‘Tragic and difficult’ circumstances led King to cocaine trafficking, court, says judge

June 19, 2018 - Yellowknife

The “tragic and difficult” circumstances of Travis King’s early life were precursors to his inevitable first stop in Canada’s criminal justice system, said Justice Karan Shaner as she handed down a trafficking sentence Monday.

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Fourth person charged with Hay River murder

February 6, 2018

A fourth person has been arrested and charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.

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Correction

February 6, 2018

In the Jan. 31 edition, (“Six celebrated seniors”) Bob Gamble let us know his age should have been listed as 77.

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Gunning for stardom: Northern Scene Series showcases two local artists

February 6, 2018

The music scene in the NWT is getting some professional tips from a national critic.

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Opinion: dangers of falling through lake ice

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

As Northerners, we are often on the ice – driving, snowmobiling, skiing, or hiking. We are aware of the dangers of falling through thin ice and thread carefully.

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Outdoor safety patrols to be increased

February 6, 2018

Yellowknifers taking part in outdoor winter activities will soon be seeing a few more snowmobiles on local trails.

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Tim Hortons reopens

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

Traffic was lined up yesterday as the city’s full-service Tim Hortons restaurant re-opened after being closed several months for extensive renovations.

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Tough slog for Kerry Galusha

February 6, 2018
photo courtesy of Team Galusha
Team NWT wrapped up its time at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., on Feb. 2 with a 9-7 win over Prince Edward Island in the placement round. They are, from left, Shona Barbour, Sarah Koltun of Whitehorse, Kerry Galusha and Megan Koehler.

It’s often heard that the hockey gods don’t shine down on you from time to time.

There must be such a thing as curling gods as well, because they weren’t shining down on Kerry Galusha in Penticton, B.C.

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Food First Foundation wins hockey fundraiser

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife
James McCarthy/NNSL photo
Charles Wyman watches his shot get stopped by Cold Cash Greenbacks goaltender Chris Pedersen during the Montreal Canadiens Alumni fundraiser in support of the Food First Foundation at the Multiplex on Sunday. Wyman won one of the two spots up for bids by the alumni to play with the team.

So the Montreal Canadiens Alumni did the business against the Cold Cash Greenbacks on Sunday at the Multiplex by a score of 8-4.

The big winner, though, was the Food First Foundation.

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Olympians get outfitted

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The NWT’s contribution to the 2018 Winter Olympics consists of the Yellowknife-born duo of Jesse Cockney and Kevin Koe along with Hay River’s Brendan Green but there’s more to it than just the athletes.

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RCMP drunk policy nets real change

February 6, 2018
NNSL file photo
RCMP Insp. Matt Peggs, the Yellowknife detachment commander, speaks about police crime statistics to a city municipal services committee in late 2015. RCMP have changed the way they handle calls about intoxicated people, reducing the number of people that end up held in custody.

While calls for service overall have dropped for Yellowknife RCMP, the number of impaired drivers has risen sharply.

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Reconciliation in health and healing in the North

February 6, 2018
Arctic Inspiration Prize / Patrick Doyle photo
What Dr. Nicole Redvers, chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation and Elder Be’sha Blondin lacked in funding, writes columnist Shelley Wiart, they made up in passion and commitment to making operational, their urban land-based healing program, targeting at-risk First Nations, Metis and Inuit in Yellowknife. They are pictured Wednesday at the Arctic Inspiration Awards Ceremony in Ottawa.

When I met Dr. Nicole Redvers, chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation and Elder Be’sha Blondin at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife last November, they had no administrative help and no access to federal funding for their program, The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project.

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City, territory on path toward 911 services

February 6, 2018
Sidney Cohen/NNSL photo
Kerry Penney, the city’s director of Policy, Communications, and Economic Development tells council about downtown revitalization initiatives, including efforts clean up litter, during a presentation to city council on Monday.

In 2001, 31-year-old Freda Hope broke through the ice while riding a snowmobile on Prosperous Lake. Her common-law partner, who was riding up ahead, also crashed and was injured.

