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Lend Gruben name to new highway

September 8, 2017

All you good people in the Northwest Territories better sit up and pay attention. On Sept. 1, 2017, a major newspaper, The Globe and Mail, gave us a wake-up call regarding the Arctic Ocean and region. We have known for years the Chinese have had their eyes on the Arctic region. Read More

Inquest ordered into prisoner’s death in Inuvik

September 6, 2017

A coroner’s inquest into the January 2016 death of a woman who died while in Inuvik RCMP custody will be held Sept. 26.

Beverly Elanik, 51, went into medical distress after being taken to RCMP cells and later died. Police arrested her on Jan. 9, 2016 after she was found in an intoxicated state while walking along Bonnetplume Road, according to a news release from police issued shortly after her death. Read More

Miss Teen NWT rises to top

September 6, 2017

Before Savannah Elias-Beaulieu competed in the Miss Teen Canada Globe pageant in Toronto last month, she remembers thinking she lived too far north to even enter her name.

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Green thumbs and healthy bodies

September 5, 2017

A group of youth had a chance to got their hands dirty during a gardening lesson last week, mixing together water, soil and seeds they hope will someday grow into healthy plants. Read More

Quarry incident in Inuvik prompts police investigation

September 5, 2017

A local company is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to a conviction after a worker narrowly avoided injury by heavy steel parts that shot out of the company’s rock crusher one day last month.

Lyle Gully, vice-president of Bob’s Welding Ltd., said he believes the 12 pieces of steel were put in the machine deliberately, sometime between the evening of Aug. 18 and the morning of Aug. 21.

It happened at a rock quarry outside of town, close to the airport. Read More

Lights On wins award

September 4, 2017

The Lights On program of Hay River was named one of two winners of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the South Slave Divisional Education Council on Aug. 25. Read More

Sunday Music Club to begin

September 4, 2017

The Kole Crook Fiddle Association is taking registrations for the fall session of its Sunday Music Club.

This season, it is offering fiddle, guitar and keyboard for children and adults.

Classes will start on Sept. 17.

Territorial parks closure dates set

September 4, 2017

The 2017 season for territorial parks is coming to a close.

According to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, parks in the South Slave will close Sept. 12.

Territorial parks in the North Slave and the Sahtu will close Sept. 17.

In the Dehcho, Sambaa Deh Territorial Park will close Sept. 17, while the Blackstone and Fort Simpson Territorial Parks will close Oct. 1.

In the Beaufort Delta, three parks closed on Sept. 1 and Happy Valley Territorial Park will close Sept. 11.

Cob on the corn

September 4, 2017

A gardener’s accomplishment is drawing attention on social media and prompting questions about climate change. Read More

Fisherman’s Wharf to wrap up Sept. 16

September 4, 2017

Fisherman’s Wharf will be wrapping up for the season on Sept. 16.

The outdoor market, which is popular with residents and visitors alike, begins in mid-June and takes place each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the tourism season.

That twangy sound

September 4, 2017

People in Hay River now have an opportunity to learn how to play a fun and unique musical instrument – the ukulele. Read More

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 4, 2017

A fire-feeding ceremony will take place on the Hay River Reserve this week to pay tribute to family members, friends and community members who lost their lives to suicide.

The ceremony, part of World Suicide Prevention Day, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the arbour of K’atlodeeche First Nation.

200 days and counting

September 4, 2017

The South Slave Arctic Winter Games (AWG) are getting closer, and organizers want to make sure people realize that. Read More

RCMP probe sudden death in Fort Good Hope

September 4, 2017

RCMP in Fort Good Hope are investigating the sudden death of an adult male.

According to a news release from the Mounties, officers responded to a call for service in the early morning hours on Sept. 3 and found an unresponsive man. He was later pronounced dead by medical personnel, police stated. RCMP is now conducting an investigation into the cause of the death. It is expected that the coroner’s officer is involved as well although police made no mention of that. They did state that their major crime, forensic identification and canine units have all arrived in the community to help in the investigation. One media report is suggesting the man was stabbed but RCMP refused to confirm that. Read More

Time to put land to good use

September 1, 2017

Last week I wrote about the weddings in Fort Norman. Here is a photo of the Lennie -Manuel wedding. I love to celebrating weddings. As I mentioned last week, there must be a lot of love in Fort Good Hope. There were three weddings over the weekend of Aug. 17 to 19. People looked so classy! Read More

Allegations fly around Behchoko election

September 1, 2017

Allegations of drunken voters hardly able to stand, interpreters swaying votes and mismanagement of polling stations has initiated a civil lawsuit, filed by runner-up candidate for Behchoko chief Leon Lafferty. Read More

Murder victim’s mother leaves court in tears

September 1, 2017

The mother of a Fort Good Hope murder victim left the Yellowknife Courthouse in tears Aug. 29 after learning she would have to wait to find out where her daughter’s killer would be serving his life sentence.

