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All Northern. All Fun.

What’s Happening

St. Jean Baptiste..........2 Dog Show...................2 The Editor’s Page..........3 Dining Fine.................4 Recipe.......................5 RideYukon ’05..............5 Beer Buzz...................6 Attention Span.............7 Pocket Bikes................8 What’s Happening.........9 Next Stage................ 10 Yukon Rainbow.......... 10 Wild Gamer............... 11


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June 17, 2005

Looking for the Top Dog E

Bob “Roxx” Hunter plays for a lunch-time crowd at LePage Park with Mr. B and the Bingo Bongo Boogie Band. The born-and-raised Yukoner is also a charter member of the Silver Ravens with Gary Lachance and David Gillmor. Arts in the Park features performers from noon to 1 p.m. on weekdays and visual artists under the tent from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PHOTO: SAM CASHIN

ven though the upcoming 34th Annual Dog Show is Canada’s most northerly, it will nevertheless see some of the best dogs in North America. One dog, from Vancouver, has 25 Best In Show honours. Jacqui Wolffe, the treasurer of the Yukon Kennel Club, says they expect entrants from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia and the Lower 48 States. “People with dogs like to travel,” she says. “They want to see the Yukon.” Dog owners from Alaska find that the Whitehorse event is the first Canadian show they can hit before heading further south for the larger circuits. And there will be a lot of dogs. Each of the three days will see 169 judged. The Mount McIntyre curling surface will be full. The confirmation ring, in one end, will judge the beauty of the dogs. Meanwhile, the obedience ring will see contests of heeling and long sits and long downs (where the dogs prove they can remain still for three minutes after their owner has left). People, too, will fill the event. Wolffe says there will be a lot of

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spectators (entry is free) and there will be a dog accessory company there to sell specialty shampoos and leads and other equipment that isn’t available in Whitehorse. But there won’t be any other dog besides the registered purebreds that will be competing because Wolffe says all other dogs

are barred from the building. From the best in breed to the best in group, the top dog and top puppy will be chosen. Winners will receive gold nuggets from a local creek. Information is available at www.yukonkennelclub.com.

St. Jean Baptiste Day is Fun for Everyone


t. Jean Baptiste Day in the Yukon is like no other. The patron saint for French Canadians is celebrated on June 24, a day very close to the solstice. “It is cool we are doing solstice and St. Jean Baptiste Day together because it is like what we used to do,” says Marie Ducharme, Association Franco-Yukonnaise’s acting cultural development agent. St. Jean Baptiste Day is also a chance to share the French culture with everyone else in the Yukon, she adds. Indeed, the concert at Shipyards Park will feature anglophone Kim Beggs and First Nation members Jerry Alfred and Louis McKenna. But there will be plenty of that toe-tapping French music, too.

From Quebec, there will be a percussion band called DobaCaracol. Also performing will be Nadine Landry and Rénald Jauvin. Since St. Jean Baptiste Day is not a stat holiday like it is in Quebec, festivities will be limited to the concert. And, sadly, the traditional Feu de Joie will not be held because bonfires are not possible in the park. “But it will be in our hearts, if not on site,” says Ducharme. There will be snack food, but no alcohol, and lots of dancing. “Come out and enjoy the music,” Ducharme wants to tell Yukoners. “You don’t have to be French or speak French. “That’s the nice thing about music.”

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I’m Just Saying...



Reporting on the FUN SIDE from the INSIDE

An editorial by Darrell Hookey

would rather see a tourist arrive in the Yukon on a motorcycle than in a recreational vehicle. Before I explain, does anyone out there still believe that gang members, who make up .00001 percent of the motorcycle ridership, represent the majority? No? Good. Otherwise there will be a lot of needless angst as 500 to 700 motorcyclists visit the Yukon for the first annual RideYukon over the next few weeks. And, yes, the traffic for the weekend event will be spread out over a few weeks as many of them will come a week early and others will stay a week later while still others will head to Alaska and stop in again on the way back. There is a huge potential to boost our tourism industry, but we have to take our attitudes one more step beyond just acknowledging that not all motorcyclists are criminals. In fact, you stand a 100 times greater chance of having your teeth cleaned by one of these guys than being mugged. And they aren’t all guys, either. These people tend to be professionals and beyond the child-rearing age. Can you say, “Disposable Income”? I knew you could. RVers have disposable income, too, but not as much and they have fewer reasons to spend it here. Where do RVers eat their meals? Where do motorcyclists eat their meals? Where do RVers sleep for the night? Where do motorcyclists sleep? ‘Nuff said. So, how can we maximize the benefits of this deluge of two-wheeled traffic? Dick Watts, the owner of Yukon Harley-Davidson and organizer of RideYukon, has the right idea of establishing a network of motorcycle-friendly businesses. Word will be spread among the motorcycle enthusiasts that the Yukon is open-minded and accessible. We will get more and more visitors next year and years after that. But there is something all of us can do. The answer lies in Faro which, in my opinion, is one of the most friendly towns in North America. And the only difference I can discern is that people wave at you when you drive by. They don’t know you, but that’s OK, they will wave at you just because you are a fellow human being. And we can use this very same trick (no, not trick ... attitude) to make our motorcyclists feel welcome. Wave to the motorcyclists when they drive by. It will blow them away. And they will go back and tell their friends that there is this friendly place in the far left corner of Canada that does not fear them, does not make fun of them, but truly wants them to enjoy their stay. And, please, come to the Show and Shine on June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Main Street will be lined with motorcycles and their proud owners. Say, “Hi,” to them and thank them for coming. Ask them where they are from and then thank them again. Have you ever seen an RVer invite the public to walk through his motor home? ‘Nuff said.

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Investigation of Northern Lights Continues To My Ever-So-Patient Editor, I am writing once again from the heart of the Klondike where I have been investigating the unseemly connection between government money and the Aurora Borealis. My base of operations has been a snow cave on the Dome Mountain, secreted from the prying eyes of these Dawsonites who would thwart my efforts to shed light on what I call, The Mystery of the Northern Lights. I shall continue with my report: I found it necessary to abandon my snow cave as it melted from around me. And, much to my amazement, these Dawson City folk like to run up this road wearing nothing but their underwears. But I understand the attraction as this is the only paved road in this village they call a city. But I digress: My foray, under disguise, to the gold fields of the Klondike with a group of Japanese tourists had unfortunate results. As the gifted social critic Steve Martin once observed, and I paraphrase, “It’s as if those Japanese people have a different word for everything.” It was this very same lack of forethought that found me in charge of one of the buses. My attempts at mimicking the peculiar, jerky gait of the typical Japanese male, gleaned from classic movies of the mid-50s, did not meet with the anticipated results. They tore the fake beard from my face and forced me to walk back to the town. But this turned out to be a fortuitous turn of events as I happened to witness Army trucks hauling hay bales in the opposite direction. This was more odd than the artillery guns slung beneath Army helicopters, so I intuited a connection. I quickly donned a new disguise of a little, old lady

(knowing that a man in uniform is compelled to help me cross the road), but, instead of taking my arm like a gentleman, he whispered something disgusting in my ear that I am certain is illegal in most provinces. I hit him solidly with my purse (I should explain I carry this purse in case I need to disguise myself as a woman for whatever purpose might present itself) and I was thus left with the opportunity to trade clothing with him, commandeer his truck and fall in line with the other trucks. My quick thinking led me to a valley in a bowl surrounded by mountains. We were instructed to drop our bales of hay in the centre of this valley and then drive back to the vehicle compound. I feigned engine failure and told them to go ahead without me. Incredibly, nobody thought this out of the ordinary and they continued on without challenge. I just know I am getting closer to The Mystery of the Northern Lights. Your Faithful Scribe, Conrad Jones You assaulted a soldier? You stole military property? And you are impersonating a soldier? Military prisons are nothing like W.C.C. Come home now! –Ed. Letters to the editor are welcome in this space. We reserve the right to edit for length, libel issues, grammar and spelling. We do not accept letters that do not concern the mandate of this magazine — arts, culture, entertainment, sports and recreation — and we will not accept a letter in lieu of a scrutinized press release. Please send your letters to editor@whatsupyukon.com or mail them to the address in our Masthead.

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It’s All in the Family at Mama Cita’s DAWSON CITY have been told Dawson City is a romantic place to visit. The relaxed pace and the huge flowers that thrive on the 24 hours of light each day contribute to a sense of tranquility that allows a comfortable kind of love to flourish. But, at some time, you have to take that romance indoors and eat. That’s why Mama Cita’s is such a welcome place to dine in. There are tables in front of the large windows so you can watch the tourists walk by, but there are even more tables further back for those who have had enough of all that sunlight. The cherry wood trim and pillars add an elegance to a dining experience that is very un-Gold Rushable. And the staff is not your cookiecutter college students in Dawson City for a good time and a good wage. Instead, just about every one of them is related to the owners and it is a delight to see a server from another table check to see if you need more water and to even clean up the table for the other server. My lovely dinner companion and I felt a sudden rush of relief to enter this oasis after having shopped and hiked and gambled all day. Becky Boland, another family member, was running the restaurant this night and she agreed with us that Mama Cita’s is a Mediterranean restaurant as it includes Italian and Greek influences in the décor and in the menu. There were Greek salads and five different types of Caesar salads. There were souvlakis and shish kebabs and there were pizzas. Our server, Daniel Vigneau (yup, another family member), warned


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us the appetizers were huge. We took his wise counsel and I ordered the Smoked Salmon Salad, which really was smoking. It was served on a platter that was twice the size of a normal dinner plate and it was heaped high with a layer of cold vegetables and then a layer of steaming hot salmon. It was an enticing sensation to feel cold and hot in my mouth at the same time as the fresh greens gave the taste of the salmon a reference. There were more surprises as the plate was ringed with watermelon and lemons and the novelty of snow peas mingled with daring red peppers.

