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This week's headlines
The following are the headlines from stories appearing in Northern News Services publications for the past week. The full version of each story is available to SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Barge grounds at Rabbitskin River
A Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL) barge grounded at mile 186 of the Rabbitskin River on July 27, releasing a small amount of fuel into the water.
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On Eagle's Wings lifts youth in Fort Simpson
Community connections brought a bible camp to Fort Simpson this summer through On Eagle's Wings.
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Candidate talks land claims process
CKLB broadcaster and former CBC TV host D├źneze Nakehk'o will be running in the Nahendeh riding against current MLA Kevin Menicoche in the upcoming territorial election.
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Tax forgiveness request questioned
Fort Simpson's village council postponed a decision on whether to grant a Deh Cho woman tax exemption on a property in the Two Islands area following deliberations on Aug. 17.
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Behchoko wins $25,000 in Liard
The first annual $25,000 men's handgame tournament kicked off in Fort Liard Aug. 21 with eight teams from across the North.
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Mayor points to success after leaving his position
Mayor Floyd Roland focused on positive achievements as he officially stepped down to pursue a campaign as a federal election candidate last week, following an appearance with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Hay River the week before.
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Children out on own show
Despite extending the fun an extra week, participants at Camp Kivuni program put on their end of season show Aug. 21, to much appreciation and applause.
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Teachers preparing for classes
Students and staff are getting ready to head back to school.
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Regular visits may well be in Inuvik's future
After a time of uncertainty, Inuvik may have regular veterinary clinics once again.
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Engineering students share knowledge
School is not yet back in session, but some kids are getting a head start on their peers this summer.
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Green Shacks close doors
This week saw the end of a new program, one that saw more people having more fun in parks across the community.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Con Mine discharge gets green light
Owners of defunct Con Mine are ready to release a flood of treated groundwater from underneath the mine into Great Slave Lake but are doubtful it will reach it this year as the tailings ponds leading to the lake have almost completely dried up.
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Hospital builders selected
A consortium of companies known as Boreal Health Partnership has been selected as the "preferred proponent" of the Stanton Territorial Hospital expansion expected to start this fall.
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Stanton gets interim CEO to serve until next March
Sue Cullen will start next month as the interim CEO of Stanton Territorial Hospital.
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GNWT selling excess furniture
Alhough not widely advertised, the GNWT has been selling hundreds of surplus furniture items every week out of a public works warehouse on Byrne Road.
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The pain of opening a restaurant
No one said starting a restaurant would be easy. New entrants Twin Pine Diner and The Kilt & Castle have both had difficulties in their first few weeks of operations.
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Sacred tree exhibit takes shape
Terry Pamplin has spent the past month building a model of the tree held sacred by the Yellowknives Dene.
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Seniors' home blaze sends one to hospital
A fire a seniors' home Thursday evening that sent one resident to hospital was caused by medical oxygen being exposed to heat, according to the NWT fire marshal.
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Reid Lake infrastructure no longer threatened
Although the 335-square-kilometre Reid Lake fire is still considered out-of-control, it's no longer being fought because there's no danger to cabins, lodges or powerlines as of Monday afternoon.
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KFC kicks the bucket
In the end, KFC didn't have to stay open until midnight after all. After 48 years of operating in Yellowknife, the fried chicken restaurant operated by the Jason family simply ran out of its signature item more than 24 hours before its expected closing time.
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RCMP deny wrongdoing in Jaeb arrest
The Government of Canada is defending the actions of RCMP officers involved in the arrest and detention of Gary Jaeb last year.
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'Neon pike' caught in North Arm
Randy Straker thought his eyes were playing tricks on him Sunday afternoon when he noticed a neon green blur swim by his boat after a hooking a fish.
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Aurora Decorating enters new era
There's a new person managing the Aurora Decorating Centre and he's already working 14 hours a day.
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Donating heavy metal
The Rankin Inlet Fitness Society is hoping to help some person, team or group in another Kivalliq community set up shop with its own fitness facility.
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Leading Canada's best
Arviat minor hockey coach Ryan O'Connor spent time behind the bench with some of the nation's top young hockey players earlier this month.
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Connected to possibilities
The Cisco Canada-funded Connected North program has arrived in the Kivalliq, and it's being led by an organization proven to be a good friend to Arviat youth.
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From Junior Ranger to Ranger
Brent Nakoolak, an 18-year-old Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) from Coral Harbour, attended the second annual National Leadership Enhanced Training Session (NLETS) in Portneuf, Que from Aug. 2 to 8.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, August 24, 2015

