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Deline man pleads guilty to manslaughter

December 18, 2017

A Deline man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a 65-year old woman in Deline on Dec. 23 of last year. Johnathan Tetso, 32, was originally charged with second degree murder in the death of Irene Tetso, 65. Tetso, has been in custody since his arrest last December.

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Focus on education in the New Year

December 17, 2017

I wish a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all. May the Lord keep you well and happy in the New Year. I am told this is my last column until 2018 – I will see you in January. Read More

GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home. Read More

Games needs young cultural performers

December 16, 2017

Youth interested in showcasing their talents in areas like music, theatre, storytelling, drumming or dance are being sought out for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Sport North and the NWT Arts Council are looking for six cultural performing delegates and a manager to be involved in the events in Hay River and Fort Smith in March, according to a news release from the council. Read More

Hay River armed robber to be sentenced in March

December 16, 2017

A man who pleaded guilty to robbing the Rooster convenience store at gunpoint in Hay River in 2016 is to be sentenced on March 26.

Cameron Bernarde, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery with a firearm last May. The .22 calibre rifle he brandished was not loaded at the time. Read More

Mayors, councils elected across NWT

December 16, 2017

Ten communities held elections last Monday for either mayors and council or just council, and Tuktoyaktuk also voted to free up its liquor regulations.

Besides Tuk, Aklavik, Enterprise, Fort Liard, Fort McPherson, Fort Resolution, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tulita and Ulukhaktok all went to the polls. Read More

Four people, snowmobile go through ice

December 16, 2017

Yellowknife residents are being warned to be extra safe out on the ice after at least four people and a snowmobile recently went through the ice on Yellowknife Bay.

A long-time houseboater said he knows of four people who went through the ice near Jolliffe Island while the Great Slave Snowmobile Association posted a photo on Facebook, Dec. 14 of a hole in the ice where a snow machine crashed through the ice. Read More

Man says RCMP shattered his kneecap

December 16, 2017

A man is accusing RCMP of shattering his kneecap in Fort McPherson last month.

Rudolph Francis, 24, was charged on Nov. 23 with assault, resisting arrest and mischief. Read More

Loader goes through ice at Salt River crossing

December 16, 2017

A loader from Aurora College tried to cross the Salt River ice road crossing and went through the ice Dec. 11. The college employee attempted to drive the 950 Caterpillar loader across the river without checking the ice stability. Read More

Medical-assisted death in NWT confirmed

December 15, 2017

An NWT resident has been granted their constitutional right to die with dignity through accessing medical assistance in death (MAID), NWT Chief Coroner Cathy Menard has confirmed.

“There’s one that has occurred,” Menard told News/North.

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Omnibus bills reveal flaws in democracy

December 15, 2017

It’s easy to visualize resource development in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. We can all picture the effects on the landscape, habitat and wildlife from industry operating in that area.

What’s harder to see is the cost of not taking action. That price is paid by many people and spread around the American population and beyond. Read More

Nine repping Beaufort Delta

December 15, 2017

Forty players competed to make the bantam boys’ hockey team at the Arctic Winter Games trial last weekend in Inuvik, with about half making the cut.

“All the kids are working hard and battling hard,” said Shawn Talbot, who will be coaching the team, midway through the three-day evaluation camp, which brought in players from around the territory to compete for a spot on the team. Read More

Life-sized Mr. Potato Head

December 14, 2017

Visual arts teacher Alexandra Winchester would have probably given Grade 11 Cheyenne Gully a good mark just for making the hat part, but the student went out of her way in a papier-mache pop art project, creating a life-sized Mr. Potato Head. Read More

Christmas Bird count returns Dec. 16

December 14, 2017

The annual Christmas Bird Count is returning once again this year.

The count – part of an international conservation initiative – is set for Dec. 16 in the Hay River area. Read More

Another boost for food bank

December 14, 2017

100 People Who Care Inuvik started its second year the same as its first with a donation to the Inuvik Food Bank.

The group met for its first quarterly meeting of its second year, after giving out more than $25,000 to charities and organizations in town since forming last fall. Read More

Dancing through the ages

December 14, 2017

It’s the first year for the Synergy Stars Dance Factory, but it’s already turned into a hit with participants and community members.

Seventy dancers took part in the group’s 12-week session this fall, which culminated with two performances of dancing through the ages, featuring popular numbers from the past century, such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Ray Charles’s “Hit The Road Jack.” Read More

Editorial: No excuses on drunk driving

December 13, 2017

At the beginning of this month, the RCMP launched its annual Christmas season campaign against impaired driving.

It happens every year at this time, the RCMP announces that it will be stepping up its efforts to catch impaired drivers from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Read More

News briefs: Free movie showing, firefighter calls defined

December 13, 2017

Free showing of new movie

Growing Together will present a free showing of the animated movie Ferdinand at the Riverview Cineplex on Dec. 18.

