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Monday, September 29, 2014

Hunter killed by grizzly identified

Lli Goline/Norman Wells

Kenton Edward Novotny of Germanton, Tennessee, has been identified as the man killed by a grizzly bear last week near Norman Wells.

He died after the attack on Sept. 17 while he and a guide were hunting about 237 km southwest of the town.

A Wildlife Incident Response Team, dispatched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), found and destroyed the bear on Sept. 20, an ENR spokesperson stated in an e-mail to NWT News/North.

DNA testing is being conducted to ensure the destroyed bear is the same animal that killed Novotny. The e-mail stated that it is ENR policy to destroy a bear if causes a fatality.

- Kassina Ryder

New refuge for women

Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A new refuge for women looking to escape homelessness and domestic violence is now open in Yellowknife.

Lynn Brooks' Safe Place for Women, formerly known as Betty House, officially opened its doors Sept. 26.

The three-storey building houses six small units, 10 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units.

The $4.2 million building was funded from federal, territorial and municipal governments and with private donations.

- Randi Beers

Tlicho Assembly meets

Wekweeti/Snare Lakes

Tlicho leaders gathered for the seventh session of the third Tlicho Assembly in Wekweeti last week.

Topics were expected to include reports on the Tlicho Research and Training Institute, an update on the Intergovernmental Services Agreement between the Tlicho and the GNWT, as well as discussions on caribou populations and mining activities in the region.

Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus said elders were also invited and expected to provide input.

- Kassina Ryder

Freezer failure leads to free-for-all

Deline/Fort Franklin

Shoppers in Deline were treated to a rare fire-sale last week when the entire freezer system at the Northern store failed.

According to relief manager Chuck Keddy, the store was forced to sell off almost off all its refrigerated food at cost when it was discovered that the freezers weren't working during a routine temperature check on Wednesday morning.

Keddy said the freezers were up and running again later that afternoon.

- Cody Punter

Sing to your heart's content

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Vocalists in the Fort Smith area have an opportunity to consider joining the Fort Smith Community Choir, which will be starting up again on Oct. 2. The choir will be led by Fort Smith soprano Karen Zaidan. Practices will take place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Paul William Kaeser High SchoolMusic Room.

Anyone interested in signing up, or who has questions about the choir should contact Zaidan.

- Cody Punter

Community feast celebrates successful whale hunt

Ulukhaktok/Holman

About 125 people of all ages gathered at the community gym in Ulukhaktok for a community feast held on Sept. 20 in celebration of the successful spring and summer whale hunt.

The Ulukhaktok Community Corporation purchased turkey and ham and provided stuffing, potato salad and other side dishes for the meal, as well as trifles for dessert, said manager Laverna Klengenberg.

Residents also brought muktuk salad, a caribou roast and other country food.

"Everybody and everyone was invited," said Klengenberg.

During the event, which ran from 5 until nearly 9 p.m., organizers presented a slideshow and short videos of the hunt, as well as of community members cutting up the meat on shore.

"That was really nice to see," said Klengenberg. "A lot of people got choked up because it was such a wonderful summer for everybody. It was very touching."

Klengenberg was also choked up when she saw images of her husband, Ross Klengenberg, harvesting a whale with her son, she said.

Entertainment included the performances by the Ulukhaktok Central and Western Drummers and Dancers and games.

- Daron Letts

Practice makes perfect

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

A weekend of target shooting took place with Pat Bobinski from Hay River. On Sept. 26, the practice was indoors at the Echo Dene School Gymnasium using air rifles beginning at 6:30 p.m. The next day, the practice was outside starting at noon at the gravel pit using .22s.

There was be a bonfire and smokie roast to follow. The event was open to those 11 years of age and up.

- Roxanna Thompson

Construction begins on garage

Paulatuk

Workers have begun laying the foundation for a new 10-bay garage for the Hamlet of Paulatuk this month.

The more than 1,500-square-metre concrete pad is being poured by six workers from the community and three workers from Yellowknife who came up from the NWT capital with contractor Arctic Canada Construction Ltd.

Some of the materials are coming to the community by barge a bit late, said hamlet supervisor Greg Morash, so the project is slightly behind schedule.

Nonetheless, he said, the garage is expected to be completed before the new year.

"We're just doing the padwork and steelwork should start within another five to six weeks," he said. "We're hoping by December we'll be able to turn the key and walk in."

The $1.4 million project is being funded by the federal Building Canada Fund and the GNWT Community Public Infrastructure Fund.

Once completed, the facility will house three loaders, two Cats, a sewage truck, a grader, a back hoe and two gravel trucks.

- Daron Letts

Checking out their options

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Nineteen students including one from Fort Simpson, one from Yellowknife and 17 from Fort Providence are on a college tour in both B.C. and Alberta organized by Deh Gah School. The students left on Sept. 21 and will be returning on Sept. 27.

As well, there will be no classes at Deh Gah School from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14. Teachers will be at a conference, followed by cultural orientation and then the school has a one week break.

- Roxanna Thompson

Elders and youth embark on hunting trip

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

Elders and youth in Fort McPherson headed up the Peel River from the community in a dozen boats at noon on Sept. 23.

Tetlin Gwich'in Council Chief William Koe and past chiefs Johnny Kay and Wilbert Firth also participated.

"They are travelling up the peel by boat and they are planning on going as far as they can go," said band supervisor Elizabeth Vittrekwa.

She estimated the group would make it about 112 km, depending on the water levels, after which they will hike on traditional trails and go hunting.

"The elders will be mentoring the youth on this trip," she added.

- Daron Letts

Learn to paint

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre will be offering an acrylic landscape painting course on Oct. 4 and 5.

This course will also be led by Peters who will be teaching students how to create an acrylic landscape painting from a photograph or drawing, from start to finish.

Peters will be explaining a variety of techniques including how to lay out a canvas, mix acrylic paint and how to work with value and colour to create contrast.

Participants in the course should have at least some experience working with acrylic paint, although artists of all levels from novice to advanced are welcome.

Each artist is requested to bring a colour photo of a landscape or image that they want to paint. All other supplies will be provided.

- Cody Punter

'So far so good' at Mangilaluk School

Tuktoyaktuk

New Mangilaluk School principal Marjan Lenart, who came North this summer from northern Ontario, says his students are off to a good start this academic year.

"So far so good," he said. "We've got a good healthy enrolment of 225 students and attendance has been pretty good so far."

Staff at the school increased to 18 teachers, including Lenart, and three educational assistants.

- Daron Letts