice hear your ideas for the 2020 festival Tue Mar 24 Yukon Conservation Society AGM 6:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library Review 2019 and looking ahead, electing new Board members, and voting on a new bylaw regarding Board conflict of interest, revisions to a bylaw for Board composition, and Board indemnification for financial liability. 668-5678 Wed Mar 25 Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 AM Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com

Wed Mar 18 Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 AM Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com Thu Mar 19 Sundogs Toastmasters Club 12:00 PM Sport Yukon A lunch time session to learn the skills, practice the speaking, receive the feedback to improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins are welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu Mar 19 Business After Hours hosted by CPA Yukon 5:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse CPA Yukon will host business after hours to publicly recognize the Yukon’s successful writer of the 2019 final examination, Thomas Scoffin. To RSVP email business@whitehorsechamber.ca Thu Mar 19 Monthly Coalition Meeting 5:00 PM CYO Hall Monthly Coalition (Yukon AntiPoverty Coalition) meetings are held every third Thursday. Everyone is welcome! Thu Mar 19 Introduction to VR with Outpost 31 Media 5:00 PM Northlight Innovation An introduction to VR with our resident VR expert, Jayden Soroka. Free event, register online. Thu Mar 19 Midnight Sun Toastmasters Club 5:30 PM Yukon College Room A2714. An after work meeting to help you gain confidence in public speaking, improve communication and add to your leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com

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Seasonal Recipes with Sydney Keddy

INGREDIENTS

Chipotle sauce H

❑ I can chipotle peppers in adobo ❑ 2 tablespoons sugar ❑ 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ❑ Zest of 1/2 a lime ❑ Juice of 1 lime ❑ Salt and pepper, to taste

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aving a jar of homemade sauce on hand that can act as a condiment, or a glaze, or a marinade can make rushed weeknight meals go much smoother. Chipotle peppers canned in adobo are the base for this simple sauce. These peppers are hot, and smokey and puree to a lovely thick sauce. If you’re using this as more of a glaze add a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup, the liquid makes it easier to spread and the extra sugar will caramelize on whatever you’re roasting. Makes 1 cup

Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

One lime

Processed until smooth

It’s got lots of spice, perfect for tacos!

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METHOD

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Combine chipotle peppers, sugar, vinegar, lime zest, and lime juice in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Use to garnish roasted meat, or as a passed hot sauce, or as an added spice in tacos or on sandwiches.

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Salmon, twice as good I

t’s hard to say which of these two salmon recipes is the best because both are delicious. The bonus is that each one is pretty simple to prepare. Just a few minutes before I sat down to type this, we had a meal of salmon cooked using the first recipe. We’ve had it a number of times and it is a treat to cook and to eat. Either recipe can be done on the barbeque, or in the oven. Both call for 1 to 1-1/2 lbs of salmon and can be adjusted for more or less.

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Instructions Preheat oven to 450 F, or high on the barbeque. Miz the above ingredients together to form a sauce. Line a cookie sheet or flat pan with tinfoil. Lay out the salmon pieces and brush the sauce on. Lay on lemon slices and bake at 450 F for 12 to 15 minutes (longer means more done) to suit

Ingredients 1/4 cup mayo 2 tbsp Dijon 2 tsp brown sugar 2 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp dill 2 pinches black pepper Instructions Preheat barbeque to high or about 400 F in oven. Line a cookie sheet, or shallow pan with tinfoil, or spray PAM on barbeque grate. Cook in the oven 12 to 15 minutes, or on the barbeque 10 to 12 minutes (lid down) per inch of thickness.

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Asbestos

The miracle mineral with a dark side

by Hugh Copland

Part Fifteen Throughout history, asbestos had been known as the miracle mineral due to its unique properties. The ancient Greeks wove wicks out of it for their oil lamps. They were known as the eternal lights because the wick did not burn down.

