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Editorial: Why the fascination?

September 26, 2017

Last week while doing an interview, we were asked questions.

We don’t like when that happens because, basically, we really don’t have time to think. Read More

Library to offer events on fossils

September 26, 2017

Bruce Green will be returning to NWT Centennial Library for two separate events involving fossils – an interpretive presentation and a fossil hunt.

The presentation about local fossils and the Devonian period will take place on Sept. 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and people can bring their own fossils to discuss.

The fossil hunt will take place on Sept. 30.

Radio play returning to Heritage Centre

September 26, 2017

A radio play version of the Christmas movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life will be returning to the Hay River Heritage Centre in November for a second year to 25.

The actors will read from scripts just as in the 1940s when radio plays were at the height of their popularity.

There will also be live sound effects.

Large barge takes to the highway

September 26, 2017

A large barge made its way through Hay River on Sept. 20 in the final part of a highway journey all the way from Edmonton to the Great Slave Lake, and later up the Mackenzie River to Norman Wells. Read More

RCMP seize liquor in Fort McPherson

September 24, 2017

RCMP seized approximately 48 mickeys of vodka, a 40-ounce bottle of rum and 28 grams of marijuana on Sept. 8 from two Inuvik residents working in Fort McPherson.

It happened around 5 p.m. while local officers were holding a traffic check on the Dempster Highway, according to a news release from the Mounties. Read More

It’s true … we tied the knot

September 24, 2017

So, Jean and I got married last weekend and I’m happy to say she is now Jean Erasmus. Whew, it was a lot of work, but it was worth it. The ceremony was held at the legislative assembly and the reception was at the Chief Drygeese Center in Dettah. And many people told me it was an awesome, entertaining, and happy event. Read More

Late-night travelers left out in the cold

September 24, 2017

A Hay River MLA’s request in the legislative assembly on Tuesday to have the Yellowknife airport stay open 24 hours has been rebuffed by the minister of Infrastructure.

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson asked if a small area of the airport could be kept open for travellers passing through Yellowknife. Minister Wally Schumann, also a Hay River representative, said it is too expensive to keep the airport open around the clock, but the government would continue to monitor the situation.

Dried fish not a jerky biz idea

September 24, 2017

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Norman Wells gathered to say goodbye to Cecile Rivet Raymond. She was born in Fort Norman (Tulita) in 1928 and she lived in the Sahtu region most of her life. Read More

New church, renewed hope

September 24, 2017

Fort Simpson Catholics’ decades-long journey to building a new church has finally come to fruition.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, Bishop Mark Hagemoen knocked on the wooden doors of the new, $1.3 million Sacred Heart Church and entered to lead the congregation in the dedication of the new building, and a celebration.

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Whiskey Jacks

September 23, 2017

It’s the time of year again when the whiskey jacks (Canadian grey Jays) begin to get serious about storing up food. Daily I scrape food scraps on to the bird feeder and watch the friendly almost tame birds swoop in to see what tasty morsels we humans are sharing today. Read More

Diesel study released

September 23, 2017

A report released this week by the Gwich’in Council International calculated the costs, both monetary and social, of diesel usage in isolated communities. The report pegged total utility costs for NWT diesel communities at $0.58 to $0.66 per kilowatt hour, depending on the community, and also looked at potential carbon pricing in the future, as well as health and environmental effects. The full report is available on the council’s website.

Homelessness survey announced

September 22, 2017

The Rae-Edzo Friendship Centre is inviting the homeless population to participate in interviews in the coming weeks. The survey intends to count and asses the needs of homeless people leaving in Behchoko, or from Behchoko living in Yellowknife. The results will be used in requests for funding for programming. The interviews will take place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 in Behchoko and from Oct. 4-6 in Yellowknife. Call the friendship centre to book an interview.

Rangers return from competition

September 22, 2017

Six of the NWT’s best marksmen arrived home last week after spending the last month training for, and competing in, a high-profile shooting competition put on by the Canadian military. Read More

So what’s the alternative?

September 22, 2017

The second session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvened Sept. 19 in the capital and will run until Oct. 4. But, this isn’t just another short work shift for our elected officials. On Oct. 5, Premier Bob McLeod and his ministers will make speeches in the House defending their records. Read More

GNWT increases support payments

September 18, 2017

The GNWT recently made increases in two of its income security programs.

The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit will improve support for seniors, while the NWT Child Benefit is better supporting families with children. Read More

Sunday Music Club delayed by a week

September 18, 2017

The start of the fall session of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association’s Sunday Music Club has been postponed by one week.

All classes will commence on Sept. 24, after having originally been set to begin on Sept. 17.

