40 years ago
Wardair’s first Dash 7 arrived in Yellowknife. Indications were that there would be considerable work available for the new machine, which was faster and carried double the payload of the Twin Otter.
The Dash 7 carried 10,000 pounds of freight or 50 passengers and could easily be modified to a mixed cargo configuration.
Its ability to perform short takeoffs and landings meant the aircraft could fly in and out of landing strips 2,200 feet in length, which was considerably less than was required by other aircraft its size. Cruising speed of the Dash 7 was 275 miles per hour.
Wardair had always operated a charter operation in the North, but with the Dash 7, there was serious consideration that a scheduled service could be added. At the time, several local airlines had shown interest in operating east-west links through the territories.
30 years ago
Robert Keating, who had organized the Olympic torch welcoming ceremonies in Yellowknife, Inuvik and Whitehorse, presented Mayor Pat McMahon with one of the torches that was used in its relay across Canada before the Calgary Winter Olympics.
The torch was displayed in the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool as part of the new recreational complex’s opening ceremonies.
20 years ago
Members of the first Rough Diamonds Course, offered by SecureCheck, studied some of the gems as they learned about grading, marking and sorting.
Ron Near, the president of SecureCheck, said the seven day course was only offered in two other places in the world – Florida and South Africa.
10 years ago
The city’s heritage committee had notified council that it was still working on designating the Gold Range Hotel as an official heritage site after members discussed the possibility at their previous meeting.
Some members said they thought “social issues” in the area of the hotel should be fixed before the Gold Range was declared a heritage site, while committee chair Catherine Pellerin said that a heritage designation was separate from any other issue.
The committee expected to have more information about the Gold Range to make their decision.