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Monday, September 26, 2016

Raymond Perrson's remains found

Human fragments recovered Aug. 3 on a Great Bear Lake island belong to Raymond Perrson, the NWT Coroner office's has confirmed after DNA testing.

Perrson and Montgomery Kenneth Yates were on a weekend fishing trip on Great Bear Lake when they failed to return on Aug. 23, 1987, RCMP said in a news release.

There was an intensive marine/aerial search by RCMP and community members.

On Aug. 23, 1988 the body of Montgomery Kenneth Yates was located.

Persson was very active in and around the community prior to his disappearance. Notably, the arena in Norman Wells is called the Ray Persson Memorial Arena in his honour.

- James O'Connor

Two NTPC spills in two days

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation had a spill at its Fort Liard plant on Sept 9, followed by a spill at its Fort Simpson plant two days later.

The Fort Liard spill involved 25 litres of propylene glycol leaking from a coupler on an engine onto a cement floor, according to spill reports from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In Fort Simpson, 100 litres of diesel spilled after a tank overfilled. The spill was contained on a steel berm under the tank, according to a spill report.

- Paul Bickford

Technology theme for NWT Literacy Week

The NWT Literacy Council is asking residents to think about the pros and cons of technology during this year's Literacy Week, which runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, according to a press release.

The theme for 2016 is "Tied to Tech." and includes some new activities, such as encouraging families to avoid using devices at mealtimes and instructions for school spelling bees.

Behchoko is one of the communities hosting events, including a Family Literacy Night at the library on Sept. 27.

- Kassina Ryder

Dene Nation backs North Dakota protest

The Dene Nation has expressed support for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in its protests against the North Dakota access pipeline.

"The Standing Rock government needs global support," stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in a Sept. 14 news release.

"There is a need for developing a tribal-U.S.A. energy plan that deals with all outstanding issues related to the land.'"

- Paul Bickford

The Sun At Midnight to rise

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

A film about an unusual friendship between a hunter obsessed with finding a missing caribou herd and a teenage rebel who gets lost while on the run, was scheduled to be screened in Fort McPherson on Sept. 25.

The Gwich'in Tribal Council was a key supporter of the The Sun At Midnight, which is set in Gwich'in traditional territory.

"Collaborating with the Gwich'in on the script began in 2009," stated Kirsten Carthew, the film's writer, director and producer. "It has been a long haul and I think we are in collective awe that the film has now come to life."

Carthew went on to say the film was possible only with the support of the Gwich'in Tribal Council - Department of Culture Heritage, who are associate producers of the film.

The official trailer can be found on The Sun At Midnight's Facebook page.

The film is produced by Jill & Jackfish Productions Inc.

- Stewart Burnett

Kitchen to get upgrade

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The Village of Fort Simpson has allotted up to $80,000 for upgrades to the kitchen at the recreation centre.

Those will include new equipment, a new range and fire suppression system, new flooring, electrical work and demolition of the existing kitchen.

The plan, said senior administrative officer Beth Jumbo, is to create a larger and more user-friendly space.

New equipment will include a deep fryer, grill, dishwasher, pizza ovens and new faucets.

Jumbo said one main focus of the renovation is adding additional refrigerator space as well.

The kitchen is often used by community groups hosting fundraisers or events.

- April Hudson

Sunrise Festival planning shines

Inuvik

A dozen people representing various organizations in town met Sept. 13 to discuss plans for this winter's Sunrise Festival.

Discussion subjects included the locations of various aspects of the festival, fireworks, the concert and other ideas.

The three-day annual event, set to take place in early January, celebrates the return of the sun to Inuvik.

Safety concerns, especially in regards to placement of the fireworks show and making sure people do not go near where the fireworks are being set off, took up much of the discussion at the first planning meeting.

More meetings will follow as the town gears up for the festival.

- Stewart Burnett

Canoers welcomed

Tthek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River

On Sept. 23, community members were expecting to welcome 12 to 15 high school students from Fort Providence as well as five adults who are taking part in the 2016 Experiential Science trip.

The trip was to see students arriving on canoes.

- April Hudson

Playgroup for toddlers

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

Playgroup for toddlers in Fort Liard is now taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the community hall.

Soccer practice for players between the ages of six and nine is taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the school gymnasium.

- April Hudson

Farm animals zone out

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The Village of Fort Simpson is amending its zoning bylaw to include sections for poultry and farm animals.

