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Monday, March 2, 2015

Yk cab driver assaulted

The Mounties are investigating after a taxi driver was assaulted and robbed Feb. 25 in Yellowknife. Const. Elenore Sturko, an RCMP spokesperson, stated in an e-mail that the cab driver was attacked by the three passengers who were in the cab, two males and a female, on Latham Island.

Money was then stolen and the suspects fled the area.

The taxi driver was taken to Stanton Hospital, treated and later released. According to Sturko the female was seen carrying a white purse.

-John McFadden

Coroner, RCMP probe sudden deaths

The Mounties and the NWT Chief Coroner are investigating two sudden deaths in the territory.

RCMP said a man was found dead in the driver's seat of a vehicle in the ditch Feb. 25 on Highway 1 near Fort Providence at about 7 p.m..

RCMP stated that it did not appear that a collision had occurred.

The next day in Gameti, police said a male was found deceased between the arena and the hamlet garage. A cause of death has not been determined, police stated. RCMP state foul play is not suspected in either case.

No names have been released.

-John McFadden

Road closures abound

Blizzard warnings have preceded road closures across the territory as of press time.

The Dempster Highway was closed from Eagle Plains to Fort McPherson, the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road system was closed from Tulita to Norman Wells and there was a closure on the Mackenzie Delta Ice Roads from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk due to weather.

The areas under Environment Canada blizzard warnings include communities in the Sahtu, the Beaufort Delta and the North Slave.

- Josh Long

Parks head shuffled

Rob Kent is out as Parks Canada's field unit superintendent for the southwest NWT - an area which includes Wood Buffalo National Park and Nahanni National Park Reserve.

The change occurred in mid-February, but Parks Canada still refuses to explain the reason for Kent's departure, and won't confirm that he is no longer in the leadership position.

"This is a personnel matter, and Parks Canada does not comment on such issues," said Tim Gauthier, a communications officer with Wood Buffalo National Park.

Kent had been Parks Canada's field unit superintendent for the southwest NWT since early 2010.

- Paul Bickford

Dates set for ice fishing derby

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The annual Fort Smith Ice Fishing Derby has been set for late March.

The event will take place from March 27-29 at three lakes - Natawa, Blackman and Jackfish - all of which are a two-hour snowmobile ride east of Fort Smith. People can also pay to fly to the fishing derby with Northwestern Air Lease Ltd.

The fishing derby will feature two age categories - adult and 15 years of age and under.

Fishing licences are required by all participants. The licences are available at the offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

- Paul Bickford

Fort Resolution Spring Carnival plans events

Deninu Ku'e/Fort Resolution

The annual Fort Resolution Spring Carnival has been set for March 19 through 22.

The carnival will feature a wide variety of events and activities, including youth and adult talent shows, a sliding party, the crowning of a carnival king and queen, bingos, a minor hockey player development clinic, pancake breakfasts, youth events and a cribbage tournament.

There will also be adult events such as wood splitting, sled pulling, nail pounding and snowshoe races.

Plus, the carnival will feature the NWT territorial championships in dog racing, which will take place on Great Slave Lake.

The Hamlet of Fort Resolution is hosting the carnival.

- Paul Bickford

Trout Lake band election coming up

Sambaa K'e/Trout Lake

The band council election is scheduled for March 4. A list of candidates was not available at press time.

Father Joe Daley will be in the community Feb. 26 to March 1 for a community visit expected to include baptisms and confirmations.

Representatives of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment will be promoting its programs and services Feb. 26 and 27 at the band office chambers. The sessions are open to anyone.

Four people will be in Yellowknife from March 2 to March 6 for a conference.

Spring break at the school is coming up. It will go from March 5 to 13.

- Shane Magee

Kakisa residents off to conference

Ka'a'gee Tu/Kakisa

There was a cancer wellness information session Feb. 24 in the community. People were invited to watch a video and have snacks.

Environment and Natural Resources staff were in the community giving a presentation about the 2014 wildfire season.

On Feb. 25, there was an emergency plan review with Municipal and Community Affairs with the chief, council and members of the public.

- Shane Magee

Dog sled race rescheduled

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

The 2015 Dehcho Sled Dog Championships has been rescheduled again. While it was planned this coming weekend, the event is now expected to take place March 27 and 28 according to Susan Fleck.

Two sports tournaments are planned for the first weekend of March.

The first is an old timers hockey event for those 35 years and older and is expected to include teams from Yellowknife, Fort Simpson and Hay River.

It will be held March 7 and 8.

An adult coed recreation volleyball tournament at the school gym will take place the same weekend but begin March 6.

The Fort Providence spring carnival planning is underway. It's scheduled for the weekend of March 25 to 29.

On March 28, there will be a snowmobile race.

- Shane Magee

Big prizes on busy weekend

Aklavik

Aklavik residents walked away with big cash prizes Feb. 21 during a fishing derby and lunch box social.

Richard Gordon Sr. claimed top prize at the derby for his 39.5-inch fish. In second place was Sheldon Hendrick with a 38.25-inch coney. Kayden McLeod and Jennifer Meyook tied for third and each submitted a jackfish 37.75 inches long.

They received $200, $150 and $100 respectively. The recreation department also handed out ten $50-consolation prizes and 10 $25-consolation prizes.

There were a total of 30 entries.

Prizes of $250, $200, $150, $100 and $75 were also handed out at the box social.

Four judges examined the 11 lunch box entries, which held items such as sandwiches, goodies, juice and small gifts, and decided on the top five.

Cora-Lee Simpson came first followed by Terry Lyn Storr, Evelyn Wilson and Jordan McLeod. Mildred Edwards and George Semple tied for fifth.

The public then bid on the boxes with half the profits going to the person who packed it while the other half will be used to send youth to the Gwich'in Cup Tournament.

The community was able to raise a total of $746 for the trip.

- Miranda Scotland