Haines Junction Community Report CBC – February 15, 2018
Did you know that we’re in the midst of a community-wide challenge to make 500 hand sewn wolf fur pompoms? With fur supplied from local trappers, we’re making wolf fur pompoms for Team Yukon’s toques for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games! They look amazing!
It has been a great project for the community. We’ve all been getting together and having little sewing parties and learning a new skill. The next workshop to learn how to make the pompoms is on Monday, February 19 from 7-9pm at Da Ku and then on Tuesday, February 20 from 7-9pm at the Youth Centre. Questions? Contact Monica Krieger at CAFN at 634-4200 ext 253
A huge thank you to Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, the Alsek Renewable Resources Council and Unfurled!
Visit www.volunteerhainesjunction.com/pompom for more information
Music, Mountains, Magic! The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival is now well into its second decade, attracting international audiences and world-class performers to Haines Junction. This year’s festival takes place June 8-10 at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Visit yukonbluegrass.com for more information.
I’m also super to announce that Augusto Children’s Festival is back. This year’s festival is August 10-12th in Haines Junction and the act this year is Sheldon Casavant. He is a fabulous magician from Edmonton who has been exploring magic since the age of 11. He wrote a children’s book called Morton the Magician and travels the world performing and teaching magic to kids. Check him out at www.sheldoncasavant.com
Augusto will be announcing more performers and artists over the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook or visit www.augustokids.ca
This weekend, The St Elias Lions are hosting a Sweetheart “fun-spiel” -- on Saturday, February 17. The fun starts at 9 am and should wrap up at about 9pm. The bonspiel is full but spectators are encouraged… and the concession is being run by the Grad Class.
January and February are busy hockey months for the Hainess Junction Huskies' teams.
Haines Junction hosted of the 2018 ATOM Championships on the weekend of Jan 12-14. Our Atom players coached by Ryan Drummond and Ryan Hack were great hosts of the tournament; they worked hard, played well and represented our little town well. A big thank you to the coaches, the volunteers, the rink attendants and tournament sponsors - it was a super successful weekend because of everyone involved.
The Bantam Hockey Championships were held in Whitehorse on January 26-28. Congratulations to all our Bantam and Midget players and their coach Ernie MacKinnon and Ryan MacKinnon for participating! They played well and represented HJ well.
The Novice Hockey Championships were held in Watson Lake on February 2-4. Despite having a team of only 8 players including a goalie who had only been playing net for two weeks, three players who had only put on hockey skates a year ago and a 7hr drive in -40. The Haines Junction Huskies Novice team coached by TJ Grantham and Meagan Brown brought home the bronze medal with a 4-1 record.
Way to go HUSKIES!!!! We are so proud of all our players!!!!
Last Ice time: March 8.
Haines Junction Minor Hockey Association would like to thank all the coaches, volunteers, parents and players for another great hockey season!!! A special thank you to Lotteries Yukon's and Dakwakada Capital Investments for their ongoing support.
For more information on Haines Junction Minor Hockey email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on FB.
Cross-Country skiing is great! A big thank you to the volunteer trail groomers who have been doing a wonderful job setting tracks at the Forestry Trails for all of us happy skiers!
Has winter got you down? We now offer Adult and Teen Badminton TWO nights a week! Lots of laughs guaranteed!
Romp n Run has fun, wiggles and movement for children 4 and under every Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Its 10am -11:30am at the Haines Junction Hockey Arena mezzanine! Programs are always changing, currently every Tuesday is Dance & Movement and Thursdays is the Romp-n-Stomp Music program. In March we will get back into Parent and Tot yoga on Thursdays. Healthy snack and coffee provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and indoor shoes. Parent or caregiver participation is required.
Thank you to our funders- Partners for Children, Lotteries Yukon, Junction Arts and Music and the Yukon Government Health Investment Fund.
Arts and Culture
We have a lot of incredibly talented artists living in Haines Junction – Martha Ritchie will be exhibiting her work at Yukon Artists at Work in March. The opening is on March 2nd from 5 to 8 at the gallery in Whitehorse and everyone is welcome. The show runs until March 27th. It is called ‘Unframed’ and is new work combining linocut prints with pencil and paint.
