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Man rescued after falling through ice

Rescue personnel responded to the entrance to the Dettah Ice Road of Yellowknife Bay Friday afternoon after a report of a person had fallen through the ice into the freezing water near the houseboats at Jolliffe Island.

Officials confirmed a man was pulled from the water by people nearby before responders arrived. The man wasn’t seriously injured. Police advise people to stay off the thin ice that’s forming on bodies of water around the city.

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Accused in murder case to be tried by judge alone

Yellowknife residents won’t be tapped to serve in what could have been one of the largest jury pools in NWT history for a murder trial scheduled to begin next April.

That is because a Yellowknife man, charged with murder and attempted murder, will now be tried by a judge alone.

Denecho King, 25, changed his election to be tried by a judge and jury in Supreme Court on Monday.

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Medical emergency at Remembrance Day ceremony

A Yellowknife man is stable in hospital following a medical emergency.

The episode occurred Saturday morning during the Remembrance Day observation at St. Patrick High School.

Don Asher, second vice-president of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, was seated in the right-middle section alongside military members. He was about to present the legion’s wreath before he collapsed. Asher was then promptly rushed to the hospital.

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Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel

The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn.

Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related.

Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova staff member on duty for help using the laundry machines, a source told the Drum.

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Aklavik study makes medical impact

The North American medical community is changing the way it treats a stomach bacteria with the potential to cause cancer thanks, in part, to residents of Aklavik.

After a study of 376 people in Aklavik, along with participants from Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk and Old Crow, Yukon, researchers have changed the types and duration of antibiotics courses they prescribe for Helicobacter pylori.

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The last plank’s finally in place for Yk’s Rotary Park

After nearly a decade of persistence, a service club’s “legacy project” has been completed.

The Rotary Club of Yellowknife has officially completed the Rotary Club Boardwalk, located at the entrance to the Dettah ice road in Old Town.

The boardwalk has been under construction since 2007. During the almost decade long process, members of the rotary club have been adding to the project every fall to ensure it stays unique and up-to-date with the community.

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Apartment tenants express anger over ‘disgusting’ neighbours

A number of tenants at Crestview Apartment building are frustrated with what they see as deteriorating conditions since residents from Housing First moved in last year.

Kimberly Paul and her 11-year-old son Dylan Picard reside in one of the building’s units on 52 Avenue near 49 Street. Paul said she fully supports the program which houses people who would otherwise be homeless.

However, she says what she’s experienced in the past year in the building has her questioning how the program is being run.

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An ill-fated trip with Hip’s Gord Downie and Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician


Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in Yellowknifer on Aug. 1, 2001. It follows a visit to Yellowknife by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who performed at Folk on the Rocks, filmed a music video for his solo album Coke Machine Glow and found time to hit the water with Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician who had just returned to civilization after a lengthy canoe trip. Downie died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

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Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop

As the countdown to marijuana legalization continues, a new paraphernalia store is looking to help Yellowknifers who want to imbibe, do so in style.

Premium MJ, a shop aimed toward the sale of marijuana accessories and goodies, is planning to open its doors to the public next month.

Sara Murphy, 28, came across the idea of opening Premium MJ after the Government of Canada announced the legalization of marijuana. The owner of Yellowknife Tattoos and Harleys Hard Rock Saloon said she just wanted to make sure residents had the proper tools necessary to prepare for the anticipated July 2018 legalization date.

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NSCC inmates start letter writing campaign

As many as 80 inmates, more than half the men in custody at the North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) have put pen to paper writing open letters to MLAs and the minister of justice.

The letters outline grievances about how things are run at the facility such as a lack of quality programming, the removal of the recreation director and the inability to access exams for educational upgrading. That is according to inmate Daniel Gillis who said he not only wrote one of the letters, but encouraged other inmates to do the same.

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