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Grizzly bear killed in Inuvik

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.

"If you have any food outside, make sure that it's well managed and your garbage is also managed correctly, put in the bin," he said. "Ensure that you don't have any attractants around for the animals."

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

Inuvik spared in barge delays

A shipping delay that left some store shelves in Tulita bare the week of Aug. 20 is not expected to impact Inuvik, according to Derrick Briggs, director of Marine Transportation Services at the Department of Infrastructure.

Deliveries of fuel and goods to Tulita and Fort Good Hope were a little more than two weeks late, but shipments to Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok and Paulatuk were on schedule for this week, said Briggs on
Aug. 28.

Last winter, the GNWT took over a fleet of barges and tugboats from now-bankrupt Northern Transportation Company Ltd.

The fleet was left in Inuvik and had to be brought to Hay River after break-up, which caused delays, he said. A number of them needed inspections.

High water after break-up also delayed the Canadian Coast Guard setting up navigation aides, according to Briggs.

Mineral session coming to Inuvik

GNWT staff will visit Inuvik next week to gauge residents' feedback on a new Mineral Resources Act.

The drop-in session runs Sept. 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Midnight Sun Complex, stated a GNWT news release.

The proposed Mineral Resources Act is intended to update legislation handed down from the federal government during devolution.

Residents can ask experts questions and comment on mining topics at the session.

Greenhouse searching for board members

The Inuvik Community Greenhouse is looking for new board members to guide its direction.

The greenhouse is currently without a board chair and vice-chair, said executive director Ray Solotki.

She said the board usually has between six and 10 members and currently has space for new people.

"Without a good solid board ... it's really hard to direct how they want things to be done," said Solotki.

"It's good to have more voices."