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Thursday, April 17, 2014

New website to book campgrounds

The territorial government has launched a new website for booking camping spots in NWT parks.

The site was scheduled to open and be ready for taking reservations April 15.

The site is expected to be more user friendly and includes more search capabilities and details about individual camp sites.

Users are now able to book multiple sites in different campgrounds in one transaction.

Before using the site, people will have to create a new account because passwords and user names from the previous system no longer work.

Most territorial parks open May 15. Campers are encouraged to book early.

Fort Liard waxes poetic

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Acho Dene Koe First Nation is holding a poetry contest.

The contest is open to all ages and there are categories for youth, teens and adults. The prize for each category is a Kobo tablet.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. April 30 at the First Nation's office. Entries must include the poet's name, age and contact information. If enough poems are received, they may be included in a book.

Organizers prep for golf season

The Seven Spruce Golf Course has changed the date and location of its annual general meeting.

The meeting will now be held on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the community hall at the Fort Simpson recreation centre. In addition to the election of the executive and board of directors, the working meeting following the AGM will also cover this year's tournament schedule and any planned improvements to the course.

Fort Simpson on the hunt

The Open Doors Society is holding its annual Easter Egg hunt next week.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. around the picnic shelter in the Fort Simpson Territorial Park April 21. There will be an egg hunt, a variety of games for children, food, prizes and a raffle for four Easter baskets.

Families are encouraged to attend the event together.

In Fort Liard, Acho Dene Koe First Nation and Community Justice were sponsoring an Easter egg hunt and more April 17.

The event was scheduled to run from 4 to 8 p.m. at Echo Dene School and include supper, games and a dance in addition to the egg hunt.

Town launches contest

It's not too early to start thinking about the Midnight Sun Fun Run, according to the Town of Inuvik.

The town's recreation staff has launched a contest for residents to submit suggestions for a new logo for one of the summer's signature events.

Recreation co-ordinator Steve Krug said he's excited about the contest and organizing the event for the first time. He's still relatively new to his position. Krug said he's also giving some thought to possibly adding a full marathon to the event.

Entries will be taken until May 9.

Hockey season not over

The town's recreation department continues with what is shaping up to be a busy spring and early summer season by organizing a ball hockey tournament for May 15 to 18.

The teams will play four-on-four, plus a goalie.

The format for the tournament will be a double-knockout style. A location hasn't been announced, but will likely be the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex.

As well, recreation services is holding a squash tournament from May 8 to 11 at the squash courts at the recreation centre.

Sharon Firth holding clinics

Sharon Firth is returning to Inuvik for the next two weekends to hold cross-country ski clinics with the Inuvik Ski Club.

Firth, a noted international skiing star and Olympian, along with her late sister Shirley, was among the first Canadians to make a mark on Nordic skiing. Both Sharon and her sister were members of Canada's national cross-country team for 17 years. Between them, they won 79 medals at national championships, and both competed in four Winter Olympic Games.

She will be working with adults on a waxing clinic April 19, and with the Jackrabbits program April 20.

NWT payments go online

Residents of the NWT can now use online banking to pay their property taxes, student loans, land leases or any other invoice coming from the GNWT.

"Making it easier for people to do business with us is a priority for our government," said Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger in a news release. "We continue to look at ways to use technology to improve access to programs and services, reduce red tape and connect with citizens both through our service innovation strategy and as part of our ongoing program delivery."

Payments can be made through any of five major banks and daily notifications to GNWT customers will be made.

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