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June 6th, 2005 Issue #9

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Aaron Pritchett............2 The Editor’s Page..........3 Dining Fine.................4 Recipe.......................5 Music Camp.................5 Restaurant Listing.........5 Beer Buzz...................6 Attention Span.............7 Bar Listing..................7 Next Stage..................8 Wild Gamer.................9

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Aaron Pritchett is Faithful to His Country

n a day when so many country and western singers have more in common with Britney Spears than Patsy Cline, it is refreshing to see a young man do so well with a more traditional sound. And Aaron Pritchett has been rewarded for his faithfulness by the Canadian Country Music Awards as best artist and best song for New Frontier and seeing another song, My Way, receiving more play than any other that year. His latest single, John Roland Wood, is still in the top five on the Canada Music Television chart and he is touring with the biggest names in the country music business. Pritchett has done all this without pandering to an industry that, “Wants to get a really young audience by looking for one hook, synthesizing it, fattening it up and making it sound like hip hop. “But you don’t have to degrade the song,” he says over the phone. “It’s the story lines that make country music what it is, but pop has diminished that. “Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson must be rolling their eyes.” This commitment to the story of his songs seems to be the motivation for his near-perfect enunciation while singing. But, really, Pritchett gives the credit to his producer for the clarity of his singing. The fact that his voice is smooth like water certainly helps. It is ironic then that he chose Right Down the Line for his latest album. It is a Gerry Rafferty song

that a lot of people really think contains the line, “When I wanted you to shave my legs, I had no doubt in mind.” Pritchett laughs at this and kindly offers that others have misheard lines from his songs, too. But knowing that fans listen intently to his words doesn’t intimidate him, rather it is all the compliments he has received for his album, Something Going On Here, that makes him wonder if he can maintain the quality for the next one being worked on now. Having contributed three songs to the last album, it is possible the

Aaron Pritchett will be bringing his “high-energy” show to the Yukon Convention Centre June 4.

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June 3, 2005

I’m Just Saying...

Reporting on the FUN SIDE from the INSIDE

An editorial by Darrell Hookey The Yukon should annex Atlin, B.C. Now, why would an arts and culture and sport magazine get involved in something so political? It’s because Atlin is not so much “land” as it is “people”. For such a tiny population of 400 year-round residents, it has many societies. And half of the residents are either an artist or musician or both. And, in spite of the myriad causes and events the residents are involved in, they have organized the third Atlin Music and Arts Festival that stands up to any festival anywhere. Let’s face it guys, these people are more like Yukoners than us. Well, even that is not saying enough. Atlin residents are closer to the ideal we have of being a Yukoner than those of us living here. I am especially impressed with the members of Society for Atlin’s Sustainable Economic Initiatives SASEI. They are environmentalists who have broken the mould of just being nay Sayers and agitators ... they have said, “The economy can be grown in a sustainable manner and we will do it.” They organized the first music festival as their way of walking the walk. SASEI is also running the cross country ski club and is working on bringing an English as a Second Language program to the Northern Lights College. These guys don’t slow down for anything. Well, that isn’t exactly true: The British Columbia government has imposed so much paperwork on SASEI, they can’t get funding from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council and BC Lotteries for the music festival. With the creation of yet another society and a duplicate amount of paperwork this will change, but not in time for this year and mostly not for next year, either. Compare this with the Yukon Territorial Government. This BC festival is being supported by our Tourism Department. This is a free-wheeling, pro-active, practical mindset that should make Atlin residents feel welcome. Just because the case can be made that our bureaucrats are a little more funky than bureaucrats from Victoria, it doesn’t mean we are talking about good and evil: British Columbia is a huge province with huge cities that work with huge budgets. So, it needs a huge system of checks and balances. Not the Yukon. We are a manageable size with bureaucrats who stand a much greater chance of actually attending the music festival in question. Atlin suffers from an out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality that almost doomed the Yukon in 1937 by the very same type of bureaucrat in Victoria. At the time, Premier Duff Pattullo wanted to annex the Yukon to British Columbia because he could rape our land of resources without worry because we were out of sight and out of mind. Today, Victoria’s only reason for keeping Atlin from joining with its own kind is because there may be treasures to plunder from under the beautiful landscapes and in the majestic mountains. Hey! Premier Campbell! Let our people go!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inaccurate Reporting Hurts Business To the Editor, This letter is in regards to Mark Prins’s misinformed, misguided and/or misinterpreted musings in your paper May 20th. He stated, “After eight years on the stage at the Back Water Lounge Peggy Hanifan has closed her White Water Wednesdays and moved it to the Boiler Room at the Yukon Inn.” What on earth is he talking about? This statement couldn’t be any more untrue if OJ wrote it!! First Mark, it’s “The Backwater Lounge” ... “Backwater” is one word! Second, it’s “Whitewater Wednesdays” ... “Whitewater” is also one word. I suggest you use spell check when typing. Third, Peggy has not moved her Jam nights to the Boiler Room from the Backwater! She is hosting a jam night there as well, but on a different night and ours remains as is until, or if the Hotel sale is finalized, which it isn’t! Mark, you go on to say, “The Riverview Hotel complex has been sold and will be renovated as a condo unit for the elderly.” Again this statement is false! The Hotel has not been sold as of yet, and although a letter of intent to buy has changed hands, money has not, and zoning is not finalized or approved. Also, Peggy’s open mic did not move to the Backwater in 1996 as you again erroneously reported, it was 1997, a few months after the renovated lounge opened as, “The Backwater”. Maybe if you actually listened to Peggy’s suggestion of moving to a quieter area rather than conducting your “interview” in the noisy lounge you would have heard what she was saying? Maybe if you actually paid attention to Peggy rather than chatted Barb up at the same time you would have scribed more accurately? Maybe, just maybe if you had the sense to talk to the owner of the hotel before you wrote your (cough, cough) “article” you may have got the story straight? You did none of the above mentioned maybes thus your inaccuracy and hence my tirade! I hear you printed a retrac-

tion. So what? It makes no difference to those who read your make-believe column and who don’t read the retraction. The damage is done! Sometimes, as in this case, outright stupidity, unreliability, misinformation and incompetence can’t be ignored and screams for ridicule. That’s you Mark. And, in this case, you were so incompetent that I believe you are not even competent enough to prove your own incompetence. So I did it for you! In closing, I would like all people who may have read and possibly believed Mark Prins’s attempt at reporting the situation at our hotel to know his article couldn’t be further from the truth, even if Paul Martin helped OJ write it! First and foremost in journalism is sources, you need to check them Mark and verify them before scribing or should I say in your case, scribbling! “Journalism” such as yours, which it is not by any definition or any stretch, takes me back to that old saying and serves as positive proof for “don’t always believe what you read”. So to clarify, the Backwater Lounge will be hosting Whitewater Wednesdays all summer as usual and if the hotel is sold, which to repeat it is not yet, change of possession will not be until October of 2005. Kim Sinclair Bartender-Backwater Lounge I am profoundly sorry these mistakes appeared in What’s Up Yukon. It is all the more regrettable because the Backwater Lounge has contributed so much to the music scene in the North. – Ed.