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sbestos can be woven, it does not rot and it is waterproof. Marco Polo encountered cloth made from asbestos in China. It would not burn. In the late 1800s, the industrial age of asbestos began. Italy produced fireproof gloves, clothing and theatre curtains. With the invention of the automobile came new uses in brakes, clutches and gaskets. The early movie industry used it

as fake snow on sets. Chrysotile or white asbestos is the most common type, comprising more than 90 per cent of all that was mined. The other common types are amosite, or brown asbestos, and crocidolite, known as blue asbestos. The formation of asbestos starts on the seafloor where two tectonic plates are spreading apart and magma is upwelling

from deep in the earth. This forms oceanic crust in the form of rocks known as ultramafics. The newly formed rocks contain magnesium, iron, silicon and oxygen. Over time the rocks absorb seawater into their chemical structure, forming a rock known as serpentinite, named for its serpent-like texture, which is green, slippery and similar to fish scales. Over millions of years, ser-

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Asbestos fibres fluffing up

pentinite is subjected to tectonic forces that push it to the surface. This fractures the rock and groundwater is warmed from the friction of the sliding rocks. Warm water starts circulating through the fractures absorbing the minerals from the serpentinite. When the water cools, asbestos crystals grow and fill the fractures. At Clinton Creek, 75 kilometres northwest of Dawson City,

Clinton Creek Porcupine Pit from Snowshoe Pit

an asbestos mine operated from 1967 to 1978. That mine and its older sister, British Columbia’s Cassiar mine, southwest of Watson Lake, were both operated by the Cassiar Asbestos Corporation. The larger Cassiar mine operated from 1953 to 1993. In 1887, placer miners in the Forty Mile area knew of asbestos fibres in Clinton Creek. The discovery of the Clinton Creek deposit is one of determination and cooperation by some knowledgeable and curious Yukoners. The story is told in detail in an orientation booklet called “Clinton Creek,” given to new workers at the Clinton Creek mine in the 1970s. It starts on Cassiar Creek, 20 kilometres up the Yukon River from Forty Mile. Willie and Walter DeWolfe (sons of the “Ironman of the North,” Percy DeWolfe) found asbestos on their trapline there. In 1955 they brought some samples to Fred Caley, a merchant and prospector who lived in Dawson and had a general store on Third Avenue. He knew what asbestos was and had many mining contacts. Caley grubstaked the DeWolfes and others to stake some claims. These claims were optioned to Conwest Exploration, an arm of Cassiar Asbestos Corporation, but it turned out the “Caley” deposit was too small for a standalone mine. In February 1957, Arthur Anderson was talking to Fred Caley. Anderson had a trapline on Clinton Creek. In the 1940s, Anderson and his dad came across some asbestos-bearing rocks. They collected some samples and kept them in their cabin. When Caley showed Anderson some samples he had from Cassiar Creek, Anderson told Fred he found similar rocks on Clinton Creek many years before. Caley grubstaked cont’d on page 13 ...

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Asbestos veins in serpentinite Anderson and another trapper, George Walters, to find the spot and stake some claims. It was April and there was lots of snow on the ground, so it was not easy to find the spot, but they persevered, found the asbestos showing and staked claims. By June, Cassiar Asbestos had optioned the property. Soon after, Dawson contractor Dick Gillespie bulldozed a 60-kilometre road into the property from what is now the Top of the World Highway. The company brought in equipment and started trenching, drilling and underground sampling in 1957. It was not until 1964 that a decision was made to go into production. Things started to happen. An airstrip (still one of the longest in the Yukon) was put in by the mine site. A crusher, mill and tramline needed to be constructed. To house the expected 300 employees, a town had to be built. First, a bridge was built over the Fortymile River. Until then, people had been using a barge to get across the river. In the middle of the winter of 1965/66, in temperatures of -50 C, concrete was poured and a bridge erected. A town site for 500 people was selected at the confluence of Clinton Creek and the Fortymile River, nine kilometres from the mine. The site had permafrost, so all the buildings were built on cedar piles that were embedded five metres into the icy soil. The town was ahead of its time. It reused waste heat from the diesel electric generators to warm water. There was a central heating plant for all the large buildings in town. It also had the first sewage treatment plant in

the territory. Clinton Creek was the westernmost community in the country, only 13 kilometres from the Alaska border. There was the Malamute Saloon, curling rink, recreation centre, medical clinic and a monthly newspaper called The Rock Fluff. Fluff refers to the process used in the mill to extract the asbestos from the rock. When the rock is crushed and screened, the asbestos is freed and fluffs up, floating on top of the rock. From there it is vacuumed up. It is sorted and graded by size and blown into 45 kilogram bags. Clinton Creek asbestos was known for its good quality and long fibres. It was shipped around the world and rumoured to have been used on the space shuttle. Prime Minister Trudeau visited the mine in 1968. It was in the early 1900s that health hazards related to asbestos fibres were recognized. Mill workers were getting lung diseases and dying. Inhalation of asbestos is now known to cause asbestosis, scarring of lung tissue and mesothelioma, cancer of the lining of the lungs. It was 1979 when the manufacture of asbestos products was banned in Canada. It could still be mined and exported. Legislation halting the export and import of asbestos in Canada did not pass until 2018. A few exemptions remain for nuclear facilities and the military. You can find a bit of asbestos in a number of serpentinite rock outcrops in the Yukon, including the Midnight Dome in Dawson City, the southeast end of Marsh Lake, and Monarch Mountain near Atlin. Asbestos has been shown to

absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dr. Greg Dipple of the University of British Columbia has tested the Clinton Creek tailings and has shown that the carbon dioxide reacts with the serpentinite rock and becomes fixed in the chemical structure. Tailings work best because of the greater surface area of the mineral exposed. In theory, such a mine today would be naturally carbon neutral throughout its operation. The road to Clinton Creek starts about 60 kilometres from Dawson on the Top of the World highway. The mine site itself is now the responsibility of the Government of Yukon as an abandoned site. Access is prohibited. The former town site of Clinton Creek is now privately owned. Many of the original houses were moved intact to Dawson after the mine closed down. The drive down the Clinton Creek road is worthwhile. About 53 kilometres down, just before the Fortymile River bridge, take the road to the right. It will lead you to the Yukon River where you can walk in the 1.5-kilometre trail to the Forty Mile town site. It is now a historical site co-managed by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and the Government of Yukon. Talented local tradespeople are stabilizing and restoring the buildings at this beautiful location.

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Yukon and Alaskan Gwich’in trail breakers between Old Crow and Arctic Village

HERITAGE Revitalizing the routes that connected the people of North Yukon by Leighann Chalykoff

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hen Stanley Njootli Senior travels on the land in Gwich’in traditional territory, he sees the footsteps of the people who came before him. “No matter where you go you can see the evidence,” he said. “You can see where they camped along the riverbank and they cut trees. You can see the stumps where they cut tree branches for their dogs to sleep on and for their own tents too. In some places you can find old tent poles.” North Yukon is honeycombed with routes. It’s an intricate network of trails and waterways that the Gwich’in people have used to move through the area for thousands of years. These routes linked people to each other, to camps and settlements, and they linked people to resources. “They’re part of our heritage and using the land. Those trails were used by my family and the whole community for things like travel, hunting, trapping, and berry picking,” said Njootli. “Now, I think the trails are getting used less and less because people just don’t travel, so some of them are lost.”

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Map of overland trail connecting Old Crow to Arctic Village, spring 2019 To prevent further loss of the routes, knowledge and stories associated with them, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government’s Heritage Department has been working to document and revitalize those trails through the Van Tat Gwich’in Navigation System Project, which began in 2011. The Yukon Gwich’in people call themselves the Van Tat Gwich’in, which means “people who live among the lakes.” “In the past, people had certain areas where they would stay for maybe a time period, but people moved quite a bit,” said Megan Williams, Vuntut Gwitchin heritage manager. “When there were lots of resources—say a fish trap that was pretty productive, or a place where caribou gathered—then people would get into large groups and then they would often split off into smaller family groups and travel that way. “It was very fluid. There was a lot of moving around and using these routes to go to different parts of the traditional territory.” Currently, roughly 60 of the routes have been mapped, and the heritage department is working on ground training—sending groups out on the land to collect information at the rate of one or two annually. “They’re ancient routes,” said Williams. “You can see many of

them from a helicopter because they were used so much, they’re actually worn into the ground.” Observing the routes from above is one thing, but being on the ground scouting whether a route is still passable is quite different. “There are definitely a lot of changes on the land that the elders have noticed,” said Williams. “They see some of their regular access routes from 40 to 50 years ago are no longer viable.” Changes to the northern landscape, including shrubification (an increase in ground-covering woody plants in regions of the Arctic) means that some of the trails have become impassable and others must be rerouted. “A younger elder will lead people on one of the routes and they’ll find that the vegetation has grown up shoulder high and it’s no longer a viable access route because of climate change,” said Williams. “There are places where you could spend two weeks cutting through the willows to try and use that access route.” Documenting and revitalizing these trails connects people in the community to the land and to its heritage. “Anything that comes out of the oral history of the elders is considered heritage,” said Williams. “A route, a place name, a landscape,

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Cleaning big game The spread of disease

We are fortunate (so far) to say we haven’t seen the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in our deer family, but it is spreading fast across North America and in a number of Asian countries. In 2018, CWD was found in tested elk in Saskatchewan and Alberta. More recently, it was tested positive on a Quebec deer farm. CWD spreads through the nervous system in deer and has been recognized as one of the deer’s decline where the disease has been found. It’s spread through “prions.” It can be secreted through the deer family (elk, caribou) when the animal is eating grass in a contaminated soil area, and spread through saliva and urine. Once the animal has been contaminated, chances are it will die in less than a couple months.

