The T.R.E.D.Mill

APRIL 1997

Editor: Mark Ritchie Village of Haines Junction - 634-2293
Fax: 634-2008
Email: vhj@yknet.yk.ca

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As a result of recent Council Meetings, the Community Hall will now be kept open until the new Tourism and Convention Centre is complete and operating. The Culture, Parks & Recreation Committee is currently developing a draft fee structure and a draft smoking policy for the new Centre. When these are ready, they will be circulated for public comment. Please see "VILLAGE NEWS" towards the end of the TREDMill for details.


Mayor Stinson & Council congratulate the organizers and supporters of these recent events:

* Oldtimer's Tourney (Thanks for the trophy for the arena staff!)
* Snowmachine Poker Run & Dance (Who got five aces?)
* Yukon Novice Hockey Championships
* 32nd Lions Bonspiel
* Yukon Junior Girls Basketball Championships (Way to go, Haines Junction!)
* Speed Skating Clinic (Anyone like to learn how to coach this?)
* Kluane Classic Ski Race
* The Silver Sled (Nice picture, "Air" Jarvis!)
* Women's Hockey Jamboree
* Pine Lake 150 Snowmachine Race
* Rec Hockey Tourney
* Broomball Tourney


Deadline for the next TREDMill is
FRIDAY, APRIL 18 for distribution Friday, April 25


THANK YOU to the Grade 11/12 class for the two vegetarian pizzas. They were just excellent!
- From a secret admirer.

Meaningful leisure activity is an essential
SOURCE OF SELF-ESTEEM AND POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE
- From your friends in Active Living.

101 THINGS TO DO IN THE JUNCTION
#6 Have a winter picnic at Pine Lake Day Use Area - light a fire, roast some hot dogs, go snowmobiling or skating, or play on the playground.



"THE SILVER SLED" Dogsled Race Committee thank the following supporters of their final fundraising dinner:

* Chuck & Myra Egli of TANA CONTRACTING for donating the dinner
* Rod & Enid Tait
* YUKON SERVICE SUPPLY
* MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL
* KLUANE PARK INN
* Pollard Florists for the flowers
* Our dinner guests, some with us for the fourth time.
* Al Kapty of TRANS-NORTH HELICOPTERS
* Bill MacDonald of NORTHERN PETROLEUM (Whitehorse)
* Wendel Carey for being Race Marshall
* Jim Kenyon of YUKON VETERINARY SERVICES
* Delmer MacDonald
* Ken Alderson
* HOME HARDWARE (IRLY BIRD)
* WHITEHORSE MOTORS
* PEACOCK SALES
* WHITEHORSE STAR
* YUKON NEWS

* From Chefs Reinhard & Richard to Todd Heakes, Astrid Semmel, Tanya Harper & Denise Hansen: "You've been tremendous!"

Finish Your Spring Wardrobe at
THE THRIFT SHOP
ST. CHRISTOPHER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH
THURSDAYS
MARCH 27: 2-4 PM
APRIL 10 & 24: 2-4 PM, 7-8 PM

INFO: 634-2374

IT'S NEW!
IT'S IMPROVED!

It's the 1997 Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay on Saturday, June 21!


Are you interested in volunteering with the Race this year, either before or on the day of the race? Call Pat Habiluk at 634-2827 or Mark Ritchie at 634-2293 if you would like to be part of this world class international event!

1996 BIKE RACE VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE!

(call 634-2006)

Southern Tutchone Tribal Council presents:
ELDERS DINNER
12 Noon, Saturday, April 12
Elders Complex

Info: Rita Burns 634-2513

SATURDAY NIGHT PRAISE
A Less Formal Time of Worship Using Lots of Contemporary Music!

7 pm Saturday, April 12
St. Christopher's Church

Info: Tim Vickery 634-2374

"BURWASH 27" ANNUAL ICE RACES
Saturday & Sunday,
April 12 & 13
Burwash Landing

* Time Limit Oval Race!
* Divorce Race!