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French Hospitality is Not Just for the French But my LDC and I felt instantly better after seeing the frogthemed bicycle rack outside the main doors. These guys don’t take themselves too seriously. Just inside the door, up the stairs and to the right, the large room was already hopping with French music and lots of dinner conversation. The large tables encourage diners to join others. The décor of the room was French (read: A little more funky than usual) with wood accents and, to my eye, eccentric colour theme that really does work. Tonight we had a choice between a pork barbecue and veggie burger. We left our orders at the counter that bridged to the kitchen and then helped ourselves to bread and salad at a side table. Ducharme says one night it is lemon chicken and another it is quiche or an Indian-themed meal. Pascal Bonnin, a baker at the Chocolate Claim, comes in the day before to make preparations. Our meals are brought to the table, but I am told that isn’t always possible because sometimes they get too busy. When we are finished, we take our plates to a station where we scrape our own plates into a container. Ducharme says this is a very

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Café-Rencontre is every Friday night at the Association Franco-Yukonnaise ... and you don’t have to be French to feel welcome.

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never knew the large, newish building for the Association Franco-Yukonnaise had a restaurant. Well, actually, it is a multi-use room with an attached kitchen on one side, a fireplace in a corner and walls ringed with fascinating art. Each Friday, starting at 5 p.m., diners can file in and pick up that day’s specials. And anyone can join in. English, Spanish ... anyone. Marie Ducharme, the association’s cultural development agent, says it is particularly exciting when a non-French person shows up for a meal: “It’s that sharing thing,” she says. “We want people to feel welcome. “We want to share our culture.” Café-Rencontre is just one more way the French community in the Yukon has been reaching out to others. Sure, it is a place the French can relax and speak their own language and visit with each other, but it is becoming more than that.

Ducharme says the next step will be to invite other ethnic groups to take over the kitchen and show off their culture. She says the French community has established itself in the Yukon already and it is time to share. Hearing Ducharme say all this made me feel a little silly for being apprehensive earlier. I thought I would be intruding on people who have been immersed in my own culture for the past week.

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Music Camp is All About Fun

HAINES JUNCTION he more you talk to Thane Phillips, the more you realize he isn’t really organizing a music camp for adults ... he’s organizing a party. The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Music Camp has attracted topnotch instructors by piggybacking the music festival June 10 to 12. The seven instructors were thrilled with the idea of coming up three days early to teach the classes. Phillips says he could have had twice as many instructors because they will have as much fun as the students. And the students will get seven hours of instruction and a lot of chances to jam with other performers. As the website says, “The focus of the camp will be improving skills, jamming until our fingers

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fall off and having as much fun as humanly possible in one of the most beautiful settings around.” Phillips says this will be the first time many of the students will have jammed with other people. “The most important lesson is to feel comfortable playing.” Participants need a basic knowledge of their instruments, he says. For the guitar, as an example, if the student can change between five chords —“Not quickly, not even eloquently” — then they qualify. For the vocals class, even if they have only sung in the shower, they qualify. Then Phillips points out that the vocals instructor, Leah Larson, can work with anyone. Indeed, each of the instructors has proven records as excellent teachers and excellent perform-

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ers. Phillips says the two don’t always go together. Marc Ledouceur will teach beginner guitar; Chris Stevens, intermediate guitar; Bob Hamilton, mandolin; Gene Bretcher, banjo; Bert Jensen, fiddle; and Jim Leduc will teach bass. Although the camp is billed as a “bluegrass music camp”, Phillips says it is really just about getting to know your own instrument. Anyone, of any genre, will enjoy it and learn something. Indeed, bluegrass might be the perfect vehicle for a camp like this. Bluegrass is an organic, acoustic sound that is best enjoyed live. Classically, it is played in front of one microphone; when a mandolin is needed everyone else steps back and literally plays in the background. “It’s a lot like jazz,” says Phillips. “There’s a lot of give and take and a lot of soloing. “There’s not a lot of mixing boards involved.” The camp will be using various venues throughout Haines Junction — possibly even a campsite — and will begin June 8 ... a Wednesday night. Phillips says if they had to fly the instructors up just for the camp to be held on a weekend, the ticket prices would have been $500. But, by holding it before the bluegrass festival, the price can stay at $180. A mid-week camp shouldn’t be a problem because it isn’t for children. There has already been interest from Outside emails so, if it becomes an annual event as Phillips hopes, it could be a boost for tourism. Information is available from Phillips at 668-7730 or at www.kluanemountainbluegrassfest. com.

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Irritants Only a Beer Can Cure

ummer is now underway here at the brewery, which means we all pretty much put our heads down and, well, make beer. If you are a production guy or girl, that is. We don’t spend much time visiting bar owners because they are too busy to spend time with us at this time of year. The same can be said for the restaurants. There is no point in planning any new products because the best time to do that is springtime. So, the marketing end of things regroups and the production guys go full bore. When marketing guys regroup, that pretty much means looking for new ideas new trends, and places to go so that everything we do doesn’t always just look like “me too”. That, naturally, leads us to the net. Every now and then we cotton on to something that we think is just too important to sit on. We just have to get it out there. This is one of those things. It came from research done at an American university, and funded by the U.S. government. It is important. It is a list of things that will, well, just drive your boyfriend/girlfriend/spousal unit — whatever you want to call him, her or them — just plain nuts. So, as a public service from your local brewery to you: r Fabricating anecdotes in a desperate effort to liven up a dinner party. r Using cringe-making terms of endearment such as ‘babykins’ in public. r Displaying fear during horror films (if male) — this is a turn-off for women. r Racking up excess luggage charges by going over the top with holiday packing.

rM  aking a partner spend far longer than they want to on shopping trips. r Laughing at your own jokes, oblivious to the fact that no one else is. r Complaining about partner’s clothes. r Changing preset controls on the car stereo. r Tipping clutter from coffee table onto floor to make way for TV dinner. r Failing to replace loo roll when it is finished. r Leaving wet towels around. r Scattering clothes about the bedroom.

r Reading e-mails while claiming to be conducting an important discussion about the mortgage or similar subject. r Using a fork as a backscratcher. r Nose-picking. r Burping. r Clipping toe-nails, even if newspaper is spread on floor to catch clippings. r Wearing tatty clothing. r Getting drunk despite lack of any obvious excuse. r Failing to control flatulence. r Being late. r Asking for explanations of TV dramas, causing partner to miss plot twist.

rO  btaining reassurance about clothing, then changing it anyway. r Making any attempt to complain about any of the above. We have placed handy bullets beside each one to make it easier to check off each one. Try check marks for you (be honest now) and feel free to put some X’s beside the ones you want to hand off to your partner.