My LDC ordered a Scallop Bubbly Bake. It was smaller than my meal, but it was still enough to fill up the average diner. What it lacked in size, it more than made up for in richness. Scallops that were three times larger than those found in other restaurants –“We deal with a distributor in Edmonton and they are fantastic,” explains Boland – swam in an Alfredo sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Both meals came with foccacia bread and they were barely touched as we struggled through these huge portions. It is the first time since I was five years old that

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I have been unable to finish a salad. But how can a restaurant reviewer leave without trying a main course? Vigneau (who is one of those pleasant young people who gives us older folk hope for the future) suggested we take a small pizza back to our B&B. Fantastic idea. I already had my eye on the house special, it had four types of cheese, Italian sausage, red onions, roasted red peppers and roma tomato sauce. When you are in a gourmet restaurant, you order a gourmet pizza ... right? But my LDC was more practical than I and suggested there was no way either of us could eat another bite that night. So we ordered the vegetarian pizza knowing it would

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Ready or Not, RideYukon ’05 is Coming D ick Watts was shocked when he realized the month of June had arrived. The RideYukon ’05 event had always been a year from now or six months from now; but now it is later this month. Shanna Epp has been dealing with just the fine details lately

– “I’m tired of thinking,” she says with a shell-shocked look on her face – but it is the biggest detail that will have to wait until the very last possible minute: How many motorcyclists will show up? Both had heard some wild predictions, but Watts guesses at 500 to 700. It is difficult to guess

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because motorcyclists tend to wait until the last minute. But these same people are easy-going enough to realize a “Walk Up” cannot be guaranteed a meal. Caribou Crossing, just outside of Carcross, is able to feed everyone with just 24 hours notice of the final number. Other venues, though, need a week. Watts and Epp have heard from some of the Motorcycle Friendly hotels that they are full for the weekend of June 24 to 26. That’s a good indication there will be enough of a showing, but they don’t know how many are bringing up recreational vehicles or will be tenting. Watts, who owns Yukon HarleyDavidson, says he’ll be busy with hundreds of guests in town, but he

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Motorcycles will be a common sight for the next few weeks as RideYukon ’05 winds up for a weekend of events June 24 to 26. expects to get his sleep because the event has a good committee. One of the major attractions will be the Bun Run on June 24. The motorcyclists will leave at 11:00 p.m. for a ride to Braeburn Lodge for a cinnamon bun and then ride back. In that short amount of time, they will see the sun set and then see it rise again. A popular event for Yukoners will be the Show and Shine on June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Even though it is a Saturday, the city and downtown merchants have agreed to shut down Main Street from 1st Avenue to 4th Avenue to allow the visitors to show off their motorcycles to Yukoners.

RideYukon is intended to be an annual event and Watts hopes to make it part of a three-event cycle that begins with a HOG Rally in Alaska, then RideYukon and then the Klondike Run to Dawson City. The Klondike Run will follow RideYukon this year. Then, the next day, Watts will be taking spare bikes and signs and photos to Skagway to meet 1,300 Harley-Davidson owners on a special cruise called HOGs of the High Seas. “They will help us promote (Yukon Ride) for next year,” says Watts.


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verybody needs a pat on the back now and then, and we just got a pretty nice one. The 2005 Canadian Brewing Awards just released the results from its third competition and we managed to snaffle two medals: a silver for Midnight Sun Espresso Stout and an overall gold medal for our Arctic Red. We say “overall gold” since this competition gives ratings kind of like teachers give out grades. The beers that take medals are equivalent to A minus (for a bronze medal), A for a silver medal, and A plus for a gold medal. Then, in each category, they select the best of the A pluses. This is where our Arctic Red landed. This is a pretty good deal for us. Forty-eight breweries from across Canada entered a total of 230 different beers and the Amber Ale category, where our Arctic Red competed, was one of the busiest and most competitive. So, forgive us if our chest is puffed out just a bit these days. These awards say something else to us, though. Our two national brewers entered their whole slew of products into the mix but, lo and behold, they took home one overall gold medal. Let’s give credit where credit is due, that was Molson Coors Light, in the light beer category. But, of the 17 overall category gold medals that were given out, 16 were taken home by one of Canada’s small brewers. We have talked a bit in a previous Buzz about what makes small brewers different. We have only gotten as far as the main ingredients (barley and wheat, rather than cereals like corn and rice). There are many more differences and we will get to those in good time. Suffice it to say that, when the contents in the bottle matters more than the advertising campaign that supports it, the small brewers win hands down.

No knock on the national brewers, they make what most beer drinkers want. The cool thing, from our point of view, is that’s changing. People are beginning to taste the difference and demand the difference. Even in the category that should have been dominated by the big guys, North American Style Lager, they took home one

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Alas, Math Can Explain RVers

f it looks like a building, talks like a building and it moves like a building, then it must be a building. Unless, of course, it’s an RV. That’s right sports fans, its RV season again and the Yukon roadways will soon be jammed with these slow-moving beasts that stop to photograph wildlife outside the Casa Loma Hotel. Now its true RVs can be annoying if you are not driving them. My

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hat track at Shipyard’s Park — the one that was meant for skaters in the winter – is the new home of a craze-in-themaking. Pocket bikes can be seen whizzing around and around a few times a week with a whine of the engine and a speed that is only amazing because the bikes are so small. “They are chainsaws with wheels,” says Mike Pemberton, general manager of Erik’s Audiotronic. He brought in some pocket bikes to build traffic through the store and they sold well. Most were sold to the parents of kids or to teenagers. But adults are riding them, too. Jason Adams says he likes the pocket bikes because they look so funny: “We look like circus clowns,” he says. “Everyone gets a kick out of watching us. “Your knees are up to your ears and your hands are down by your feet.” Because the pocket bikes require so much careful folding of limbs to perch on top of one, Adams says it will take an hour of wobbling before a new rider gets used to it. Even after that, “Protective gear is definitely a requirement.” He has seen some bad cases of road rash already. Curtis White, manager of Whitehorse Performance Centre, says his store started carrying the pocket bikes for the fun of it and to see how they would sell. They are under 50 cc, so a licence is not required, but, to get past customs, his models have to have headlights and signals. Even so, they are not designed for the road. White says they are too low to the ground and can’t be easily seen by motorists. Finding a closed course at

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Shipyards Park has been a blessing. Ian Little, who sells pocket bikes through his website at www. dzyneworx.com, says the RCMP has checked them out told them, “Have fun.” Little says the park’s designers have also seen the pocket bikes in action and they agree that the oval track is ideal for summer use. The track may even be extended and a pit area installed. Little had purchased 20 of the 40-pound bikes to test the waters and sold a dozen of them right away. He doesn’t advertise, it has just been word of mouth. He sells them for $450 plus GST, a price that is lower than usual because his don’t have a headlight or signals. And there is only a 30day warranty against defective parts on them.

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July 4 Artist Talk and Try with Janet Moore and acrylics. Register at 667-8574.

July 6 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 3933456. ONGOING EVENTS Bingo Mondays at Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. Cards on sale at 5 pm and games begin at 6 pm. Info: 667-2500. 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. Weed Walk Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm at Aroma Borealis. Join herbalist Bev Gray. Info: 667-4372. The New Clay by Lara Melnik until June 29 will be shown at Bank of Montreal. Bingo Saturdays starting at 9 am at the Elk’s Hall. The Art of Change until Aug. 28 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.

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June 28 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Info: 993-5007.


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July 5 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Info: 993-5007.

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KENO CITY July 2 Hike Up Butterfly Hill at 2 pm at Keno City Mining Museum. Join butterfly expert Norbert Kondla. Info: 667-8291.

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hen I fantasize on my dream den, there is a stage set at one end, comfy couches at the other end, room for several hundred of my closest friends and smack dab in the middle: A bar. It’s dark like a den should be and has the right kind of red ambience that I like in a room. I had been looking forward to seeing Kim Barlow since I saw her perform her Luckyburden multimedia performance at Frostbite last winter. And there she was, in “my den” at The Boiler Room. When I arrived, Daniel Janke was noodling around on the piano. I was chatting with friends, hardly noticing the music in the room,

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when a familiar phrase of notes wafted from the stage. The song Helpless was forming around these phrases and being a Northern Ontario boy, I was instantly transported by the ambient quality of this most Canadian of anthems. After a few atmospheric tunes, Janke departed the stage. As Barlow rose to take the stage, I could see Kim Beggs, Rob

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n my previous column I had written about the up-coming National Day Against Homophobia. Although this issue went to print before the event, it is encouraging to note that the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s regional pride committee planned a rally and barbecue to be held at the Elijah Smith building at noon on June 1. Todd Hardy, leader of the NDP party, and a representative from the Human Rights Commission was scheduled to speak. Another event that GALA is working on is the annual pride picnic. It will be held on July 17 from 1 to 5:00 p.m. at Robert Service Campground. This event is also being sponsored by PSAC’s regional pride committee that will be supplying hot dogs and hamburgers. Last year’s event was very well attended and GALA would love to see the same response this year from the community. It would like to see people bring other food such as salads and desserts to augment the food being supplied by PSAC. GALA will be organizing a planned camping trip for later in the summer, tentatively in

August. I will have more about this event as it nears and the board begins to work on the details. Murdoch’s on Main Street will soon be carrying a gay line of greeting cards from the small company I had written about previously called Steppin Out Cards. They will have a variety of cards from coming out cards to the traditional birthday, anniversary, Mother’s and Father’s Day as well as marriage cards specific to the gay community. It would be great for the community to support this company by buying the cards so that the store will continue to stock them.

