AROUND KIVALLIQ: Man killed in hit and run

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Arviat

Arviat is mourning the loss of a young man who was fatally struck by a vehicle last week. James Kupaa Issakiark was identified as the victim by family members who spoke with Kivalliq News.

According to an RCMP press release, police received a call about a deceased man on the road at approximately 3 a.m. On July 25. An investigation revealed that the victim was run over by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene.

Issakiark was killed in a suspected hit and run in Arviat on July 25. RCMP have arrested a man following an investigation but had yet to press charges as of press time. Facebook photo

RCMP later located the suspected driver and the vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident.

Charges had not been laid as of press time.

Agnico’s new mines on schedule to open next year

Kivalliq

Two major Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. mines are scheduled to begin production next year. According to a news release from the company, both the Meliadine Mine near Rankin Inlet and the Whale Tail pit at the existing Amaruq project are expected to begin production in the second and third quarters of 2019.

Whale Tale pit had its water licence approved by the department of Indigenous relations and Northern affairs Canada on July 11 approximately 478 metres of ramp had been completed by the end of June. More than a kilometre of ramp is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

In Rankin Inlet, shipping season is in full swing. The first shipment of cargo has been unloaded and more boats are expected over the next few weeks.

Pallet contests

Arviat

The Hamlet of Arviat has come up with a fun way to get rid of waste by holding a pallet making competition.

The competition is tasking people in the community to come up with inventive things to build out of scrap pallets. Suggestions include book shelves and benches.

Awards of $300, $200 and $100 are to be awarded to the first, second and third place projects.

The deadline to submit your work is Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Reduced service at health centre

Baker Lake

Baker Lake’s health centre will have reduced service from July 20 to Aug. 6. All non-emergency appointments make take a few days to book are a result.

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