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Monday, May 18, 2015

Fire damages trailer home

A fire on May 13 damaged a trailer home in Towering Pines Trailer Park in Fort Smith.

No information on the incident was immediately available from the Fort Smith Fire Department, such as the extent of the damage to the building.

However one community resident, who saw the aftermath of the fire, said it appeared the trailer home may have been damaged to the point where it is not liveable.

RCMP were not available to provide any more information on the fire.

- Paul Bickford

Crash sends four to hospital

A single vehicle with six occupants crashed into a ditch outside Behchoko after rolling several times in the early morning hours of May 10.

According to an RCMP news release, police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop in a ditch according to an RCMP news release.

The occupants were taken to the Behchoko Health Centre. Two were released and four were transferred to the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife for further assessment.

The names of the individuals involved with the crash have no been released.

Police are seeking any witnesses to the crash.

- Shane Magee

Campgrounds open

Most campgrounds across the territory are now open with a few exceptions.

Parks in the Beaufort-Delta Region near Inuvik will open June 1.

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment said in a news release the GNWT plans to spend $2.5 million in upgrading and maintaining park infrastructure this year.

The plans include new hiking trails in Gwich'in Territorial Park and improvements to Prelude Lake's marina and shoreline.

Camping sites are available for pre-booking on the territorial government's NWT Parks website.

- Shane Magee

DEA election set in Fort Resolution

The Fort Resolution District Education Council has an election set for May 25.

All seven seats are open on the council, and 11 candidates have put their names forward.

The successful candidates will be elected for three-year terms.

- Paul Bickford

Paddling club to host courses

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Fort Smith Paddling Club will host two courses beginning in late June.

A Paddle Canada canoe trip instructor course will be held from June 26 to 29. It will involve a four-day canoe trip on the Slave River.

A Paddle Canada moving water instructor canoe course will be held on the Slave River from June 30 through July 2.

Interested individuals must register before June 1.

More information on the courses, including on the fee, is available by contacting the Fort Smith Paddling Club.

- Paul Bickford

Enterprise grows by more than 500 hectares


The council of the Hamlet of Enterprise approved third reading of eight bylaws which will see 533 hectares of Commissioner's land transferred to the community government from the GNWT.

The final reading took place at the council meeting on May 4.

Now, the hamlet has to have the land surveyed and registered.

The pieces of land are in various locations within the hamlet's corporate limits.

The largest is 326 hectare.

While the smallest is 13 hectares.

- Paul Bickford

Hands-on history

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

Elders and other adult residents in Sachs Harbour will have the opportunity to delve into Inuvialuit history from June 7 to 12 during a community visit to Yellowknife's Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

The Sachs Harbour Community Corporation said on its Facebook page that the Ikaahuk Archaeology Project is organizing the trip and will be covering the cost of travel, accommodation and meals, as well as providing a $750 honorarium for the trip.

While at the heritage centre, participants will spend their time documenting artifacts from Banks Island.

- April Hudson

Goose hunt in full swing


Residents around Aklavik are taking full advantage of the special spring goose hunt that runs until May 28.

The hunt began on May 1 after Environment Canada declared snow geese and Ross's geese as "overabundant."

A special spring conservation harvest was announced throughout the Northwest Territories, except Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth Islands.

There is a daily bag limit of 50 snow and Ross's geese, with no possession limit. Hunters are allowed to use recorded bird calls during their hunt.

Recreation co-ordinator Dean McLeod said springtime usually pulls most of the community out to hunt geese, with this year being no exception.

Environment Canada is also encouraging hunters who are interested in participating in next year's conservation harvest to keep their 2014-15 federal permits.

- April Hudson

Kicks for kids


Baby Beluga is back this June in Tuktoyaktuk and is expected to be as well attended as ever, according to the hamlet office.

Running from June 5 to 7, the jamboree features activities similar to those at the Beluga Jamboree, including an egg toss, raffles and the crowning of princes and princesses.

The event is for children ages 15 and under.

- April Hudson

Beaver hunting in full swing

Sambaa K'e/Trout Lake

People have been hunting in the bush for duck and beaver recently. Fishing has yet to start as the rivers are still flowing strongly and muddy right now.

Primarily geese, duck, beaver and muskrat are being hunted.

There have been a few bear sightings and people

are cautioned about

bear safety in the bush.

The fire crew has been training with the recent hot weather. Temperatures hit 30 C last week.

Almost the whole community came out for a Mother's Day feast of beaver, ribs and more.

- Stewart Burnett

Community cleanup on the way

Tthenaago/Nahanni Butte

Nahanni Butte invited the community out to clean up the town on May 16 starting at 1 p.m.

There was scheduled to be a volunteer sign-up sheet posted at the band office.

Gloves, bags and water bottles are being provided by NWT Power Corp.

The band office will be closed on May 18 for Victoria Day.

The community wishes a happy birthday to Sara Gordon on May 15.

- Stewart Burnett

River breaks on Mother's Day

Pehdzeh Ki/Wrigley

Students at Chief Julian Yendo School were treated to two days of sessions in a Take a Kid Gardening program last


Students learned how to assemble planter boxes, prepare soil, plant seeds, identify plants and much more.

In June, six to eight youth will be heading to the Northwest Territories track and field championships.

Ice broke on the river on Mother's Day, signalling the start of spring.

People are getting ready for duck hunting and boating on the water. Ferry service should start soon.

It's been hot in Wrigley this past week, even hitting 30 C at one point.

- Stewart Burnett

Students attend soccer goalie clinic

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

Echo Dene School hosted a goalies soccer clinic for youth May 15 through May 18.

A coach was scheduled to come from Yellowknife and registration was open to any interested youth.

Like the whole region, it's been hot in Fort Liard, with temperatures hitting 27 and 28 C last week.

- Stewart Burnett

Time for celebration

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Fort Providence celebrated a wedding between Violet Landry and Kevin Wilson on May 16.

- Stewart Burnett