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A New Day
with Sandi Coleman

Ice Age Mammals Taking Over Yukon Arts Centre...

When you walk into the Public Gallery next week, you'll see a replica skeletal mount of a full size, 9 foot tall, mastadon --- the original in Ottawa is 15-thousand years old.

It's part of a travelling exhibit that has been on tour, across North America, since 2007.

And now, for the first time it has come to the north.

It's part of a partnership between the Yukon Beringia Centre and the Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery.

Elyn had a chance to speak with Robert Luenberger of the Canadian Museum of Nature ... who took her on a tour of exhibit that's still being installed...

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The Ties That Bind...

Yukon and the B-C have many things in common.

Specifically, many Yukon business have ties with companies in B-C.

And, of course, the two are always looking for opportunites to strengthen and expand that relationship.

The Vancouver Board of Trade represents many of those businesses.

Ian Black is President and C-E-O of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

He's the keynote speaker at the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, being held tonight...

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Ross River Bridge Gets Go Ahead...

There is a now a proposal to save the suspension bridge across the Pelly River, at Ross River.

The Yukon government presented the proposal Tuesday evening at a community meeting in Ross River.

The bridge has been at the centre of controversy after the government initially said it was going to tear the bridge down because of safety concerns.

But for the past few months, the government has been working on a plan to save it.

Kitty Sperling is a Ross River resident who helped organize efforts to save the bridge...

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Blended Learning Expanding..

Three more Yukon schools are going to change the way they teach classes this year.

A program called "blended learning" will be tried in Dawson City, in Carmacks and Haines Junction.

It follows a pilot project last year in Watson Lake. The students still go to class, but they pursue courses online. It changes the classroom to more of a workshop -- with every student working at their own pace.

Albert Trask is Assistant Deputy Minister for Yukon Public Schools branch of the Department of Education...

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Whole wheat blueberry beet muffins: Nutrition column

Whole Wheat Blueberry Beet Muffins
Makes: 24 muffins
Time: 45-60 minutes

2 1/2cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2cups rolled oats
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt 
1 cup canola oil
2 cups applesauce
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup shredded peeled beets

1. Preheat over to 350F (175C.) Grease 24 muffins cups
2. Mix the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the canola oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs and water. Pour the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
4. Gently fold in the blueberries and shredded beats. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffins cups.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and a toothpick is inserted into the centre of a muffins comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. 

Road relay to remember...

As the Klondike Road Relay heads into its third decade, organizers say it is still growing.

Starting in 1983, 25 teams of runners set out from Skagway to run through the night, climb more than a kilometre in altitude over the summit... to the finish line at the S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse.

This year's running of the race is now just over a week away. Registration for has already exceeded expectations and planners are gearing up for a record number of participants.

Kevin Patterson is co-ordinating the event...

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If you can help volunteer, email kpatterson@sportyukon.com


A new life at the Calgary Zoo

Two orphaned bear cubs from the Yukon are settling in at the Calgary Zoo. The cubs were flown from Whitehorse on Friday. They arrived safe and sound, and are being held in a quarantined enclosure. Trish Exton-Parder is with media relations.

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Knute And Dawson....Their Story Continues..

Two Yukon black bears cubs were sent to the Calgary Zoo last week.

They are not the first orphaned Yukon bear cubs to find a new home and a new lease on life down south.

Leah Shaw brings us the story of Knute and Dawson, two Yukon grizzlies who will remain in captivity, and Littlefoot, a B-C bear who's about to be released back into the wild....

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A Son Reflects....

Family and friends of Monty Alford will celebrate his life this afternoon. The well-known Yukon outdoorsman and mountaineer died suddenly last week at his Whitehorse home after a fall.....He was 90 years old.

Alford spent more than 35 years studying and documenting Yukon waterways.

But he's perhaps best remembered for his wilderness adventures, including a expedition on Mount Kennedy with Robert Kennedy, the ascent of many mountains in the St Elias range and work in Antarctica.

His son, Dominic, just returned from a sailing trip with him on the Alaskan coast.

Elyn spoke with him Friday ...

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Orphaned fox has permanent home

orphanedfox-Paleczny.jpgThe little red fox is staying at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The final hurdle has been met ... and then some.

The fox, that was first thought to be a puppy, was found in the spring and brought to the preserve. There wasn't money in the budget to build a proper enclosure for the animal ...but funds have been raised to keep the animal in the Yukon.

Lindsay Caskenette is the Visitor Services Administrator and Greg Meredith is the Preserve's exeuctive director.

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(photo by Jake Paleczny)