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Monday, March 30, 2015

Colville Lake chief to resign

Behdzi Ahda First Nations chief Alvin Orlias has resigned after a brief term in the role.

Last fall Orlias took a position as a plant supervisor at Northwest Territories Power Corp and says the stress of balancing a full-time job with public sector responsibilities is what led to his resignation.

Orlias was elected in September 2013 after serving as a long-time band councillor in Colville Lake. He replaced Richard Kochan who had held the position for over a decade.

- Meagan Leonard

Family event encourages liquor restriction

A dry volleyball tournament was held in Fort Good Hope last week, putting a positive spin on alcohol reduction in the community.

Throughout the three-day event, the municipality put in place a temporary liquor prohibition and RCMP made regular patrols throughout the community.

The event came on the heels of several impaired driving charges and liquor seizures in the hamlet.

Community said they officials hope the positive family environment would encourage safe, healthy living going forward.

- Meagan Leonard

RCMP investigating sex assault in Hay River

RCMP are looking for information after a sexual assault in a Hay River apartment building earlier this month.

Between the hours of 8:30 and 9 a.m. on March 21, a female was assaulted on the 12th floor of the high rise building.

The woman was unresponsive when found by police and she was later transported to H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital in Hay River.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 867-874-1111.

- Meagan Leonard

Another seizure of illegal liquor

RCMP made another seizure of illegal alcohol outside Tulita last weekend.

The police intercepted 34 bottles of vodka on the winter road before it could reach the community.

A man and a women from Tulita have been implicated in the incident but no charges have been laid at this time as the investigation is on going.

Tulita has been a restricted community since 2007.

- Meagan Leonard

Trout Lake Winter Road closed to daytime use

Sambaa K'e/Trout Lake

The winter road in and out of Trout Lake is limited to nighttime use for all vehicles.

Jessica Jumbo, who works for the band, said as long as the weather stays relatively cold at night, the road should be open at for at least another two weeks.

"Everyone is making their runs in and out of the community before this happens," she said.

The community's annual spring carnival kicks off March 27 with handgames, children's talent show and a drum dance. It runs until March 29. Youth and adult activities will be held all day Mar. 28 and will include log toss, sled race, egg toss, stick pull, axe throwing and tea boiling, among many other events. The adult talent show and drum dance will round out the evening.

- Andrew Livingstone

Taekwondo starts back up in Providence

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

After a short hiatus Taekwondo classes in Fort Providence will begin again in April.

Classes will begin on April 16 with kindergarten to Grade 3 students from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, following by grades four to six from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. and Grade 7 to adult from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

There will be no fees to join the classes being offered at Deh Gah School and will focus on a number of aspects of the sport.

'We do what are called patterns, learning different movements and learn how to protect yourself if you need to and learn proper and safe sparring techniques, which are non-contact," said instructor Nicole Jarecki.

She is also planning an in-house tournament for all students in the classes who choose to participate. While she hasn't selected a date for the tournament, which will be open to the public for community members to come watch and support the athletes, she is looking for donations to help make the tournament happen.

Jarecki is working with the school to set up a date, but plans to have the younger students from kindergarten to Grade 3 run through an obstacle course and plans non-contact sparring for the older students.

- Andrew Livingstone

Mangilaluk soccer team finishes third

Tuktoyaktuk

Mangilaluk School's soccer team placed third after competing against five Beaufort Delta teams.

"We were hoping for a better finish but the kids played hard and tried their best," wrote coach Krista Cudmore in an e-mail to NWT News/North.

The tournament was held in Inuvik from March 20 to 22.

The Tuktoyaktuk team advanced to the semi-finals but lost 3-2 to Inuvik's boys team.

"It was very back and forth with both teams having some great opportunities to score. Inuvik scored near the end of the 2nd half and we were unable to put any of our shots in the back of the net to tie it up," recounted Cudmore.

"Our team did a great job of working with each other. They improved each game we played.We were a young team but we showed a lot of fight so hopefully next year we can improve where we finish in the standings."

- Miranda Scotland

Bonspiel cancelled in Aklavik

Aklavik

The Sam Arey curling club had to cancel its 2015 Open Bonspiel because no teams signed up. The event was planned for March 20 to 22. Cora Lee Simpson attributed the low turnout to residents being out of town. No plans have been made to hold another bonspiel this season.

- Miranda Scotland

EIRB meeting scheduled

Ulukhaktok/Holman

The Environmental Impact Review Board is holding an information session in Ulukhaktok next month. The April 9 meeting will centre on the review process and worst-case scenario proceeding for the Beaufort Sea Exploration Joint Venture Drilling program. Bannock and soup will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Simon Kataoyak Hall, with the meeting proceeding at 6 p.m.

- Miranda Scotland

Cooking circle promotes healthy eating

Aklavik

Nutrition North worker Rhonda John spent March teaching residents how to cook healthy, easy meals.

She shared recipes from the Nutrition North recipe book through cooking circles and taste tests at grocery stores in town.

"(The Nutrition North recipe book) gives you the basics of how to do it. It breaks it right down," she said.

"For me, I couldn't really cook until I followed this recipe book.

"There are some things I had never made before and then I made them for my elders' day program and they loved it."

Recipes, such as beef and barley, moose soup and fish chowder, can easily be accessed on the Nutrition North Canada - NWT website.

John is scheduled to hold an elder's cooking circle March 28 at 4 p.m.

She will also hold an adult cooking circle March 29 at 3:30. She will also hold a prenatal class cooking circle March 30 in the Aklavik Indian band office.

- Miranda Scotland