Info: Ollie Wirth 841-4441

The Yukon Amateur Hockey Association is holding a
WINTER GAMES DEVELOPMENT CAMP
for Boys 10-12 & 13-15

Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13
Stan McCowan Arena
Whitehorse

For more info, call Cheryl Peters at 668-4236 or 633-4824. Deadline to register is Monday, April 7.

BASIC DOG OBEDIENCE

Saturdays, April 12 & 26
Community Hall
12:30 - 2:30 pm Beginners
3 pm - 5 pm Intermediate
Instructor: Donna McLauglin

Beginners is for puppies 3 months to 1 year old. Puppies must have had at lest two of their puppy shots. Covers such things as sit, heel, come, stay and down, as well as training problems such as jumping up.

Intermediate is for dogs 1 year old or more. It is also for people or dogs with some prior training. Dogs must have their yearly vaccination up to date. It covers such things as more complex commands, hand signals, retrieving and behaviour modification.

You must show proof of vaccinations when registering.

Minimum age for people: 10 years plus you must be able to control the dog. Parents may be asked to accompany their child and should be aware that there may be dangerous dogs in the class. If there is enough interest from children, we may add a class just for children.

Please bring moist treats for dogs such as Rollover or beef jerky - not dry treats like Kibbles.

Cost: TBA

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE BY 4:30 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 10.
Questions? Call Mark at 634-2293

Learn how to cope with Post-Partum Depression at:

MOTHER/BABY BLUES

10 am Tuesday, April 15
Elders Complex

Workshop Facilitator: Joan Turner

Free of charge. Open to all parents & supporters (Grandparents, friends, etc.) Lunch will be provided.

Info: Barb Eikland 634-2514


COMMUNITY POLICING WORKSHOP

Learn what Community Based Policing is all about and provide feedback to the RCMP.

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 15 & 16
Mezzanine
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please pre-register by Wednesday, April 2 by calling 634-5555

Champagne & Aishihik First Nations

CHIEF & COUNCIL MEETING

Wednesday & Thursday, April 16 & 17
Council Chambers

9 am Start, Open to all members
Info: 634-2288

ACTFEST-ALASKA COMMUNITY THEATER FESTIVAL
Monday-Sunday, April 21-27

Chilkat Center for the Arts
Haines, Alaska

Theater groups from around the state compete in this week long drama festival. There are also adjudicated performances and theater workshops.

Info: Mimi Gregg 907-766-2234

Alsek Renewable Resources Council
will host the following public meetings in April. All meetings are at 7 pm in the Mezzanine

Fisheries - Tuesday, April 22
* Amendments to the Canada Fisheries Act
* Proposal to manage Yukon & B.C. border waters as a single system
* Proposed changes to the Salmon Angling Regulations
* Salmon sport fishing management


Land Use - Wednesday, April 23
* Agricultural Applications
* Forestry in Y06
* Firebreak Proposal - Mackintosh Area


Wildlife/Big Game - Thursday, April 24
* Moose Management Plan - Alsek Area
* Aishihik Kluane Caribou Recovery Program
* Outfitting
* Bison Management


The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the ARRC office at 634-2524.

TRANSPORTATION & TRAILS:
How to Promote Active Transportation in Your Community!

Friday & Saturday,
April 25 & 26
Takhini Arena, Whitehorse

Here's your chance to shape what happens in the Yukon in terms of wellness, transportation and the environment. You will learn concrete ideas and strategies to help make Active Transportation an important part of our communities.

For more info, contact Mark at the Village Office 634-2293.

ARENA NEWS


Congratulations to the 37 people who took part in the Speed Skating Clinic. If anyone is interested in coaching a team so we can enter some speed skaters in next year's Arctic Winter Games, please contact Mark Ritchie.

THANK YOU TO PUBLIC WORKS FOR BUILDING THE NEW VIEWING BENCHES - THEY'RE JUST EXCELLENT!

The arena closed on March 23 after a record breaking 21 weeks of operation. Attendance for the season was up 22% over last season. If you have any suggestions for improving the arena or you would like to make a booking for next year, call Mark at 634-2293 today!

