Yukon Nuggets


The Whitehorse Star Reports in 1965

January 11, 1965 Scurvey Shorty is elected Chief of the Whitehorse Indian Band. It is the first Council election held since 1957.
January 18, 1965 A well for supplying water to the residents of Porter Creek is put into service on January 13, 1965, replacing the water delivery truck.
January 28, 1965 City of Whitehorse officials complete a re-assessment of all lands within the city limits. The re-assessment was ordered by Judge John Parker following the appeal by White Pass and Yukon Route.
January 28, 1965 Whitehorse becomes one of three satellite tracking station.
February 1, 1965 The B.C. government is been requested to do on site surveys of Tarr Inlet during summer 1965. Tarr Inlet could become a Canadian port, thus giving Yukon access to tidewater.
February 11, 1965
 → May 27, 1965
Connelly Dawson Airways Ltd. buys Yukon Flying Service. "Great Northern Airways" is the new name chosen following the merger.
February 18, 1965 Superintendent of Education Harry Thompson announces that Friday 26, 1965 will be a school holiday for all students to enable them to enjoy the Sourdough Rendezvous.
March 8, 1965 Cassiar Asbestos announces its plans to bring the Clinton Creek mine northwest of Dawson into production by 1968.
March 8, 1965 Snowplows keep the Canol Road open throughtout the winter from Johnson's Crossing to Ross River. The road had been closed every winter since the Second World War.
March 15, 1965 Northern Affairs Minister Arthur Laing announces oil has been discovered 60 miles north of Dawson City.
March 18, 1965 Whitehorse City Council discusses the take-over of Camp Takhini March 17, 1965.
March 22, 1965 Senator Robert Kennedy arrives in Whitehorse to climb Mt. Kennedy. He becomes the first man to reach the top.
March 29, 1965 The territorial council approves March 26, 1965 the introduction of daylight saving time in the Yukon, for a year's trial. The first daylight saving time starts April 26, 1965.
April 1, 1965 Dr. Maurice Haycock visits Whitehorse.
April 5, 1965 Northern Affairs Minister Arthur Laing announces oil has been discovered 60 miles north of Dawson City.
April 5, 1965 The Whitehorse Star reports about a huge North American water diversion project that would divert waters from Alaska, the Yukon and B.C. through a complex of dams, reservoirs, canals, seaways and pumping stations to Canadian plains, United States and Mexico.
April 8, 1965 New Imperial Mines diamon drilling proves an immense ore body at McCrae.
April 19, 1965 Canada's Indian Princess Irene Seeseequasis from Saskatchewan gets married in Whitehorse April 19, 1964.
April 22, 1965 Whitehorse City Council approves the installation of an artificial ice plant.
April 26, 1965 Canada's newest gold mine, a 60-ton mill, goes into production in June near Carmacks.
April 29, 1965 Northern Affairs Minister Arthur Laing announces a budget of $3.8 Million for the 3-year construction of the 140 mile road from Ross River to Carmacks, opening up one of the richest mineral areas of the Yukon. Works start in 1965.
May 17, 1965 The world's highest rescue is staged in Yukon by the RCAF when Don Campbell and crew airlifted stranded Klondike 'copter from Mt. Kennedy.
May 20, 1965 After strong opposition from the Yukon, Edmonton's application to copyright the words "Klondike Days" and "Klondike Kate" has been withdrawn. No reason is given for the withdrawal. (see also July 1964)
May 31, 1965 Hougen's have purchased the ladies wear department formerly operated by Murdoch's.
June 3, 1965 The community hall in Watson Lake burns down.
June 3, 1965 A bill to set up an Alaska-Yukon highway authority, charged with modernizing the Alaska Highway project is introduced in the House of Commons June 1, 1965.
June 10, 1965 Commissioner G.R. Cameron presents June 9, 1965 the highest award in the Canadian Girl Guide Movement to 16-year-old Esta Sparks.
June 14, 1965 Whitehorse Star writer June Franklin receives the national award for best feature column in the Canadian Women's Press Club annual competition.
June 30, 1965 D.R. Delaporte is appointed the general manager at United Keno Hill Mines as of July 1, 1965.
