The federal government is investing $467,200 in a feasibility study that will determine the possibility of natural gas development along the soon-to-open Inuvik-Tuk highway, according to a news release from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, made the announcement Aug. 31.

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is in charge of the study and has started receiving proposals for the project.

Inuvik currently gets gas from southern sources and from the Ikhil well, which is expected to be empty in five years.

“Should natural gas extraction be viable, the development of this resource could provide clean energy security, employment opportunities, and support a sustainable economic future in the Inuvialuit region,” the news release stated.

Arctic Market meeting tonight

Residents and vendors are invited to share their thoughts on this summer’s Arctic Markets at a meeting being hosted by the Town of Inuvik this evening.

It takes place at the Midnight Sun Complex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Sundog Room.

There will also be a discussion about hosting markets periodically during the winter months.

Pool closed for maintenance.

The swimming pool at the Midnight Sun Complex is closed temporarily for annual maintenance.

It shut down Sept. 2 and will reopen for regular hours on Sept. 20, according to the Town of Inuvik.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” stated a message on the town’s Facebook page on Aug. 29.

Camping season comes to a close

With the cool weather having arrived, territorial parks are beginning to close for the summer.

Gwich’in Territorial Park and Jak Territorial Park closed Sept. 1, according to a news release from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Happy Valley Territorial Park is open for camping until Sept. 11.

People may still enter Gwich’in and Jak Territorial Parks to use the trails, regional manager for Tourism and Parks John Cournoyea stated in an email.

“If a park is closed, it generally means no services are being offered,” he said. “Services typically include security, permit sales, firewood, potable water and garbage removal. If you are using a park in the off-season, please pack your garbage out of the park.”