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January 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 5, 2018

Surprise New Year’s Baby Born in Fort Smith

The territory’s first baby of 2017 was born in Fort Smith at 2:54 a.m. on Jan. 1. Parents Janelle Cumming and James Colosimo had two reasons to be surprised – not only was the baby was born 10 days early, but the girl they had expected turned out to be a boy. Read More

‘Eye of Inuvik’ could bring jobs, tourism, fame

January 5, 2018

Upon arriving in Inuvik on a beautiful, bright afternoon this Christmas, my father cut through the myth immediately, declaring the “sunless winter” claim a scam.

The idea of a perpetually dark winter sounds so mysterious and challenging to southerners, but anyone who has spent time in the North knows it’s more hype than reality. Read More

Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

January 4, 2018

The sudden death of a female in Fort Smith has prompted an investigation by multiple law enforcement units.

Both Fort Smith and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes are investigating after police were alerted to the body of a deceased woman on the morning of Dec. 31., according to a statement from the Mounties Wednesday.

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Hit return for old time dance

January 4, 2018

The group behind reviving the New Year’s Eve old time dance and feast must have been happy with the turnout for the event, which packed the Midnight Sun Complex community hall.

“We were a little nervous about volunteers, but everything in the last minute came together,” said Jodi Day-MacLeod, part of the Inuvik Community Events Society. Read More

RCMP investigating suspicious death near Hay River

December 29, 2017

Police are investigating a suspicious sudden death Hay River, in the area close to Sandy Creek and a road known as the Wilderness Lodge Road on the K’atlodeeche First Nation.

RCMP on Thursday responded to a report of a vehicle on the side of the road to Sandy Creek. Upon arrival, they found a deceased male. Read More

Botched or otherwise, inquiry raises awareness

December 22, 2017

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was always going to be challenged to find a way to actually make a positive impact.

First, it’s tackling an issue almost too large to definitively discuss and definitely too large to be able to solve with just a report. Read More

Sunrise festival just two weeks away

December 22, 2017

The 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival is next year but just two weeks away, and the final details were being hammered out at a meeting this week.

The festival, which takes place on the frozen Twin Lakes down by the boat launch next to Mackenzie River, will have a bit of a change in layout from last year. Read More

Cup returns to E3SS

December 21, 2017

Keenen Wolki and his team of East Three Secondary School students hoisted the school’s miniature Stanley Cup last week, winning the final game of floor hockey intramurals in the season-ending playoffs. Read More

Hay River trapper among winners

December 21, 2017

A young trapper from Hay River was among the winners of the Trapper Recognition Awards for 2016-2017 announced on Dec. 13 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Read More

Specialist brought in to find pool leak

December 21, 2017

An ongoing leak at the Midnight Sun Complex (MSC) pool forced the Town of Inuvik to bring in a leak detection specialist last weekend and required closing the pool for three days. Read More

Untangling lights worth it

December 21, 2017

The warm weather meant Tim Gordon finally got some help putting up his bevy of Christmas lights this year.

“Now that it’s warmer, she comes out,” said Gordon, who along with Kelcy McDonald had the winning house in the 2017 Light Up the Town Christmas lights decorating contest. Read More

Museum won’t be open for AWG

December 20, 2017

There had been some talk earlier in the year about the possibility of the Hay River Heritage Centre being open during the Arctic Winter Games in March. Read More

Hay River athletes earn spots at AWG

December 19, 2017

A number of athletes from Hay River earned their way to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games at territorial trials which wrapped up Dec. 9 in Yellowknife and Fort Smith.

According to information from Sport North, they include: Read More

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

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