The Haines Junction Public LibraryAllison Martin, a YA fiction author, will be offering a one-day writing workshop for teens on March 31. You can visit www.quirksandcommas.com to learn more about Allison.
Kim Henkel is going to be hosting a journal making workshop at the Haines Junction Public Library. It will be in March.
I’ll have more details in next month’s community report… but I can tell you that both events It will be free but space will be limited.
The Youth Centre is open this week from 3:30-5:30 pm. Homework help is every Monday from 3:30-5:30-pm. Evening hours this week are from 7 to 9:30 pm. Join them this Friday for Dinner and Movie at 5:30pm
Haines Junction Health Centre nurses are happy to support community members in their weight-loss goals. We offer weekly weigh-ins, access to the community dietitian, and tips to improve your diet and increase your daily activity. The open Womens’ Weekly Weigh-in group takes place every Thursday at 4:30pm in the basement of the clinic. All women are welcome.
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS
On February 26, 2018 at 5pm in the clinic basement, Dr. Somani will teach a 1 hour session on Isha Kriya, a simple 12- 18 minute practice, to help you become meditative effortlessly. No previous experience required and it can easily be done sitting in a chair. Please call the Haines Junction clinic to register.
FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH
One of the key steps to keeping your heart healthy is knowing your blood pressure (BP) and checking it regularly. High BP can, and often does, lead to increased risk of stroke, heart failure, dementia, kidney disease, and eye problems. Before you can address high BP, you have to know you're at risk. Get to Know Your Numbers at one of our BP clinics this month!
BP can be checked by a nurse at the Health Centre by appointment or drop in every day. Call us to ask about availability!
The nursing station can be reached at 634-4444
Volunteers are busy getting ready for this year’s Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Campaign. The daffodils will arrive in the territory on Tuesday, March 27 – just a few days before Easter!
We’re looking for volunteers to help us with:
Haines Junction Community Report CBC – January 9, 2018
Sandi – I thought I wasn’t going to have a very long report for you this morning… I thought, first week back, it will be slow. Well, I was wrong. So let’s dive right in!
If there is something that peaks your interest, I post a copy of my report at www.volunteerhainesjunction.com/report and you can also visit our amazing community calendar, that is maintained by Elsabe Kloppers there as well!
Minor Hockey has had a busy and successful first few months… and there is a certainly a buzz around town as we look forward to hosting the ATOM Yukon Championships this weekend. Come on out to Arena and cheer on all our Yukon youth -- but be sure to cheer extra loud cheer for the Haines Junction HUSKIES!!!!!
Haines Junction Minor Hockey would like for me to congratulate their November Volunteer of the Month: Dakota Jackson! We’ve heard that he has demonstrated a high level of commitment to being prepared for every practice and skills camp, as well as assisting the young beginner skaters in the Mites/Tykes group. Dakota is setting a great example of dedication for his hockey peers.
Val Drummond tells me that the Women's Hockey Jamboree will take place the last weekend in January this year. Contact her for details.
And still on the ice…
The Shawkwunlee Dunena Sports Society is hosting the 36th Annual Native Curling Bonspiel at the St. Elias Center and Arena on February 2-4. Register by January 30. It’s $240 per team contact 634-7074 or 634-5260. There will be a Saturday night banquet and dance.
And for those less competitive curlers, The St Elias Lions are hosting a fun curling Bonspiel – a “fun-speil” -- on Saturday, February 17.
The 49th annual Alcan 200 snowmobile race is happening on Saturday, January 20th. The Haines road is officially closed for the day. Come on out to Dezadeash and watch as the snowmobiles come in at 11 am Yukon time.
The St. Elias Ski Club is holding its annual AGM on Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm in the school library. We’re still hoping for snow out here… although I hear the club has started to lay some tracks at the Forestry Trails.
Badminton has started up again and it is on Monday nights from 7:30 - 9 pm at the school. For information – call Mark at 634-2943
Adult soccer is every Thursday from 7:30-9pm in the school gym.
Yoga is on Monday nights at 5:15 pm at Haines Junction Campus with Marguerite Richard.
Lia Fox is teaching a yoga Stretch and Tone class tonight at 5:15 pm and its also the college.
And if you prefer the gym to a yoga class, the weight room at Aku is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.