June 30, 1965
 → December 2, 1965
At corner of Elliott and Third, where MacPherson and Phelps home used to stand, the new Casca building is being constructed which will house among others the new government liquor store, and CBC studio, Jack Humme Insurance, Jim Hanna Optometrist and the T.Eaton Mail Order. The building opens for business in the beginning of December.
July 12, 1965 Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 21 on its way from Vancouver to Whitehorse explodes and crashes on July 8, 1965 near 100 Mile House. All 52 people aboard, including five Yukoners, are killed. Commissioner G.R. Cameron orders all flags on Territorial buildings to be flown at half mast for three days. A bomb on board the flight is suspected but never proven.
July 26, 1965 Students from Toronto and Montreal visit Whitehorse as part of the centennial project.
July 29, 1965 A caravan of 150 trailers driving up the Alaska Highway arrive in Whitehorse July 26, 1965.
August 9, 1965 White Pass and Yukon Route sell their bus business to Canadian Coachway August 5, 1965.
August 26, 1965 Captain George Black passes away at the age of 92. He is buried in the Field of Honour at Vancouver's Forest Lawn Cemetery. In the Yukon flags are at half mast.
September 2, 1965 The Department of Northern Affairs announces the S.S. Klondike will be preserverd as a national historic site. A museum will be established inside the vessel. The S.S. Klondike will be moved to the South Whiskey Flats. The S.S. Keno will be preserved at Dawson. (see also February 17, 1966)
September 27, 1965 On September 25, 1965, Erik Nielsen is chosen by the Yukon Progressive Conservatives as candidate in the federal election.
September 27, 1965 On September 23, 1965, the Yukon Liberal Association nominates Ray McKamey as their official candidate for the federal elections.
September 30, 1965 The Canadian government disapproves a U.S. proposal to build a dam on the Yukon River in central Alaska.
October 4, 1965 Old No.1 Railroad Engine that ran on the Klondike Mines Railroad in the Dawson Area is sold by Yukon Consolidated Gold Corp. to Roger Burnell of Vancouver. It is shipped from Whitehorse to Vancouver.
October 14, 1965 Northern Affairs Minister Laing announces October 13, 1965 a 10-year road building program for the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
November 1, 1965 At 12:01 on November 1, 1965 the City of Skagway officially changes from Yukon Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time.
November 9, 1965 Erik Nielsen is re-elected MP of the Yukon on November 8, 1965, defeating Ray McKamey, Liberal, by a large margin. Lester Pearson remains Prime Minister of a minority government
November 25, 1965 Territorial council has decided to appeal to the Northern Affairs Department to start construction of a bridge over the Yukon River at Dawson and dispense with the existing ferry system. (see also January 13, 1966)
December 2, 1965 Ira van Bibber of Pelly passes away.
December 6, 1965 The Whitehorse Civic Centre is officially opened December 5, 1965.
December 6, 1965
 → December 30, 1965
Rolf Hougen announces that he has purchased a controlling interest in Northern Television Systems, which operates WHTV at Whitehorse. Rolf Hougen is also investigating the possibility of immediate installation of videotapes to bring current programs, sports, and current events to local viewers. At the end of december, the Whitehorse Star reports that videotape programming WHTV is scheduled to begin January 1966.
December 13, 1965 A motion by the territorial council requests on December 7, 1965 the federal government to institute in 1967 a 10 to 20-year phased program implementing provincial status for the Yukon.
December 14, 1965 New Imperial Mine announces its decision to open a thousand tonne copper mine nine miles out of city limits after signing a contract with sumitomo. Ross Kenway, Mine Manager, said the mill will be near McCrae.
December 20, 1965 Howard Firth is the new mayor of Whitehorse in December 16, 1965 election, defeating Duke Collins, Ed Jacobs, and Paul Lucier. Jim Light and Steve Henke are elected Alderman.
December 20, 1965 A Yukon group headed by Rolf Hougen plans a tour to China. (see also April 7, 1966)
December 30, 1965 Commissioner G.R. Cameron announces his resignation to take effect June 1, 1966.