Whitehorse Daily Star

June 25, 2017


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

CRAFTING TRADITIONAL TRANSPORT – Halin de Repentigny works Wednesday on the birch bark canoe being made for the ‘Dań Kwanje 'Á- Nààn: voices Across the Water’ traditional watercraft project at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Boat builders are constructing four traditional watercraft, including a birch bark canoe, a spruce dugout canoe, a seal skin qayaq and a moose skin boat.


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

VOLATILE SITUATION – A tanker carrying aviation gas is seen by the intersection of the Alaska Highway and North Klondike Highway this morning. Both highways were closed shortly after 7 a.m. and were still closed early this afternoon. The pile of dirt to the right of the tractor and trailer is a berm to stop the gas from flowing into a nearby creek.


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

A SPECIAL MOMENT – Master carver Keith Wolfe Smarch, right, talks about the totem raised this morning in front of the new learning centre in Carcross. The Carcross-Tagish First Nation’s three-day grand opening of the centre will finish tomorrow.


Photo by Marissa Tiel

WINTER’S ARRIVAL – Campers at a rest area south of Haines Junction woke to a wintery wonderland Saturday morning as heavy, wet snow blanketed roads and trees. The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay was cancelled early in the morning as more than five centimetres of snow had accumulated on the race route. It was the first time the event, which is in its 25th year and had 1,200 riders slated to race to Haines, Alaska, had been cancelled.


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

A STORY OF LOVE, BETRAYAL AND REVENGE – Kylee Fernandes dances in the Northern Lights School of Dance presentation of ‘Giselle’ at 7:00 this evening and Saturday evening at the Yukon Arts Centre. A 1 p.m. Saturday matinée is also planned. Yukon youth perform this amazing story of love, betrayal and revenge.


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

YOUTHFUL CRAFTSMANSHIP – Bowden Hildebrand has started building a cedar strip canoe at the Porter Creek Secondary School shop. With a passion for canoes, he works at the Kanoe People in the summer. This project could lead to a small cottage industry producing canoes. The 15 1/2-foot craft will likely be completed after the current boating season.