Premier not endorsing brother in election
Premier Bob McLeod said he is not, at least at this point, officially endorsing his brother Micheal McLeod as he runs for the Liberals in the federal election.
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NWT political figures reveal federal election wish list
Political leaders from across the NWT say they are aware the federal election campaign is just heating up but add they would like to hear a little more from the party leaders about what they have planned if they form the next government.
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Review ordered after medical diagnoses not sent to doctors
An external investigation has been ordered after some 1,500 reports from diagnostic images from patients across the NWT did not get to the doctors who ordered them for up to four months after they were requested.
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City considers college expansion to house Canada Winter Games athletes
The legacy of the Canada Winter Games in 2023 could be living accommodations for students and seniors at an expanded Aurora College campus, according to the executive director for the Sport North Federation.
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Merv Hardie moved
Trespassers and vandals have prompted the move of the historic Merv Hardie Ferry a few kilometers up shore from its perch next to the Deh Cho Bridge.
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Federal election candidate profiles
The federal election is still more than two full months away but the campaign for the Oct. 19 vote appears to be heating up.
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Letter sent to minister over Tsiigehtchic election
The fight over the legality of June's election for chief of Tsiigehtchic is continuing with several people signing on to a letter that has been sent to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) Minister Bernard Valcourt.
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Duo chases down alleged bike thief
Jed Watson had just arrived at Old Town Bikeworks where he works fixing bikes and parked his red Rocky Mountain Metro bicycle in the staff rack Aug. 18. Within 15 minutes, it was gone.
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Paulatuk celebrates 50 years
Virtually every resident of Paulatuk turned out on Aug. 15 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the settlement. Paulatuk Mayor Ray Ruben said it was a tremendous event that began with a jamboree in the afternoon. The celebrants then moved inside for the evening, he added.
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New skills program established for Hay River young people
The Hay River Chamber of Commerce is excited a new program will begin next month at Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre to help get young people prepared for the workforce.
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Kennady raises $4 million
Junior diamond company Kennady Diamonds is doing a lot right now. The company recently raised $4 million, is awaiting results from the Saskatchewan about a bulk sample, having diamonds evaluated in Antwerp, Belgium, and is preparing to release a resource statement about one of its sites later this year.
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Fortune completes restructuring
Fortune Minerals Ltd. has completed its restructuring agreement with Lascaux and its other secured creditors.
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A very special place
Centuries ago, someone made a small seat out of a rock outside a tent in what is now Tuktut Nogait National Park. For Paulatuk resident Ruben Green, getting the chance to sit in that exact same spot hundreds of years later is one of the most wonderful things about the park.
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On Eagle's Wings elevates Fort Simpson youth
Thanks to a resident's connect to a Christian educational organization in the south, volunteers brought a Bible camp to Fort Simpson this summer.
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Green thumb in Gameti
Matla Junior Mantla says working in Gameti's community garden is helping him develop the skills he'll need to have a garden of his own one day.
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Aglukkaq on campaign trail
Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq said elections in the territory are won by recognizing that each community is different.
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Cruises voyage back
Despite ice and weather delays, summer tourism is expected to pick up in many Nunavut communities in the next few weeks due to cruise ship traffic.
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Seeking cause of muskox deaths
Angeline McIntyre spent three weeks at Elu Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Surrey River and Kugluktuk this summer collecting lemmings with the goal of figuring out if they play a role in a large population decline among muskox.
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Party rejects NDP hopeful for online posts
The New Democratic Party axed Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine's bid to represent the party in the upcoming federal election because of controversial comments he made on social media.
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Opposition grows to Areva appeal
The letters opposing uranium mining company Areva Canada's request that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt send back the Nunavut Impact Review Board's no-go decision for the Kiggavik uranium project are piling up.
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Agnico sees more gold at Amaruq
Mineral company Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. says the latest drilling results from its Amaruq gold project in the territory show 35 per cent more mineral resources than previously estimated.
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Court rejects appeal of seismic testing approval
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled against Clyde River in its attempt for a judiciary review of the National Energy Board's approval of industry plans to perform seismic testing off the hamlet's coast.
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Teen heads to Toronto pageant
Fifteen-year-old Avianna Mackenzie was headed to Toronto on Aug. 13 to participate in the Miss Teen Canada Globe 2015 pageant.
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First Nations Bank expands
Kugluktuk residents have a new place to open accounts and cash their cheques this week. First Nations Bank opened its third community branch in the territory inside the hamlet's Arctic Co-op.
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From Junior Ranger to Ranger
Brent Nakoolak, an 18-year-old Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) from Coral Harbour, attended the second annual National Leadership Enhanced Training Session (NLETS) in Portneuf, Que from Aug. 2 to 8.
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Camp takes youth to roots on the land
What is an Inuk? With modern fashion, entertainment and lifestyle surrounding them and traditional ways seemingly fading in the rear view mirror, many Nunavummiut youth struggle to find their identity.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, August 21, 2015

Charges follow alleged arsons
One teenager has been arrested and a man is wanted for allegedly starting two fires in the city Tuesday.
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Minister Ramsay reimburses GNWT
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay has paid back a portion of the costs expensed to the territorial government during a trip to Montebello Que., in February.
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Sex addiction to blame in child porn case, offender says
Gary Stephen Miller told an NWT Supreme Court judge Wednesday that his sex addiction led to him viewing Internet porn and eventually child porn.
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Avens opens on-site dental clinic
A Seniors living in the Avens complex won't have to go very far to get their teeth examined, thanks to a satellite dental office that opened there this week.
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YELLOWKNIFER SPECIAL: Back to School
The Yellowknifer presents its annual Back to School special edition ...
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Strange school-supply lists explained
The principal of Mildred Hall School said her students won't, afterall, need to bring boxes of tissues when the school year begins, despite a school-supplies list calling for it.
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Water tampering feared at SPCA
NWT SPCA employee Melissa Zizek is worried somebody is trying to hurt the shelter dogs after a greasy liquid was found in the organization's water tank last week.
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Breastfeeding less common among aboriginals: study
The president of a Yellowknife breastfeeding support group says she is not surprised by the findings of a recent study which found rates of latching on were much lower among aboriginal populations.
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Guilty plea entered in gun theft case
One of the two men arrested in connection with the theft of two guns from Canadian Tire in May has entered a guilty plea on several of his charges.
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'Everyone was mean to everyone'
Shiri MacPherson remembers being in a class with a boy who missed school for an entire year because he was being bullied by other students

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