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The Third is the Last of a Dual-Trilogy, Six-Part Series Is it possible to be a Star Wars fan and have a girlfriend?

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laiming to be conducting a survey on behalf of the Yukon Department of Statistics, I was in the lineup for the midnight screening première of the new Star Wars film late last month. I was there with the vibrating mob to ask one, vital question: Do you have a girlfriend? Not many of the gentlemen I met in line did. Some had lightsabres and others were dressed like some obscure minor character from the Empire Strikes Back director’s cut version. All of them had been drinking Red Bull for the past 14 hours. This crowd was hungry. These people were serious. This was not the crowd in which to confuse Boba and Jango Fett and escape without getting slapped. The long awaited première of the third and final sixth episode of the second trilogy of the Star Wars saga had arrived. Lord of the Rings was over in only three years, but Star Wars, like that guest

that never leaves, stayed around for 28. It started out great, but like some crazy old aunt with Alzheimer’s, George Lucas sort of lost it over the past two movies. But George managed to pull himself together in the end and deliver one mesmerizing piece of film. The sixth episode does not disappoint. If there was ever a scene of extended dialogue, like the romantic drivel spoken between Mr. and Mrs. Skywalker, the brutality would be too painful to endure. But when things were zooming through the galaxy and blowing up, this episode melts the retinas better than anything out there. There was even some quick battle on the Wookie planet and it turns out Chewbacca was actually an aristocrat, maybe even a prince. Must have been a hard fall on the crack pipe that left him as the inarticulate bodyguard/ co-pilot for a smuggler.

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a 50s country blues and a Willie Dixon tune. Keeping time with a smile on his face was local drummer Ed White. I’ve seen White many times behind many bands but tonight he was shining. I believe drummers, as long as they stay in the groove, need to let off leash once in a while. Fills and flourishes that compliment Jackson’s soloing and popping, create a sonic wall of sound that I find irresistible. Tonight Mr. White ran with the best. Jackson favours a beautiful, well-worn Fender Jazzmaster bass, which he played most of the night. The sound of this instrument is warm and even. Jackson also played a Fender Precision bass for a mutation of

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Not All Gardens Go in the Ground

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the neighbors are usually not that fond of them because weeds usually overgrow a neglected lawn and they are the source of dandelions in neighbouring gardens. My advice is just buying a regular good grass seed mixture of Kentucky Blue Grass, Creeping Red Fescue and Perennial Rye. Rake it carefully into the soil, watering it regularly until it germinates. When it is well established, usually after the second mowing, water it only once a week with a good soaking

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and combinations of plants suited to container gardens are endless. This season’s hottest colour combination is hot pink, fiery orange and chartreuse green. Why not try a clay pot filled with bright orange “Sweet Orange” cherry tomatoes, hot pink Godetia, chartreuse “Marguerita” potato vine and a touch of blue lobelia on a hot spot on your deck? And remember, if you have a sunny bright locale, then bring on the brilliant colours and save the whites and pale tones for the shade, as they will look washed out in the intense sun. Like any garden, you’ll find that over time you will gain confidence and begin to branch out. Once you have the hang of it, you can begin to accessorize the pots to provide dimension and interest. If you’re looking for a little height to fill that bare corner, try using an obelisk. It can be as simple as a few pieces of wil-

low tied together or as ornate as handcrafted wrought iron. Plant a vine such as Canary Vine (tropaeolum peregrinium), Morning Glory (ipomoea viloacea) or Black Eyed Susan Vine (thunbergia alata) and watch it grow. Container gardening can be as individual as you are, no matter what your style. Do you prefer sleek modern lines and simplicity? Then go for a monochromatic scheme of silvery echeveria and mixed succulents in funky black zinc pots. Or if bright and slightly outlandish is more your style, start with a standard hibiscus with an underplanting of mixed pansies, white bacopa and hot pink wave petunias in an antique flour bin. All it takes is a little dirt, some flowers and of course, your own imagination. And if you need any help, just ask. All reputable garden centres have employees who love to garden as much as you. This column is courtesy of Plantation Flower and Gifts.

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hances are if you have seen or purchased beautiful Yukon-grown herbs and vegetables, it has passed through the caring hands of gardener Lorena “Lolo” Chamorro of La Tierra Farms. Experimenting with just a few plants a decade ago, La Tierra Farms now boasts a fully operational greenhouse producing hundreds of herbs grown for both their edible and medicinal healing qualities. At La Tierra Farms the herb season begins with seeding in January when the family winter solarium transforms into an herbal and vegetable garden. Complete with specialty shelves and grow lights hand crafted by her father, Chamorro begins the

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first steps to nurturing dozens of varieties of herbs that will be ready for harvest in late May. “Herbs like it dry. Lots of drainage and humidity are essential,” says Chamorro. Chamorro’s growing season is somewhat longer than most conventional greenhouse operations as she uses all natural and organic fertilizers: “I try to be as natural as I can.” Herbs are fascinating, attractive plants. For the novice gardener, Chamorro suggests “growing herbs in terra cotta pots, or experimenting with container growing.” She also notes, “Adding compost to the soil mixture will help keep the container moist. As well, I add peat moss, perilite, sand and lime to the top soil and bake it at 180 degree in the oven for 30 minutes to remove any bugs from the soil.” Another secret of her success is her Grandfather’s peppers. She is the third generation to grow the beautiful “Segundo” peppers.

Lorena Chamorro in her greenhouse with daughters Camila, 8; and Georgia, 4. Chamorro enjoys cooking with her homegrown herbs, and suggests drying herbs in the fall for use throughout the winter months. Herbs can also be frozen and preserved for use in tinctures. “I like to make homemade pesto using

cilantro and parsley blended with oils and then frozen them in ice cube trays for later use,” she says. Chamorro notes her most popular herb varieties this year to be mint, basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme, dill and chives. As a young girl growing up in Chile, Chamorro was fascinated by medicinal properties of herbs and plants used throughout her family and community. “Water Spirits were secrecy when I was growing up. Aqua de las Carmelitas were a tincture for calming nerves, and I remember my Mother buying it to get rid of stress.” Later on, after studying the medicinal properties of herbs herself, she learned that the combination of certain plants such as valerian roots and lemon balm with spirits could produce similar healing results. When asked about her secret to successful herb farming, she replies, “Love, patience and dedication.” Whether harvested as medicinal plants in teas and tisanes and seasonal savouries or as ornamental plants in the scented garden, herbs are a fascinating attraction to any garden. Try growing a few varieties of herbs on your windowsill this

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t’s said that plants are like people: They thrive on companionship. In companion gardening, varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers work together to protect one another and improve each other’s flavour, healing properties and beauty in a garden. Companion planting is a great way to deter pests and disease in a natural way. Some combinations work because their scents repel insects while others attract good bugs.