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Councillor pitches special inquiry page for public

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

A city councillor wants the city to dedicate a page on its website to the inquiry into misconduct at the Municipal Enforcement Division.

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Food truck opens in Kam Lake

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents are being introduced to ethnic cuisine at an unusual time of year.

A food truck, known as Noodo Monster has popped up near Kam Lake, providing traditional Asian dishes to the public.

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Primary operator in Dube’s dial-a-dope ring convicted

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

An Edmonton man who sold up to $15,000 of crack cocaine a week as a “primary operator” in Todd Dube’s dial-a-dope drug ring was convicted in NWT Supreme Court.

Yohannes Seyoume, 21, spoke softly in court on Monday, answering to Judge Shannon Smallwood after she convicted him on one count of trafficking in cocaine. Seyoume pleaded guilty to the charge in November, following his arrest in April, 2016.

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Kam Lake sewage clean-up open house

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The City of Yellowknife is inviting residents to join an open house discussing the on-going clean-up of sewage in the Kam Lake subdivision.

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at city hall in the council chamber, stated a news release.
On Jan. 15, a city employee reported the rupture of the sewage force main, near Ron’s Auto in Kam Lake.

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Heavy traffic on the trail

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Department of Infrastructure is anticipating heavy industrial traffic along the Ingraham Trail 24 hours per day until the end of March as the Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road to the mines has opened.

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Yellowknife dump doc enters post-production stage

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The documentary Salvage, directed by New York City based filmmaker Amy Elliott, is scheduled to debut late this year, with the goal of being submitted to film festivals across North America.

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A prized addition to Yellowknife

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

A non-profit group’s bid to bring traditional healing practices to at-risk people in Yellowknife made national news last week after winning the $1 million Arctic Inspiration Prize.

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Gunning for stardom

February 6, 2018

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is preparing for their Northern Scene Series showcase this weekend and is inviting Music Canada Live executive director, Erin Benjamin to consult two local artists.

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UPDATE: Man charged in Clyde River death

February 6, 2018 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

A 37-year-old man is charged with second degree murder after the death of a Clyde River man Feb. 3, RCMP stated Feb. 7.

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Clyde River principal ‘exceptional educator’

February 6, 2018 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

Rebecca Hainnu, principal of Clyde River’s Quluaq School  , has been recognized by The Learning Partnership as one of 40 exceptional educators in Canada.

The national organization announced Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2018 on January 31.

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Police raid nets guns, drugs and cash

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The RCMP’s Emergency Response Team was part of an early morning raid of a downtown apartment that netted drugs, guns and cash.

Three men were charged with a variety of offences after the Saturday morning raid of two apartment units inside the same complex, stated an RCMP news release Wednesday.

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Blaze engulfs Curry Dr. garage Friday night

February 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

A call about a garage fire Friday night led to a 4.5 hour fight to extinguish flames at a Curry Dr. shop.

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Editorial: Council’s pride support important for LGBTQ+ youth

February 5, 2018 - Inuvik

Last week, I went to my first town council meeting in Inuvik. When I saw the Aurora Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club listed on the agenda, I was intrigued. And so was the council.

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UPDATE : Students back at J.H. Sissons school

February 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

Students at J.H. Sissons School are back in the classroom Tuesday morning after a boiler backdraft on Monday caused an evacuation.

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Nominees finalized in Kugluktuk hamlet election

February 5, 2018 - Kugluktuk

The number of candidates running for mayor and council has shrunk since the first round of nominations for the hamlet election in Kugluktuk.

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Inuk prospector strikes gold with Agnico Eagle

February 5, 2018 - Arviat

Anyone wondering how to be a successful prospector may want to approach John Tugak, who will be Agnico Eagle’s guest at the Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit April 9-12.

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NWT on ‘right path’ to reduce Indigenous children in care, says minister

February 5, 2018 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Though the percentage of Indigenous children involved with the Northwest Territories’ child welfare system continues to grow, the Health and Social Services minister believes the government is making progress toward reducing the number of children in care.

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Firth sisters celebrated on stamps

February 5, 2018 - Calgary, Alta.

