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NEWS BRIEFS: Two readings for writers' festival


Two readings will take place at NWT Centennial Library on May 31 as part of the 13th-annual NorthWords Writers Festival.

The readings will be by Raymond Yakeleya, an award-winning Dene television producer, director and writer from Tulita, and Lee Maracle, a Vancouver-born author, poet and artist.

The brownbag lunch event will begin at noon on May 31.


Car wash by DJ graduates

This year's graduates at Diamond Jenness Secondary School will hold a fundraising car wash on June 2.

The car wash will take place in the school's parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Bike Rodeo to teach safety

The Hay River Fire Department will present its annual Bike Rodeo on June 2 to teach bicycle safety to youngsters.

The Bike Rodeo includes an obstacle course, helmet fittings and prizes, including a new bike.


Chamber presents golf tournament

The Hay River Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its 22nd-annual Corporate Challenge golf tournament on June 3.

The best-ball tournament will feature 18 teams playing 18 holes.


Fastpitch clinic planned for youth

A youth fastpitch clinic will be held from June 8 to June 10 at the twin diamonds.

The clinic is for boys and girls aged from 11 to 14 years.

In addition, 20 players from Yellowknife will be attending.

A mini-clinic for ages five to 10 years will be held on June 9.

The clinics are being presented by NWT Softball, Hay River Minor Ball and Yellowknife Minor Fastball.


Road Safety Week nets four impaired drivers

The GNWT partnered with the RCMP from May 15 to May 21 to support National Road Safety Week, an annual awareness campaign organized by the Canada Safety Council.

The GNWT and the RCMP conducted check stops and stopped 2,056 non-commercial and 300 commercial vehicles.

"With only four impaired charges this year, we are down from the 11 last year, and from the five-year average of five per year. That is encouraging," said Supt. Amanda Jones in a May 25 news release.

The check stops also resulted in 80 infractions under the Motor Vehicles Act, eight distracted driving charges, and six road-side suspensions.