Hunter and Heather Loewen, sitting at her table. Only in The Yukon could you see that sort of talent gathered in such great concentration, a veritable Yukon summit of talent. Barlow’s performance was low key and intimate. Janke sat in on various tunes throughout the evening to add some acoustic bass styling for added texture. Barlow plays a mean claw hammer banjo. Many of the songs she played this evening incorporate this style of playing and gave a percussive point to her songs without the need of a drummer. Barlow easily switched between electric guitar and banjo to play through the evening’s repertoire that consisted of old favourites as well as some newly minted gems. “It’s nice to come to the Boiler Room and mess around and try out new things,” she said. A new song about the ginger

man was particularly interesting. It relates a story involving an inebriated friend scampering in the buff, while on tour in Australia. Oh, those wacky Yukoners let loose on another continent. Another of Barlow’s songs to debut was a song about Madeline and Jake the Sailor. Lovers at first, then Jake sails away and sadness ensues. From hardship and heartbreak as witnessed in Madonna Mia and Lonely Mountain to hope, heroic and heartache in Silver Under The Ground, Bush Pilot and Slim Pickins, Barlow paints with emotions both in her music and prose. Not a lot of people were in attendance for this evening’s show. Poor turnout by the public for such a performer as Barlow really mystifies me. This evening was pure gold. This music was just what I needed after a long Saturday in the Yukon sun. I was totally relaxed by the laid back evening spent listening to Barlow and Janke. Total sonic shiatsu. If you have an upcoming live performance you would like written about, contact me at strange thingsdone@hotmail.com

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he other day I opened up my email to find a message from Lee Randall. He suggested I swing by Gecko’z and check out the latest addition to their PC game selection: Guild Wars. Never one to shun a new game, I wandered down and spent the better part of an evening playing. Guild Wars is a slick marriage between RPG and hardcore PvP. For players who want to explore the storyline and role playing facet, they can create a new character. New players are asked to choose one of six professions: Warrior, Monk, Elementalist, Necromancer, Mesmer or Ranger. Next, they style their avatar’s hair, hair colour, face and skin tone to their liking. After that, they begin their journey into the war-torn kingdom of Ascalon. Story points are easily found as the characters that offer them have green exclamation marks floating above them. Quest objectives are similarly marked and players can choose to track any quest they have accepted by

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navigating the quest log. The RPG mode allows for people who are new to the game to quickly master the basic principles of how combat works. For PvPers who would rather not work through the storyline and develop their character the old-fashioned way, Guild Wars provides a quick and easy alternative. Simply create a Level 20 character and jump right into an arena. This does have some hazards to it for those unfamiliar with the basics of game play. However, the game is put together so smoothly, that even newbies can learn to PvP on the fly. This game is distinguished from most other massive multiplayer online games for three primary reasons: First, the entire player base is on a single server. I love this fea-

ture as it means I would always be able to play with friends. I get a bit annoyed when I discover someone I know is a World of Warcraft player, but resides on a different server. Second, with the exception of towns, the entire world is instanced. Towns are a great place to pick up new party members and socialize, but the wilds are exactly what they should be: lonely. Third and best of all, after a player buys the software, there are no recurring or monthly fees to pay. This means that casual gamers who don’t want to invest a large block of time can still get value for their money. The only thing I disliked about Guild Wars was the undeveloped Z-axis. At first it irked me that I could not jump or walk over static objects. However, without the

Guild Wars is easy to learn and does not require you to pay monthly fees. revenue generated from monthly subscription fees to put into future content, annoyances like the Zaxis should to be overlooked. With what this game has to offer, it was not long before I had adjusted to the lack of depth in the Z-axis and was enjoying my play.

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A pot-grown annual like Ipomoea lobata will flower profusely and grow to 6 feet tall. Here (left), with a natural willow oblesk, the roughness in the willow gives twining varieties more grip and small bumps give tendrils of vines something to cling to.

hen it comes to a planter’s panache, sometimes I simply can’t contain

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any type of sealed planter. Add a submersible pump, along with floating lilies and water hyacinth and create an instant outdoor patio pond. A few tips to get you growing: Use a soilless mix (preferably sterilized) for basket and box planting. The lightweight composition of peat moss and vermiculite allows water to flow easily and air to circulate more evenly, while still retaining moisture. Garden or topsoils are heavy and may harbour weeds and nasty bugs. Water your containers thoroughly (until it runs out of the drainage hole beneath your pots) especially during long, hot summer days. Small containers will dry out

quickly and during the heat of the summer will need to be watered daily. Fertilize your plants every two weeks with a balanced blend such as 20-20-20 or try an all-natural organic fertilizer. Select the proper plants for particular locations. Know your light conditions. Most popular annuals — geranium, wave petunia and osteospernum daisy — prefer the lime-light. Shade lovers — impatiens, begonia and fuchsia — perform best in morning and later afternoon sunlight. Annuals, with their longlasting bloom, are a natural choice for pots, but the fun really begins when you start to mix it up. Herbs, perennials, even vegetables all do

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ello, this week has been an exciting one. Well, I guess all weeks are exciting when you live on a farm. The most exciting thing that happened was getting to help my Mom make preserves to sell at the two markets. Seeing as we do not have a certified kitchen, we rented one from the woman who found a unicycle for me (but that’s another story). After we had unloaded all of the empty jars onto the empty table, we got to work. Mom put me in charge of making the dandelion jelly. I helped collect the flowers used in this particular jelly, so

I am very proud of the beautiful yellow jelly that I made. The first thing I did was put the flower heads that I collected into a pot filled with water. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that along with the water I added lemon juice (I think that this just makes it a little bit tastier). The next thing I needed to do was to stir this bizarre-looking concoction over a low flame until it was a yellow coloured mess (it’s not as bad as it sounds) which means all of the juices have been extracted from the flower. Then you strain it through a piece of cloth that dairy

farmers call cheesecloth. What you are left with in the pot is a yellow broth and what is left in the cheesecloth is a yellow ball of stuff. After you’ve disposed of the cheesecloth and its contents, it’s time to try and make this yellow water into something that you might like to eat on your toast (sounds tough, huh?). Well, the first step is to stir in some pectin. After I did this, I had to add a whole whack of sugar to the pot, along with a little bit of water. Just so you know, it was not my idea to add all that sugar ... even though it is quite tempting (I drool just thinking about all that sugar). Afterward, I stirred this boiling mixture over a flame for a while. It’s finally time to put this lovely smelling yellow mixture into steril-

ized jars. Jelly, unlike the chunky rhubarb marmalade that we also made this week, pours into the jars quite nicely. After the jelly is all poured into the jars, it is time to put the lids on. Sounds easy, right? Well, to a certain point, it is. But when the jelly is still piping hot, it gets a little bit ouchy. After that, my Mom put all of the jars into this really big pot and cooked them. We took them out after a little while, packed them up in their boxes and loaded them up into the car. Then we repeated the process three more times (sigh!). You can buy these jars of dandelion jelly at the What’s Up Yukon Gift Shop in the two-storey log skyscraper on Lambert Street. I hope you enjoy it. Until the next time.

well in containers and the vast varieties found in this trio will create abundance in colour, character and charisma. Don’t just concentrate on ground level — look up to fastgrowing annuals to fill vertical spaces with the addition of a simple willow-made trellis or obelisk. Get colour growing skywards with annual climbers such as nasturtium, morning glory and sweet peas. No space? No problem. Even if you only have a tiny terrace or balcony, don’t despair. Stylish solutions for small spaces can include many of the great design ideas from larger gardens — just shrink them to fit your space. While you may not have room for a vast filled herb garden, you can grow a few of your favourites in a content terra cotta pot. When you find you can’t contain yourself, follow the annuals and burst with enthusiasm. Embrace your inner garden artist and look for unique and creative ways to bring out the best in life. Don’t hold back, and welcome the opportunity to share joy with others. Like the petunia, look to the bright side and focus on the good in life. Be positive. Set your sights high and climb to the light. It’s where you will find the end of the circle. Shari Morash is a gardening enthusiast and an accredited designer. She is the owner and founder of Northern Elegance.



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Looking like the Yukon bard himself, Bob Atkinson sits in one of his willow chairs inspired by the one used by Robert Service.


ith skilful hands, Bob Atkinson weaves the essence of Northern heritage into his natural furniture business, Willow Wonders. And after 15 years of designing and crafting custom-made willow furniture, it’s no wonder his sculpted furnishings is a popular choice for Northern homes and gardens. From gates and gazebos to trellis and tables, there are few home and garden furnishings that Atkinson has not added to his repertoire. He credits his inspiration “to the original 1896 chair design of Robert Service, which is still found to be in great shape today.” The very first piece of furniture ever built by Atkinson came from this famous chair and a friend suggesting, “Here, try this!” The rest is history still in the making. Today, Atkinson’s most popular piece remains to be a similar ver-

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sion of this well-known chair made legendary by the famous Yukon poet. “The beauty of working with willow is that you may look at a branch, see its potential interest and wait for the perfect project to come along. I might find a particular branch and hang on to it for two or three years,” says Atkinson. Working mainly with willow, Atkinson does include aspen, birch, pine and spruce in his designs. “I find my inspiration in the shape of a tree or branch. I enjoy working with wood and being creative and exploring opportunity.” Atkinson admits that he “looks at trees differently than others do. What others might consider weeds, I can turn into something useful.” While many customers bring pictures of what they might like to have as a custom piece, Atkinson rarely uses a template. “The designs all come from within and the only drawings I make are those that come to me naturally from the curve of a branch or shape of the wood.” Known for its unique style, comfort and durability, Atkinson’s portfolio boasts a wide array of decorative furnishings including stair railings, headboards, arbors,

shelving and benches. Commissions include the resident moose that quietly resides amongst the storefront garden at Bev Gray’s Aroma Borealis Herb Shop on Main Street and a full-scale garden gazebo. Atkinson finds most of his work through word of mouth, though he is an active member of Yukon Artists @ Work, an artist-run and directed co-operative which operates a full spectrum garden gallery located on Glacier Road in the McCrae subdivision. Atkinson’s wonder of willow furniture can be

