News Briefs: Franklin searcher to describe findings


Tom Gross will give a presentation on the Franklin Expedition at the Hay River Heritage Centre on Sept. 14, beginning at 7 p.m.

Gross has been searching for Franklin’s grave every summer for the past two decades, taking a quad trek from Gjoa Haven in Nunavut to a spot that he’s mapped out on the land.

The Hay River resident will be giving a presentation on the findings from his 2018 trip.

Fossil talk and hunt this week

Bruce Green will be offering a fossil talk and fossil hunt this week.

The fossil talk will take place on Sept. 12 from 7-9 p.m. at NWT Centennial Library.

The fossil hunt will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 15. Participants will meet at the library and drive together to a fossil site. Outdoor clothing and footwear are a must.

All ages are welcome.

Fewer forest fires in NWT this year

In a Sept. 5 news release, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported that the NWT experienced a lower than average fire season in 2018.

As of Aug. 22, there were 54 fires with a total of 11,271 hectares burnt. The 25-year average is 172 fires and 402,976 hectares burnt.

Cookbook club being organized

A planning meeting for a cookbook club will be held on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Whispering Willows seniors housing complex.

Each month, members will choose a variety of recipes from a different cookbook and prepare a dish at home to bring to a club potluck.

Jean Marie airport to temporarily close

The Jean Marie River Airport will be closed temporarily in order to accommodate the resurfacing of the runway.