April-June 2012

Episode 69: Yukon Fishing Expert Dennis Zimmerman

On this episode of My Yukon Life podcast radio, I take local fishing expert Dennis Zimmerman and listeners to a few of my favorite spots in search of monster-sized Northern pike and Arctic grayling. We’ll fish beneath the Midnight Sun … Continue reading

Episode 68: Claudia MacPhee, Silk Scarf Artist

Claudia MacPhee has been our special guest before on My Yukon Life podcast radio. During Episode 5, Claudia shared her secrets for making pottery and knitting dog fur hats and mittens. On Episode 18, Claudia explained how she ties fishing … Continue reading

Episode 67: Yukon Pilot & Aircraft Builder George Balmer

George Balmer knows all about Yukon aviation and its history, being an experienced bush pilot, aircraft restorer, and the former president of the Yukon’s Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA Flight 106). George takes me over Whitehorse in his experimental/homebuilt, … Continue reading

Episode 66: Gold Mining Stories

On this week’s episode of My Yukon Life podcast radio, I share stories with you from The Yukoner Magazine, now out of print and sorely missed by Yukoners everywhere. Old copies of the magazine are hard to find. Most people … Continue reading

Episode 65: Firetower Lookout Ken Matthies

This week on My Yukon Life podcast radio I take you 3,000′ above ground level to a cabin atop Jubilee Mountain overlooking Tagish and the surrounding areas. It’s not just any cabin– it’s the firewatch location where Ken Matthies is … Continue reading

Episode 64: Caribou Crossing Trading Post

Where can you find Iditarod/Yukon Quest sled dog veterans, espresso drinks, and a full-sized mammoth display all in the same place? Answer: Caribou Crossing, and that’s where we’re headed this week on My Yukon Life podcast radio.   http://media.blubrry.com/myyukonlife/p/ Play … Continue reading

Episode 63: Albert Johnson, The Mad Trapper of Rat River

Have you ever heard of the Mad Trapper of Rat River? The year was 1932 and a trapper (whose identity has never been proven) shot and wounded an RCMP constable investigating allegations that the man was stealing others’ traps. So … Continue reading

Episode 62: First Nations Elder Ida Calmegane

Ida Calmegane is a Deshitan of the Crow Clan and respected Elder of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. She shares with us a traditional Tagish story handed down to her from her grandmother. Three of the four people associated with the 1898 … Continue reading

Episode 61: UFO Investigator Lorraine Bretlyn

UFOs have been reported numerous times in the Yukon over the years. In one of the local Whitehorse newspapers, you’ll find an ad in the Personals for the UFO Hot Line. It says, “Report Yukon UFOs, bigfoot, spirit, etc.” A … Continue reading

Episode 60: Yukon Author Michael Gates

Our special guest is author and historian Michael Gates. Michael was one of our guests on Episode 23: Rediscovering Tagish Post about the 1898 gold rush stop for miners passing through Tagish on their way to Dawson City. Michael read … Continue reading

Episode 59: Ice Fishing and Mushing

On this week’s episode of My Yukon Life podcast radio, I take you to a remote camp reachable only by dog team or ski-doo in winter or by boat in summer. It was a stopover for the old mail run … Continue reading

Episode 58 Retired RCMP Constable Bill Pringle

Have you ever seen the old TV show from the 1950’s called Sergeant Preston of the Yukon? Canadian Mountie Sgt. Preston patroled the wilds of the Yukon with his horse Rex and his faithful dog Yukon King, battling both the … Continue reading

Episode 57 Yukoners Paul and Alice Cyr

Our special guests are Alice and Paul Cyr from Tagish. Paul, now 88 years old, earned the prestigious Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame Pioneer of the Year award in 2010. He spent most of his life working for the White Pass … Continue reading

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