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ello, many cool things have happened this week ... one of which was getting to participate in the first two farmers markets of the season. The first market that I went to was the Downtown Market on Thursday. We had some stateof-the-art tables (at our vending booth at least), some really nicelooking cloth canopies to sell from under and some truly amazing vendors with really cool products. Sound too good to be true, right? Well, to a certain extent it was, because there was a howling wind. To some folks this might not sound so bad, but when you have canopies that look as though they were built to fly, well, let’s say that it was a little bit tricky to keep them earthbound. Unfortunately, halfway through the market, I had to leave. Later on, when we were all back home, I learned that one of the tents had blown over despite the legs being weighed down with sand bags. But to make matters worse, it belonged to the lady selling stained glass ornaments. To my surprise and relief, none of her ornaments had been broken. The tent frame, however, was destroyed. We all hope she can get it replaced.

On Friday, the night before the next farmers market (the one at the Takhini Gas station at the corner of the Hot Springs Road and Mayo Road), my mother was so tired, we told her that the guys would get up early and drive out to Takhini Gas to set up the booth. My mother and sister were really happy to be able to sleep in. This year, we decided to set up the market an hour earlier, around 9 a.m., so that we could catch the customers heading out of town for the weekend. Lucky for us, we were one of the first ones there, which means, we get to choose which booth we want to sell from. There are not as many vendors at the Yukon Made Market as there are at the Downtown Market, but to me, this just makes it easier to decide which booth I want to spend all of my money at. This week, I spent my five dollars on sweets (some of the best Nanaimo bars are sold there!). Later on in the day, my Mom came by to join us and, yet again, I had to leave with the market only halfway done. Thankfully no booth blew over this time. But, after all, it is kind of hard to blow over a wooden booth — no matter how strong the wind. Until the next time.

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evergreens) of root growth before the soil freezes. Site and species selection, the transplanting method used, the aftercare given and the weather are all important factors in how likely it is that a tree or shrub will survive. Even those plantings where these factors are considered there is failure sometimes. For example, an extended hot, dry, windy period immediately following planting may result in losses. Protect your investment by asking questions, doing some research and planning ahead before planting for the best chance of success. The pleasure and enjoyment you will experience in your beautiful outdoor living area will be worth it! This column is courtesy of Yukon Gardens, wishing you a pleasurable gardening season.

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rganizers of the Atlin Arts and Music Festival feel no pain as their loyalties are torn between the Yukon and their home province. Atlin is in British Columbia, but most of their supporters and performers and audience come from the Yukon. Indeed, two of their largest supporters are Marsh Lake Tents and Events and the Yukon Territorial Government’s On Yukon Time program. When the young group with the biggest and best intentions needed expertise, it was the Frostbite Festival and the Storytelling Festival that stepped in and helped freely. It isn’t a case of lost love between the BC government and the Atlin organizers; rather it is red tape. Stephen Badhwar, producer of the festival, says the festival is a creature of Society for Atlin’s Sustainable Economic Initiatives: “Basically, it’s an environmental group,” he says. “If we say ‘No’ to this and “No’ to that, then what do we want?” SASEI members decided that a music festival would be a lowimpact way to develop a sustainable economy and they took the initiative and organized the first one three years ago. But Atlin is an active town. Badhwar estimates there are 50 to 60 societies in town and they each have annual general meetings. “You can only go to so many AGMs in a year, so the members

said, “No, SASEI is enough,’” says Badhwar. “But it wasn’t.” A lot of funding was not available to the group because its sole mandate was not the festival. It survived on a half-price deal with Marsh Lake Tents and Events and the YTG funding and many Whitehorse businesses that contributed $100 and $250 at a time.

Badhwar says SASEI has decided to register the festival as a stand-alone society and now qualifies for funding from BC Arts Council, Canada Council and BC Lotteries. But none of that money will arrive in time for this year and most of it won’t be in time for 2006 either.

So, fundraising efforts continue such as the June 3 Power to the Pole — Final Festival Fundraiser at the Boiler Room. This is the event that will finally bring reliable electricity to the site of the music and arts festival. “No more generators,” says Badhwar with a dreamy smile that hints at past headaches.

The festival combines music with art and, this year for the first time, a health fair offered by the Yukon Holistic Network. It will be held on the weekend of July 8 to 10 at the town’s recreation field. Last year’s event drew 1,400 visitors to listen to the 60 musicians and view arts and crafts by 30 artisans and 24 visual artists.

The Little Music Festival That Could HAINES JUNCTION he Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival is gaining a reputation for quality entertainment in a cozy venue. Bob Hayes, president of the Bluegrass Music Society and artistic co-ordinator/director of the festival, says he only expects 250 to 300 people to attend. But the showcase bands are among the world’s best. Joe Loutchan and his band will be there ... and Yukoners know how good he is. But the James King will be there as well. He is a three-time winner of the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in American Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Hayes says King wanted to come to the Yukon to fish, so he offered the festival “a great price”. A bluegrass voice is usually a high tenor, but King has “a great kind of baritone, country voice,” says Hayes. “It’s a really accessible, bluegrass voice ... very popular.” Another performer will be Leah

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Larson and her band. Hayes tried to hire her for last year’s festival, but she was just forming the band and couldn’t make it. “She is a really fabulous vocalist and has the best musicians playing with her for that reason,” says Hayes. Down to the Wood will be reappearing from last year by popular request: “They love coming to the

Yukon,” says Hayes. “They love the people and how people love music here.” Traditionalists will enjoy hearing the Canadian Whitewater Bluegrass Band because they play old style around a single mic. Besides the imported talent, there will also be Anne Louise Genest and Friends, Nadine Landry, The Canyon Mountain Boys, Deja

Alsek Music Festival is All About the North HAINES JUNCTION he music festival that celebrates Northern music of any genre is scheduled for June 10 to 12. The Alsek Music Festival begins with an open stage and then whips

through a who’s who of Yukon musicians and Outside guests. From folk to jazz, classical to country and bluegrass to rock and roll, the only common denominator is that the music is Northern.

A KidZone will be offered again this year on the Riverside Stage. Adult volunteers and 20 to 30 St. Elias School students will run activities that include face painting, bubbles, sand boxes, crafts and clowns.

