Whitehorse Daily Star

February 18, 2020

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

Yukon Quest musher Olivia Shank-Neff is seen Saturday evening with her grandfather, Leroy Shank, at the fi nish line at Shipyards Park. Shank, one of the founders of the Quest, followed his granddaughter all the way from Fairbanks, beginning Feb. 1. The Red Lantern was brought from the banquet to the fi nish line for Shank-Neff.

THE KEYS TO BEES

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

Teacher Kathleen Coventry works with Olive Kucharuk at the Grey Mountain Primary School Bee Day event held Thursday. They learned about the importance of the honeybee and how it helps pollinate fl owers and plants.

A GOAL REACHED

Photo by John Tonin

A GOAL REACHED – Swedish musher Torsten Kohnert poses with his lead dogs, Idaho, left, and Dracula at the Yukon Quest finish line Wednesday night at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse. Kohnert was the fifth musher in, accomplishing his pre-race goal of cracking the top five.

TRUE CHAMPIONS

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

TRUE CHAMPIONS – Brent Sass hugs his leaders, Morello, left, and Wooderson after crossing the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race finish line at Shipyards Park at 2:51 Tuesday afternoon. Yukoner Michelle Phillips came second, and Cody Strathe third.

FUTURE SHUFFLERS?

Photo by Vince Fedoroff

FUTURE SHUFFLERS? – Three potential candidates for the role hanging out with the Snowshoe Shufflers on Friday at the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous kick-off event.

TAKING CARE OF THE TEAM

Photo by John Tonin

TAKING CARE OF THE TEAM – Yukoner Michelle Phillips prepares her dogs’ hay bedding under the light of the full moon Sunday at the Pelly Crossing checkpoint on the Yukon Quest trail. She and Alaska’s Brent Sass continue to lead the 1,600-km race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse.

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Shortage of on-call teachers lamented

Problem is The Yukon Teacher’s Association says a teacher-on-call (TOC) shortage is disrupting every classroom in the Yukon, according to data from a recent survey.