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Prions are misfolded proteins with the ability to transmit their misfolded shape onto normal variants of the same protein. They characterize several fatal and transmissible neurodegenerative diseases in humans and many other animals.

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here’s more than you think to cleaning and butchering that big game animal. To get the maximum out of the meat, my suggestion is to hire a butcher prior to the hunt. It’s not as simple as taking a knife and cutting up your successful harvest. Number one, aging that meat is most important. Once the animal has been properly stripped of its hide, it should be hung for at least one week (two is better) in an ideal temperature under 10 C, or, better still, at 2 C. This should be done as soon as possible. Keeping the animal in its hide and in warm air will hasten the meat going bad. It can be frozen in proper meat paper, or by a small investment in a food safe freezer bag. Either will keep the meat much longer in the freezer.

Symptoms

An animal contaminated with CWD will show a lack of coordination, loss of weight and a general deterioration of the body. Once contaminated, the animal often dies in less than a couple months. There has not been any connection of the disease CWD being spread from animal to humans to date, but caution has been ad-

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vised as, due to the disease on an increase from animal to animal, the potential of the CWD becomes more possible. It should be pointed out that other prion diseases from big game animals can affect humans. Extra caution should be taken when handling wild meats, especially in field dressing and actual butchering.

Knife cleaning

Normal everyday dish washing of knives will not always remove infectious prions. CWD prions and other disease-like prions adhere to stainless steel and could contaminate knives, saws, etc. used in the cutting of meats. One of the best ways to clean your butchering knives is by soaking them in bleach. Hunters who persist in carving out their own harvested wild animals should pay strict attention to the cleaning of all equipment used to do so. This helps prevent other such diseases from forming on their butchering knifeware. Eye On The Outdoors columnist Murray Martin is a former Ontario conservation officer and a long-standing member of The Outdoor Writers of Canada.

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Fridays/Saturdays/Mondays Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fridays/Mondays Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fridays/Saturdays Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sundays St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Tuesdays Step n Strong 7:00 PM Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit@me.com 867-993-2520 Wed Mar 18 Drop-in Curling 7:30 PM Dawson City Curling Club Wed Mar 18 Amy Hillis and Meagan Milatz 7:30 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture A vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Tickets at the door. Thu Mar 19 Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race Dawson City World-class dog mushers race along the old mail route of Percy DeWolfe, the route goes from Dawson City to Eagle, Alaska and back again. info@thepercy.com Thu Mar 19 Hatha Yoga with David 5:45 PM Soulstice Yoga Studio Call 993-3518 for more info. Fri Mar 20 Sam Connolly in the Tavern 6:00 PM Westminster Hotel Sat Mar 21 Muay Thai Classes 12:00 PM Robert Service School Sat Mar 21 Open Studio/Saturday Painting 1:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture A communal afternoon time to work on personal projects. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. All ages welcome, Sun Mar 22 Beginner - Varied Styles 10:00 AM Soulstice Yoga Studio Learn about what yoga is, how to determine whether yoga is for you. Call 993-3518 for more info. Sun Mar 22 Silent Meditation 11:30 AM Soulstice Yoga Studio Call 993-3518 for more info. Sun Mar 22 Chess Club 1:00 PM Minto Concession Beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Mar 23-27 Youth Art Enrichment 2020 Dawson City Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Call or email for more info 867-993-5005 programs@kiac.ca Mon Mar 23 Dancehall - Drop In 6:30 PM Soulstice Yoga Studio Email luci.pesickova@ gmail.com for more info. Tue Mar 24 Muay Thai Classes 5:30 PM Minto Concession Tue Mar 24 Hatha Yoga with Diane 5:45 PM Soulstice Yoga Studio Call 993-3518 for more info. Tue Mar 24 Drop-in Volleyball 7:00 PM Robert Service School 660-4999 managermarshlake@ gmail.com Tue Mar 24 Youth Hip Hop 7:30 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Youth ages 12-18 who want to explore new hip hop dance styles, movement and creativity to drop in! All levels, no previous dance experience necessary! Wed Mar 25 Drop-in Curling 7:30 PM Dawson City Curling Club