The amendments would mean no farm animals or poultry will be permitted or kept on lands zoned for residential use. That extends to chickens, ducks, goats and pigs, among a long list of others.

The bylaw was read by council and passed in first and second readings on Sept. 19. Before coming into effect, it will need to be passed in third reading.

- April Hudson

Oktoberfest set for curling club

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Fort Smith Curling Club will be celebrating Oktoberfest on Sept. 30.

The event will feature an Oktoberfest supper of sausages, sauerkraut and potatoes.

It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fort Smith Curling Centre, upstairs at the rec centre.

- Paul Bickford

Russian dressing workshop

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, fashion designer D'Arcy J. Moses will be leading a women's Russian-style fur hat workshop at the Open Sky Gallery.

Weekly craft nights began Sept. 20 and run each Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Crafters are invited to bring their own projects.

- April Hudson

School readies for Terry Fox Run

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

Students and staff at Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson are gearing up for the school's annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 30, said teacher Sierra Daley.

The run is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the school. Eight classrooms have set a goal to raise $500 and the winning class will get a chance to throw a pie in their teacher's face, Daley said.

That event is scheduled to take place in the school gym following the run.

Fundraising is to be completed by Sept. 28 and pledge sheets are due that day.

Anyone looking to donate directly to the school can visit: www.terryfox.ca/Chief Julius.

- Kassina Ryder

University student gets scholarship

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Devan Cli, a university student at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alta., has been named the recipient of Dehcho Regional Helicopters LP's aviation support services scholarship.

This is the third time Cli, who is from Fort Simpson, has received the $1,500 scholarship since it was created in 2014.

- April Hudson

Anniversary anticipated

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Fort Providence held a meeting for people who want to be on the Canada 150 Planning Committee.

The meeting kicked off on Sept. 21 at the hamlet council chambers.

The hamlet is putting together an application for funding in order to put on a celebration for Canada's 150th anniversary.

- April Hudson

First Nation office to relocate for renovations

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

The offices of K'atlodeeche First Nation on the Hay River Reserve will be temporarily relocated.

It's to accommodate upcoming interior renovations on its existing building.

Chief executive officer Peter Groenen said the offices will move to the former Nats'ejee K'eh Treatment Centre.

"As soon as we're ready, we're going to move," said Groenen.

"We've arranged to set up the treatment centre for our offices.

"(It will likely be about) three or four months while the renovations are completed here."

- Paul Bickford

Polar bear visits through Sachs Harbour

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

A polar bear made a surprise visit to the community on Sept. 16, said Melissa Davis.

Davis was indoors nursing her baby while her fiance and four-year-old son were outside working on their ATV when the bear approached their house.

"I looked out the window and the bear was just below the house," she said. "I ran outside to bring our little guy in."

The family lives on the edge of Sachs Harbour and Davis said while it's not unusual for polar bears to come around, it's rare for bears to make it into the community unnoticed.

"They don't usually make it right into town," she said. "This one made it onto the main road before we noticed it."

Davis said her fiance estimated the young bear was about three or four-years old.

"It was definitely curious," she said.

A neighbour chased the bear out of town with a truck.

"It tried to come back a few times, but eventually it got the hint and wandered off," Davis said.

- Kassina Ryder

Exhibition to celebrate half-century as a town

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre is preparing to launch an exhibition to celebrate Fort Smith's 50th anniversary as an incorporated town, which occurred in 1966.

The exhibition will begin on Sept. 30. It will feature photos, memorabilia and artifacts.

In preparation, the museum collected prints of residents' family photographs from 50 years ago to help it take a nostalgic look back.

In addition, the museum collected photographs, memories and stories of Fort Smith's festivals and events over the years, such as Wood Buffalo Frolics, the South Slave Friendship Festival and the Slave River Paddlefest.

- Paul Bickford

Sunday Fiddle Club to begin

Hay River

The Kole Crook Fiddle Association's Sunday Fiddle Club was likely to begin Sept. 25.

The association will offer classes for parents, tots and adult beginners. Each class will be offered for a minimum of five registrants.

- Paul Bickford

Labour Day BBQ

Thebacha/Fort Smith

An annual Labour Day barbecue was held in Fort Smith on Sept. 5.

In all, 320 hamburgers and 132 hotdogs were eaten, and $215.73 was raised for the Fort Smith Animal Society. The event in Conibear Park was sponsored by the Northern Territories Federation of Labour and the Union of Northern Workers, Locals 2 and 12.

- Paul Bickford