The Yukon Amateur Hockey Association is holding a

FEMALE HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT CAMP
For Beginners of All Ages, Young Women 13-19 & Adult Women

Friday-Sunday, April 25-27
Stan McCowan Arena,
Whitehorse
For more info, call Cheryl Peters at 668-4236 or 633-4824. Deadline to register is Monday, April 7.


2nd ANNUAL KLUANE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Friday-Sunday, May 9-11

Join us as we celebrate the people and environment of the St. Elias Mountains:
* Opening Reception
* Slide Presentations
* Banquet
* Field Trips
* Barbecue
* Junior Mountaineering Club


Special Guests This Year:


Info: 634-2293

POOL NEWS

Keep an eye open for the opening date for the pool this year, sometime around May 1, depending on staffing and other variables. We hope to keep it open until Sunday, September 21, but this depends on staff availability, revenues, and keeping costs under control. Jason White is the only Guard coming back this year, so we hope to hire a new Supervisor and another Guard shortly. If you have suggestions about this year's pool operations, please call Mark at 634-2293.

SPORTS CORNER

NEW SKI BROCHURE Check out the new ski brochure produced as a joint project of Kluane National Park & the Village of Haines Junction. It's got maps of the popular trails in the area, as well as some new ones. Copies are available at the Visitor Reception Centre and the Village Office.

CONGRATULATIONS!
to the ST. ELIAS JUNIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM for winning the Yukon Championships!

TRAIL OF '98, HERE WE COME!
The earlybirds get the best legs! The registration forms are out for the 1997 Skagway to Whitehorse Klondike Road Relay on September 12 & 13. Mark at the Village Office is forming a Haines Junction team again this year, so bring your $50 and estimated running time to sign up. For more info, call 634-2293.

LADIES! GET IN SHAPE FOR THE TRAIL OF '98!
Sign up for the Women's Running Workshop on Saturday, April 5 at Elijah Smith School in Whitehorse. Guest speakers from Alaska & the Yukon will tell you everything you need to know about running in the north. Cost is only $35, and for more information, contact Tamara at 667-4488 or Mark at 634-2293.

BUSINESS NEWS

PLEASE WELCOME THESE NEW BUSINESS LICENSE HOLDERS:
* NORTH POINT TECHNICAL SERVICES:
- Computer based consulting & sales, John Netherton 634-2504
* SHARAM & SPENCE CONSULTING
- Writing & Consulting, Greg Sharam & Christie Spence 634-2110.


TRAVEL SHOWS COMING UP!

Your friendly editor plans to attend the TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION of the YUKON AGM in Watson Lake on APRIL 24-26 and the LIONS TRADE SHOW in Whitehorse on MAY 2-4. If you have brochures or photos you would like displayed at these shows, please deliver them to the Village Office.

THANKS!
to the Yukon Convention Bureau and its partners, the Canada/Yukon Economic Development Agreement and these supporters for bringing a Meeting & Incentive Travel Familiarization Tour to Haines Junction:
* Alsek Music Festival
* Cozy Corner Motel
* Glanzmann Dogsledding
* Haines Junction Snowmachine Club
* Kluane National Park
* Laughing Moose B & B
* Mountain View Motel
* Richard Anderson
* Tkope Dogsled Expeditions


HIRE A STUDENT
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 is the deadline to apply for funding to hire a student under the Canada/Yukon Summer Career Placement Program. Your business or organization may be eligible for a subsidy of up to $6.86 for each student hired under the program. The Village Office has application forms.

ALASKA HIGHWAY LOGGING
In 1996, YTG Community & Transportation Services undertook pre-engineering surveys & geotechnical investigations on the Alaska Highway between Km 1604 ( Aishihik River Bridge) & Haines Junction. In the fall of 1996, DIAND, in response to a public tender, issued a permit to AJ Enterprises to pre-log the proposed Alaska Highway right-of-way between km 1604 and km 1619. This work is scheduled for completion by March 31, 1997. At some future date, determined by the availability of funding, C&TS will tender the completion of clearing the right-or-way for the reconstruction of the Alaska Highway in this area.

