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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.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, September 1, 2014

Rotted pipes cause Franklin tear up
Construction on Franklin Avenue from the fire department to the curling club might seem like a repeat of last year's Northland roadwork, but the city says it's part of the $2.6-million plan to fix corroded sewage pipes under that stretch of Franklin.
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Eight bears shot in Norman Wells
The Norman Wells dump is finally getting an electric fence after eight bears that had been foraging for food there were killed over the course of two days last month.
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Forest firefighters heading home
The number of firefighters in the NWT will be reduced dramatically this week despite about 300 active fires still burning in the territory.
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Premier supports inquiry
Premier Bob McLeod says the territory's high rate of violence against women is the reason he is supporting a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.
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What would an oil spill look like?
Residents of the Beaufort Delta are learning about what could happen if there was an oil rig blowout, tanker crash or pipeline spill off the shore of their communities.
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Google puts park on the map
Soon, anyone with Internet access will be able to take a virtual journey on Google Street View to Tuktut Nogait National Park outside Paulatuk.
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Behchoko roads get long-awaited facelift
In the past few weeks motorists in Behchoko may have noticed that the drive around Rae and Edzo is a lot smoother than it used to be. That is because, for the first time, the roads in the community are now paved.
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Learning the songs of their ancestors
New drumming programs in Behchoko are teaching the next generation about its traditional music, according to Tlicho Government's Behchoko community director, Shauna Zoe.
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Sun power in the Sahtu
One of the most advanced combination solar diesel hybrid power plant projects in Canada, and the only one of its kind in the NWT, is underway in Colville Lake.
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'It's a lifestyle'
Spending the long winters alone in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, catching vicious predators and skinning them for their pelts is not an easy way to make a living.
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Manslaughter suspect's statement to police out
The trial date for the man charged with manslaughter in the 2012 death of Mary Laboucan is scheduled to take place in Hay River on Sept. 2.
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First time discoveries
Archaeologists studying an ancient site outside Sachs Harbour made more than one significant discovery this summer, says one of the project's lead researchers.
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Councillor charges conflict by acting mayor on motion
Iqaluit city councillor Kenny Bell says acting mayor Mary Wilman should have declared a conflict of interest when she gave up the chair in order to vote against the city holding a byelection to replace former mayor John Graham.
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Hellfire descends on Iqaluit dump
With boots on the ground and hoses in hand, dump fire specialists Hellfire Suppression Services of Alberta started attacking Iqaluit's now notorious landfill fire more than three months after it started burning.
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Man rowing Northwest Passage
Charles Hedrich was 45 when he busted out of business and his home country of France.
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Man guilty of manslaughter
Shortly after Elee Geetah and his brother Jamesie Simigak got into a fight at their Cape Dorset home on the afternoon of Oct. 10, 2010, Geetah grabbed a shotgun and killed his brother.
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Agnico Eagle ramps up exploration
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (TSX:AEM) has announced updated results from its summer drilling program on its new IVR gold project.
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Starbucks brewing in Iqaluit
When renovations are complete later this month at Qikiqtaaluk Corporation's Baffin Gas and Convenience in Iqaluit's Plateau neighbourhood, the area will have what Scott Clark, Qikiqtaaluk director of sales and marketing, describes as the Cadillac of neighbourhood convenience stores.
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Ambitious greenhouse plan delayed
Plans to create a series of greenhouses throughout Nunavut, starting in Pangnirtung, are on hold until next year, the project leader said Aug. 13.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, August 29, 2014

