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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The GNWT’s travelling consultation on a mineral resources act stopped down in Hay River on Sept. 11. Read More
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
George Mackenzie, the newly elected Grand Chief of Behchoko, was sworn in Sept. 15. This is Mackenzie’s second time being elected as grand Chief, he was first elected in 2005 when Tlicho self-government began. Read More
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
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
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.
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