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Friday, April 29, 2016

Carpet business fire deemed accidental

NWT Fire Marshal Chucker Dewer has deemed the fire that destroyed Fitzgerald Carpeting on Woolgar Avenue on Sunday night as accidental. Dewar said a man was working on a vehicle in the building when he left it running and unattended and it caught fire. Dewar said the man returned and tried to extinguish the blaze but was unsuccessful. It is believed that same man tried in error to use 9-1-1 to summon the fire department and eventually drove to the fire hall to report the fire. The fire destroyed the building and all its contents.

- John McFadden

Cable TV out for hours on Wednesday

A partial fibre break in a remote area near the Liard Highway in the NWT's southwest led to a major disruption in cable TV services in Yellowknife on Wednesday. Cable TV was out for hours in Yellowknife, Fort Smith and High Level, Alta., according to Northwestel spokesperson Adriann Kennedy. Technicians restored the service around 7:30 p.m. because the repairs were complex, Kennedy stated in an e-mail. She did not say what caused the break, when it happened or how many customers in total were affected.

- John McFadden

ARCC annual meeting Sunday

The annual general meeting for the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre will take place 7 p.m. Sunday at its studio and gallery space in Old Town at 3-3541 McDonald Dr. The meeting will include the presentation of the non-profit volunteer-run group's financial statements for the past fiscal year and the election of the board of directors. While the event is public, the election is limited to registered members of the centre.

- Shane Magee

Ceremony marks Day of Mourning

A ceremony in the Great Hall of the legislative assembly yesterday marked the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. More than two-dozen people were in attendance. Flags outside the assembly and at city hall were lowered to mark the date. The Workers Mourning Day Act passed by the federal government in 1990 set April 28 as the date to remember those hurt in workplace accidents.

- Shane Magee

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Internet, TV outages sweep territory

DSL Internet service and some cable TV services went down across the Deh Cho on April 26 and remained down for the better part of the day.

Northwestel spokesperson Adriann Kennedy stated in an e-mail the DSL Internet disruption was due to partial damage of the company's fibre infrastructure

A service and maintenance notice posted April 26 on Northwestel's website said the Internet outages hit Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Wrigley, Fort Liard, Tulita and Deline, while television customers in Yellowknife, Fort Smith and High Level, Alta., also experienced service disruption. The notice stated technicians were working to restore services as quickly as possible. Details of the outage, including a reason for why service was disrupted, were not available from Northwestel.

Services have since been restored to all regions, according to Northwestel.

Assault being investigated

Fort Simpson RCMP are investigating an assault with a weapon after a 46-year-old male was found with apparent stab wounds.

As of April 25, no one has been charged yet.

According to an April 25 news release, RCMP were notified of the stabbing the morning of April 23.

The man, who has not been identified by police, was taken to the Fort Simpson Medical Clinic and from there went to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife for treatment of injuries.

Those injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.

The news release states RCMP are "actively looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this incident."

Housing corp seeks land

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation is looking for parcels of residential land in Fort Simpson to purchase before May 31.

A notice posted around town by the housing corporation states landholders looking to sell need to provide their land location and legal description, lot size, a list of municipal services available to the lot, type of land tenure and sale price.

The land must be zoned as residential.

Hockey legend visits

Ex-Calgary Flames star Theoren Fleury has a message of hope for youth in the Deh Cho.

That message will be delivered April 28 at the recreation centre as part of Fleury's latest tour, titled Don't Quit Before the Miracle.

The evening will open at 6 p.m. with a community feast.

Community members are being asked to bring plates and cutlery.

Greenhouse hosts annual meeting

The Inuvik Community Greenhouse will be hosting its annual general meeting, along with a potluck, starting at 3 p.m. May 1.

The meeting will take place at Aurora College and all are welcome. Organizers say the event would be particularly beneficial to those people looking to get involved with the greenhouse, as well as to current members with ideas to share.

Anyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share, as well as non-disposable plates and utensils for themselves. People looking for more information may contact greenhouse executive director Ray Solotki.

Convocation scheduled

The convocation ceremony for Inuvik's Aurora Campus Aurora College will take place May 6, beginning at 4 p.m. in the gym at East Three Secondary School. A tea will follow.

The ceremony will recognize 26 students from nine Beaufort Delta and Sahtu communities who have completed courses in early childhood development, personal support worker, traditional arts and the bachelor of education degree program.

"I applaud your courage to pursue your dreams and I congratulate you on this tremendous accomplishment," stated Aurora College president Jane Arychuck in a news release. "Thank you for choosing Aurora College to achieve your goals. We are honoured to share this educational journey with you."

Guest speakers will include NWT Commissioner George Tuccaro and Education, Culture and Employment Minister Alfred Moses.

Other campuses have had their own convocation ceremonies these past few weeks, with graduates in Fort Smith and Yellowknife being recognized April 22 and 30, respectively.

Science rendezvous planned

A special science event is being put together for the community early next month at East Three School.

The Inuvik Robotics and Engineering Club and Aurora Research Institute have partnered to put on an event for anyone interested in the sciences from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7. Apart from 3-D printers, electronics, sensors and drones, there will also be a barbecue for participants. The activities, like harpoon throwing and drone flying, will be hands-on and organizers are encouraging families to attend together.

Spring squash sprouted

Inuvik's Spring Squash Tournament will be held May 5 to 8 at the Midnight Sun Complex. Registration closes May 4 and there are skills-based divisions for both women and men.

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