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Edith Norn climbs the stairs at the back of the Gensen building while renovations are underway at the front entrance last week. - Sarah Ladik/NNSL photo
Access arranged for second floor of Gensen Building
Renovations to front lobby impede elevator use and remove wheelchair ramp

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After a week without easy access, clients of health authority offices and businesses on the second floor of the Gensen building will regain the use of the elevator this week. next Continued

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Water levels in the Mackenzie River are so low this season, barge service is being cancelled to Fort Good Hope, Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik for the rest of the year, says the Northern Transportation Company. 
Bill Smith, NTCL's vice president of logistics and business development, said that as of a few weeks ago, barge service was completely stopped past the Ramparts near Fort Good Hope.

Barges cancelled
Water levels in the Mackenzie River are so low this season, barge service is being cancelled to Fort Good Hope, Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik for the rest of the year, says the Northern Transportation Company. Bill Smith, NTCL's vice president of logistics and business development, said that as of a few weeks ago, barge service was completely stopped past the Ramparts near Fort Good Hope.

Norman Yakeleya: Sahtu MLA sees many benefits to having a trades school situated in the Sahtu.

MLA pushes Sahtu trades school
Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya says a trade school in the region would provide residents with a variety of career options, not just those in the oil and gas industry. Yakeleya said plumbing, carpentry and electrical programs would provide residents with the skills they need to get jobs in their home communities.


Sharon Kikoak, left, Anna Kikoak, Solenn Kikoak, 4, Brandon Kikoak and Sebastien Kikoak, 7, pose for a photo in the cabbage patch behind Anna's Home Cooking. The garden provides some of the fresh ingredients for the menu at the Fort Smith restaurant.

Community-minded chef preaches healthy eating
There are plenty of people who can say they were born in Fort Smith but only Anna Kikoak can say she was the last baby to be delivered at the town's old Grey Nun's Hospital. While Kikoak acknowledges that title is "quite the claim to fame", she is hoping that the people of the community will recognize her name for her contribution to the community rather than what is written on her birth certificate.

A recent aerial shot of the De Beers Canada Inc. and Mountain Province Diamonds Gahcho Kue diamond mine project construction site.  The billion dollar project recieved its formal water use permit from the GNWT last week.

Gahcho Kue final licence approval
The De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds Gahcho Kue diamond mine project received approval last week for a type A water license by the Michael Miltenberger, minister of environment and natural resources. On Aug. 12, Gahcho Kue received its type-A land use permit from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board. At the same time, the board forwarded the type-A water license to the minister's office for final approval.


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