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hastens ripening of fruit. Then there are secondary plant foods such as calcium that aids intake of major plant foods. It improves general plant vigour and increases calcium content of the food produced. Magnesium is an essential part of chlorophyll. It acts as a carrier for phosphate and is necessary for the formation of sugar. Sulpher offers increased root growth. It stimulates seed production, encourages more vigorous plant growth and lowers the PH content of soil. Most seeds should be started indoors with the exception of radishes, onions and spinach. We have even started our rutabagas and potatoes indoors with very good results. We start seeding the greenhouse around March 20 beginning with snapdragons, petunias and lobelias. About one week later pansies, kochias and schizanthus, then tomatoes, peppers and salvias. The following week we start calendulas, coleus, African daisies, alyssum then marigolds, zinnias, thyme, brussel sprouts, cabbage and broccoli. After that asters, phioxs, nasturtiums and sweet peas. Greenhouse temperatures should be at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. We start transplanting about the middle of April when the first two true leaves are on the seedlings. By that time, you can lower the temperature of the greenhouse to 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. All plants started in the house or greenhouse should be hardened off before they are planted in the garden. To do this, set the flats outside during a sunny day and put them inside at night (for about one week). Your garden should be planted with varieties that will grow a good crop and mature plants in our short season. That’s why it’s important that you buy your seeds from somebody who not only knows seeds but also knows something about our Northern climate. We at Adorna always buy seeds that will produce mature plants for maximum vegetable and flower crops, but, please, do not hesitate to try out new varieties. It is not so long ago that only spruce, willow, poplars and birch grew here. You may find that a previously untried variety does well in this climate or you may never want to try it again. Experiment and enjoy yourself. It is a relaxing way to end a hard day. ßThis column is courtesy of Adorna Flowers and Landscaping.

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June 17, 2005


From Bottom to Top

DAWSON CITY helley Sopher is a photographer who wants her audience to work a little harder than they normally would. Her series of photographs, Understories, climbs the wall and requires time to take in all the information. A flower in the forest is shot from directly above and that photograph is at the bottom of the wall. At the top of the wall is


the sky or the forest canopy. In between, everything else is shown that is part of that flower’s world. “If you put something into a gallery, it forces people to look closer ... now take that careful seeing out into the world.” If the viewer looks closer, they will see a faint path or a trail and that tells a story at many different levels. It is all about relationships. Sopher calls these “vertical

180-degree photographs” and she appreciates the irony in it: “I’m a prairie person and I was used to everything being horizontal.” She also defends her medium of digital photography and goes as far as to say it is closer to art because it allows the artist to more accurately render their original vision. True, she doesn’t feel the same satisfaction of manipulating the light with her hands onto photo-

Yukon Stars of 70s Music Return


ack in the 70s, Whitehorse was known less as a government town and more as an oasis of civilization to those who worked hard all week in the surrounding mines. “A $20 bill would be thrown in the middle of the table,” says Ed Isaak today. “And the price of drinks was cheap. “It was really rocking.” For those who liked harder rock music, they went to The Old Bamboo at the site where the YTG Building now sits. Country fans went to the Kopper King to hear Hank Karr and his band. And music from the 50s, 60s and those made popular by the Beatles was performed by The Canucks Ltd at the Whitehorse Inn’s Rainbow Room. Isaak, the owner of the Discovery Bar today, had leased the lounge along with the other Canucks, Red Lewis, Ray Park and their manager, Gord Holland. The band had been travelling to Whitehorse regularly since

1963 to play at the hotel that sat where the CIBC now stands. They had matching outfits that were changed throughout the show and they had choreography and performed skits and impersonations between songs. The Canucks Ltd rotated through The Rainbow Room just as Karr’s band had. As the new house band, they were playing every night except Sundays. “It was busy,” says Isaak. “If you weren’t there by 8:00, you didn’t get a seat until someone left. “And they hung in pretty good in those days.” Meanwhile, Karr leased the Kopper King with Ken Horseman. All three bars had their loyal customers, but every Saturday afternoon the three house bands would converge on one of the bars and they would jam. The place would be packed and, after the set, they would eat and then go to their own bars. In the mid-70s there was a merge of Isaak, Karr, Lewis, Park

and Mike Durrell. They called themselves Gold Fever. These heady days will be replayed at 7:00 p.m. on June 23 at the Yukon Arts Centre. “It’s a nostalgic thing,” says Isaak. It won’t be so long that the older folks will get tired and it will have a quick flow to it. Merv Bales at Tom Barnaby will be there along with Wayne Smith, who will sit in for the late Mike Durrell. The variety show will include guests, too. Clint Carpenter, who performs with George in Yukon Jack, and Bob Charlie will play. Isaak says the Yukon Arts Centre had been receiving phone calls long before the tickets were even printed. It is not the first time they have gotten together. In May, the band played at the Royal Canadian Legion and last year they played at the senior games. And, says Isaak, “I hope we can do some more.” Tickets are available at the Hougen Centre Ticket Office and at the Yukon Arts Centre.

graphic paper and then getting her hands wet as she champions the paper from developer to stop bath to fix. But digital gives her control. It removes steps between her vision and the finished product. And removing steps was a factor in her decision to apply for the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture artist in residence program. Sopher is interested in how people interact with the natural environment and she finds there is less separation between Northerners and the wilderness. She has been photographing people as they think about a living thing they are especially close to. It could be an animal, insect or plant even. “We can be so human-centric,” says Sopher. “These people in my photographs are, by varying degrees, successful in realizing their relationship. Sopher arrived in Dawson City in mid-May and leaves June 17.

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t practice for Moving Parts Theatre in a theatre/studio room at Porter Creek Secondary School, director Anton Solomon’s T-shirt reads, “Many a man hath more hair than wit.” As practice begins, the company assembles casually in a circle. After a brief and spontaneous stretching and chanting session, the group moves through a series of games and exercises. Groups of two or three people then begin to move inside the circle acting out scenes with each other just off the top of their heads.

person has to be in charge. “On paper, we’re a company and I’m the sole proprietor; in practice, we’re a collective — a group of people who like to workshop together and put on shows. “We don’t perform until we’re really inspired by a play, as a group.” MPT now has a core group of nine — including well-known theatre veterans like Mike Ivans, Doug Neill, Kate Innish, and Nancy Smythe — at the average and approximate level of year two in theatre school (estimates Solomon).

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Pretty soon, I have no idea what they are portraying, but it’s obvious that everyone involved has the same understanding of what they are doing. There is a palpable sense of comfort and openness in the room that seems to make self-consciousness an after-thought; everyone is completely immersed in a bizarre land of random association. Nothing is censored; nothing predictable. As the words on his shirt might have hinted, Solomon admitted first and foremost that he’s a “sucker for Shakespeare”. Three out of the four shows MPT has done since its beginning in 2001 have been Shakespeare plays; but next year, they are embarking on a three-show season that strays from Solomon’s weakness for Shakespeare ... a little: Sword Play, a comedy by Edmonton playwright David Belke, is a sci-fi fantasy of the Legend of the Princess Outlaw. It was originally produced in 1989 for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Belke is a multiple Sterling Award recipient and the current resident playwright with Edmonton’s Shadow Theatre. Fen, a drama by award-winning English playwright Caryl Churchill, premiered in London in 1983 by Joint Stock Theatre Group. It scrutinizes the lives of low-paid female potato pickers of the fens, a region of Eastern England, during the Thatcher revolution. Fen is described by Larry Stark of England’s The Theatre Mirror as, “bruisingly expressionistic ... with an axe to grind.” And, sometime next year, MPT will perform an improve tentatively entitled, Instant Theatre. As an actor and director in MPT, Solomon explained that the company’s primary focus is training, with company rapport at a close second. He endeavours to develop the kind of rapport where no one

They will appear next in the Longest Days Street Fair this July with a series of interactive street performances. Their new season begins in September, 2005. Reflecting on the upcoming season, Solomon said, “Serious theatre is harder to get to (for the actor), but easier once you’re there; whereas comedy is much easier to get to, but harder to maintain.” If the land of uncensored imagination (or Shakespeare) is calling you, or for more information about Moving Parts Theatre, call 633-3304. Contact me with your stories at modmoves@yahoo.com.

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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

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Join us in a celebration of Yukon Visual & Performing Arts Beginning May 24 - July 29 Monday thru Friday LePage Park, 3rd Ave & Wood St.

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Not All Love Songs Are About Happiness with David Gilmor


ow’s your love life? Well, no matter what shape it’s in, Break Up, a collection of 10 tunes from Susie Ross, might help you decide which way the weather vane is pointing. With various layers of instrumentation Ross explores that which makes the world go round (no, it’s not money). Titles such as Unconditional Love and Sticking to the Love show that Ross leans toward the hopeless romantic. However she also shows the other side with titles like From the Other Side and Hanging On As I Walk Away. Fully eight of these 10 songs deal with this basic human condition and for the most part is enjoyable to listen to. At this juncture I must take a few lines and mention Don Ross (no relation). This very fine multi-

instrumentalist is one of the producers and is almost everywhere on this CD. He plays acoustic and electric guitar as well as lap steel, Dobro, piano, bass and drums. Oh, and he also supplies back up vocals as well. Having heard him perform solo, I’m well aware of what a master of music Ross is and it shows on this CD. His playing and sense of texture help reflect the emotional qualities of the songs and their lyrics. Other musicians of note that helped on this CD are Ken Whiteley who is well known for his work in the blues field and Cindy Church, a vocalist with the voice of an angel, who has done many types of jazz, folk and country music. It never hurts to surround yourself with talented people. This CD was a labour of love

as it consists of tracks that were recorded over a three-year period. That’s a long time in the recording world. One notices that Ross expands her vocal control on the later tracks. While the tracks done earlier are still good, this vocal expansion gives the songs the oomph they need to really engage the listener. While most of the songs are done in an easy-on-the-ear folk style, one in particular titled Nerd’s Nirvana sounds like a beer hall oom-pah-pah tune due to the inclusion of a tuba.

