Watson Lake Mayor Applauds Silvertip Mine Approval

The Mayor of Watson Lake says the approval of the Silvertip Mine just south of the Yukon border will be good for his community.
Richard Durocher says the town has already talked with the company, JDS Silver about what services and supplies Watson Lake can offer the mine both during the construction and operation phases.
Durocher says this will help after the closure of the Wolverine mine, and the slowdown of operations at North American Tungsten.
The mine could operate for up to 21 years and create up to 200 jobs when it is in full production.
Read More

Govenor General Coming to Whitehorse

The Queen's representative in Canada has a trip to Whitehorse in the works.
Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon will be in Yukon on Monday through Wednesday, attending a number of events.
They'll be at the Taylor House on Main Street is dedicated as Yukon’s Government House.
He will then take part in a meeting of Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners.
Johnston will also preside over the awarding of the first Polar Medal, which celebrates Canada’s Northern heritage and recognizes persons who conduct extraordinary services in the polar regions and Canada’s North.
The Governor General was last in Whitehorse for Operation Nanook in 2013, and also attended Hockey Day in...
Read More

New Telecommunications Exhibit Coming to MacBride Museum

A new feature of the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse will celebrate Yukon telecommunications history.
The Museum is teaming up with the Hougen Group of Companies to set up the exhibit at the old Telegraph office, which should be open by early September.
Museum Board Chair Keith Halliday says the exhibits will cover from the early Gold Rush to the introduction of satellite television by the Hougen Group.
Halliday says the Yukon Government and the City contributed to the restoration of the telegraph office, which is Whitehorse's oldest building still in its original location.
Read More

Yukon Fish & Game Association Announces Hooked on Lifejackets Program

The Yukon Fish and Game Association says wearing your lifejacket is more important than wearing your lucky fishing hat, however both need to be worn to be effective.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the YFGA are reminding anglers to wear their lifejackets as part of their Hooked on Lifejackets Program.

YFGA Executive Director Gord Zealand says taking an extra few seconds to put a lifejacket on can be the difference between life and death. Simply leaving a personal floatation device in the boat is not enough to ensure a safe day out on the water.

Residents are encouraged to purchase a Transport Canada approved lifejacket that does not restrict body movement.
Read More

RCMP Recover Body from Schwatka Lake

A body has been recovered from Schwatka Lake by Whitehorse RCMP.
Yukon's Coroner Service has confirmed the body is of a male, however, no details regarding the identity of the deceased are being released yet.
The body was recovered shortly after 11 on Wednesday night.
Acting Chief Coroner Heather Jones says an autopsy will be performed as the investigation continues.
There had been an extensive search for a 19-year old man who police say either slipped or jumped into Miles Canyon on June 15th.
Read More