WHOLE LOTTA HAMMERIN' GOIN' ON!
Here are the building statistics for the past three years for Haines Junction:
1994 $1,409,000
1995 $ 642,000
1996 $2,301,000
Total $4,352,000

COMMUNITY NEWS


THEY ALWAYS GET THEIR STUDENTS!
Interested in being an RCMP Summer Student this summer? If you are a Yukon resident, at least 18 years of age, enrolled in post-secondary education, have a valid driver's license, and have a valid First Aid/CPR certificate, this may be just what you're looking for. The RCMP offers postings in many Yukon detachments for 12 weeks from mid-May to mid-August, and your duties would be unarmed, in uniform, community police work. For more information, submit your resume by FRIDAY, APRIL 4 to Corporal Larry Kavanagh at the Haines Junction RCMP.

STUDENT SUMMER JOBS

Here are the summer jobs available for post-secondary students in the Haines Junction area. Please contact the employer directly:
  • RESEARCHER/ADMIN ASSISTANT - Aviation & Marine Branch, C&TS - 634-2450
  • FISH & WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN - Field Services, Renewable Resources 634-2247
  • LAW & POLICY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - Champagne & Aishihik First Nation 634-2288

  • IT'S LOTTO TIME!

    TUESDAY, APRIL 15 is the next deadline to apply for Lottery Grants for your community project. NEWLY REVISED application forms are at the Village Office.
    Are you interested in sitting on the Yukon Lotteries Commission? Nomination Forms are at the Village Office and the deadline is Wednesday, April 30.

    HEALTH CENTRE NEWS

    Do you have used syringes or old medicines that you no longer need? Leave them at the Health Centre and they will dispose of them properly.

    KIDS ARE WORTH IT!

    The Child Development Centre Outreach Team will be in Haines Junction on THURSDAY, APRIL 24. To make an appointment in regards to a child with developmental concerns, call the Health Centre at 634-4444 or the CDC at 668-4386 collect.

    COOL WEB SITES

    In February, we told you about the Globe & Mail's free info service called PointCast. There was a small error in the home page. The correct home page is www.pointcast.ca.

    Don't like banks? Like This Hour Has 22 Minutes parody of the Bank of Montreal's ads? You'll love this web site. Go to www.humungousbank.com and have a good laugh at all banks' expense.

    Want to send an electronic postcard to someone? Go to Tourism Yukon's home page at www.touryukon.com and follow the path to the free postcard rack.

    CONGRATULATIONS to the ST. ELIAS ECHO for 20 years of journalism excellence. Here's to another 20 years!


    CANADA DAY, EH?
    July 1 will soon be here, and Haines Junction needs someone or some organization to coordinate the day's events. The Chamber of Commerce used to be one of the organizers of this event, but they have now folded. If you want this event to continue and you are willing to take on this role, contact Mark at the Village Office.

    VILLAGE NEWS

    Next meetings of Village Council are scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 & 23.
    If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Sheila O'Hanlon, Municipal Clerk, by noon the Thursday before 634-2291.


    COMMUNITY HALL UPDATE

    As a result of recent Council Meetings, the Community Hall will now be kept open until the new Tourism and Convention Centre is complete and operating. We are also announcing the following changes in operating the Community Facilities:
    The Preschool will be moving into the Curling Rink Lobby shortly. The Curling Rink Lobby will not be available for rent until next winter.

    Due to concerns about safety, the basement of the Community Hall, except for the kitchen, will no longer be available for rent. Users of the kitchen will have to sign a letter saying that they are using it at their own risk.

    Users of the Community Hall, Curling Rink Lobby and the Mezzanine are now asked to leave the tables and chairs standing when they are finished cleaning up after their event. That way Village staff can inspect the tables and chairs for cleanliness and for damage.

    If facility users ever have any suggestions about how to improve the appearance or operation of these facilities, they are most welcome to contact Mark Ritchie at 634-2293 and he would be glad to discuss them with you.