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FARO

Tuesdays & Thursdays Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 AM Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed Jan 8 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Fridays Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Sundays Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles Sundays Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 AM Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Thu Mar 19 Environment Club 3:45 PM Del Van Gorder School

HAINES

Daily Haines Public Library Open Hours: MonWed 11-8 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30| Thurs/ Fri Closed #907-766-2545 Mondays and Wednesdays Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mondays Mother Goose Stories and Songs 11:00 AM Haines Borough Public Library fohbpl@gmail.com Mondays Yoga with Mandy 1:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays Adults Jujutsu 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tuesdays Ashtanga Yoga with Melina 9:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tuesdays Women’s Fellowship 3:00 PM Haines Senior Center Wednesdays Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wednesday Podcast Club 4:30 PM Haines Borough Public Library Wednesday Sword Class 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wednesday Open Mic Nite 10:00 PM Pioneer Bar Thursdays Ashtanga Yoga with Melina 9:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Thursdays Starvin’ Marvin Gardenin’ 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Fridays Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fridays Tai Chi - Advanced 10:15 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Fridays Story Time 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library fohbpl@gmail.com Fridays Yoga with Mandy 1:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Fridays American Legion Burger Night 6:00 PM American Legion Saturdays Tai Chi 11:00 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Sundays Sunday Worship 11:00 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Sundays Bible Club - Sunday School 12:30 PM Haines Presbyterian Church Wed Mar 18 Learn How To...Seed Save 6:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Thu Mar 19 Seed Exchange and Seed Bombs 6:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Fri Mar 20 Kid’s Art at the Museum 9:00 AM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Laugh! Learn! Explore art at your local museum! Ages 5 and under, the theme for March is Quilting. Fri Mar 20 Tackling the Climate Crisis: From Knowledge to Action 7:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Scientist and lifelong Alaskan Zach Brown, PhD, for a journey into the climate crisis and how we can tackle it. Fri Mar 20 River Talk 7:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Seven speakers, seven stories, seven minutes, enjoy a cafe setting with local stories, musicians and refreshments. Want to sign up? Call 907-314-0282. Sun Mar 22 The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training 8:30 AM Haines Borough Alaska To register call 907-375-8212 or email dena.cologgi@alaska.gov Tue Mar 24 Upcycled Art for Earth Day Contest 4:30 PM Haines Borough Public Library Wed Mar 25 Learn How To...Maintain Your Vehicle 6:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library

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Thursdays Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Mondays and Thursdays Drop In Hockey 7:30 PM Bill Brewster Arena Saturdays Beginner Public Skate 10:00 AM Bill Brewster Arena No sticks, no pucks, bring your little ones or just come practice your skills. Fridays Story Hour 10:00 AM Haines Junction Community Library Saturdays Public Skate 12:00 PM Bill Brewster Arena Mon 3-4:30 pm, Wed/Thurs 3:15-4:30 pm, Fri 3-6 pm,

Sundays Public Skate 5:00 PM Bill Brewster Arena Mon 3-4:30 pm, Wed/Thurs 3:15-4:30 pm, Fri 3-6 pm, Wednesdays Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, fitness, pool tournaments, shuffleboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed Mar 18 Adult Volleyball 6:30 PM St. Elias Community School Wed Mar 18 Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 PM St Elias Convention Centre Thu Mar 19 Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Thu Mar 19 Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu Mar 19 Women’s Circle 5:30 PM Mun Ku Email elskloppers@gmail.com for more information. Thu Mar 19 Open Mic 7:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre Thu Mar 19 Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Thu Mar 19 Drop In Hockey 7:30 PM Bill Brewster Arena Fri Mar 20 meagan&amy St Elias Convention Centre Fri Mar 20 Story Hour 10:00 AM Haines Junction Community Library Tue Mar 24 Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue Mar 24 Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 PM Takhini Hall Wed Mar 25 Adult Volleyball 6:30 PM St. Elias Community School

LORNE MOUNTAIN

Ongoing LMCC Ice Rink - Night Skating Lorne Mountain Community Centre Flood lights are available between 4 pm and 11: 30 daily. Shared community rink. Mondays Yoga with Jess Sellers 7:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre For more info call 667-7083 or Email lmca@northwestel. net Fridays Lorne Mountain Ski Club 4:30 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Each session will include group activities, games and trail skiing, Call 667-7083 for more information.