This season, the club will be offering fiddle, guitar and keyboard for children and adults.

Taekwondo a family affair

September 18, 2017

To say that David and Goldie Mercer and their family – who just arrived in Hay River a couple of months ago – are deep into taekwondo is a bit of an understatement. Read More

Literacy Society to give away books

September 18, 2017

The Hay River Literacy Society will be giving away books on Sept. 30.

Adult and children’s books will be available

The giveaway will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30 at Super A Foods.

Soaring Eagle collecting coats

September 18, 2017

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre is accepting donations of gently-used winter clothing in a project called Coats for the Community.

The initiative is to help the people in the community who do not have and cannot afford to buy proper winter clothing.

Donations can be dropped off at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre.

Chase the Ace off to solid start

September 18, 2017

Hay River’s second Chase the Ace lottery is off and running.

Its first weekly draw was held on Sept. 15, and Kelsey Brown – a visitor from Winnipeg – won the right to draw from a deck of 52 cards. Read More

Holiday in a hurricane

September 18, 2017

While people in Hay River watched on television as Hurricane Irma cut its destructive path through Florida, Tom and Donna Lakusta were in the path of the massive storm. Read More

Editorial: Chipsealed all the way

September 18, 2017

It’s not often that we think it’s appropriate to stop and reflect on a highway chipsealing project in the NWT.

However, now is one of those times.

On Sept. 15, the final piece of gravel on Highway 5 between Hay River and Fort Smith was covered by chipseal. Read More

Ayalik tours the NWT with solo show

September 17, 2017

Tiffany Ayalik returns to the NWT stage this fall with solo-show Cafe Daughter, where she alone explores identity, institutionalized racism and remarkable success in 1950s-era Saskatchewan. Read More

Road to Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek mine passes with flying colours

September 17, 2017

The all-season road which will pass through Nahanni National Park Reserve, after a three-year-long wait and a 13.5 month review, has passed its environmental assessment this past week.

The Mackenzie Valley Review board recommended the project for conditional approval by the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, on Sept. 12. Read More

Prohibited driver arrested, found to be impaired

September 17, 2017

A prohibited driver who was arrested by RCMP and was subsequently found to be under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 14. The 33-year-old male has been charged with impaired driving, driving with a blood-alcohol content over .08 mg, driving while disqualified and failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking or recognizance RCMP stated in a news release.

He has been remanded into custody and is set to appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court.

Youth arrested after schools threatened

September 17, 2017

A youth was arrested in Fort Resolution on September 7, charged and released after threats to South Slave schools were posted on social media, according to police spokesperson Marie York-Condon.

“We very much feel a sense that the situation is under control, and if there is any threat that it has been mitigated,” said South Slave Divisional Education Council superintendent Curtis Brown. Read More

Investigator recovered from Toker Point

September 17, 2017

Vancouver company, Fathom Marine successfully freed a fuel barge that was grounded near Tuktoyaktuk a year ago. In September of 2016, Fathom’s barge, Investigator, came loose from its tugboat and ran aground at Toker Point, just north of the community. Read More

Run for your lives

September 17, 2017

It’s impossible to hear stories about people fleeing for their lives from wildfires – or losing expensive properties, many part of the NWT’s tourism draw – without wondering what the heck is wrong with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Read More

Come on Northern women, unite!

September 17, 2017

On Sept. 7, I picked up the Edmonton Journal on my way home to Norman Wells, on page three, a 4×10 colour photograph of a huge blue barge and the caption “a 30 metre x 10 metre barge will leave Edmonton Thursday for the NWT. Read More

Healing over the years

September 17, 2017

Friends, it is good to see the likes of an old-time friend, Thebacha’s Henry Beaver, in mid-smudge, for a colleague like Aurora College president Jane Arychuk. Read More

Fort Smith museum to hold annual meeting

September 12, 2017

Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre in Fort Smith will hold its annual general meeting this month.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.

It will include the election of officers to the board of governors.

Anyone wishing to vote, or be considered for election to the board of governors, must be a member in good standing prior to the meeting.

Memberships will not be sold at the AGM.

New Chase the Ace beginning on Friday

September 12, 2017

Chase the Ace will be returning this Friday. The beneficiary of this fundraiser? The Arctic Winter Games Host Society.

“It’s obviously a relief to finally have it secured,” said Greg Rowe, president of the host society.

“We’re obviously hopeful that we can have a long and successful run,” he said. “That would go a long ways to help in the games and ensuring that what we’re planning for in the games can happen.”

The first weekly draw in the popular lottery, which captivated the community last year in its first incarnation, is set for Sept. 15. Read More

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