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Jim Sparling: Darrel Nasogaluak, right, mayor of Tuktoyaktuk, was presented with a commemorative plaque during the opening ceremony for the James Gruben Community Airport on April 11. Also pictured, from left, are Tom Beaulieu, transportation minister, and Jackie Jacobson, MLA for Nunakput. Tuk celebrates new airport
Residents in Tuktoyaktuk came out to celebrate the official opening of the James Gruben Airport Terminal Building on April 11. While the building has been operational since 2012, the official opening was delayed to allow dignitaries, elders and guests to travel to Tuktoyaktuk for the ceremony, said Terry Brookes, manager of buildings and planning with the airports’ division of the Department of Transportation.

Floyd Roland: mayor of Inuvik questions how the GNWT calculates the northern allowance payments for its employees. Paycheque ups and downs
Inuvik Mayor Floyd Roland has a question about money – specifically what's going on with the northern allowance rates which came into effect on April 1 for GNWT employees. Under the new rates, which differ for each community in the NWT, territorial government employees in Inuvik saw their northern allowances decrease by $383 – from $14,139 to $13,756. At left: Floyd Roland: mayor of Inuvik questions how the GNWT calculates the northern allowance payments for its employees.

Olympian Jesse Cockney, left, posed with River Ross of the Inuvik Speed Skating Club, fellow Olympian Michael Gilday and Alex Robertson of the speedskating club April 11 at East Three Secondary School following a presentation by the NWT athletic stars.

An Olympic-sized visit
When you're facing spring break square in the face, all you're thinking about is what you'll be doing and where you'll be going. The last thing you're thinking about is paying attention in class but then you hear a couple of Olympians are coming to town and that all changes. Pictured: Olympian Jesse Cockney, left, posed with River Ross of the Inuvik Speed Skating Club, fellow Olympian Michael Gilday and Alex Robertson of the speedskating club April 11 at East Three Secondary School following a presentation by the NWT athletic stars.

Sahtu MLA Norman Yakelaya is concerned that special interest groups will halt what he sees as a burgeoning opportunity related to oil exploration in the Sahtu.

MLA pushes against fracking critics
Yellowknife-based Ecology North, Alternatives North and the Council of Canadians have called for those opposed to fracking in the Sahtu region to begin a letter-writing campaign to the Sahtu Land and Water Board (SLWB) calling for a full environmental assessment of Husky Energy’s application to drill four exploratory wells over two years. At left: Sahtu MLA Norman Yakelaya is concerned that special interest groups will halt what he sees as a burgeoning opportunity related to oil exploration in the Sahtu.


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