    BUSINESS LICENSE REMINDER
    If you operate a business within Haines Junction, you are required to obtain a municipal business license. For information on classifications and fees, please contact the Village Office.

    REMINDER TO DOG OWNERS
    If you own a dog, you are required to obtain a dog tag. For more information, please contact the Village Office. The Village's Animal Control Officer is our Public Works Department. You can contact Jim Cheverie at 634-2586 during the day and 634-2814 in the evening.

    TOURISM & CONVENTION CENTRE UPDATE

    The Village is finishing negotiating the completion of the project with Ketza Construction of Whitehorse. Construction will likely begin in early April. We anticipate that the project will hopefully generate 6-10 local jobs. Equipment will be rented and the trusses will be purchased from Champagne & Aishihik First Nations. Ketza is still accepting resumes and bids as outlined on their posters. For information about hiring or bids, please contact Ketza in Whitehorse at 668-5997. For other information about the project, please contact the Village Office.


    TENDERS
    LAND CLEARING

    Contractors are invited to submit tenders for Hand-Clearing of Block 6-Lots 15-20. Tender documents are available at the Village Office. The tender closes WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 at 4 pm. For information, contact Jim Cheverie at 634-2586.
    BLOCK 6 SEWER MAIN

    Contractors are invited to submit tenders for constructing the Sewer main for Block 6-Lots 15-20. Tender documents will be available at the Village Office Friday, April 4. The tender closes at 4 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 25. For information, contact Jim Cheverie at 634-2586.

    GREEN TIP OF THE MONTH
    The Village of Haines Junction produced 119 million liters of potable water last year. Conserving water results in cost savings to produce the water, such as electricity for pumping it. Haines Junction currently uses 407 liters/person/day, compared to the national average of 411 liters/person/day. Can we get our average use even lower?

    LANDFILL - NO BURNING
    In order to cut down on air pollution, please note that there is to be no burning at the dump after Monday, April 7. In order to reduce landfill waste, we also encourage you to drop off items that can be recycled at the Recycling Depot behind the YTG Garage. Their hours are 1pm-5 pm Thursdays and 11 am-2 pm Saturdays.

    TELEVISION SYSTEM
    The Village is planning to stop providing the current two free channels (BCTV & ITV) on June 1. The Village is not responsible for CBC and TVNC. If you live within Village limits and you want to continue receiving the two free channels provided by the Village (ITV & BCTV) plus CBC & TVNC (to be provided by Northwestel Cable) after June 1, you need to be connected to the new cable television system. All customers who are not currently receiving cable television service who wish to be connected to ITV, BCTV, CBC & TVNC free of charge must contact the Village Office IN PERSON no later than Thursday, May 15 to arrange for your connection. The Village has arranged with Northwestel Cable to complete these connections between May 15 & June 1. If you wish to be connected before May 15, it will cost the $45 connection fee. If you miss this last chance for a free connection, you will have to pay the $45 connection fee to Northwestel Cable. Questions? Call Northwestel Cable at 1-800-661-0834.

    WHEN YOU NEED A BUILDING PERMIT WITHIN
    THE VILLAGE OF HAINES JUNCTION


    Planning on doing a bit of renovations this spring? Not sure if you need a building permit or not? Here are the situations when you need to contact the Building Inspector:

    The Building Inspector usually comes most Thursdays. Call the Village Office at 634-2291 to make an appointment to see him.

    CPR COMMITTEE NEWS
    For those of you waiting for Rec Grants, the next meeting of the CPR Committee has been postponed to Thursday, March 27. The Committee received $18,120 in applications. There is a total of $15,130 available for Rec Grants in 1997 for both granting sessions. The CPR Committee's recommendations should then go to the Village Council meeting on Wednesday, April 9.

    The CPR Committee is also currently developing a draft fee structure and a draft smoking policy for the new Tourism & Convention Centre. When these are ready, they will be circulated for public comment, hopefully in April or May.

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