Arts and Culture
Da Ku will be hosting Jeneen Frei Njootli – February 1, at 7pm for a visual performance and screening of her film Being Skidoo, pre-empting the Available Light film Festival in Whitehorse -- this event is hosted by the Yukon Film Society.
Junction Arts and Music invites you to Escape the Winter with "La Belle Vie en Hiver", an evening with cheese, wine and music in the atrium of the St. Elias Convention Centre. A tasting of excellent wines will accompany fine cheese, served with artisan baguettes from 14 Acre Farm. Enjoy decadence along with tri-lingual Yukon music from Driftwood Holly and Brigitte Desjardins. Space is limited, so please book your seat in advance by contacting JAM at email@example.com
We have a new Art Journaling Group -- and everyone is Welcome!
Tuesday evenings (7 – 9 pm) at School Art Room. Bring your journal and supplies if you have some - If you don't, the group will supply you with some things to get started!
The 2018 Romp n Run programs start January 9th and run every Tuesday and Thursday until March 15th. This program is for children 4 and under and gets kids moving, wiggling and having fun! It is from 10 -11:30am in the Arena mezzanine! Tuesdays is Dance & Movement and Thursdays will be Parent & Tot Yoga in January, Romp n Stomp Music program in February and other fun in March. Please wear comfortable clothes and indoor shoes and parent or caregiver participation is required.
The Youth Centre is open this week from 3:30-5:30 pm. Homework help is every Monday from 3:30-5:30-pm. Evening hours this week are from 7 to 9:30 pm. Join them this Friday for Dinner and Movie. And Shannon tells me that the next Mt. Sima Day is on January 20. You need to sign up by January 12 if you want to go so contact Shannon ASAP!
The St. Elias Seniors Society tells me that they are at 28 members and growing! They have lots weekly activities and host events for the seniors and the whole community.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 10th) there will be a turkey dinner to celebrate the New Year. This will be held in the Senior’s Centre social room at 3:00 pm – the event starts with about an hour of shuffleboard and pool.
Their regularly weekly schedule is as follows:
The Seniors also host guest speakers and take on great community projects. I think its pretty fair to say that Haines Junction is a great place to live and retire!
The St. Elias Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual AGM on Thursday, January 11th at 7pm in council chambers.
Haines Junction Health Centre nurses are happy to support any community members in their weight loss goals. We can offer weekly weigh-ins, access to the community dietitian, and tips to change your diet and increase your daily activity. An open women’s weekly weigh-in group will start on January 25th at 4:30pm in the basement of the clinic.
Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners
On January 15, 2018 at 5pm in the clinic basement, Dr. Somani will teach a 1 hr session on Isha Kriya, a simple 12-18 minute practice, to help you become meditative effortlessly. No previous experience required and can easily be done sitting in a chair. Please call to register, as there is a maximum of 15 participants.
And a reminder to anyone with a New Years resolution to quit smoking… QuitPath is a free smoking cessation program offered at the health centre. You can access weekly support, free Nicotine Patches, and, as needed, nicotine replacement lozenges and gum for up to 12 weeks. Call to book an appointment today!
The nursing station can be reached at 634-4444
Looking for a Lunchtime Retreat?
Angie Charlebois invites community members to try out Havening which a method for healing from chronic pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Join her for a free 30 minute session on Mondays from 12:15 to 12:45 pm at the Haines Junction Campus of Yukon College
And last but not least, I’ve learned that Lonnie Dupre and Pascal Marceau are Canadians who are attempting the first winter ascent of Mount Lucania. Nestled deep in the Yukon’s Kluane National Park, this seldom visited peak has never been climbed in the winter. The two person team, Marceau and Dupre, will attempt to be the first to do so. Marceau would be one of few or possibly the first ever female, if successful, to summit a subarctic, high altitude mountain in the winter. I understand, Sandi that you’ll be speaking with them tomorrow about this incredible adventure in our backyard!
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Haines Junction Community Report CBC – December 11, 2017
Good Morning! From beautiful Dakwakada-Haines Junction! Wow – what a week! This crazy warm weather has had us all slipping and sliding all over the place. We’ve had a number of road closures that have left people stranded in town here or in Haines and a few people got stuck in Burwash last week when out for Bingo. Luckily, for those who found themselves with an extended stay here in Haines Junction, we had an incredible Mountain Festival on this weekend. We had a couple hundred people attend the mountain festival and big well deserved thank you to the presenters, organizers and venue staff for their exceptional hospitality.