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The idea is to gather some local humour for his show: “I’ll wander the streets and look for some interesting buildings,” he says in an interview over the phone. “Every city has something unique.” But it’s not all work. Makk is bringing his golf clubs and will try

to get a round in under the midnight sun. The evening of stand up comedy will also feature Scott Dumas and Amon Darnell. Tickets are available at the High Country Inn and the Hougen Ticket Office.

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How Dance-less Dancers Keep Fit with Jude Wong

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t’s the off-season for a lot of dancers and performers and we each need a way to keep supple and fit over the summer. In just an hour a day, many of us get that extra bit of energy from yoga. You don’t have to be a hippy or wear trendy Lulu Lemon outfits — just something you can move in and something that reminds you that you are not being paid to be there. As a dancer, I’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of a physical practice like yoga, pilates or a nia — a free-flow blend of stretch and movement. Classes in all of the above — including five different practices

of yoga, Rolfing, nutrition and massage therapy — will be offered this summer at the New Cambodia. Seven instructors and practitioners are coming together in this brand new space, which will also house the Women’s Directorate on the main floor and several Whitehorse residents in the living suites (with lofts) on the second floor. Juliette Anglehart is a Nia instructor and Rolfing practitioner. Her studio space on the second floor will have large windows, high ceilings, heated floors and will accommodate up to 15 people per class. Developed in Portland, Oregon, Nia is, “simple, empowering,

spontaneous movement for all age groups,” says Anglehart. She was introduced to the practice in Haines, Alaska through a workshop offered by Brietta Leader. Rolfing is a deeper form of massage that focuses on the fascia, the connective tissue that links the bones and muscles of the entire body. Tight or damaged fascia in one area of the body can put stress on one or many other areas. Releasing fascial tension restores movement range and ease, increasing circulation, energy and health. Coming soon, also to the New Cambodia, are free drop-in meditation, discussion and chanting sessions on Sundays; retreats; and classes for expecting mothers and special needs groups in the community. Completion of the New Cambodia building is forecasted for the

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he big news, from the last two weeks, is about Megan Waterman and her trip to Montreal for the North American Fur Show, NAFFEM. This international, luxury show, which brings together designers and buyers from all over the world, was sold-out. Waterman was followed by a CBC North television crew from Dawson City to Montreal in order to document her first big launch into the industry. She went with Yukon Trappers Association representatives in a bid to put Yukon fur, known as a “soft gold product”, and Yukon designers on the Canadian map. She has only recently returned and has promised me an in-depth discussion on her adventures. Andrea Rodger, of Sportees Active Wear, has recently hired three 2005 Kwantlen College Fashion Design graduates. A hearty welcome to Kyla, Michelle and Picot. Be sure to drop in and say, ‘Hi’ to the new talent as they make Whitehorse their home. Perhaps we will see some of their designs in local venues. Every year the Marvel School of Fashion Design, in Edmonton Alberta, hosts a select number of high school students for their

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annual Teen Fashion Camp in August. This one-week limited program provides students with the opportunity to participate in a mini-design experience. Students will meet designers, visit show-rooms, tour manufacturing businesses and learn about the basics of fashion illustration, the transference of ideas to sketches and sketches to products. Seating is limited and students across Canada apply for this opportunity. If you know of a teen that is serious about Fashion, have them contact me for an application. A new National Aboriginal Designers Forum is being established. Its mandate is to provide support services to aboriginal designers and manufacturers from

all across Canada. Notable Aboriginal designers who are participating in creating the forum are Dorothy Grant and D’Arcy Moses. Grant is a west coast designer known for her creative integration of her coastal heritage into highend clothing for women and men, www.dorothygrant.com. Moses, a Dene Native from the Northwest Territories, established himself as a designer creating contemporary designs from Northern themes. He went on to design fur garments in Montreal. The Aboriginal Design Group hopes to be formally launched by the Fall 2005. If you have fashion news to pass along, you can reach me at tomandleisa@yt.sympatico.ca or 633-5246 in the evenings. Leisa Gattie-Thurmer is the executive director of the Yukon Apparel and Designers Association. Its website address is www.yukondesigners.com.

end of June. During the month of July, there will be a month-long yoga challenge for anyone wanting to deepen their practice of yoga. Participants will observe the

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Nearly 200 recent aquistions from our Territory’s ever-growing collection.

June 7 to July 10 Pablo Series Woodworks David Conley

14 pictures carved into slabs of willow and spruce. This work made in partnership with the forest and features the most precious pieces the artist has found since the turn of the century

Events: Tuesday June 7th & Wednesday June 8th-Theatre (inclusive) M.A.D. “UP HERE” 8pm shows

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Upcoming Heritage Attraction Events Yukon Transportation Museum Annual Transportation Hall of Fame Awards - June 2. Everyone is welcome. MacBride Museum Whitehorse Main Street exhibit opening – June 15. Contact Tracey at 667-2709 for more information. YHMA historical walking tours start June 3, meet at the Donneworth house across form Java Connection. Cost $2 and approximate length of tour is 45 minutes Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center Tlingit Artisans Market starts Saturday June 4 10am to 2pm

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aven’t seen Rosemary Piper in awhile? She’s been hiding away working on large acrylics as well as some delicately coloured tapestry-style watercolours ..... Arts Underground grand opening is June 2. If you haven’t heard, the Yukon Art Society is moving into the space under the Hougen Centre. Until they find the right sublet tenant for their Captain Martin House space, they will maintain a presence there to watch over the well-established Arts in the Park program. The Archives and the MacBride Museum will curate shows of Rolf Hougen’s archival materials ..... Yukon Artists @ Work is now open seven days a week including Friday nights with a musical program and the Sculpture Garden is underway ..... Norm Matechuk will open Wood & Metal Madness, a show of custom furniture, on June 10. Show continues for a month in the Yukon Artists @ Work sunroom ..... Studio TwoO-Four’s May 5 grand opening show Vertical was a blast, great food, viewers spilling out into the gorgeous May evening. That night you could barely glimpse the show between all the people ..... Vancouver-born Jessica Kaaber

Pedersen is new to the Yukon and works at Mac’s Fireweed Books by day. She’s been part of many art studios from Halifax to Vancouver. Her vertical format oil painting, It was a Pussy Willow Kind of Day, takes spontaneous line drawing and adds smooth oil blends, creating a luminous mosaic of shape and line ..... Ken Thomas has lived in the Yukon since 1998. He’s been devoted to his studio practice since graduating from the Alberta College of Art with honours in 1995, but has shown little in the Yukon outside his cabin. His Untitled 18-inch square continues a format he’s worked with since his time at school; he made hundreds of stretchers in the school shops and he’s reused them ever since. He makes his own oil paints and mediums using printing inks and beeswax, among other ingredients. His paintings explore depth on the canvas in a minimalist abstract style. His recent commitment to line has led to applying paint to the canvas using a syringe, creating line with sculptural presence ..... That’s all for me for now. Send your news to nbauberger@yahoo.com. Till soon, Nicole.


