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In April, Snowbird Kakfwi graduated with a bachelor of education from Aurora College in Fort Smith - a program she completed while raising her six children. - photo courtesy of Snowbird Kakfwi
A perseverance for education
Snowbird Kakfwi did whatever it took to pursue her dream of teaching

Elaine Anselmi
Northern News Services

From a young age, education was important to Snowbird Kakfwi. next Continued

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Dr. Don Beach looks at a patient's digital record, part of the Department of Health and Social Services' Digital Imaging and Picture Archiving Communication System (DI/PACS) on March 16, 2007. An external review has now been ordered at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife after it was revealed that a computer glitch kept diagnostic imaging records from the doctors who ordered them for up to four months. 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. The review will be conducted by someone from outside the territorial government, according to Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy.

The shore next to the Deh Cho Bridge is no longer the resting place of the Merv Hardie Ferry, that was decommissioned at the completion of the bridge project, due to trespassers climbing aboard the unsecured vessel. 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. "People, like mushroom pickers and that, they were breaking into it and partying in it," said Gina Mikula, owner of Captain's Cabins and Bridge-Less Lodgings, just up the shore of the Mackenzie River from where the ferry once sat. Mikula worked as a deck-hand on the ferry, while her husband John was the captain.

Fort Smith's Delaney Poitras, left, waits to tag out Jeff Boyce of Hay River as he runs to second base in the Ann's Angels Annual Grand Slam Ball Tournament over the weekend.

Fort Smith hosts slo-pitch tournamen in Hay River
A slo-pitch team from Fort Smith hosted a tournament over the weekend. No big deal but when you consider the location of the tournament, it kind of is. The inaugural Ann's Angels Grand Slam Ball Tournament was held in Hay River after the team could not reach an arrangement with the Town of Fort Smith on changing an existing field and replacing another field that had been removed years ago.

A crowd gathered in Inuvik to gaze at the ceremonial whale bone sculpture, which is carried into the Great Northern Arts Festival as part of its opening ceremonies.

Festivals end summer with a bang
Summer may be drawing to a close, but NWT communities made sure it went out with a bang, hosting music, games, art and more during its seasonal festivals. While the Great Northern Arts Festival, which ran from July 17 to 26 in Inuvik, and Fort Smith's Summer Splash Festival on Aug. 15 were among the largest, other communities pulled off some impressive shows of their own.

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