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The Whitehorse Star, February 3, 2010

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star, 2010-2019

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

Explorer's Guides to Yukon Communities



  • January 4, 2010: Former Yukon commissioner James Smith celebrated his 90th birthday Dec. 31 and took a moment today to reminisce about his contributions to the territory and on what he sees for the future. Credited with being instrumental in the creation of Kluane National Park and Reserve, designating the Chilkoot Trail as a National Historic Site and bringing the Arctic Winter Games to fruition, Smith said helping the territory achieve independence from Ottawa ranks the highest achievement for him.
  • January 4, 2010: Jeannie King, 56, a long-time Dawson resident who worked at the Esso gas station, was found dead outside a vacant home on Saturday afternoon. Her body had been there for an extended period of time, with the temperature hitting -38°C.


  • February 9, 2010: The Association of Yukon Communities (AYC) could be asking the Yukon government to look at changing who's eligible to cast ballots in municipal elections in the territory. The request stems from concerns of entrepreneurs who own businesses in a community but have no vote because they live outside municipal boundaries.



  • January 4, 2011: An off-duty RCMP officer and an alert neighbour were the first on the scene of a house fire Monday in the Copper Ridge subdivision. The off-duty officer happened to be driving by the home and noticed the fire. At the same time, a neighbour saw the smoke. By the time on-duty officers and firefighters arrived, the two men had kicked down the door, searched the home and rescued a dog. No humans were in the home at the time of the blaze, which is believed to have been caused by a burning ember in a compost bin.



  • January 6, 2011: Members of the Carcross-Tagish First Nation who barricaded the aboriginal government's offices on Tuesday say they are fed up with the chief and council and want changes to their clan system.
  • January 14, 2011: New residential lots in Porter Creek and Crestview could be on the market as early as late summer or early fall,.say city planners who are starting the work to open up five sites to development.










  • March 2, 2016: Three Yukoners will receive honours from Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Friday during ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. Morgan Wienberg will receive a Meritorious Service Cross, while Gary Bailie and Lois Johnston will receive Caring Canadian Awards. Wienberg, who has spent most of her time in Haiti in recent years, cofounded Little Footprints, Big Steps, a safe transitional house for victims of poverty and neglect. Bailie has been the driving force behind the Kwanlin Koyotes Ski Club for more than 15 years. Johnson started volunteering 25 years ago teaching children to ski and hasn't stopped yet.
  • March 24, 2016: "Vera Campbell was on a vacation in Florida on this March 2, 1992 when she learned that her daughter, Krystal Senyk, had been shot dead in her Carcross cabin." Read the entire article here.








  • September 3, 2019: Dennis Fentie died of cancer last Thursday at the Whitehorse General Hospital, at the age of 68. He served as the Yukon's premier from 2002 until 2011.
  • September 11, 2019: An evacuation alert has been issued for the Stewart Crossing and Ethel Lake areas because of a wildfire burning south of Stewart Crossing. Approximately 60 people live in the area.
  • September 11, 2019: After 25 years in the driving school business, Barbara Evans is calling it quits, even if it means closing Main Street Driving School for good. Evans has spent the last several weeks looking to find a buyer for the only Canada Safety Council certified driving school in the Yukon, but has received no response.

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