Families and caregivers with at least one child five years of age and under can attend. Older siblings are also welcome. Read More

Hay River siblings make Team NWT

December 12, 2017

A Hay River brother and sister – Gaius Crook and Michaela Crook – have qualified for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) following territorial trials late last week in their hometown.

Michaela Crook made Team NWT in the junior female snowshoe biathlon division. Read More

Kevin Koe Olympic-bound in curling

December 10, 2017

Fourth time’s the charm, as they say.

Maybe that’s not the correct saying but for Kevin Koe, who cares? He finally gets to go to the Winter Olympics.

It’s the only major event left out of his current resume but it’s one that can be filled thanks to a 7-6 win over Manitoba’s Mike McEwen in the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying final in Ottawa on Sunday night. Read More

Get involved, talk to MLAs

December 10, 2017

The Government of the Northwest Territories pulled a big surprise on our dead, isolated town. They came from across the territory to hold a two day meeting on “anti-poverty and housing.” GNWT made arrangements with the Hodgson Camp for accommodations. We were wondering: How come they didn’t let us know in advance? We would have done our best to visit and entertain them if we knew about the meeting. We missed a good opportunity. Read More

The importance of culture

December 10, 2017

Friends, one of the things which is good about study and further education is that it has its way of opening up your mind to what is possible, or already there, for that matter. Read More

News briefs: Chase the Ace ends, AWG trials set

December 10, 2017

Chase the Ace comes to an end

Hay River

The second Chase the Ace lottery in Hay River came to an end on Dec. 1 after 12 weeks.

Angela Jones drew the ace of spades and won the jackpot in the weekly lottery presented by the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. Read More

Rangers health care, staffing to improve

December 10, 2017

Rangers not accessing healthcare and benefits, and not knowing what they were entitled to, was the central theme to a report released by the military ombudsman last week.

“We are committed to ensuring the long-term health and wellness of our members,” said Brig. Gen. Rob Roy MacKenzie, chief of staff of the Army Reserve, in response to the report. “(We) will implement a number of concrete actions to improve the assistance, services, and care we provide (Rangers) and their families.” Read More

NWT crater to be investigated

December 9, 2017

A researcher will be flying to a remote NWT lake, near the Nunavut border, to investigate the crater left behind by an asteroid 389 million years ago. Read More

Adult bullying is no joke

December 9, 2017

Good day, welcome to “Bullies, Part Two”. Did you know bullying is a learned behavior? Yep, often bullying has been learned at home from abuse or prejudice-based attitudes or the bully is currently or has been bullied in the past. They use bullying to help them cope with a stressful situation or because of jealousy or insecurity. Eschia! Read More

GNWT move makes way for Tlicho all-season road

December 9, 2017

A planned all-season corridor in Tlicho has cleared another checkpoint in its road to becoming a reality.

The government of the Northwest Territories has released proposal requests for the construction of the Tlicho All-Season Road (TASR), the would-be thoroughfare that’s poised to provide all-weather access from Highway 3, west of Yellowknife, to the community of Whati. Read More

Local film makes waves

December 8, 2017

When Jerri Thrasher and Tamara Voudrach started screening their short film The Last Walk, they were just excited to show off their work.

“We weren’t thinking about winning anything,” said Thrasher, who was a writer and director on the project. Read More

Kevin Koe one win away from PyeongChang

December 8, 2017

by Martin Gavin, special to Northern News Services

Kevin Koe has now positioned himself one win from for a front row seat at the lighting of the Olympic flame in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

“We actually haven’t been playing as well as we can play, we can play better but we are finding a way to win,” said Koe upon clinching the finals berth on Dec. 7. “There is still a lot of work to do (and) we haven’t won anything yet.”

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Community’s donations pay off

December 8, 2017

Fundraising is a big part of life in Inuvik.

Rarely a day goes by when you can’t find someone fundraising for something, whether it’s to cover recurring program costs, helping a youth sports team travel south for a tournament or supporting a family in grief. Read More

All the more reason to sing

December 8, 2017

For Miki O’Kane, the community Christmas concert makes her holidays.

“Just to look around when we’re singing together and see everyone singing together is hard to explain,” said O’Kane, who has been helping lead the concert’s organization for the last number of years. Read More

Not enough pool to go around

December 7, 2017

A mock meet for the Mackenzie Muskrats Swim Club last week was a chance for many of the new swimmers to the club to see what a real meet will be like. Read More

“Grief haunts our every moment”

December 7, 2017

A time of celebration turned to endless sorrow for the parents of Australian teen David Vinnicombe, who died far from home on a job site in Inuvik in June 2016.

“Grief haunts our every moment of every miserable day,” his father, Robbie Vinnicombe, appearing by webcam, told territorial court Tuesday, Dec. 5. Read More

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