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A flock of 31 pigeons that had ended up in Inuvik on their way to Edmonton on Friday were flown to Yellowknife, where they spent the weekend at the NWT SPCA. The birds were flying First Air cargo with a final destination of Rankin Inlet.Here, full-time SPCA staff member Talina Makaro looks after the birds, which she called "peaceful." - Robin Grant/NNSL photo
Pigeons take over SPCA
31 birds housed en route to Nunavut

Robin Grant
Northern News Services

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NNSL photo/graphic Yellowknifer News Briefs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Yk1 approves budget

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1) has approved its 2017-18 budget with a small reduction to its projected operating deficit. The school board now expects a minor deficit of $174,000 compared to the $300,000 deficit projected at its draft budget meeting in April.

Tram Do, director of corporate services, said the board received more revenue than it originally estimated from sources such as the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

Yk1's revenues are now budgeted at about $35.4 million compared to the $35.3 million previously estimated.

- Kirsten Fenn

Camping website up again after glitch

The NWT Parks website used for booking campgrounds is back up and running after a network glitch caused problems on Sunday, according to Drew Williams, spokesperson for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

The problem was "tracked, identified and fixed first thing today," Williams said Tuesday.

"We apologize for any inconvenience that the temporary break in service may have caused," Williams said. "The website (is) now available to take on bookings for this weekend."

- Kirsten Fenn

Calling young leaders in the NWT

Youth interested in leadership, sexual health and healthy relationships are invited to apply for a Peer Leader Retreat this summer.

The free retreats for youth aged 13 to 17 will take place at Blachford Lake Lodge in July and August. All expenses are covered, including travel from home communities to Yellowknife. The retreats are run by FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, And Sexual Health).

- Emelie Peacock

Small business group visits GNWT

A business advocacy organization is meeting today with members of the GNWT and other elected officials as part of a two-day trip to discuss topics of importance to small- and medium-sized businesses. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) plans to raise three main issues: reducing spending in the territorial budget, cutting regulatory hurdles and ensuring the carbon tax benefits small businesses.

- Emelie Peacock

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