Susie Ross sings of love lost, love found and love that isn’t really wanted.

This clever little tune had me smiling and tapping my toes. Another interesting tune was The First Date. This tune was a mixed success to me. She makes some good observations on the fragile nature of a first date; however some of the vocal tricks don’t always work. So, depending on the state of your love life, or if you’re a hopeless romantic, this could be the CD for you.

Societal Issues and Youth Issues are Linked BY CHRISTINE SPINDER cary, daunting, formidable and seemingly inevitable. What if we looked at youth and substance abuse in a different light? This thought virus has been at work. Several community, government, international and crossgeography groups have taken time to ask that question in Whitehorse this May. The question is, “What can we do right?” It was asked at the Northern Forum’s Circumpolar Youth and Substance Abuse threeday conference. It was asked at the Yukon Executive Office’s oneday Yukon Substance Abuse Summit, Caring Communities. And it was asked at the Kwanlin Dun’s Yukon First Nations Substance Abuse Summit. Compare the experience in the Siberian provinces of Chukotka and Sakha in Finland and in Alaska where pictures of the landscape — and the situations — look just like our own Northern home. In some places, alcoholism literally shuts down entire communities and youth leave in droves. Despair seems to take hold when we think


of youth using drugs such as crack, cocaine and the ominous crystal meth and spending their days fogged in the head. We have culprits: Isolation from the opportunities of Southern Canada; climate extremes that rule activity; the impacts of cultural gutting. In the past century local cultures have been gutted the world over and that gutting has a current disguise in consumer madness. But the challenges of the North can also generate its peoples’ strengths. With that different light, youth are raised here with resilience, to be compassionate, thoughtful, considerate, humorous and spiritually linked to the land. These were the comments from Nunavut. Shirley Tagalik and Vanessa Shanee described their successful, youth-created Arviat Youth Piliriqatigiit program as one that grounds the individual in the environment and focuses on identity, soul and spirit. And knows that kids are good. They camp, they play music, they tell stories, they goof off, they walk. Inspiration comes from studies of community reform from Greenland and sourced from uni-

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versities in Finland and Russia. The basis is a holistic approach that looks so much like indigenous philosophy the world over: Address the whole person and relationships in the community. Like in Burwash Landing where, every weekend when youth come home from high school in Whitehorse, they are welcomed with a community dinner. What quickly became apparent when these local and international groups gathered is that a community approach works. It has been proven in tiny isolated villages across the North. Youth substance abuse mimics what happens in the rest of the community, so community-wide commitment and participation is needed. Appreciating what we have works. Involvement works. Teaching each other works. Saying, “Yes, lets’ give it a try,” rather than, “No, that doesn’t apply here, we’re different,” works. Personal works. Resolution justice works. Laughter works. One step at a time works. Recognition works. Cultural pride works. Fun works. Persistence and long-term planning work. An approach integrating physical, mental, social and spiritual health works. At BYTE, we meet kids who have gone straight-edge, which can seem the greatest rebellion: Do not become a dupe for addiction and violence. No alcohol, no drugs, no smoking, no meat, no fights. Their rebellion is to be clear, focused, peacekeeping and engaged. Radical. And the Yukon has always been kind of a radical place. This column is provided by Bringing Youth Toward Equality.

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Paul Davis took his film Le Mal d’Hiver to the Tromso International Film Festival. He hopes a new film, Minus 40 C, can be made


aul Davis peddles ideas just about as fast as he can pedal that bicycle of his all over Whitehorse and beyond. He speaks English and French fluently and he has no qualms about using them to sate his omnivorous appetite for discussing ideas. He arrived in Whitehorse about 15 years ago after a cross-country train trip. Even after a short

conversation you realize he’s engaged in modern political ideas. In short, the mind of the skinny, peregrinous guy who directed Le Mal d’Hiver is fertile ground for a writer/director. Le Mal d’Hiver (translates loosely to “The Winter Blues”) documents the annual Burning Away the Winter Blues Festival, Whitehorse’s version of a latewinter Mardi Gras parade, except that (for obvious reasons) nobody takes their clothes off. The Burning Away the Winter Blues Festival — the brainchild of Whitehorse actor, producer and casting director, Arlin McFarlane — is part street theatre, part collective psychotherapy and an opportunity for people to exorcise the personal demons built up after a long winter. Davis decided to shoot the characters, costumes and fire that make up the parade for a series of short documentaries that Radio Canada (the French-language counterpart to CBC Radio and Television) was doing about Northern Canada.

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national Film Festival in Tromso, Norway. Tromso is the world’s most northerly film festival. “It was a great place to go for a winter vacation,” Davis jokes in his characteristic dry tone. More seriously, though, Tromso has been a Scandinavian festival that is evolving into a circumpolar event that deserves serious attention from Yukon filmmakers, according to Davis. “You have a European audience and the festival is opening up to an international audience and it’s growing quickly.” For that reason, Tromso

is a great venue for filmmakers from all over the circumpolar North, says Davis. He has another idea for a film that he’d like to take to Tromso. It will be called Minus 40 C., and the main characters will be “the ice fog and the darkness,” he says. Davis hopes to enter the film in the Tromso Festival for 2006. He wants to make in the Norwegian style of a predominantly image-driven film with scant dialogue. The film is cast and scripted. All he needs now is the ice fog.

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Your Yukon Heritage Attractions This Month F BY MATTHEW CAMERON un, entertainment and education are how Yukon Heritage Attractions is preserving the Yukon’s heritage. Part of the Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA), Yukon Heritage Attractions is 18 dynamic Yukon-wide historic sites including museums, cultural and interpretive centres, the waterfront trolley and the Yukon Archives. The Campbell Region Interpretive Centre in Faro invites everyone to its Games and Dessert on the Deck Night, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and take part in the festivities while learning

more about what the centre has to offer. The CRIC is an impressive log building providing exhibits on the history, geology and wildlife of the Campbell Region. It also offers extensive tourist information regarding trail locations, fishing holes, scenic drives, local attractions, accommodations and services. The centre also presents guided summer tours and hikes to the Van Gorder Creek Falls and Faro Arboretum. Information is available at 994-2288. The Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre in Dawson City will celebrate Aboriginal Day June 21. The DZCC, also known as the “Long Time Ago

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Hwëch’in and the related events of the past century from the point of view of the First Nation. The gallery display embraces archeological artifacts, reproductions of tools, costumes and life-sized photos. It provides a stimulating account of the memories and stories of the Elders. The Aboriginal Day festivities get under way at 11:00 a.m. and include kid’s activities like face painting, a sweets table, a bannock and tea table and a salmon bake. Fiddlers, Hän singers and other performers will honour the Elders throughout the day. The highlight of the day will be the Songs of the Shär-Cho Dancers, a contemporary dance presentation produced by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in dancer and choreographer Michelle Olson, now in its fourth year of production. Using a unique blend of photographic and video imaging, the beautiful land, traditions, present and future of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in are expressed in a critically

acclaimed 40-minute performance. Information is available from Freda at 993-6768. And finally, the Yukon Archives launches A Yukon Romance: Claude and Mary Tidd on June 20 at 7:00 p.m. It is a new exhibit that chronicles the courtship of Claude, a Mountie, and Mary, a nurse on her way to Fort Yukon, who found one another on the dock in Dawson City, where their romance began. Combining Claude’s extraordinary photographs and Mary’s prolific letters home, the adventures that spanned over 20 years in seven Yukon communities are illustrated with intrigue. Many famous Yukon names present themselves in a fascinating narrative that unravels itself like a newly staked claim in the heart of the gold fields. Attending the launch will be special guest Barbara Dunlop, a romance writer. This article is provided by the Yukon Historical & Museums Association.

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4:30 p.m. Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

DAWSON CITY starting 8:00 a.m. (all day event) Flag raising ceremony at Victoria Gardens, singing O Canada Coffee & tea hosted by Dawson City Museum

Rotary Peace Park 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

6:00 p.m. End of official Canada Day events Organized by: Whitehorse Canada Day Committee

10:55 a.m. 1 Mile Running Race organized by Athletics Yukon (along parade route)

General Hospital 1:00 p.m. Distribution of red carnations and flags, Canada Day cake

11:00 a.m. Canada Day Parade organized by The Royal Canadian Legion, special theme “Year of the Veteran“ & 40th Anniversary of the Canadian flag From 12:00 noon O Canada, official welcome Canada Day Youth Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award presentations Northwestel Main Stage featuring live family and cultural entertainment, organized by Frostbite. Youth Stage featuring teen entertainment and events, organized by B.Y.T.E. Official Canada Day cake presented by l’Association franco-yukonnaise Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Canadian flag Commemoration of the Year of the Veteran Dog obedience demonstrations by Canines and Company From 12:00 noon – Kids’ events Games and races Face painting and crafts organized by l’Association franco-yukonnaise Petting zoo and pony rides and carousel provided by the Yukon Agricultural Association 3:30 p.m. Rotary Club Great Canadian Yukon River Duck Race