MARSH LAKE

Tuesdays North of 60 Seniors Cafe. We heat the beverages, you heat the air. 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tuesdays Yoga with Richard 5:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Wednesdays Pump Fitness 6:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Thursdays Choir 6:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Saturdays Bridge club 12:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Saturdays Knitting Circle 1:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Wed Mar 25 Marsh Lake Community Society Meeting 7:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre All Welcome to attend.

MAYO

Mondays Video Yoga Classes 5:15 PM Mayo Curling Arena Yoga Videos are used for leading each class. Bring your own Yoga mat or borrow ours. Drop-ins are welcome. For more info call 996-2043 8979962043 Mondays Adult and Teen Weekly Singing Group 7:00 PM J.V. Clark School Join us in the room with the piano in the secondary end. For more info contact Barb at 996-2508 or by email bbarchen@gmail.com Mondays Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sundays Parent & Toddler Playgroup 10:00 AM Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Run, skip, jump, play and socialize with other children and parents. Sundays St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746

OLD CROW

Tuesdays Gym Night 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Thursdays Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sundays St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Wed Mar 18 Sledding Day 3:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Snacks and hot chocolate at the Youth Centre afterwards. Thu Mar 19 Make Your Own Pizza Day 2:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Fri Mar 20 Movie Night 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center

Sat Mar 21 Moms & Babies 11:00 AM Old Crow Community Center Pregnant moms and babies from 0-2 years only. Sun Mar 22 Toddler Gym 2:00 PM Chief Zzeh Gittlit School Children aged 2 - 4 years only. Wed Mar 25 Sledding Day 3:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Snacks and hot chocolate at the Youth Centre afterwards.

SKAGWAY

Daily, Mondays to Fridays, Mom, Dad & Me Toddler Time 9:00 am Skagway Alaska Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Call 907-983-2679 for more info. Mondays Restorative - Yin Yoga ALL Levels 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays Group Cycling w/Therese 12:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre A fun low impact cardiovascular workout with great music that uses endurance, intervals, hills, drills and rythym to burn fat. Mondays Group Cycling w/Cindy & Emily 4:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays Acro Jam 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Playful practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. This is an unstructured class to work on things you would like to improve on or trade Tuesdays Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesdays Hatha Flow w. Foam Roller & Pinky Balls 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Hatha Flow practice followed by foam roller and pinky balls. Tuesdays & Thursdays Mat Pilates 6:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. Tuesdays & Thursdays Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Wednesdays Back & Hip Yoga 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesdays Group Cycling w/Therese 12:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre A fun low impact cardiovascular workout with great music that uses endurance, intervals, hills, drills and rhythm to burn fat. Wednesdays Group Cycling w/Cindy & Emily 4:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesdays Back & Hip Yoga 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thursdays Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Saturdays Group Cycling w/Emily 11:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Saturdays Bouncy House Fun Time! 1:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sundays Undo and Renew Gentle Yoga 3:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed Mar 18 SpinTRX 6:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre 30 min. cycling- 25 min. resistance training-must be able to lunge & squat Skagway Wed Mar 18 Open Hang Arial Practice 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Playful practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. Wed Mar 18 SpinYOGA 4:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu Mar 19 Spinning with Dena 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu Mar 19 Vinyasa Yoga 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri Mar 20 Open Hang Aerial Practice 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Playful practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. Fri Mar 20 SpinYOGA 4:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun Mar 22 Undo and Renew Gentle Yoga 3:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon Mar 23 SpinTRX 6:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre 30 min. cycling- 25 min. resistance training-must be able to lunge & squat Mon Mar 23 SpinYOGA 4:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue Mar 24 Spinning with Dena 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue Mar 24 Vinyasa Yoga 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue Mar 24 Hatha Yoga with Foam Rollers & Balls 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed Mar 25 SpinTRX 6:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre 30 min. cycling- 25 min. resistance training-must be able to lunge & squat Wed Mar 25 Open Hang Aerial Practice 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Playful practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. Wed Mar 25 SpinYOGA 4:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre

TAGISH

Saturdays/Wednesdays Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Thursdays Carpet Bowling 11:15 AM Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Wednesdays Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 1:00 PM Tagish Community Centre A lunch program which will include such things as soup/stew/chili and homemade rolls/ bread plus some tasty treats! every Wednesday. Wed Mar 18 Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Wed Mar 18 Youth After School Program 4:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fun, games, snacks, for ages 9+, call 399-3407 for more info. recreation@tagishyukon.org Wed Mar 18 Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Wed Mar 25 Youth After School Program 4:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fun, games, snacks, for ages 9+, call 399-3407 for more info. recreation@tagishyukon.org

TESLIN

Tuesdays Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:30 PM Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin. ca Tuesdays Teslin Dance Group Practice 7:00 PM Teslin Healing Centre Every Tuesday evening, for more info contact Melaina at 867.390.2532 ext. 333 or Melaina.sheldon@ ttc-teslin.com TuesdaysVolleyball 7:00 PM Teslin School Everyone welcome! Wednesdays Seniors Social 10:00 AM Teslin Rec Center Every Wednesday come play cards, drink coffee, chat, and have a good time. Call Kelsey at 335-4250 or email teslinrec@teslin.ca Wednesdays Badminton Nights 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, bring your racket or just bring yourself for some swift fun! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Fridays Girls Club 5:00 PM Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsy 335-4250 for more information. Fridays Youth Club 8:00 PM Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 335-4250 for more information. Saturdays Volleyball 7:00 PM Teslin School Everyone welcome!

WATSON LAKE

Daily, Mondays to Fridays Youth Activity Club 3:15 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre For grades 5-11, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call the Rec Centre 536-8023 for more information. Mondays/Thursdays Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Watson Lake Sundays St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Thu Jan 2,9 & Tues Jan 7,14 Body Fit 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Wed Mar 18 Drop in Beading 12:00 PM Watson Lake Family Centre Starting a new project.. Baby Moccasins!! Open to all skill levels, supplies included. Watson Lake Thu Mar 19 Parents and Tots 10:00 AM Watson Lake Family Centre Join us in song, socializing, play and lots of giggles and fun. Thu Mar 19 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 6:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Yoga mats available, bring your own is encouraged. Held in the Oval room, entrance fee is admission. Sat Mar 21 Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 AM Andrea’s Hotel Come out for a relaxing time of inspiration, fun, and encouragement. For more information call Ruth Holt 536-7726 or Ruth Wilkinson at 536-4542” Sat Mar 21 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 11:00 AM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Yoga mats available, bring your own is encouraged. Held in the Oval room, entrance fee is admission. Mon Mar 23 Baby Chit Chat 1:30 PM Watson Lake Family Centre For newborn-one year. A relaxed setting to meet new friends, talk about the ups and downs of parenting, try some new activities with your little one. Tue Mar 24 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 AM Watson Lake Family Centre You and your little one will learn new songs and rhymes, revisit old favourites. Ages newborn-4 years are welcome and a light snack is provided! Wed Mar 25 Drop in Beading 12:00 PM Watson Lake Family Centre Starting a new project.. Baby Moccasins!! Open to all skill levels, supplies included.

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A Klondike Korner with Dan Davidson

The Percy DeWolfe committee is ready for its last race, but the event will carry on T he Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race didn’t start out as a race 44 years ago, but it soon became a qualifying run for the larger races. The late John Gould wrote that it “began back in 1977 as a way to honour the legendary Percy DeWolfe, who courageously carried mail by dog team, horse and boat between Dawson City, YT, and Eagle, AK, from 1910 and 1949.” In its present form, it’s a 210 mile (338 km) run from Dawson to Eagle, Alaska, and back. If you can do that, then you can try your hand at the Yukon Quest or the Iditarod. This year’s race will begin at 10 a.m. on March 19, in front of the Old Dawson Post Office, with the crowd asked to imagine the spirit of Percy heading off with bib #1 over his parka. Bib #2 will carry the mail sack of special “send a letter by dog team” envelopes that are part of the event’s fundraising ef-

forts. They will be available for purchase until a few days before the race. Other teams will follow at two-minute intervals, heading down King Street, north on Front, up onto the upper dyke trail and down to the Yukon River. Committee president Anna Claxton said it appears the teams will be able to make the run all the way to Forty Mile and then on to Eagle. In 2019, the ice conditions were so poor past Forty Mile (basically open water) that the race had to find an alternate route to make up the distance at the last minute. That had never happened before. There is also a Junior Percy Race, which will launch from the ice bridge this year, after three years of not being able to do so because there wasn’t one. This is named for Percy DeWolfe Junior, who often accompanied his father. It leads dog teams (and perhaps some skijor teams) down to Forty Mile and back, about half

