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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.

Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, July 25, 2014

Fire and smoke blamed for three of four power outages
Forest fires in the NWT are now the suspected cause of three of the four power outages in Yellowknife so far this week.
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Day shelter set to re-open
Yellowknife's day shelter, which closed this past spring, is scheduled to re-open Sept. 30 and the contract to run it is now open for bids.
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Headframe on list for endangered heritage places
The Robertson Headframe has gained national notoriety in the 10th annual endangered places list put together by Heritage Canada The National Trust.
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Takeoff aborted at Yellowknife Airport
The pilot of a First Air ATR 72 aircraft carrying 14 passengers aborted a takeoff when smoke was detected in the cabin at Yellowknife Airport at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
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Yk man guilty of trying to cash fake cheque
Another Yellowknife man has been found guilty of depositing or trying to deposit fake cheques in return for cash from strangers.
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New U.S. Ambassador to Canada gets taste of the North
It's a long way from Chicago's financial district to the NWT, both figuratively and literally, but the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada made the trip North of 60 for the first time last week.
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Food Bank up and running in Kam Lake
A dump truck with a load of gravel rumbled nearby and a cloud of dust kicked up in the shared unpaved parking lot outside the Yellowknife Food Bank's new Kam Lake location as volunteers organized crates of donated food on Wednesday.
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Illegally parked cars blocking plots
Yellowknifers with mobility issues or vision loss have been able to keep their thumbs green thanks to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) "square foot garden" on 52 Street across from Coast Fraser Tower.
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A warm meal after a long day
When Sheryl Sackney was asked by her friend a few weeks back if she wanted to come to the NWT to cook for forest firefighters, she initially said no.

Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fitness centre back, better than ever
A year since its closure, Fort Providence residents will soon have access to an improved fitness centre.
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Athletes sent off in style
Water and land-based activities were brought together in Fort Providence last week for two fun-filled days for youth.
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Liard continues as barging hub
Fort Liard is in its third summer of being an important barging hub for an oil and gas company with interests in northern B.C.
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Five-day patrol goes on land and water
The challenge of paddling across the Mackenzie River on a homemade raft was all part of a recent on-the-land experience for Canadian Rangers in Fort Simpson.
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Anything grows for Deh Cho gardeners
Community gardens are now established in every community in the region, says the Department of Industry Tourism and Investment's manager of trade and investment.
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Science gets fun
Newton's law of motion, sound vibrations and water density based on temperature sound like heavy topics for a summer camp, but they are all concepts youth in Fort Simpson had the chance to explore last week.
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One Arctic, one future
After months of planning and preparation, an estimated 685 visiting Inuit from around the circumpolar North, as well as speakers, politicians and observers, have descended on Inuvik for the Inuit Circumpolar Council's (ICC) general assembly and Northern Games.
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Getting lost in outdoors fun
Thanks to a new program introduced by NWT Tourism and Parks via the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, a series of geocaches have been set up around the area to entice people into spending some time in the great outdoors.
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Artists enjoy living large
Nicotye Samayualie is living large and loving it.
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Racer humbled in Adventure Race
Competitors in the first Inuvik Adventure Race found out the hard way it wasn't going to be a quick and dirty contest.
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A breathtaking performance
When Kathleen Merritt and Marie Belleau stand face to face, the results are breathtaking.
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Youth wins logo contest
World Oceans Day led to a special surprise for an Inuvik youth.

Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

'Discouraged that this is the way we live'
Donny Besler awoke on the morning of June 12 to a dank smell, swollen baseboards and a stain creeping from beneath his couch. Within a few hours, he said, there were little black spiders crawling around the apartment.
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Tenant wins case against Northern Properties
Margaret Beauchamp, the tenant who took on Yellowknife's largest landlord in an NWT Rental Office hearing, has been awarded $3,168.69 in compensation.
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Gang member sentenced for possessing drug money
A member of the gang targeted in a major Yellowknife drug bust was handed a 15-month sentence this July 18 after pleading guilty to possessing around $21,000 in cash obtained from the sale of crack-cocaine.
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No smoke relief in sight for Yellowknife
The air quality in the Yellowknife area remains in a constant flux while the city is surrounded by forest fire in a season that has not been experienced in 30 years, according to government officials.
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Kam Lake residents demanding change
Kam Lake residents expressed complaints about the steep increase in general assessments earlier this year, during a packed meeting at city hall on Saturday morning.
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Javaroma-less weekends over
Yellowknife coffee-hounds were out of luck over four weekends this summer when Javaroma was shut down for weekend renovations, but with renos now complete - and no more weekend closures planned - the downtown cafe is ready to go again.
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Cash carrier sentenced to 18 months
A man caught with $37,650 in cash bundled in stacks of $5,000 and neatly vacuum-packed in plastic bags was handed an 18-month conditional sentence on July 11 for possessing the proceeds of crime.
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Yellowknife activist speaks at United Nations conference
A Yellowknife aboriginal woman participated in a United Nations conference last week which sought to bring awareness of climate change in both the North and tropical regions of the planet.
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Cat-astrophe avoided
It's difficult to say just how many of his nine lives Meiko the cat has used up.
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Ndilo woman's shrine survives fire
When she saw a photo of her shrine near Chan Lake, untouched by fire and with a green path curving toward it through a mass of scorched earth and blackened trees, Violet Martin said she began to weep.
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Drilling for gold in fire season
By the time this summer is complete, TerraX Minerals Ltd. will have added up to 5,000 metres of drilling to the approximately 10,000 metres of historical data the company inherited when it took possession of what is now known as the Yellowknife City Gold project.
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New salon, familiar faces
What can you accomplish in two weeks? How about establishing a new business, completely renovating and furnishing a new space in the YK Centre Mall, and opening your doors for business.
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Game on francophone style
The North American Indigenous Games are underway in Regina and the Circumpolar Northern Games have kicked off in Inuvik, both of which involve Team NWT.
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Youth rescued
When Shawn Utpatiku and a group of his friends left Baker Lake for a hunting trip on June 28, they were just expecting to get caribou and return home that day.
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Kids learn to ride safe
About 50 children in Rankin Inlet took advantage of a bike safety demonstration put on by the RCMP and Nunavut Public Health on July 14.
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Kivalliq athletes off to Regina
Athletes from the Kivalliq are in Regina this week competing as part of Team Nunavut at the North American Indigenous Games.

NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, July 21, 2014

No quick end in sight to forest fires
Nearly 200 forest fires continued to burn across the NWT last week, taxing the territory's fire resources and its budget.
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Residents help battle blazes
People in Wekweeti had managed to stay calm while a forest fire raged near their community - until night fell on July 12, says the community's foreman.
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Not just a '100-year storm'
Some people point to climate change as one possible reason for this year's spate of forest fires in the NWT.
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'We got the hell out of there'
In his 40 years of fighting forest fires, Fort Smith resident Earl Evans has never had to abandon his post. That all changed on July 14 when he was forced to run away from a raging fire at the side of Highway 3 near Fort Providence.
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Listening to the people
The Tlicho people made their voices heard to their leaders earlier this month.
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Govt grows, businesses close
The NWT business community is being squeezed in the middle, according to the NWT Chamber of Commerce.
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Cash carrier convicted
A man caught with $37,650 cash bundled in stacks of $5,000 and neatly vacuum-packed in plastic bags was handed an 18-month conditional sentence last week for possessing the proceeds of crime.
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Mould shuts down town hall
Town hall shut down last week after white mould was found in the ventilation system, forcing employees to relocate for the foreseeable future.
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Enterprise wants old weigh scale building
The Hamlet of Enterprise is seeking to assume ownership of an old weigh scale building and property, which occupies a prominent site along Highway 1 in the community.
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Inuit conference starts today
Inuvik is poised to grow substantially as the Inuit Circumpolar Council Assembly begins today.
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Inuvik housing prices take a fall
With the indefinitely stalled Mackenzie Valley gas project behind it and proposed petroleum product exploration in the Beaufort Sea well-off in the future, the Beaufort Delta is currently in-between major projects.
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The search for a man who fell into the Mackenzie River at Norman Wells on July 15 continued on Friday, says the community's search and rescue co-ordinator.
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Territory joins in lady bug search
Northwest Territories residents are being asked to help scientists determine why the nine-spotted lady beetle is in decline across Canada.
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Always a positive experience
Brenda Johnson of Fort Smith has been a member of the Canadian Rangers for more than 20 years.
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Carpenter builds boat from dump scraps
As an avid recycler who was born on the coast of Newfoundland, local woodworker Lindy Carpenter has two particularly cherished pastimes: salvaging at the dump and fishing.
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Youth keeps others busy in Sachs Harbour
Dustyn Gully is a jack-of-all trades this summer. The 16-year-old is spending his afternoons as a summer student with the Sachs Harbour recreation department, helping with everything from organizing games for kids to building the community's new play structure.
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More polar bears around Arviat
Polar bear sightings in Arviat over the past few weeks have the hamlet buzzing, especially after one bear gave chase to a group of children as they played outside.
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Stranded hunters rescue themselves
It was a nerve-wracking two-day struggle, but seven Arctic Bay narwhal hunters stranded on floe ice were able to safely return home July 16. Three others were able to get themselves to safety as the ice broke up July 14.
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Fight against TB goes door-to-door
Tuberculosis in the territory has a history that dates back to the 1950s, when Inuit stricken by the disease were sent to the south and sometimes never heard from again.
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Airport construction begins
Nunavut's most ambitious infrastructure project is now being built when a construction crew broke ground on Iqaluit's new airport July 10. The project, with a capital cost of $298.5 million, will see the runway repaved and a new, modern terminal building open by late summer 2017.
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Inuit gather for general assembly
Hundreds of Inuit from Nunavut are joining their counterparts from the circumpolar North in Inuvik this week for the Inuit Circumpolar Council's 2014 general assembly, being held from July 21 to 24.
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Premiers don seal skin
It may be the middle of summer, but no governmental visit to the North would be complete without showcasing a central part of Nunavuts traditional economy.
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Fund supports mining communities
Communities near Baffinland's Mary River project will be able to access a new fund designed to help preserve the well-being of workers and their loved ones at home, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced July 9.
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Third time's the charm
Not much has changed for Joyce Arnakak since she won the title of Miss Clyde River on Hamlet Day, July 2. Guys aren't hitting on her, and she's still working at the Northern store. Life goes on for the beauty queen.
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New graduate excels at safety
Nigel Neeveacheak, newly graduated from Netsilik School May 15, has skills on his side.

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