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The Other Bard of the North with David Gilmor

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his week, a bard of the north ... where a person can make their lets loose. Robbie Benoit own rules. tells 18 stories on his CD The other tall tales on this entitled Tall Yukon Tales. CD are based on more personal While most of these tall tales aspects of life, but still reflect the are just spoken north and its word, one has a unique outguitar strumming look. Trapped along underin the Ross neath. The guitar River Bar is a work is fine and good example complements of this as well Benoit and his as Leaving the rendition. Well, Yukon and the so much for the clever and fun musical aspect of How We Found this CD. Salvation. The influSome themes Robbie Benoit tells ence of Robert are fairly uniTall Yukon Tales. Service is cerversal, howtainly in eviever some, as dence in this group of stories, in the case of the aforementioned but these tales are mostly about Leaving the Yukon, are just for us. our current time period. In this We all seem to have had folks that enjoyable group you will be we know tell us that they are movintroduced to Tom the Woodcut- ing on, getting out of the Yukon ter, in homage to his father, Ivan with its freezing winters only to the Welder. return again, usually within the Along the way you will also meet Gut-Wrench Gert, One-Eyed Bill and Mikey the Mountie. The Yukon and the North seem to attract characters and that is what this CD is all about. Yukoners seem to love these down-to-earth personalities that are larger than life. It is perhaps similar to the United States and its love affair with the old west: The idea of the rugged individual who thirsts for freedom and a less restricted life

space of a year or two. When I saw the title of one story, I thought Benoit might be moving into some rocky terrain. The story is titled Yukon Women and I thought he might get into trouble on this one. The opening lines however make sure you know exactly where he is coming from. With tongue firmly in cheek he shows that “Yukon Women” are a breed unto themselves: A breed of women that are just as tough as any Yukon man and have carved out their own legacy here in the great white north. This CD struck me as one that you may not listen to over and over at home, but it would be great to have on a road trip. While we have moved away from the storyteller filling our evenings around the campfire, we still love to listen to these kinds of tales and these stories would lighten the miles as one rolls down the highway. Most of these tales are told in a kind of singsong manner as should be, but there is a sameness about the rhythm and inflection that could have been given different tempos to keep a sense of variety for the ear.

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SPORTS & RECREATION Canada Games Include Last Hurrahs for Soccer Players

BY GEORGE MARATOS tanding near the sidelines at the Porter Creek Secondary School field, it is hard not to sense the focus as you watch players lunge their bodies in midair to head the ball past the outstretched hands of a goalkeeper. The same sense is felt as the 21 players march in unison, dropping left hand then right to the ground and jumping high in the air to simulate a head ball. It is Tuesday night and these drills are just some of the many that members of the Yukon boys soccer team will perform for the next three months in preparation for the Canada Summer Games this August in Saskatoon. The team is an accumulation of the territory’s best young male soccer players under the age of 18. They are the fortunate ones chosen amongst the 27 who went through three grueling days of tryouts in early May this year. While the core of the squad has played together for many years in the Whitehorse Minor Soccer system, there are some players who

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are playing as teammates for the first time. Mateo Geuvaro is a 6’3 player from Venezuela who is still awaiting his landed immigrant status in order to be a part of the team. Marshall Ewing lives in Mayo and commutes back and forth for games and practices. And Charles Mann sacrificed his high school senior year in Ontario to move to Whitehorse and get a chance to play on the team. “There’s a great program here in the Yukon,” explains Mann, blood dripping from both his lip and right knee. “It’s almost a dream come true. This team is really good and has a lot of solid players for sure. I think we have a pretty good chance going in.” For veteran Yukon player Boris Hoefs, he views this summer’s tournament as one last crack for him and many of his teammates and friends set to graduate this June. “This is sort of the culmination of all the soccer we’ve done in the years beforehand,” said Hoefs in between drills, sweat beading on his forehead. “I grew up with all

“The potential is definitely there,” says Coach Spencer Rich of his team’s chances at the Canada Games this summer in Saskatoon. PHOTO: GEORGE MARATOS

these guys and most of us have played on the rep team for years. This is sort of the last big hurrah, before we all take off and do our own thing.” For Head Coach Spencer Rich, he strains to keep a poker face when asked if he thinks this year’s team is the best to come out of the Yukon. “That’s a difficult question,” explains Rich a Cheshire cat grin appearing on his face. “I would have to say the potential is there, but the guys have to work hard, they have to play hard and everything has to come together as a team. “But, the potential is definitely there – we’ll see.” Meanwhile, the team will continue to practise three times a week throughout the summer, while competing in tournaments and exhibition games against the Yukon Men’s rep team, The Selects. And with four players still to be cut in order to trim the roster down to the mandatory 17, the focus will only intensify as the Canada Games draw near.

Youth Programs Teach More Than Just Paddling

hese guys are to the rivers, what the Klondike Snowmobile Association is to the trails. Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club members see themselves as stewards of the environmental integrity of our rivers and advocates of “safety, safety, safety”. Vernon Beebe was actually going to talk about the youth programs offered this summer, but he can’t pass up the opportunity to get the club’s safety message out: “The Yukon River is a nice, clean, beautiful river and a fantastic place to hang out, but it is powerful and deep. “You need a life jacket.” He says club members always wear helmets when kayaking ... it is automatic. It is the same message they pass along to young people who want to try out the sport.

The Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club has moved from the warm waters of the swimming pool and are now out on the wild waters of the Yukon. PHOTO: MARK PRINS Unfortunately they need to get 10 kids out on the water to gain two new members because, “It’s cold, it’s scary, it’s a big personal challenge and it takes time,” says Beebe. Cost is not much of an issue

because it is only $10 a year to join and they have 14 kayaks and equipment for them to use. But the other sticking point is that a parent must be involved as well. “This is an extreme sport,”

says Beebe. “There is imminent risk of death or serious injury. In order for a parent to say, ‘Yes, I’m comfortable with my child being involved’ they have to get involved and know what is happening.” Parents can be taught river rescue and swimming and how to follow in rafts. They can take pictures or run for hot chocolate ... anything. Beebe says he is glad that was how it was decided because the club has turned into a family-oriented program. To attract more members, the club is holding a “Try-It Day” at the Intake on the Riverdale side of the Yukon River for youth between the ages of 10 and 18. The program usually begins with a couple of months of training in the Whitehorse Lions Aquatics Centre pool so that the rolls

and spills are into warm water instead of cold. The summer component deals with more than just paddling. There is also training in knots, trip packing, drying food, Dutch oven cooking, map and compass and GPS, first aid and cross training. And, yes, there will lots of paddling. The club intends on visiting Rose, Lapis, O’Donnell, Takhini, Tatshenshini and Little Salmon Rivers. New members will find that kayaking, canoeing and rafting is like “a conveyor belt through the most gorgeous scenery you can imagine,” says Beebe. “There is a culture of safety and environmental stewardship. “And it is a pleasure to be on a river with a group with the same agenda.” Information on this program is available at 633-2417.

