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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.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Firefighters hope backburn will work
Highway officials and motorists in the NWT are keeping their fingers crossed that a controlled backburn near Fort Providence yesterday would successfully divert a forest fire there and allow Yellowknife's only road link to the south to reopen.
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Free bannock and condoms
Government agencies and community organizations teamed up on Monday morning to make Yellowknife residents more aware about hepatitis prevention and treatment as part of World Hepatitis Day, July 28.
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Wildcat T-shirt painter gets his shirts back
Artists and supporters of Wildcat Cafe T-shirt artist Nick MacIntosh packed a municipal services committee meeting Monday to ask for the garments to be returned.
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Nine months in jail for drug dealer
After a debate about the relative harm of crack-cocaine and alcohol, a second man was sentenced on Friday in relation to last December's drug busts in Yellowknife.
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Flying solo
Jeremy Maley will never get this moment again ...
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Joyrider fined, but no jail
An 18-year-old Yellowknife man has been fined $400 and ordered to pay an additional $2,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle after destroying a stolen SUV on a high-speed joyride around the city in May.
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CKLB's live broadcasts end this week
There may be an "off the air" gathering scheduled for Thursday, but the head of the Native Communications Society of the NWT, which owns and operates CKLB, remains optimistic the radio station will survive.
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Upgraded resources at Ekati
Dominion Diamond Corporation, which owns 80 per cent of the Ekati diamond mine, had good news last week for investors and employees alike.
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Sunny days coming to downtown
By the time your read this, Yellowknife should have its newest bistro and restaurant.
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Garbage truck a 'complete write-off'
Rankin Inlet's deputy mayor says the community's sole garbage truck, which exploded in flames on July 21, is a complete write-off.
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Learning from the land
A group of young researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland are in Arviat this summer studying permafrost.
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Louis Pilakapsi honoured by KIA
It's an understatement to say Louis Pilakapsi left a mark on Nunavut's history.
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And then there were two
Downtown Yellowknife has lost what had quickly become a popular lunchtime summer fixture.
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RBC donates $50,000 to Arctic College
Nunavut Arctic College got its last financial boost from RBC Royal Bank on July 17 with a $50,000 donation toward the college's accounting programs.
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NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, July 28, 2014

Northern wildlife versus wildfires
With some of the scary forest fire scenes in the NWT this summer, it may be hard to recognize the benefits of wildfires to many animal species.
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Fires still rage across NWT
Whati may be safe from fire at the moment, but it doesn't mean it is free from the effects.
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'No threat to Hay River,' says fire chief
With the territory experiencing the worst wildfire season in decades, some residents are growing concerned with the safety of the community as well as the plans to deal with the situation if the fires reach Hay River.
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Town waits for test results on hall
Two weeks after white mould was discovered at Hay River's town hall, the municipality is still functioning out of other locations and looking at options for either remediation or relocation.
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Legal request over Yellowknife electoral boundaries rejected
City advocates are again pushing to get Yellowknife more seats in the legislative assembly.
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Called back to India
The recent departure of a priest from the Roman Catholic parish in Fort Smith had nothing to do with tension over the incorporation of aboriginal elements into church services.
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A new gateway
The GNWT would welcome a discussion between aboriginal and industrial partners to consider a pipeline connecting petroleum resources in southern Canada - as well as potential NWT resources - to the Trans-Alaska pipeline.
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GNWT lease hikes hit regional carrier
Already expensive regional air travel between NWT communities may become more expensive soon.
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Dark sky expands
This year's third-annual Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival is promising to be the biggest and best.
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Joy rider fined
A young Yellowknife man was handed $400 in fines and ordered to pay $2,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle after destroying a car while joy-riding.
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'One future for our people'
The importance of unity, how to adjust to the rapidly-changing Arctic climate and what sustainable development should look like dominated discussions in Inuvik last week during the 12th Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly from July 21 to 24.
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Seatbelt credited for saving life
The driver of a car that rolled over just south of Enterprise on July 22 escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Fort McPherson hamlet government fired
The hamlet government of Fort McPherson ceased to exist late last week, after Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) officials exercised the department's authority to dissolve the community government.
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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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Homeless shelter open 24 hours
The Inuvik Homeless Shelter is experimenting with a pilot project to keep the facility open 24 hours a day for four days a week.
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Taking the plunge
Hayden Stuart says he's proud to be the first pool operations manager from his home community.
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Alumnus-librarian at Deninu School
Even in the summer, Kirstin Boucher makes sure learning doesn't stop at Deninu School in Fort Resolution.
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Dump fire waits for money
Iqaluit city council approved a new plan July 22 to end Iqaluit's two-month-old landfill fire for half the price and in almost half the time. But nothing will happen, Fire Chief Luc Grandmaison said, until the territorial or federal governments agree to help cover the cost of the new plan, now set at $2.285 million, plus a $342,000 contingency fund.
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Seismic testing delayed
Saying there is not enough time to meet its benefit commitments in 2014, seismic surveyor Multi-Klient Invest AS (MKI) is delaying seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait until 2015.
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New undertaking for historic district
It's not called the Coppermine River for nothing ...
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Aglukkaq questions Greenpeace's agenda
Nunavummiut should not take southern scientists and environmentalists at their word when it comes to the potential dangers of seismic testing near Clyde River, said the MP for Nunavut.
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Smoky Kitikmeot
The Kitikmeot was covered in smoke last week as two communities struggled with the result of a wind shift that brought the reality of NWT forest fires to their doorsteps.
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Forum Uranium takes long view
Potential Northern synergies between mineral projects in Nunavut means Canadian exploration company Forum Uranium Corp. (TSX.V:FDC) is keeping its North Thelon uranium project active and ready for future investment.
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Boom time in Cambridge Bay
The hub and heart of the Kitikmeot, Cambridge Bay, is booming, and the community is prepared for the growth.
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First taste of travel
It was her first real adventure, and it left quite an impression ...
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Love lavished on daycare
Three new board members, dedicated staff and community generosity and sweat brought an ailing and crippled daycare back to life.


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.

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