'We screwed up' - councillor
City councillors held their noses and approved a bylaw Monday deferring tax increases to Kam Lake property owners until Dec. 30 after coming up short in their attempts at a rebate.
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Fight over for forest fire near Yk
Ten remaining firefighters battling a blaze less than 30 kilometres west of Yellowknife for the past several weeks have now been removed from fighting the fire.
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Gang charges difficult to prove: lawyer
Yellowknife RCMP has made it abundantly clear over the past year that, in the minds of police officers, drug trafficking in the city is in the hands of a criminal gang from Lower Mainland B.C.
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Restaurant vs. food trucks
It was the summer of the food truck in downtown Yellowknife this year, with up to four trucks offering street-side lunches downtown.
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More calls for sidewalks on Highway 4
Ruari Carthew, a representative from Ecology North and a resident of Niven Lake, approached council to discuss safety concerns for pedestrians along Highway 4 from the Niven Gate to the Explorer Hotel.
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Schools to deal with smoke on day-to-day basis
With students now filling the halls of Yellowknife's schools for another school year, school administrators are figuring how to deal with the potential for heavy smoke in the air.
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Volunteers 'storm' Yellowknife
Yellowknifer Tara-Lee Wedzin was walking down Franklin Avenue on Tuesday when she spotted a group of volunteers cleaning up and landscaping one of the yards of Garden Townhomes.
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Yk1 chair gears up for school year
At the helm of six schools and approximately 1,730 students, chairman of Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1), John Stephenson has a lot on his plate.
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Time for the new school year
September is an exciting time for students and especially for those attending school for the first time.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fire destroys Fort Simpson trailer
An early morning fire lit up the sky over the Fort Simpson industrial area on Aug. 24.
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$15.8 million spurs work at Prairie Creek
The Canadian Zinc Corporation has raised $15.8 million that will allow the company to undertake major exploration and development work at Prairie Creek Mine this fall and winter.
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Arts and farmers' market a hit
Moccasins, jams, fresh vegetables and medicinal ointments were among the items on display and for sale at a new event in Fort Simpson.
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Kakisa to get new community building
Construction is underway in Kakisa on a long-awaited community facility.
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Fund supports three initiatives
Three First Nations in the Deh Cho are among 14 groups in the territory that are receiving a portion of the territorial government's Anti-Poverty Fund.
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Golfers play on their skills
Twenty-two golfers challenged their own capabilities during a two-day event in Fort Simpson over the weekend.
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Garden diversity on display
The wonders of Fort Simpson gardens of all shapes, sizes and stages of development were revealed during a new community event.
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Gwich'in delegates want wellness centre to reopen
Delegates at the Gwich'in Tribal Council assembly made it clear Aug. 20 that they want the Gwich'in Wellness Centre just outside of Inuvik to be reopened, although it's not clear how the cost would be covered.
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One-class voting system retained
Delegates at the Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC) assembly voted unanimously to override the results of community consultation sessions and retain full voting rights for all of its citizens Aug. 22 after a marathon week of discussions.
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Sounds of Spain
When Aiden Kunnizzi strums his guitar, hearts flutter to a Spanish rhythm.
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A traditional lifestyle lived
You'd want someone like Mabel English with you if you're ever lost in the woods.
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Nice guys finish first
The Inuvik RCMP detachment has its eyes on Inuvikmiut youth, but not for the reason you might think at first blush.
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Amirco wins slo-pitch playoffs
The Inuvik Slo-pitch Association season ended with a bang Aug. 23 as the Amirco team routed a gutsy and determined Legion Bears team in the third game of a best-of-three finals.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UNW president faces challenger
There will be challenger for this October's presidency of the Union of Northern Workers.
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Company gets $70,000 fine for Bluefish accident
Two years after a construction worker was badly injured after falling from unsafe scaffolding at Bluefish Dam on the Yellowknife River, the Ontario-based company in charge of reconstructing the dam has been handed a $70,000 fine.
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Buffalo Airways fined $55,000
Buffalo Airways was fined $55,000 in territorial court Friday after the company admitted the fuel tanks it was transporting weren't up to code.
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Miltenberger: $52 million to fight forest fires
Numbers have been revealed by the Government of the Northwest Territories paint a devastating picture of the forest fires that continues to plague the territory this summer.
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No one hurt in townhouse fire
No one was hurt, but there was considerable damage following a townhouse fire on Friday evening.
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From Yellowknife to Iqaluit for Nanook
Almost 50 military personnel from Yellowknife are involved this week in Operation Nanook, a major rescue training exercise taking place in and around Iqaluit.
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Women mining a future
The NWT is leading the nation, even if only by a small margin, when it comes a sizeable number of women in its mining sector.
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Dial-a-doper gets house arrest
In what is becoming an increasingly rare event in Canada, a drug dealer found guilty of trafficking a small amount of cocaine will serve his sentence under house arrest rather than in jail.
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'Seamless and inclusive plan for everyone'
If a major power outage struck or if the city were to be surrounded by forest fires, able-bodied residents would be able to consult the city's emergency plan for safety.
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Yellowknife jumps on board
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has come a long way from rolling Hawaiian coasts and landed on the rocky shores of Yellowknife Bay.
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Italian tourist chases big fish dream
An Italian tourist has returned home after visiting the city solely out of an interest to see the source of one Yellowknife man's "amazing" underwater photos.
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Coral celebrates Hamlet Day
The community of Coral Harbour overcame a difficult month to hold a successful Hamlet Day celebration on Aug. 18.
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Meeting the challenge
Getting everything ready for annual high school graduation festivities is not a task to be taken lightly.
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Back on the water
The qajaqs hit the water for the ninth time to begin another year at Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet earlier this month.
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The practical side of science
Children in Repulse Bay took part in a week's worth of fun-filled activities when the Actua Science Camp made an appearance earlier this month.
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Missing the summer bonding
The Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre in Rankin Inlet was noticeably absent from youth programming this summer due to the late arrival of its funding.

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