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Bikes, Lycra and Bears, Oh My! with George Maratos

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f people are laid back or even out cold ... that’s a good sign,” smiles Mike Young, when asked how he determines if the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay has been a success. As race coordinator, combing the parade grounds in Haines, Alaska for passed out cyclists is just one of the many tasks that go with the job. The parade grounds are both, backdrop to the finish line and, at least for one night, a make shift tent city for those competing in the gruelling eight-leg, 236-kilometre race. “Walking around the campsite and seeing all the smiles — or even people sleeping — lets me know they gave a good effort and had a lot of fun,” said Young. In addition to ensuring racers are safe and happy, Young’s duties as race co-ordinator range from recruiting volunteers and sending out emails to nailing down sponsors and ensuring bears stay put. “That makes me nervous,” Young explains, when talking about the odd grizzly bear sighting each race. “But they don’t even notice the bikers going by anyway.” A self-described “Sports Nut”, Young balances his work as race coordinator with his full-time job at Sport Yukon. In the winter he is the head coach of the Whitehorse Mustangs

Mike Young AA Bantam hockey team, in addition to playing competitive hockey in the Whitehorse Men’s League himself. “I just love sports,” Young says. “I like the idea of trying to be in shape myself, but I also like seeing people getting out and really doing things.” Co-ordinating over 300 volunteers and 1,200 cyclists and being one of the prime persons in charge of the race, one would assume Young is a die-hard cyclist himself. However, that’s not the case, as Young has only done the race once and actually prefers mountain biking. Young says he was first intrigued by the race co-ordinator position

simply because it involved sports and gave him the opportunity to gain more sports administration experience. Looking back he admits he did not know what he was getting into. “It was a bit overwhelming my first year,” said Young. “They handed me this huge binder full of instructions. It was like ‘oh my God’.” But Young survived his first year and is now back for his third race, set for June 25. The June race date is actually one week later than the traditional start on the third Saturday of every June. In an effort to meet the scheduling needs of the RCMP, who provide traffic control amongst other things during the race, the date was changed. Young says, while the new date has affected registration numbers so far, he doesn’t foresee it being a major problem. “We already have 77 teams, so I imagine we will have at least 100,” Young estimates. Nonetheless, whether it’s 100 teams or 230, like last year, Young is looking forward to this year’s race. “At the end of the day when you see all the people training for the event it makes you realize just how great an event it is for this area,” says Young. Do you know someone who toils behind the sports scene and deserves some recognition? Let George Maratos know at geo17@hotmail.com.

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June 18 Air North Midnight Sun Golf Tournament at Mountain View Golf Course. Info: 633-6020. June 17 to 18 24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Event for teams and solo riders around Mount McIntyre’s trails. Info: Gerard at 668-7559 or volunteer@velonorth.ca. June 21 Yukon Horse and Riders Association AGM at 7 pm at Sport Yukon. Info: Elsie at 333-1092. June 21 Tuesday Night Summer Solstice Run at 6:30 pm at the upper parking lot on Grey Mountain Road. Info: 668-2549. June 23 Final Yukon River Quest Planning Meeting from 5:30 to 7 pm at Sport Yukon. Info: Linda at 633-5905. ONGOING EVENTS Archery Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm, at the outdoor range on Grey Mountain. Info: Ron at 456-2009. Yoga with Lillian Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm at Alpine Bakery. All levels, beginners welcome. Info: 334-1026. Tuesday Night 5 km Fun Run/Walk Event every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at FH Collins Secondary School. Info: Marg White 633-5671. Judo Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:30 pm at Wood Street Annex. Info: Vic at 633-5814. Gentle Yoga Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm. Above Alpine Bakery. No experience necessary. Ashtanga Yoga. Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm. Above Alpine Bakery. Experience necessary. Intermediate Yoga. Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. Above Alpine Bakery. Claire at 456-7897. Polarettes Gymnastic Club Family Drop in most Sundays from 1:30 to 3 pm. Purebred Dog Walk Sundays at 2 pm at Shipyards Park if weather allows.

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WHITEHORSE June 2 Sous le Soleil de Provence Art Exhibition from 7 to 9 pm at Association Franco-Yukonnaise community hall. June 3 Power to the Pole – Final Festival Fundraiser from 8 pm to 2 am at the Boiler Room. It is $5 at the door to support the Atlin Arts and Music Festival. June 4 Relay For Life at 7 pm until June 5 at 7 am at Rotary Peace Park. Stay up all night! Info: Jan McKenzie 668-6440. June 4 Aaron Pritchett at the Yukon Convention Centre. Doors open for dinner at 6 pm and for the show at 7:30 pm. Tickets at Hougen’s Ticket Office and High Country Inn. June 6 BBQ, Horseshoes & Shuffleboard from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Golden Age Society. Info: Vimy at 668-4668. June 8 Sneaker Day Pancake Breakfast at Whitehorse City Hall. Info: 668-8325. June 8 Seniors Tea from 2 to 4 pm at Whitehorse City Hall. Info: Christine at 668-8621. June 8 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 3933456. June 9 Fun Bingo from 1: 30 to 4 pm at Golden Age Society. Info: Vimy at 668-4668. June 10 Yukon Enviro-Fair at Rotary Peace Park. Info: Kate at 668-2482. June 10 Crib Tournament at 2 pm at Golden Age Society. Info: Vimy at 668-4668. June 12 Y.O.O.P. Seniors Annual BBQ from noon to 2 pm at Robert Service Park. Info: Stan Fuller at 667-4016. June 15 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 393-3456. June 17 to 19 34th Annual Yukon Kennel Club Dog Show at Mount McIntyre from 8 am to 4 pm. Info: Jacqui Wolffe at 633-3523. ONGOING EVENTS Pinetree Quilters meet first and third Monday evenings at 6:30 pm at United Church basement. Northern Fibres Guild meets second Tuesday of each month between September and June at 7:30 pm at TC Richards Building. Café Rencontres Fridays at Association Franco-Yukonnaise at 5 pm. Info: 668-2663. Bingo Saturdays starting at 9 am at the Elk’s Hall. Learner of the Year Award nominations to be accepted until May 31 at Yukon Learn Society. Info: 668-6280 or 1-888-668-6280. Until Aug. 28 The Art of Change at the Yukon Art Centre Gallery. Works from the permanent collection will be on display. Bridge Tuesdays at 7 pm at Golden Age Centre, Sport Yukon Complex. Scottish Country Dancing Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 pm at Elijah Smith School gymnasium. No experience or partner necessary. Info: Michele at 633-6081.