The hockey season in Haines Junction is in full swing. The Minor Hockey Program here runs 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs) with occasional games and clinics on the weekends. We currently have over 65 registered players, an active 8 member board, and a long list of volunteers (including 12 coaches) who help make our program successful. Haines Junction Minor Hockey would like to thank all their volunteers, the village of Haines Junction staff, as well as Lotteries Yukon's and Dakwakada Capital Investments for their ongoing support.
Minor Hockey is also looking forward to hosting the ATOM Yukon Championships from January 12-14 at our incredible arena here in HJ.
And speaking of sports – Haines Junction has some exceptional soccer players. Our youth were in Whitehorse this weekend for a soccer tournament and its sounds like everyone had an absolute blast. Upcoming for soccer, and for those who like to plan way in advance, there will be a Futsal Fun Tournament on Sunday, March 19th at St. Elias School Gym for kids aged 8 to 14 from 10am to 4pm. 20 girls are coming out from Whitehorse so far and we have 30 kids from Haines Junction. Call Martin Jahr 634-5193 for details!
The Church of St.Christopher - the log church on the Alaska Highway in Haines Junction - will be hosting their annual Christmas Carol service at 7 pm on Sunday, December 17. The service will get people in the Christmas spirit with familiar carols and readings. But the big news is that there will be live musicians and singers, including the international singing sensations the Squirrel Camp Sopranos! For more information about the carol service at 7 pm on Sunday, please call Mark Ritchie at 634-2943
Also at the church, the community Thrift Shop is open from 2-6pm on Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
We have a couple upcoming holiday open houses:
CAFN – December 14 from noon to 2pm at the Main Admin Building
RCMP Open House – December 15 in the morning
Village of Haines Junction Open House is on– Friday starts at 4pm
Community Nursing Open House – Thursday, Dec 21 – 1:30-3:30pm
Another delicious way to get into the holiday spirit… CAFN is hosting a Gingerbread House decorating contest – meet at the Home Ec Room at 3pm on Monday, Dec 18 at the St. Elias Community School.
The Annual Christmas Hamper Community Donation drive is now underway. Donation jars are available at the “Little Green Apple”, “Top Spot”, and “1016 pub”. There are also donation bins for non-perishable food items there is a bin at the Little Green Apple and Top Spot. Hamper delivery is scheduled for December 15th this year. Email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute.
The Village’s annual Christmas Light’s Contest takes place on December 20th this year. This year’s categories:
Griswold Award: Spectacular light, motion or music
Charlie Brown Award: Simply Decorated but full of Christmas cheer
Nostalgia Award: Traditional Decorations for Holidays past, reminding people of their childhood
Children & Youth Categories:
Frosty the Snowman Award: Creative front yard snow creation
Snoopy Award: Decorate something other than your home
Inside-Out: Indoor displays that can be seen from the road
And the finish off the holiday season, CAFN Da Ku will be hosting a Family New Years Eve with activities December 31, 7pm-12am
The Village of Haines Junction is facilitating a community conversation and planning exercise around local trails – how people use them, which ones are most important, and how to maximize the benefits they bring to everyone. The project will wrap up this Spring.
The idea of mapping, sharing, and planning trails for both residents and visitors has been discussed in Haines Junction for many years. This phase of trail planning comes to us by way of the 2015 Recreation Implementation Plan which asked the Village of Haines Junction to create an interconnected trail network – connecting residences and neighbours and people to the places that matter most.
The planning team will be working to gather input from Haines Junction residents and community groups involved with trail recreation in a variety of ways – including meetings, online surveys, and public events - from November 2017 to January 2018. We are just wrapping up the initial phase to determine what people see as key opportunities and issues, and understand what the planning team should consider when designing a meaningful engagement process in the New Year.
And last but certainly not least…
Stop by the nursing station for a flu shot!
On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, the CBC Community Reporter for Haines Junction (Kari Johnston) speaks on A New Day with Sandi Coleman at around 8:20 am. Tune in at 103.5 FM.