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Monday, February 1, 2016

Heavier trucks allowed to use mine roads

Heavier trucks will be allowed to use the roads between Hay River and the mine sites north of Yellowknife according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

A pilot project for permits on eight- and nine-axle commercial vehicles has been extended.

Transportation Minister Wally Schumann stated that there are economic benefits associated with the project including improved fuel efficiency, reduced commercial traffic, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a more effective mine resupply period.

- John McFadden

Rangers to patrol near Inuvik

The 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group will be carrying out annual training in Inuvik and the surrounding area over the coming weeks.

Rangers will undergo classroom and practical skills training on topics including navigation, reconnaissance, weapons handling and safety. The training was expected to begin Jan. 28 and will continue until March 3. Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves and described as the military's eyes and ears in the North.

- Shane Magee

New emergency phones on Deh Cho Bridge

The territorial government has installed two telephones on the Deh Cho Bridge at Fort Providence.

According to a news release from the Department of Transportation (DOT), the phones were set up in partnership with Northwestel to ensure the safety of all travelers crossing the bridge.

The phones have been installed in clearly marked emergency call points and with the press of a button, callers will be put in touch with the RCMP detachment in Fort Providence.

- John McFadden

Compensate aging day scholars: Dene chief

Dene National chief Bill Erasmus news release has called on the federal government to compensate Indian Residential School day scholars. Those students didn't stay at mission schools or hostels overnight but travelled home. They were not part of the 2006 Residential School Settlement Agreement.

A B.C. court ruling last year means day scholars are eligible for compensation but students from the territory were not considered in that case, according to Erasmus in a Jan. 25 news release. He has called on the government to address the issue quickly as the scholars are aging.

- Shane Magee

Army winter training

Gameti/Rae Lakes

The Canadian Armed Forces was scheduled to perform a training exercise near Gameti from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1.

A 20-member snowmobile patrol was expected to leave Yellowknife and travel to Bober Bay on Lake Hardisty, which is about 60 km north of Gameti.

The goal is to teach skills needed for long winter journeys as well as to commemorate the life of Warrant Officer Second Class Walter Bober. A plaque recognizing him for his service in WWII was to be placed on a small cairn at the site. Bober Bay was named after Walter Bober.

- Kassina Ryder

One stitch at a time


A sewing class is being held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Tlicho Hotel in Behchoko. The classes run from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is also hosting an arts and training workshop at the Charlie Charlo building from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18.

The workshop will include lessons on spiritual connection through art, graphic illustration and publishing.

Participants must register by Feb. 10.

- Kassina Ryder

Off to handgames

Wekweeti/Snare Lakes

Wekweeti is sending a team to the handgames tournament in Behchoko in February, said recreation co-ordinator Daniel Wedawin. The tournament is scheduled to take place from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14. Participants must be under the age of 15.

Each team must consist of eight players with one alternate player, for a total of nine players.

- Kassina Ryder

Sharpen those skates

Tulita/Fort Norman

Public skating is now available at the community arena from 5 to 6 p.m. said acting recreation co-ordinator Erica MacCauley.

Recreational hockey games take place after public skating, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The gym at Chief Albert Wright School is also open from Monday to Sunday for anyone who wants to play basketball or other sports.

- Kassina Ryder

Open gym in Deline

Deline/Fort Franklin

It's been a busy January in the Sahtu region and youth from Deline have been participating in many out of town events, said recreation co-ordinator Carla Kenny.

For anyone staying in town, the gym at Ehtseo Ahya School is open for sports from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on weeknights.

Public skating is also available at the arena from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

- Kassina Ryder

The doctor is in the house

Lli Goline/Norman Wells

Norman Wells will be holding a vet clinic on Feb. 6, 7 and 13 at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Management Laboratory.

Appointments on Feb. 6 will run from 9:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., with a break from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Appointments the next day will begin at 9:15 and end at 3 p.m. with a break taking place from 11:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.

Appointments on Feb. 13 will take place from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. with no further appointments.

There are also scheduled times for surgeries.

House calls will be made from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 for individuals who can't leave their homes.

- Kassina Ryder

Fixin' the engines


Aklavik residents are encouraged to sign up for a small engine repair course being offered through Aurora College. The small engines maintenance, repair and troubleshooting course will take place in Aklavik on March 7 to March 31 and will focus on snowmobiles, outboard motors and outdoor equipment, such as chainsaws. The course is available to anyone over the age of 17 with a minimum Grade 9 education.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.

- Kassina Ryder

A little help with the homework


Homework help is available to students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Tuktoyaktuk Community Library, said Audrey Walker.

The program takes place from 3:45 to 4:20 and is available to all ages. A librarian assistant will be on hand to provide help to anyone who requires it. The library also has a variety of other activities throughout the week, including iPad Play times, LEGO play times and board games.

- Kassina Ryder

Activity time


Children five and under have a special activity program in Paulatuk every Tuesday, said recreation co-ordinator Aaron Ruben.

From 1:30 to 3:30, children are invited to the youth centre to participate in different physical activities, such as an exercise circuit. Ruben said one circuit included having children jump over a line before bouncing a ball, but the activities change every week.

"We don't want to do the same thing every week," Ruben said.

- Kassina Ryder

Making dry meat

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

Youth in Sachs Harbour have been busy making dry muskox meat in January as part of a youth skills program in the community.

The program is being held at the Ajgaliaq Centre and is being taught by elders.

Sachs Harbour recreation hosted a number of activities throughout January, including an elders' luncheon and after school programs.

- Kassina Ryder

Classes and workshops

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

On Feb. 2, the Open Sky Creative Society will host the first of three birchbark basket workshops, courtesy of Phoebe Punch. The workshop will resume Feb. 9 and again on Feb. 16, and starts at 7 p.m. and will be provided at no cost and participants are asked to register in advance.

On Feb. 4, villagers are set to head to the polls to elect a new councillor during Fort Simpson's byelection.

On Feb. 6, soapstone carver John Sabourin will return to the village to host a carving workshop. It will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the recreation centre.

- April Hudson

Health fair hits Wrigley

Pehdzeh Ki/Wrigley

On Jan. 27, Dehcho Health and Social Services brought its health fair to Wrigley.

The fair took place at the community office and will included chances to win prizes.

- April Hudson

Vendors show off wares

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The 11th edition of the Thebacha Trade Show in Fort Smith will be held April 30.

This year, the show will return to Fort Smith Centennial Arena, which underwent repairs and renovations because of a fire in 2013.

For the past two years, the show - featuring booths from businesses, community organizations, government agencies, craftspeople, societies and more - had been held at the Fort Smith Rec Centre.

The Thebacha Trade Show is organized by Thebacha Business Development Services with financial support from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

- Paul Bickford

Winter vendor sale planned in Enterprise


A winter vendor sale will take place in Enterprise on Feb. 6.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Enterprise Community Centre.

A minimum $5 donation is requested for a table with proceeds going to youth programs offered by the Hamlet of Enterprise.

- Paul Bickford

Night of theatre at Smith high school

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The performing arts group at Paul William Kaeser (PWK) High School in Fort Smith is presenting Tasty Night of Theatre.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the PWK band, will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the school's gym.

It will feature Check Please, a one-act comedic play. There will also be a silent auction and dessert.

- Paul Bickford