Fireweed Community Markets Thursdays from 3 to 9 pm at Shipyards Park. Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort A convenient spot for lunch or dinner. Canoe rentals, horseback rides and lakeside cabins great for weekend get aways! Our campground offers a quiet alternative to the crowded Wolf Creek campground for locals. We look forward to seeing you!

MEETINGS June 2 Skookum Jim Friendship Centre AGM at 6:30 pm in the basement. June 7 YACL AGM at 7 pm at the Whitehorse Public Library. Election of officers, Nicki Henry Award, annual reports followed by refreshments. Info: 667-4606. June 12 La Leche League Canada meets every second Saturday of the month at 11 am at Yukon Family Services to offer breastfeeding information and support. Info: Suzanne at 668-5949 or Angela at 668-2262. Healing Circle Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at Sport Yukon. Info: 393-2750. FARO Tuesdays Youth Weight Room Sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Rec Centre. Staff will assist with stretching and scheduling. June 10 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375. TAGISH Tagish Treasures Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4:30 pm. Seniors Stay Fit Classes Thursdays from 11 am to noon. Stay Fit Thursdays at 7 pm. Coffee and Chat Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm.

HAINES JUNCTION June 6 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 6342726. June 9 St. Elias Community School Graduation Ceremony at 4:30 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2231. June 9 and 10 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Music Camp Instrument Workshops. Info: 6342765. June 10, 11 and 12 Alsek Music Festival at the Dezadeash River Day Use Area. Info: 6342520. June 10, 11 and 12 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2765. June 13 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. DAWSON CITY June 5 Moosehide Memorial Graveyard Clean-Up. Bring food to share and tools. Fun and games in the evenings. Boat rides available. Info: Angie at 993-6390. June 7 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Info: 993-5007. June 10 to 12 Weekend on the Wing Birding Festival at Tombstone Territorial Interpretive Centre, km 71.4 on the Dempster Highway. Info: Yukon Wildlife Viewing Program at 6678291. June 11 Commissioner’s Day Tea & Ball from 2 to 4 pm behind the Commissioner’s Residence. Info: 993-5575. June 14 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Info: 9935007.

WATSON LAKE June 8 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 5367469. June 15 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 5367469.

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A Revised Classic from the Yukon Conservation Society

his edition of Wheeler’s Walkabout is a little unusual; instead of hiking a new trail, I drove to the offices of the Yukon Conservation Society to interview their executive director, Shirley Roburn, about the society’s newly printed and revised edition of Whitehorse & Area Hikes & Bikes. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this book, the original Hikes & Bikes was published by the Yukon Conservation Society in 1995 and

has since become a trail guide classic for amateur Yukon explorers. Its straightforward combination of maps, short but descriptive text, accessible rating system and short reference section made the book a perfect companion for those in search of a new trail. Stories, photos and illustrations only added interest to what was essentially a solid, well-organized trail guide. Fortunately, in its organization and layout, the revised edition

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remains largely the same. Roburn said the editor, Tanis Davey, solicited input from First Nations and Yukon biologists in order to focus on respect for traditional territories and low-impact hiking. An introductory page called “Whitehorse Area First Nations” and another entitled “Leave No Trace in the Yukon” are part of this improvement. For me, the most noticeable change is the improved maps and land profile charts. With few exceptions, they are much clearer and easier to read than those in the 1995 text. Technogeeks will appreci-

ate the work that has gone into waypointing various landmarks, features and trail crossings. UTM Co-ordinates at the end of the text and a revised “Finding Your Way” section near the beginning provide all the information a typical GPS user will require to locate mapped points on the ground. The new book sports all new photographs taken by many of the volunteers who proofed the trails and maps for YCS. The use of their photos adds an appropriate personal touch to the publi-

cation. Although the new book offers up 32 trails instead of the previous 35, 10 of the trails are new. Profits from the sale of the book go to support YCS activities such as the Summer Trail Guiding Program, film nights and workshops. If I have any complaint, it is the slightly larger format of the new edition. I would prefer a narrower book with a spiral binding for easier storage in my pack or pocket. I would also have preferred a longer list of trails and an expanded mandate to include more of the Yukon. Nevertheless, these are minor issues with an otherwise excellent book. chris@wheeler.ca

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Golf Course Superintendent Loves His Greens

oly smoke, there’s a river right here.” It was mid-March and Mick Nychka had just arrived at the Mountain View Golf Course to begin his duties as golf course superintendent. There was still snow on the ground, so he put on a pair of snowshoes and walked his domain. Nychka walked into the woods behind the 17th Green and came to a cliff. He was amazed that such a wild river would be so close to his golf course. He was in line for a job at another golf course and he passed on it just to get the interview for this position in Whitehorse. The gamble paid off and he rewards himself every morning he can with a walk at 6 a.m. when there is nobody else around and the only sounds he can hear are from the ravens and the only breeze he feels is from the draft of warm air rising from the Yukon River. Ravens play in the thermals below us and Nychka has to smile: “They’re amazing, they’ll do it all day long and people come out just to watch.”

The Yukon still has surprises for him, but Nychka grew up in this kind of terrain, back in Northern Manitoba. After exhausting one career, he earned a horticulture diploma — that is two years of studying soil and two years of “Turf School”. Then a varied experience from as far away as Portugal and, finally, a golf course in Merritt, BC. Nychka guesses he was hired for his intimate and varied knowledge of grass and he intends not to disappoint as he will put a lot of effort into perfecting the greens at Mountain View. “Too much water is worse than not enough,” he says as we bounce in a golf cart toward another of his favourite spots. We stop at the irrigation pond at the 2nd and 10th Greens and he turns off the motor of the golf cart. “Right now there are ripples on the water, but first thing in the morning it is like glass.” He leans back in his seat and allows his new home to sink in a little further: “It is so peaceful here.”

Mick Nychka has several favourite spots at the Mountain View Golf Course. He is its new superintendent.

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t’s spring again in the Yukon and our thoughts quickly turn to lush fairways, rolling greens and fun times on the golf course. At the beginning of every season, our primary concern should be a review of basic fundamentals. With this in mind, I will touch on three of the most important ones: Grip, posture and alignment.

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It has often been said there are no good players who have bad grips. The key ingredients to look for are placing the hands so that they are joined together, that the palms face each other and that the club is held with a combination of palms and fingers. Remember to keep the upper hand rotated inwards so when the club is positioned in front of us, we can see two or three knuckles. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of creating and maintaining correct posture. An easy way to achieve this is to start by standing at attention with your arms supporting the club in a horizontal position in front of you. Spread your feet to approximately shoulder width apart and

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