Whitehorse Daily Star

December 18, 2014

PEEL PARTY

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

PEEL PARTY – Geri-Lee Buyck, left, the youth councillor with the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, and Eileen Peter, with Nacho Nyak Dun Heritage, attended the Peel Celebration held Tuesday evening at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre multi-purpose room. A large group of people attended the fete, which saluted this month’s Yukon Supreme Court ruling rejecting the territorial government’s management plan for the Peel watershed.

Back On The Road

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

BACK ON THE ROAD – Whitehorse’s Garbage Truck Santa, Wayne Henderson, is back on the road handing out candy canes to everybody. After the City of Whitehorse ended the program and Henderson left his job with the city, Maggie Holt, the owner of the Takhini Trailer Court, offered her garbage truck for Henderson’s use. Santa is very popular with the schools and daycares. A number of businesses are sponsoring this year’s Garbage Truck Santa.

SMILES AND CRAFTS

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

SMILES AND CRAFTS – Gertie Tom (right) and Agnes Mills are seen Saturday at Tom’s table at the First Nations Craft Fair at Elijah Smith Elementary School.

SEASONAL ELEGANCE RETURNS

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

SEASONAL ELEGANCE RETURNS – The annual ‘Nutcracker’ performance will be presented by the Northern Lights School of Dance at 7:00 this evening at the Yukon Arts Centre. There will also be performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

MOURNING A YOUNG LIFE

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

MOURNING A YOUNG LIFE – Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to honour the memory of Brandy Vittrekwa, the young woman found dead Monday night on a trail in the McIntyre subdivision. Police arrested a suspect this morning in connection with her death. No charges have yet been laid. The Kwanlin Dun First Nation is accepting donations on behalf of Vittrekwa’s family. The healing room at the health centre is also open until 7:00 this evening for drop-in counselling.

A YOUNG LIFE LOST

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A YOUNG LIFE LOST – A memorial has been set up near the scene where a young woman was found dead Monday night in the McIntyre subdivision. A community meeting will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 this evening at the Kwanlin Dun Nàkwät’à Kù potlatch house for residents to come together and discuss safety concerns. The RCMP are investigating the death as a homicide.

Alleged pay imbalances spur formal complaint

Local mechanical workers have filed a complaint with the Yukon government’s employment standards branch over an alleged pay imbalance between them and their out-of-town counterparts at the F.H. Collins Secondary School construction site.