Whitehorse Daily Star

February 9, 2016

OVER THE SUMMIT

Photo by freelancer

OVER THE SUMMIT – Yukon Quest veteran Mike Ellis, of Fox, Alaska, mushes over Eagle Summit on Sunday, the second day of the race. See full coverage in today’s local news section. Photo by ERIN CORNELIUSSEN/FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER

SHARP CLIMBING

Photo by Photo Submitted

SHARP CLIMBING – Though Teslin Lake-area residents didn’t get to see this week’s weather groundhog, this young porcupine was spotted up a tree. Judging by the amount of sunshine in the region, he definitely saw his shadow, the photographer reports. Photo by MINNIE CLARK

A GOOD TIME AT THE FIRE HALL

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

A GOOD TIME AT THE FIRE HALL – Kyla Bergen enjoys the Whitehorse Connects event held Tuesday morning in The Old Fire Hall. Haircuts, foot care, portraits and blood pressure testing were among the services offered at the event. It included a free lunch, made this time by volunteers in a community kitchen in the Association franco-yukonnaise building.

EARLY RACE COMPLICATIONS

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

EARLY RACE COMPLICATIONS – Gabrielle Gagnon spills near the start of Sunday’s Twister race at the Takhini Hot Pools. She finished in seventh place in what was her first race.

A NEW WEEK DAWNS

Photo by Photo Submitted

A NEW WEEK DAWNS – The sun rises over Whitehorse on Sunday, the final day of what proved to be an unseasonably mild month in southern Yukon. Photo by SIMON BLAKESLEY

HERE AT LAST

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

HERE AT LAST – The 11 members of the Syrian family sponsored by Yukon Cares are seen Saturday evening after arriving at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

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Claims to be sold to highest bidder: judge

Twenty-five Dawson City placer claims will be sold to the highest bidder, since the company directors who co-own them couldn’t come to an agreement, Justice Ron Veale ruled Friday afternoon.

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Roaring onto Yukon River, Sass retakes lead

Defending Yukon Quest champ Brent Sass of Eureka, Alaska, blew through this checkpoint about a quarter of the way through the race early today, retaking the lead in a game of leapfrog so far for the frontrunners.