Whitehorse Daily Star

History Archive

March 31, 1998

  • Ward trial underway James Joe Ward choked Maranda Shelly Peter three times on the night he killed her in the basement of his Riverdale house.
  • Murder in Faro Faro has been badly shaken by the murder Monday night of a young mother in the mining community.

March 6, 1998

August 11, 1997

  • Massive Grizzly shot in Porter Creek A large grizzly bear was shot in Porter Creek early this morning - and wildlife officials believe it’s the bear that’s been the centre of concern recently.

June 27, 1997

  • Klassen appeal dismissed An appeal of Ralph Klassen’s five-year prison sentence for strangling his wife in a fit of rage was dismissed today by three B.C.-Yukon Appeal Court justices.

June 13, 1997

  • Faulty heat tape blamed for blaze The January blaze that destroyed the Chief Zzeh Gittlit School in Old Crow was caused by tape that caught fire inside the building’s plumbing and heating system, the territorial fire marshal has concluded.

February 5, 1997

  • Klassen case raised in the House of Commons “How on earth could anybody use provocation as why they killed somebody by strangulation so hard that they bruise their thumbs and then smother them with a pillow case?”

January 29, 1997

  • School Fire in Old Crow The Grades 7 to 9 students were watching trapper Stephen Frost’s demonstration on how to skin a wolverine when the news broke shortly after lunch time Tuesday that the Old Crow school was on fire.

December 10, 1996

  • Extra food chain monitoring urged The Canadian Polar Commission wants the federal government to set up a program focused on the northern food chain. Ideally, it would monitor the effects on human health of country food that has contaminants in it.

December 2, 1996

  • Klassen gets five years for manslaughter A jealous husband who strangled his wife with his own two hands and a ligature was convicted over the weekend of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.
  • 300 plus protest Klassen sentence If mere presence could speak, the gathering at this afternoon's silent protest march of the Ralph Klassen trial could have made for a novel. More than 300 men, women and youths crowded into the foyer of the Andrew Philipsen Law Centre.

July 15, 1996

  • $2-million fire devastates Watson Lake Watson Lake is recouping after a vital Yukon government-owned building - home to everything from its local library to the post office - burned to the ground Sunday.

July 8, 1996

  • Bear Fatally Mauls hiker A woman was mauled to death by a young grizzly bear Friday morning while she and her husband were returning from an overnight trip in Kluane National Park's Slims River Valley.

December 4, 1995

  • Collision called Yukon's worst-ever The circumstances surrounding what's being called the Yukon's worst-ever highway tragedy early Friday afternoon remain uncertain today. The accident killed six Carcross residents.

November 1, 1995

  • Susan Klassen was strangled The results from a preliminary autopsy reveal that Susan Catherine Klassen died from strangulation, Whitehorse RCMP reported today.

September 11, 1995

  • Remains of missing youth discovered Human remains found along the Long Lake Road Aug. 15 are those of John Brent Moffatt. The Whitehorse youth mysteriously disappeared from the Klondike Inn nine years ago.

June 29, 1995

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