17 Year-Old Murder Victim Laid To Rest

The funeral for a 17 year-old girl who was murdered in Whitehorse is being held in her hometown of Fort McPherson, N.W.T. Thursday.

The body of Brandy Vittrekwa was found on a walking trail near the McIntyre subdivision last week.

After a memorial in Whitehorse on Sunday, which attracted hundreds of people, her family says Vittrekwa will be laid to rest in Fort McPherson.

Police have one person in custody in connection with the incident, but no charges have been laid as the investigation continues.

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Government Says It's Working on Recycling Solution

Yukon's NDP want to know what's going on with the recycling situation in Whitehorse.

The territory's largest recycler, Raven Recycling, closed its drop-off centre in mid-October saying they need a $330 per tonne diversion credit to be financially viable.

“The government has abandoned their election campaign promise to divert half od Yukon’s waste by 2015,” said Community Services citic Kevin Barr during Wednesday’s question period.

“Raven Recycling have told the government what they need to know to being negotiations to help Yukon’s largest recycler get back on its feet,” he added.

Minister Brad Cathers says the government did ask Raven to provide numbers on why they need such an increase. According to Cathers discussions...

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Environment Yukon Opens More Subzones For Bison Hunting

Yukon bison hunters are getting more areas to hunt.

Environment Yukon is opening up nine management subzones for hunting from January 1st to February 14th north of the Alaska highway between Whitehorse and the Slims River Bridge, and west of the Klondike Highway between Whitehorse and north of Braeburn.

“One of the reasons why we are opening up the harvest is to try to reduce the number of animals in the herd,” said senior biologist Tom Jung.

Jung said they opened the subzones for four reasons, to keep bison off the highways, control the herd population, discourage range expansion and so hunters have local access to bison.

He also added that hunters that killing a tagged or collard bison is unlawful because Environment Yukon...

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White River First Nation Look To Mend Fences With Yukon Government

The Yukon Government says it's entering reconciliation talks with the White River First Nation in Beaver Creek.

In a news release, both the government and First Nation stated they have initiated preliminary negotiations with the goal of reaching a reconciliation agreement over land use and other issues.

The statement said the sides have agreed to work on addressing matters pertaining to consultation, decision making and land use related issues.

White River said it’s not interested in the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA) land claim process, but need to find ways they can work together more cooperatively for the sake of members

Both said talks are in the early stages, but hope to being more detailed negotiations in early...

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Bill S6 Still Questioned In Legislature

One of the more contentious topics of the fall sitting is being brought up again as the Yukon Legislature winds down.
Questions surrounding Bill S-6, the Federal Government's plan to make changes to Yukon's environmental regulatory regime led off Wednesday's second to last Question Period.
Opposition Leader Liz Hanson wonders if Premier Darrell Pasloski has spoken to federal minister Bernard Valcourt about comments saying First Nation's Government's aren't real governments.
Premier Pasloski reiterated the government's position, YG was adequately consulted, and the bill was a federal bill.
Hanson asked if the Premier would pull his support for the bill, to which Pasloski replied he would...
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