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Friday, March 27, 2015

Woman seriously injured in RCMP cells

An external investigation has been ordered after a female in a secure RCMP jail cell was found alone with a serious injury early Thursday morning.

She was transported to the Stanton Territorial Hospital around 1:30 a.m. according to a news release.

RCMP spokeswoman Const. Elenore Sturko said because an external investigation has been ordered, she couldn't answer questions about the nature of the injury, how the injury was detected or how long the woman had been in police cells prior to the injury.

- Shane Magee

Winter road to close March 31

Ron Near, director of winter operations for the Tibbitt-to-Contwoyto Winter Road Joint Venture, said the winter road is scheduled to close on time at midnight

March 31.

This year has been the second busiest for the transportation route, with approximately 9,000 loads carrying more than 340,000 metric tons of freight. In 2007, the record was approximately 11,000 loads with 330,000 metric tons of freight.

- Karen K. Ho

'Zero Carbon' convoy honours Doug Ritchie

Skiers, joggers, and cyclists will travel along the ice road to Dettah, in honour of the late Doug Ritchie, formerly of Ecology North, on April 4. The "Zero Carbon Convoy" will begin at Rotary Park at noon, ending at the Chief Drygeese Centre, where Chief Ernest Betsina and the Dettah drummers will host a ceremony featuring testimonies from Ritchie's friends and colleagues and some special announcements.

- Evan Kiyoshi French

Governments close for Long John Jamboree

The majority of city and GNWT employees get the afternoon off for the half-day Long John Jamboree civic holiday. City hall will close at noon. Most government workers except for those deemed essential will be off the job as of lunch time. The city bylaw declaring the Friday afternoon of the jamboree a civic holiday passed last year. Some private businesses will close at noon as well.

- John McFadden

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Debate challenge declined

Dehcho First Nation Grand Chief Herb Norwegian's request to debate Premier Bob McLeod in Fort Providence this garnered no response from the territorial government's leader.

In a full-page newspaper ad, Norwegian said he and McLeod should debate the issues of the Dehcho Process in a public forum to set the record straight on what has become a contentious issue as of late.

Both sides have denied accusations that they left the negotiation process, leading to Norwegian saying the territorial government "is drunk with power" and inviting the federal government to resume negotiations "with or without the NWT."

Liquor seized in Fort Liard

A Fort Liard man faces charges of illegal importation of liquor after police stopped the vehicle he was driving and found alcohol.

Fort Liard RCMP made the seizure during a vehicle check stop just outside the community on March 14. Police found three 375-ml bottles of vodka, seven 1.14-L bottles of vodka and other liquors, six 750-ml bottles of rum and vodka and a quantity of beer.

The male was arrested and eventually released from custody with a promise to appear in territorial court on May 28.

Water agreement signed with Alberta

Alberta and the Northwest Territories signed a water management agreement that commits both governments to co-operatively manage water resources.

The agreement focuses on aquatic ecosystems in the Mackenzie River Basin which runs directly through the Dehcho region.

The agreement is intended to help ensure water management plans take an adaptive management approach that determines what actions should be taken and when based on scientific monitoring.

Survey deadline looms

A territorial government survey on how culture and heritage could be used to determine the government’s decision-making will close at the end of March.

The survey focuses on three major questions: how much influence should our culture and heritage have in GNWT decision-making?; what are the most important things the GNWT can do to protect, preserve, enhance, present and document NWT culture and heritage?; and how do we honour and respect our aboriginal heritage and our multicultural future?

NACC back in town

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is bringing yet another well-known Canadian performer to town tonight.

In the last show of the current season for NACC, Rebecca Caine, billed as "one of Canada’s most talented vocalists", will perform alongside pianist Robert Kortgaard at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.

According to a media release from the centre, Caine is best known for her performances in "Les Misérables" and "Phantom of the Opera".

"Rebecca Caine will enthral you with a captivating concert of classical and contemporary songs from great shows on Broadway and London’s West End," the release stated. "This prestigious singer will take you on a dazzling journey where emotions transcend with finesse and where theatre embraces singing in a perfect union."

Ice fishing tournament on tap

The Arctic Ice Fishing Tournament will be held on Airport Lake on April 15.

The tournament is a joint initiative between various partners including the Children's First Society and the Town of Inuvik.

Prizes include a 45-gallon drum of fuel, a 10-inch ice auger, fuel cards, a helicopter ride and FXR snowmobile suits.

There are divisions for both adults and children.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the derby opening at 6 p.m. and running until 9 p.m.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser Sunday

The Anglican church is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser in memory of Albert Frost on Sunday, March 29.

"On behalf of the Frost and Greenland families we’re hosting a community-based fundraiser to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society," said Greta Sittichinli. "The money raised helps fund the most promising research projects in the country, provide information services and support programs in the community and advocate for public policies that prevent cancer and help people living with cancer."

The breakfast begins at 9 a.m.

Easter Bunny coming to town

Peter Cottontail (or maybe snowshoe hare) will be hopping over to the Midnight Sun Recreation Centre in time to make an Easter appearance.

The town is sponsoring an Easter party on April 4 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., with all of the usual favourites, including an Easter Egg hunt.

The event comes on the last weekend of the spring break, and the end of the week-long Spring Day Camp hosted by the town.

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