FÊTE DU CANADA 1ER JUILLET ACTIVITÉS À WHITEHORSE Parc Rotary du Peace 9 h – 13 h Petit déjeuner de crêpes servi par les Chevaliers de Colomb 10 h 55 Course de un mille organisée par Athletics Yukon (le long du parcours emprunté par le défilé) 11h Défilé de la Fête du Canada organisé par la Légion royale du Canada sous le thème « Année des anciens combattants » et le 40ième anniversaire du drapeau canadien. À partir de midi Ô Canada et mot de bienvenue Remise du prix Jeunesse et du prix Duc d’Edimburgh Scène principale de Northwestel : activités familiales et culturelles (Frostbite) Scène jeunesse : spectacles et activités pour les adolescents (B.Y.T.E.) Présentation du gâteau officiel de la fête du Canada par l’Association franco-yukonnaise Célébration du 40ième anniversaire du drapeau canadien. Commémoration de l’année de l’ancien combattant Démonstration de dressage de chiens par « Canines and Company » À partir de midi – Activités pour les jeunes Jeux et courses Peinture faciale et bricolages organisés par l’Association franco-yukonnaise Zoo pour enfants et carrousel fournis par l’Association agricole du Yukon 15 h 30 Grande course canadienne de canards sur le fleuve (Club Rotary) 16 h 30 Cérémonie de citoyenneté canadienne

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McCauley Lodge 2:30 p.m. Distribution of red carnations and flags, Canada Day cake Copper Ridge Place 3:30 p.m. Distribution of red carnations and flags, Canada Day cake Organized by:Women’s Auxiliary Whitehorse General Hospital United Church Basement 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. “Just for Fun Dance” to celebrate Canada Day and honouring Veterans Organized by: Yukon Association for Community Living

CANADA DAY JULY 1 EVENTS IN COMMUNITIES BEAVER CREEK 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Canada Day Parade, Drum and Sing First Nation Song and children swim at the pool Boat ride, tree & flowers planting in the community Organized by: White River First Nation Carmacks 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sing O Canada & speeches, parade, BBQ and activities for children Community softball game starting at 2:00 p.m. Organized by:Carmacks Recreation Board Champagne 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Canada Day celebration, sports events, flag raising and BBQ with horseshoe tournament Organized by: Champagne Horseman’s Association

11:00 a.m. Canada Day Parade “Canada Fly By” Steve Kurth Reaffirmation Ceremony O Canada followed by tea & sandwiches, Canada Day cake 12:00 p.m. Teddy Bear’s picnic, Yukon Gold Panning Championships for seniors, adults and children 2:00 p.m. free swimming at the Dawson City Pool 3:00 p.m. Danojà Zho Cultural Centre Traditional Dance presentation 4:00 p.m. Waterfront Concert and Entertainment at the Front Gazebo and Percy DeWolfe BBQ Organized by: Dawson City Canada Day Committee FARO 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Flag raising ceremony, vehicle and bicycle parade, community BBQ, family events, swimming and Canada Day Youth Award Organized by: Town of Faro HAINES JUNCTION 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Breakfast pancakes and maple syrup, free swimming, skateboarding, basketball, dry softball, hockey games, tennis, local historical displays, First Nation dancers, children’s activities and movies Organized by: Village of Haines Junction LORNE MOUNTAIN 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Community Centre Display of children’s poster contest, children’s craft session, bike relay race, bike parade, community potluck BBQ and campfire jam Organized by: Lorne Mountain Community Association

18 h Clôture des célébrations de la fête du Canada Organisé par : Le Comité du Canada en fête de Whitehorse

À partir de 8h (toute la journée) Cérémonie de lever du drapeau à Victoria Gardens, Ô Canada Café et thé offerts par le musée de Dawson City

Hôpital général 13 h Distribution d’œillets rouges et de drapeaux, gâteau d’anniversaire du Canada

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Pavillon McCauley 14 h 30 Distribution d’œillets rouges et de drapeaux, gâteau d’anniversaire du Canada

11 h Défilé de la fête du Canada “Canada Fly By” par Steve Kurth Cérémonie de réaffirmation Ô Canada suivi de thé et sandwiches, gâteau de la fête du Canada

Centre Copper Ridge 15 h 30 Distribution d’œillets rouges et de drapeaux, gâteau d’anniversaire du Canada Organisé par : Les Dames auxiliaires de l’Hôpital général de Whitehorse

12 h Pique-nique Teddy Bear, concours yukonnais de lavage de l’or à la batée pour retraités, adultes et enfants

Sous-sol de l’Église Unie 18 h 30 – 21 h 30 Danse “Just for Fun” (« Pour le plaisir ») pour célébrer la fête du Canada et honorer les anciens combattants. Organisé par : Yukon Association for Community Living

15 h Spectacle de danse traditionnelle au Centre culturel Dänojà Zho

FÊTE DU CANADA 1ER JUILLET ACTIVITÉS EN RÉGION BEAVER CREEK 10 h – 15 h Défilé de la fête du Canada, tambour et chansons des Premières nations, baignade à la piscine Tours en bateau, activité de planter et des arbres et fleurs dans la communauté Organisé par : La Première nation de White River CARMACKS 10 H – 22 H Ô Canada & allocutions, parade, barbecue et activités pour enfants Jeu de balle molle communautaire à partir de 14 h Organisé par : Le comité des loisirs de Carmacks Champagne 14 h – 18 h Célébration de la fête du Canada, événements sportifs, lever du drapeau, barbecue et tournoi de fer à cheval Organisé par : L’Association Champagne Horseman

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16 h Concert au gazebo au bord de l’eau et barbecue Percy DeWolfe Organisé par :Le comité de la fête du Canada de Dawson City FARO 11 h – 16 h 30 Cérémonie de lever du drapeau, défilé en voiture et à bicyclette, barbecue communautaire, événements pour toute la famille, baignade et remise des prix jeunesse de la fête du Canada Organisé par : La ville de Faro HAINES JUNCTION 8 h – 16 h Petit déjeuner de crêpes et sirop d’érable, baignade gratuite, planche à roulettes, basket-ball, balle molle, hockey, tennis, exposition historique, danseurs autochtones, activités pour enfants et cinéma Organisé par : Le village de Haines Junction Centre communautaire de Lorne Muntain 13 h – 23 h Exposition d’affiches réalisées par les enfants, atelier de bricolage pour enfants, course à relais à bicyclette, défilé à bicyclette, barbecue à participation et feu de camp Organisé par : L’Association communautaire de Lorne Mountain

MARSH LAKE 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Parade, BBQ, picnic, musical venue, children’s games, prize draw, O Canada Organized by: Marsh Lake Community Society MAYO July 1- 3 all weekend event Slo-pitch tournament for traditional Northern Tutchone communities Canada Day parade, flag raising ceremony, O Canada, children’s games, horseshoe tournament, beach volleyball, steak dinner and dance on Saturday night Organized by: Village of Mayo Recreation Department TAGISH 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Decorating party, face painting, Canada Day parade, flag raising, O Canada, speeches, BBQ, games with prizes. Organized by: Tagish Community Association TESLIN 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Parade “We are Canadian”, Youth Award presentation, opening ceremony with O Canada, traditional local games for all age groups, essay contest “I love Canada because”, Canada Day cake decorating contest, local traditional food, Canada theme talent show, traditional Tlingit dancers, stick gambling. Organized by:Teslin Recreation Society WATSON LAKE 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Canadian themed kids’ games, waterslide, logger competition, helicopter peanut drop, crowning of Mr and Mrs Canada Organized by: Watson Lake Canada Day Committee The Celebrate Canada Committee for Yukon is proud to support these events through funding made available by the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Veterans Affairs Canada.

MARSH LAKE 13 h – 17 h Défilé, barbecue, pique-nique, spectacle musical, jeux pour les enfants, tirage de prix, Ô Canada Organisé par : Société communautaire de Marsh Lake MAYO 1er au 3 juillet (événement durant toute la fin de semaine) Tournoi de balle lente des communautés Tutchone du nord, Défilé de la fête du Canada, cérémonie de lever du drapeau, Ô Canada, jeux pour les enfants, tournoi de fer à cheval, volley-ball de plage, souper de steak et danse en soirée du samedi Organisé par : Le département des loisirs du village de Mayo TAGISH 10h – 16 h Activité de décoration, peinture faciale, défilé de la fête du Canada, lever du drapeau, Ô Canada, allocutions, barbecue, jeux avec prix Organisé par : L’association communautaire de Tagish TESLIN 11 h – 21 h Défilé “Nous sommes Canadiens”, remise du prix de jeunesse, cérémonie d’ouverture, Ô Canada, jeux traditionnels pour tous groupes d’âges, concours de dissertation « J’aime le Canada parce que », concours de décoration de gâteaux de la fête du Canada, mets traditionnels, spectacle de talents sous le thème « Canada », danseurs traditionnels Tlingit, « jeux de bâtonnets » Organisé par : La société des loisirs de Teslin WATSON LAKE 11 h – 16 h Jeux pour enfants sous le theme “Canada”, glissoire d’eau, compétition de bûcheron, lâcher de cacahuètes par hélicoptère, couronnement de Monsieur et Madame Canada Organisé par : Le comité de la fête du Canada de Watson Lake Le Comité du Canada en fête du Yukon est heureux d’appuyer ces activités grâce au financement mis à sa disposition par les ministères du Patrimoine canadien, des Affaires indiennes et du Nord Canada, et des Anciens combattants Canada


NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY JUNE 21JOURNÉE NATIONALE DES AUTOCHTONES – MARDI 21 JUIN 2005 Activités à WHITEHORSE 10 h – 19 h 30 (toute la journée) Parc Rotary du Peace Spectacles traditionnels d’artistes autochtones du Yukon et de l’extérieur du Yukon. Artisanat des Premières nations, activités pour les enfants, peinture faciale, démonstration de jeux de bâtonnets Hommage aux anciens combattants autochtones pour leur contribution au Canada. Rafraîchissements et gâteau dans la tente des anciens combattants. Organisé par : Gathering Traditions Potlatch Society & Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry (SYANA)

Events in WHITEHORSE 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (all day event) Rotary Peace Park Traditional potlatch show casing Aboriginal artists from inside and outside Yukon. First Nations crafts and children activities, face painting, stick gambling demonstrations. Honouring Aboriginal Veterans’ contributions to Canada. Refreshments and cake in the Veterans’ tent. Organized by: Gathering Traditions Potlatch Society & Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry (SYANA)