Famous Gwich’in skiiers and Olympians Sharon and Shirley Firth are on new stamps released by Canada Post after a ceremony last week in Calgary, AB.

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Tax Talk: get some RESPect

February 5, 2018 - NWT

The best way to pay for your child’s post-secondary education is by funding a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

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AWG Preview: a look at Arctic sports

February 5, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

I’m sure I could write an entire column on things that make the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) special, but this week I want to focus on a few of the special sports that we feature.

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Healthy Living Fair a success

February 5, 2018 - Jean Marie River

The first of a territory-wide series of Community Healthy Living Fairs had “a good turn out,” according to host, Jean Marie River First Nation.

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Sports Talk: The XFL returns… and it just might work this time

February 5, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

Vince McMahon made an announcement late last month that he’s once again getting into the football business.

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Canada should follow Trump’s lead on roads

February 5, 2018 - NWT

It looks like the world was waiting for President Trump’s State of the Union address Jan. 30, after one year in the oval office.

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Wrigley getting new fiddles

February 5, 2018 - Pehdzeh Ki/Wrigley

The original home of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association almost lost its link with the instrument after local youth couldn’t find fiddles, until one day help came from Nanaimo, B.C.

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Put a plug in the coffee mug

February 5, 2018 - NWT

In May it will be four years since I quit drinking coffee. Woohoo! Big deal you say? Yes, it is a big deal, because I used to drink up to 14 cups of coffee a day. Yes, fourteen cups a day, along with the fourteen teaspoons of sugar to sweeten up my java.

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No new senator yet: Wheels not yet in motion to fill Nick Sibbeston’s seat

February 5, 2018 - NWT

One round of senate appointments has taken place since NWT Senator Nick Sibbeston resigned from his seat in November.

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National inquiry reveals community have-nots

February 5, 2018 - NWT

One issue that came to light after families of missing and murdered indigenous women came to Yellowknife last month to tell their stories is the great frustration that comes from the lack of emergency services in smaller communities.

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Fourth suspect arrested in Hay River homicide investigation

February 5, 2018 - Hay River

A fourth person has been charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.

Tyler Cayen, 32, has been charged with murder and robbery related to the Dec.28 discovery of a deceased man inside a vehicle near the Katl’odeeche Hay River Reserve, according to a release Wednesday from RCMP.

James George Thomas, 25, Levi Cayen, 20, and Sasha Cayen, 25, all face murder and robbery charges related to the same incident.

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NWT stands out at Arctic Inspiration Prize

February 4, 2018 - Ottawa

A project to enshrine Sahtu Dene heroes in a work of literature while giving youth literacy skills won $100,000 from the Arctic Inspiration Prize on Wednesday in Ottawa.

“Who is your hero?” asked Dakota Orlias, the team leader of this project, to the crowd. “My (heroes) are the Dene people of the Sahtu, and this book honours the Dene people of the past, present and future.”

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Preparations begin for large-scale military exercise

February 3, 2018 - Cambridge Bay/Resolute

Residents of Cambridge Bay and Resolute can expect to see a major influx of military personnel in and around their communities as Operation Nunalivut is held from Feb. 23 to March 21.

The annual High Arctic military exercise will involve 350 Rangers and Canadian Armed Forces personnel combined. Soldiers will be sent from Winnipeg and Shilo, Man., and military divers will arrive from Canada’s East Coast. In addition to the diving operations, there will be military drills on land and on sea ice, patrols and live fire training.

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Small renovations make a big difference

February 3, 2018

Joey Amos, manager of Inuvik’s John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, says a newly cleared out office space is now available to external service workers to use to work with residents, making their services more accessible.

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All of Qikiqtarjuaq to be tested for TB

February 3, 2018 - Qikiqtarjuaq

The community of Qikiqtarjuaq, which normally sees one or two cases of tuberculosis (TB), has been hit hard by an outbreak, with 10 per cent of its population diagnosed with latent or active infections.

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Pang reboots Pujualussait healing society

February 2, 2018 - Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung

A successful community-based healing group, which operated in Pangnirtung between 2005 and 2009, is being revived after two weeks of workshops for community members in January showed the group is needed.

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