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.
Friends, the team of Tamara Voudrach and Jerri Thrasher are taking the media world by storm, just now beginning with a fifteen minute short. Read More
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
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
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
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
It’s easy to forgive employers for thinking what they’re seeing when they look out the window is the Wild West. Read More
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
Are you ready for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games yet? Hundreds of young athletes from around the territory were as they tried their best to make Team NWT for the Games, which happen in the South Slave in March. Read More
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
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.
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
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
The Town of Hay River is beginning the process to award the next licence for a Chase the Ace lottery. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
The seventh-annual Dragons’ Den Challenge was held at Diamond Jenness Secondary School on Dec. 5, and once again the entrepreneurial spirit of young people was on full display. Read More
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
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
Chase the Ace comes to an end
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 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
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
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
The $40 billion National Housing Strategy, while important in addressing the needs across the country, will mean something quite different in the North where building houses is a complicated business and at times, an impossible task to fulfill. Read More
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.”
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
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
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