CARMACKS 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (all day even) First Nation baseball field: Parade, BBQ and different traditional contests and games Community supper and baseball game. Clan dance at the end of the evening. Organized by: Little Salmon Carmacks First Nations DAWSON CITY 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (all day event) Dänoja Zho Cultural Center: Opening Prayer Ceremony with Chief and Esteemed Officials. Traditional music & dance performances Live crafts exhibition with workshops Organized by: Tr’ondek Hwëch’in


MULTICULTURALISM JUNE 27 FARO 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sportsman’s Lounge International community potluck of the world: guests dress representing a country. Dance, music, arts and craft. Organzied by: Town of Faro Recreation Center

CARMACKS 10 h – 23 h 00 (toute la journée) Champs de baseball de la Première Nation: Défilé, barbecue, compétition et jeux traditionnels, souper communautaire et joute de baseball Danse des clans en fin de soirée. Organisé par : La Première nation de Little Salmon/- Carmacks


DAWSON CITY 12 h – 19 h (toute la journée) Prière d’ouverture avec chef de bande et d’autres personnalités Centre culturel Spectacle de musique et de danse traditionnelle Dänoja Zho Exposition d’artisanat et ateliers de bricolage Barbecue au saumon Organisé par : L a Première nation des Tr’ondek Hwëch’in


FARO 18 h – 21h Repas communautaire à saveur internationale : les participants sont invités à porter des vêtements aux couleurs d’un pays Danse, musique, arts et artisanat The Celebrate Canada Committee for Yukon is proud to support these events Organisé par : Le centre des loisirs de Faro through funding made available by the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Veterans Affairs Canada. Le Comité du Canada en fête du Yukon est heureux d’appuyer ces activités grâce au financement mis à sa disposition par les ministères du Patrimoine canadien, des Affaires indiennes et du Nord Canada, et des Anciens combattants Canada

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Thinking Art Outside The Horse


he 2005 Art Adventures on Yukon Time guide to artists and their studios has a brand-new binding to contain all the extra artists. Last year there were 101; this year there are 149. Ruth McCullough, at Tourism and Culture, says her staff works hard to have all Yukon regions represented. Not everyone wants to be in the guide, but more are choosing to participate. “This year we have a lot more people represented from Teslin in the guide. This is the direct result of

with Nicole Bauberger

the department’s Sarah Charlie going to Teslin and talking to people about the guide and how they can benefit from being part of it,” observes McCullough. ..... Working with students through the Artists in School program in Mayo, I was hosted by the wonderful kindergarten teacher Maggie

Leary and her family. She helped me get in touch with Mayo artists. If you look in the studio guide you’ll see only Cynthia Pavlovich, Susan Stuart of Boreal Fibres and Esther Winter of Winterchild Jewellery listed but the two latter artists helped me see further ..... It hurts fibre artist Stuart to

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knit. Repetitive stress injuries in her elbow, shoulder and forearm keep her hands still. She sits in the big purple chair she calls her studio looking at her yarn shelf and dreams of future projects. She works with physiotherapists and neurologists to figure out how to regain painfree movement. When I spoke to her, though, the previous evening she’d disregarded the pain and finished a poncho for her daughter. New in her studio, she has a big weaving loom that takes up half her living room. She’s hoping a range of motions between the loom and the knitting will help her arm. She’s dying up some wool and hoping to do some hands-on felting workshops at the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City this summer ..... Stuart is also organizing the Mayo Arts in the Park Festival for June 18. That’s the day the runners arrive for the Mayo Midnight Marathon. They leave at 12:01 a.m. on June 19. Many Mayo artists will participate. Invited artists include elders Betty Lucas, Bella Peter, Alice Buyck and her sister Martha Buyck who will be beading. Also invited are Dee Klippert with her gold nugget jewellery, potter Shann Carmichael, Lee and Mary Persinger

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with their willow and burl work, Jennifer Ewing and her copper wire jewellery, Denise McDiarmid and her macramé jewellery and drawings, Nancy Hager and her moose hair tufting, Cindy Pavlovich and her beadwork jewellery, Grace Tyerman with her painting, and Silke Wissner with her painting and pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs). Wissner, who also teaches the Grade 5/6 class with whom I painted tropical fish, creates original pysanky designs, including Yukon ones with the detailed crest, dogs and fireweed ..... I also had a great chat with Esther Winter of Winterchild Jewellery. Her original line drawings are sent away and forged from heavy steel into stamps that she uses to print sterling silver disks and other shapes for her jewellery. She makes new ones every year. This year’s new additions are an inuksuk, a local butterfly (Canadian Tiger Swallowtail) and a mother and child. The last design uses a woman’s face she’s been drawing for years. She creates these new designs in response to requests. The drawings must remain very simple to work with the small format, wearable work she’s creating. She finds with changes in fashion, earrings getting longer and choker style necklaces she’s now able to branch out from her original disk format. She’s added squares, drops and round-edged triangular shapes, all in sterling silver printed with her drawings, coupled with beads and made into elegant, affordable jewellery. Her husband, Kent Sinnott, hammers the stamps onto the silver. Winter had been an elementary school teacher and Sinnott a conservation officer, with jewellery making Winter’s hobby. When they both decided they wanted to be home with their kids, it became the family business. They recently purchased a winterized travel trailer, since they travel as a family four months out of the year to art and craft shows and folk festivals in BC and Alberta. Sinnott takes the children to zoos and science centres while Winter works the booth. Her children make special friends with the artisans creating handmade chocolate, get to see artists making a living and are exposed to a lot of great music. Check out their website at www.winterchildjewellery.ca ..... Watch for more news outside metropolitan Whitehorse as I spend most of my summer painting up in the Tombstones. And if you’re an artist inside or outside Whitehorse, send me your news, nbauberger@yahoo. com. Till soon, Nicole.




June 17, 2005

Sky High Wilderness Ranches Takes It to the Next Level

ky High Wilderness Ranches has always been the real deal. It was a working horse ranch before it became a tourist destination. And, before it was a horse ranch, it was just a trapline with a cabin on it. Ian McDougall is the real deal, too. He is tall and rugged and looks more comfortable on a horse than he does standing on the porch of the office. It is funny to see him with his new partner, Gary Burdess, who is a city boy and knew little of horses before he teamed up with his long-time friend. But Burdess knows how to work and he knows how to run a business. And his favourite place on the ranch is around the campfire that is often just for them and the workers finishing the on-site hostel. This is where stories get drawn out at the end of a hard day. McDougall says he “rolled into the Yukon” in 1975 and squatted on the property at the far end of Fish Lake Road until 1981. Sylvia, his future wife at the time, owned

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Ian McDougall (left) and Gary Burdess have teamed up to make Sky High Wilderness Ranches a smooth-running operation with more to offer. the trapline and they lived “a wilderness lifestyle”. McDougall describes this as a life of fishing, hunting, drying meat and tending a greenhouse. In the winters, they would travel up and down the trapline. The odd tourist would show up, because they knew somebody who knew them, and ask for a genuine trip. One day, McDougall’s horse was getting small for him and so they decided to travel to Dawson Creek and buy 11 horses and sell off most of them. Demand was high and so they opened up for business. They built some rough cabins to rent out and then began a sled dog operation and sleigh rides. Keeping things running was a full-time job. There was little time left to improve the property and grow the business. A building for a hostel was started in the ’84-’85 season. The roof went on in the ’86-’87 season and windows were installed in 1992. It was slow going. Then, on May 17, 2003, Sylvia suffered a heart attack while Ian was out watering the dogs and she died after he returned.

“I wanted to carry on the business, there was no question about that,” says McDougall today. “But it was always too much for two people. “I had to expand, but I was always doing the things I had to do and not the things I wanted to do.” Burgess and his wife, Trudy, had known the McDougalls for years as they ferried their daughter and her friend back and forth to work with the horses. They had set up a deal where they would work on the farm and earn rides on the horses. “They were bright kids,” says McDougall, smiling at the memory. “They were like our own kids.” Burgess decided to help out his friend by becoming one of five partners in the operation. His only plan was to finish the plans McDougall already had. A work crew is finishing the hostel for operation this season. It will house five women upstairs and five men downstairs. And, if someone wants to stay in a tent, they can still use the hostel’s facilities. Cabins will be next and will be started in the fall or early next

spring. They have come up with their own rating system: Sourdough One Star is a trapper’s cabin; Two Star is clad against vermin; Three Star is all amenities, but still just one room; Four Star has flush toilets; and Sourdough Five Star is a house. Starting soon will be a dog cart business. A six-seat cart will be pulled along city streets from hotel to hotel – “Skagway has three of them running fulltime,” says McDougall – collecting tourists and giving them a tour. At the ranch, there will be a Petting Dog Coral, where the nicest of the dogs will give visitors a chance to see what a dog yard looks like. Then there will be a Sky High Museum in the old home McDougall shared with Sylvia. She was a Colourful Five Percenter, having come to the Yukon in a covered wagon along the highway, and her life will be told in photos and

mementos. The campground will be operating again this year and horse rides are available again. McDougall takes visitors on various durations of trips throughout the Yukon-esque countryside. At the top of one knoll, in the middle of an alpine meadow, he points out various neighbouring mountains and shows where the seven to 10-day trips go: “There’s a cabin on the other side of that one and you can see wildlife along there.” A business needs to grow, but McDougall doesn’t cotton to the tour bus trade: “We’ve had tour buses up here,” he says with a shrug. “But I don’t really want to get into that market. “There’s older people who can’t do much and you are herding people around. “It would be the same thing everyday.”