Musher, Louve Tweddell, spurs on her team

the distance of the main race. Both sets of mushers tend to arrive back in Dawson by late Friday afternoon, about a day after they set out. This allows for overnight stops and mandatory rest stops during the race. The addition of live tracking in recent years means that fans can follow the progress of the teams and have a good idea of when to show up at the Visitor Information Centre to welcome them back. There’s a link on Percy’s website at ThePercy.com. The committee is active with fundraising throughout the year, including catering, sponsorships and the sale of the envelopes. This will be the last year for the members of the current board of directors, all of whom will be stepping down at the group’s AGM in June. Some months back they started recruiting their replacements. Claxton, who has spent 15 years working on this race, said that part of the future planning is

Heading to the river

On the river

PHOTOS: Dan Davidson [from 2019 race]

Mail handoff 2019. Mountie and the Postmaster hand the mailbag to Musher #2, Deke Naaktgeboren

going well. “There are two things that are special about the race for me,” she said reflectively. “There’s the continuation of that thread of our heritage, of the way Percy used to be, being one of the only ways that people in Dawson and along the river were connected to the outside world. Carrying that heritage thread through is pretty cool. “I also think the Percy is a real example of how the community of Dawson can come together and make things happen, and I often think about all the different skills and talents that are involved in putting on what’s basically an international event.” It’s too early to say how many teams will participate this year.

That will have to wait until the mushers have a meeting on March 15. A number of mushers in the longer races like to use this one as a pleasant event to close out their years. With all the teams back in Dawson on Friday, the Percy wraps up with a banquet and awards ceremony, which will once again be held on Saturday evening at the Visitor Information Centre. After three decades in classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson retired to continue writing, as he had been all those years. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.

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Man’s best friend had sticky paws

Thieving pup gave a new meaning to the term “hot dog” by Mickey Fisher

PHOTOS: Mickey Fisher

Attentive. Smart. Loyal. But A Thief

M

y friend and neighbor Murray Martin brought me an article he once wrote. “Just a dog” reminded me of a very smart and loyal little dog that we had many years ago. He was the runt of the litter, born without a tail. Chuck Charchuk, my brother-in-law, told me to pick the runt of the litter as they are generally smarter than the rest of the pups. We never taught him to do tricks, though he shook hands and sat up for a treat. At that time, Watson Lake was an unincorporated community. There were no animal bylaws, so dogs could run at large. His only problem was that he

Always waiting for me in my old pickup truck

became a thief. His first attempt at larceny was $3.48 in packaged short ribs. He brought them home and deposited them at my feet. Marjorie, my wife, said I should spank him, but he was looking for a pet and a “good dog, Jim” rather than a spank. Over the next few years he brought home several slabs of bacon, three sirloin steaks, a cooked roast from a neighbor’s barbecue and plenty of other stuff to share with us. The meat was usually wrapped in butcher’s paper, suggesting he stole it from someone’s vehicle. It was remarkable that he never put teeth marks on any of

the meat that he brought home, nor did he eat the goodies until we got our share and then told him to take his. Gerry Amann, one of the partners at the grocery store, said that Jimmy Jack hung out in front of the store during the summer and when Gerry chased him away, he ran behind the building, through the open back door, where he’d steal something from the butcher shop. I worked as a clerk for CN Telecommunications in Watson Lake, Yukon. Jim went to work with me five days a week. The other staff members liked Jim and sometimes brought him treats. In

He knew the grocery store well

1967, I changed jobs and drove a freight truck for the department of public works. Some weeks I was away from home for two or three days. When this happened, Jim waited for me in the back of my pick-up. Marjorie went and got him, took him home and fed him, but always ran back to my truck to wait for me. Jim liked Chuck Charchuk and went to visit him monthly. Charchuk owned the Cedar Lodge Motel, restaurant and gas station. He also had two big German shepherd dogs that didn’t like Jimmy Jack. Jim dealt with that in an interesting way. One day our horse, Red, who was Jim’s

friend, was out of his corral and loose in our yard. Jim and Red went to the Cedar Lodge, about two kilometres from our place. Jim stayed near the horse, so the large dogs couldn’t attack him. If they got close, Red would kick them. We had Jimmy Jack for 14 years. One day he just disappeared and we never saw him again. As far as I know, no one else did either. Mickey Fisher is a long-time Yukoner who has written stories from his time in the Yukon for his family to enjoy.

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