Louisa Lafferty made the trip south to attend what is known as a placement hearing for Keenan McNeely, 21, the man convicted of first degree murder in the brutal death of Charlotte Lafferty in Fort Good Hope in 2014. It is believed to be the first ever placement hearing held in the NWT. Read More

Whose Slave Are We?

September 1, 2017

Friends, I am heartened to know that at least one person, News/North’s James O’Connor, is actually calling for action on something that should have been done some time ago. Read More

Safety warning after missing Sachs Harbour hunter returns

September 1, 2017

RCMP are reminding residents to be prepared when travelling over land or water after a hunter from Sachs Harbour was reported missing Aug. 22.

According to the Mounties, the man travelled out of the community alone on an ATV the previous evening with the intent of returning home the same night.

Carrying a trailer, rifle and a few food supplies, the hunter reportedly became stranded because of fog.

When he did not return to Sachs Harbour, a search and rescue was carried out to find him, RCMP said, but he eventually abandoned his trailer and found his own way home.

Awards to honour fire safety service

September 1, 2017

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is seeking nominations for the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards.

The awards honour individuals and fire departments for contributing to fire safety. Individuals or community fire departments can be nominated by members of the public, fire departments or fire chiefs. The nomination deadline is Sept. 22.

Recipients of the awards will be announced during National Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8 to 14.

Legislature to return Sept. 19

September 1, 2017

The second session of the 18th Legislative Assembly is set to reconvene on Sept. 19.

This year is unique since the second session will be prorogued on Oct. 4 and the third session will begin on Oct. 17.

This will give MLAs the opportunity to discuss the outcome of a mid-term review, stated a news release from the Legislative Assembly.

The caucus gathered on Aug. 23 for a three-day retreat in the Inuvik region. MLAs and staff members travelled by boat to Reindeer Station, where they took part in meetings to review potential changes to the GNWT’s 2016-2019 mandate.

Grizzly bear killed in Inuvik

September 1, 2017

A grizzly bear was killed earlier this week after being spotted on Stringer Road, according to Norman Snowshoe, Inuvik Region superintendent with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

An officer put the bear down early Monday morning because it stopped responding to efforts to deter it, said Snowshoe.

The department was also investigating a possible wolf sighting as of Aug. 28.

Snowshoe said wolves usually avoid people, but residents should make noise if they see bears, and not surprise the animals.

Two other grizzly bears and a black bear were killed in the Inuvik region this year, while two black bears were captured and relocated.

Editorial: Fortress Fed vs. Senator Nick

September 1, 2017

When Sen. Nick Sibbeston approached the Service Canada building in Yellowknife late last month, he expected to receive some service – even if he didn’t have an appointment. Read More

Fortress Fed vs. Senator Nick

August 31, 2017

When Sen. Nick Sibbeston approached the Service Canada building in Yellowknife late last month, he expected to receive some service – even if he didn’t have an appointment. Read More

Rain dampens demolition derby in Inuvik

August 30, 2017

Rainy weather and chilly winds on Saturday threw a wrench in this year’s demolition derby, forcing organizers to cancel the event before drivers could start their engines.

“We woke up and found all our efforts of last night destroyed by wind,” Melinda Gillis, fundraising co-ordinator with the Iron Horse Klub, said Saturday morning from the soggy grounds of the Navy Road pit. Read More

Living, breathing, sleeping yoga

August 28, 2017

Hay River now has four women trained as yoga instructors and willing to pass on the secrets of the ancient physical and spiritual practice to others in the community. Read More

Waiting at home, hopefully

August 28, 2017

A Hay River woman, who was possibly facing years in Edmonton awaiting a double-lung transplant, may be able to stay at home, after all. Read More

Yards in Bloom hands out awards

August 28, 2017

Yards in Bloom handed out its awards this past weekend to honour just a few of the many people who have taken it upon themselves to create a more attractive community. Read More

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