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ith last year’s winner coming back with a new partner, and strong Yukoners in every category, there is a good chance most of the $15,000 prize money will stay in the Yukon after the Seventh Annual Yukon River Quest. But a record number of paddlers from as far away as Australia and Guam and Austria will make it tough for them. From the BBC to a feature in the New York Times to Northern publications, the river race from Whitehorse to Dawson City has caught the attention of the world. On June 29, at 12:30 p.m., 66 teams will run from Main Street to the White Pass Train Depot and then down a trail to their boats on the Yukon River. It is the last time

any of them will stop moving until they reach Carmacks for a mandatory seven-hour break. Ingrid Wilcox has raced before and she knows this doesn’t mean the athletes will get seven hours of sleep. There is cleaning and repairs and eating and, after being on the water so long, “for the first little while they will be wobbly.” An extra three-hour stop at Kirkman Creek was added for safety. Wilcox, the acting treasurer on the board of the Yukon River Marathon Paddling Association, says this stop will help limit the hallucinations as they push to the finish line in Dawson City. The number of teams could change as late registrations arrive in the mail and other teams are forced to drop out.

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Advice From One Hero to the Next with George Maratos


hile speaking to a dozen or so young Whitehorse athletes, Jeanne Lassen seems relaxed and sincere. Make no mistake though; Lassen is one serious and focused individual. The Yukoner is not only one of Canada’s premier weightlifters, but the world’s. Her athletic resume boasts three World Junior Championship silver medals, one Pan American

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Games bronze medal, as well as eight Canadian National titles. She holds nine Canadian weightlifting records and last year qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics as an alternate. At 5’7 and 152 pounds, she can lift almost twice her weight having clean and jerked 299 pounds. Lassen’s come a long way from her days as a 12-year-old who lifted broom handles at Porter Creek School.


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“He wanted me to learn and perfect the form before adding weight,” says Lassen of her first coach, Wes Sullivan. “I struggled for a bit, but eventually I was making it.” It’s safe to say she has made it. Today, the 24-year old trains out of Montreal where she attends McGill University and, just last month, received her bachelor of education degree. Soon after completing her studies she captured a gold medal at the Canadian Nationals, smashing yet another record. At the end of June she will travel to Fiji for a weightlifting training camp for three weeks and then she will compete at the world university championships in France at the beginning of July. An acclaimed national and international athlete, Lassen’s life is a busy one. Today though, she has returned to the city she grew up in, to give something back to the next generation of athletes. Reaping the benefits are 13 members of the Yamagoshi (Wind Over The Mountain) Judo Club. Judo Yukon President Penny Prysnuk asked Lassen if she would come speak with the Judokas about life as an elite athlete on an international stage. “I think it’s important for them to know what’s out there,” Lassen said, when asked why she volunteered to speak. “The Yukon athlete is the small fish in the big pond.” It’s like the four-minute mile, they said it was impossible but then they did it.”

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Jeanne Lassen spoke to members of the Yamagoshi Judo Club. “You can talk yourself into and out of anything,” she told them. PHOTO: GEORGE MARATOS

And while some of the younger martial artists don’t seem as attentive during the hour-long discussion, choosing at times to play with their coloured belts or pick their toes while staring at the gymnasium roof, the older athletes listened and watched with admiration. “Do you need good marks to go to McGill?” asks one of the senior judokas. “What kind of cross-training do you do?” pipes in another. “Can you have a job while you weight lift?”

Lassen fields over 20 questions offering advice on everything from school and athletics to choosing goals and making the right sacrifices. “You can talk yourself into and out of anything, remember that,” advises Lassen. Her comments are much appreciated as some judokas continue to ask Lassen questions as she prepares to leave the Grey Mountain School where the judo members train. “It’s always good to hear about someone from the Yukon doing well at the Nationals and beyond,” said 15-year old Amber Saunders. “It definitely helped,” adds 16-year-old Gillian Farnell. “Especially right before a big competition.” As for the modest Lassen, she shrugs off being viewed as a hero by the local athletes. “That’s just silly, I’m just Jeanne.” Do you know someone who toils behind the sports scene and deserves some recognition? Let George Maratos know at geo17@hotmail.com.

For the Love of the Game



ffy Croft really loved baseball. She watched every game she could and cheered on her neighbours. When she died, the townsfolk named the field after her and, from June 17 to 19, the Annual Effy Croft Memorial Co-Ed SloPitch Tournament will be held once again. And, because her favourite colour was purple, there will be purple ribbons passed around. Tina Freake, the organizer of the tournament, says last year

there were six teams entered. But, even before she started advertising, there were three teams already signed up. Besides just having “a friendly weekend,” Freake says the Faro Flying Dolphins Swim Club will be operating a concession stand to raise money to attend Outside tournaments. And it is hoped the local businesses will benefit from the extra tourism the tournament brings. “It’s kind neat,” says Freake. “People tent everywhere.”



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June 17, 2005

What’s UP in SPORTS & FITNESS WHITEHORSE VeloNorth Cycling Club www.velonorth.ca June 16 Rec Event at 7 pm. Starts at the bottom of Grey Mountain. June 23 Rec Event at 7 pm. Starts at the bottom of Grey Mountain. June 29 Rec Event at 7 pm. Starts at the bottom of Grey Mountain. June 29 Road Event at 7 pm at Carcross Cutoff. June 30 Rec Event at 7 pm. Location to be announced. June 16 Yukon River Quest Planning Meeting from 5:30 to 7 pm at Sport Yukon. Info: Linda at 633-5905. 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 6687559 or HYPERLINK “mailto:volunteer@ velonorth.ca” volunteer@velonorth.ca. June 18 Midnight Sun Stroke Play at 10 am at Mountain View Golf Course. June 21 Yukon Horse and Riders Association AGM at 7 pm at Sport Yukon. Info: Elsie at 333-1092.


omething that never fails to amaze me is the number of excellent trails in the Whitehorse area. Some have been purposely built for hikers or skiers, while others are the remains of older trails and roads. The old Copper Haul Road, which parallels the Alaska Highway, falls into the latter category. Many people have encountered it during a jaunt in the woods. Some even use it on a regular basis to access a favourite fishing spot or hunt for cool rocks while others use it for cycling or hiking. Even so, the Copper Haul Road is seriously underused. Parking where the Copper Haul Road intersects the Fish Lake Road, three kids, two adults, five bicycles and two dogs piled out of our pickup truck for some quality cycling. We hadn’t really planned on doing the Copper Haul Road, but a drive up the Fish Lake Road just sort of landed us there. “What do you think, Dad, should we give it a try?” asked my wife. “Yeah, why not. I’m not sure how long it is, but if the kids get tired we can always turn back. What do you guys think?” “OK,” said my son. “Let’s go!” said my daughter and her friend. So off we went. Being a gravel road, this path was easy on the kid’s mountain bike tires and even manageable with my narrower touring tires. Best of all, it’s relatively flat which makes it a perfect place to cycle with the kids; what hills there are tend to

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be fairly gentle - just steep enough to provide a little extra exercise and keep the blood flowing. This was the first longish ride for my new bike, which replaces an elderly monster; I enjoyed every second. My son, who has gone through at least three bikes in a shorter span of time, was thoroughly impressed but determined to stay ahead with his more experienced mountain bike. Much to his surprise I kept up and it wasn’t long before we were so far ahead of the others that a stop was called for. Eventually, Mom appeared with the girls, who seemed to be having as much fun chatting as riding. Soon we were off again. Not only is the Copper Haul Road bordered by some excellent

fish and waterfowl habitat, but views of the forest and mountains are great! For those interested in mining history, careful observation will reveal the site of at least one old mine shaft. Although this road goes for quite some distance, our goal was Lobird via the quarry road and then back along the Lobird Road to Hillcrest, where we’d rendezvous with a second vehicle and drive back up the Fish Lake Road to retrieve our truck. As it was, that worked out perfectly. If you’ve got more energy or older kids, cycle the entire circuit. By the time we got home, maybe two and a half hours after we started, I felt as if I could have done the whole thing over again. My wife was equally pleased and the kids enjoyed a great day of fresh air. The only members of the party who were thoroughly exhausted turned out to be the dogs ... and that’s good, too.

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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 Plan-

COMMUNITIES FARO June 17 to 19 Annual Effy Croft Memorial Co-Ed Slo-Pitch Tournament. Info: Tina at 994-2375 or 994-3413. HAINES JUNCTION June 25 Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay from Haines Junction to Haines, AK. Info: 633-2579 or info@kcibr.org. Website is www.kcibr.org. DAWSON CITY June 17 Midnight Sun Golf Tournament at the Top of the World Golf Course. Info: Julia Fellers at 993-5888.

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Care and Courtesy and Pace of Play


olf has always been referred to as a Gentleman’s Game. I guess to be politically correct, especially with the growth in women’s golf, it should be called a Gentle Person’s game. With this in mind, we should all take responsibility to ensure that our day on the golf course is a pleasant one, not only for ourselves, but for all who are out there playing. Here are some helpful hints I would like to pass on to players at all levels: Care and maintenance of the golf course should be a priority

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for all of us. If we all take a few seconds here and there, we can easily fix ball marks, replace divots and rake bunkers. Also, let’s be aware that there are waste containers at every tee box. The grounds crew can spend a lot more time grooming and maintaining the golf course if they don’t have to pick up after us. I’m sure they will appreciate our efforts.

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Last, but not least, I would like to address pace of play. Golf can very easily be played and enjoyed at a pace that takes about four hours for 18 holes or just under 15 minutes per hole. On all golf courses, you can gauge how you are doing by where you are in relation to the group ahead of you. For all of you, especially you newer players, forget about holding up the people behind you. If you stay with the group ahead, no one can expect you to do more. Remember, golf is a game for all of us to enjoy and by doing our little part we can make it better for all concerned. Until next time, have fun and remember to keep it on the short stuff. Greg Wagstaff is a C.P.G.A. professional at Mountain View Golf Course. For more information and a list of events, please visit tainwww.mountainviewgolf.ca.


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