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Banner days for downtown

The first of 72 new banners was raised on a downtown utility pole on Nov. 3. By the middle of this week, all of the banners are expected to be hanging with most displaying images of the community and others promoting the upcoming Arctic Winter Games (AWG). Stacey Barnes, executive assistant with the Town of...

Inuvik: News Briefs Feb. 14-21

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor gives talk at ARI Wayne Horowitz, professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presented his research linking ancient Babylonia with the Northern sky and local oral traditions at the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) Thursday, Feb. 8. Horowitz’s presentation focused on the question of whether the Sumerians, also known as ancient...

Yk Galaxy set to get off the ground this spring

Dillon Torindo has had a taste of professional soccer and very nearly made the cut with now-defunct FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League. He’s now hoping to bring some of the professionalism he learned during his time there to Yellowknife. Torindo is the mind behind Yk Galaxy, a new youth developmental soccer program...

EDITORIAL: Numbers don’t lie

Now that the Arctic Winter Games are over, there will naturally be a time of reflection. Some people will marvel that Hay River and Fort Smith actually managed to do something that might have seemed beyond its capacity. The organizers’ audacity in thinking the region could do it was impressive. Actually doing it goes way...

Travelling festival to visit Hay River

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will make a stop at Riverview Cineplex. The performance will feature Leanne Goose, a storyteller and country/folk songwriter and singer, and Caroline Cox, a storyteller and musician. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival is being...

Norman Yakeleya elected national chief of Dene Nation

The Dene Nation has a new national chief, but he’s not in any way new to the political scene in the NWT. The new leader is Norman Yakeleya, who is probably best known across the territory for his three terms as MLA for Sahtu, and also as the former chair of the Sahtu Tribal Council...
On March 24, Kathleen Groenewegen, the president of the Hay River Ski Club, stands in front of bare ground that would normally be completely covered by snow at this time of year. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Ptub Ski Races cancelled in Hay River

For the first time ever in its 35-year history, the Ptub Ski Races are not going ahead because of warm weather. “We are cancelling the Ptubs this year,” said Kathleen Groenewegen, the president of the Hay River Ski Club, speaking on March 22. “We don’t have enough snow and the little bits that are left...
Dolphin and Union Caribou are listed as species of special concern under the NWT's Species at Risk Act. photo courtesy of Mathieu Dumond

Dolphin, Union caribou management in motion

A management plan for Dolphin and Union Caribou herd, listed as species of special concern in the Northwest Territories, is underway as the NWT’s Conference of Management Authority reached consensus on implementing the agreement with co-management groups. The implementation agreement governs how the Wildlife Management Advisory Council and Government of the Northwest Territories must manage...

SPORTS TALK: Who’s having more fun than the Washington Capitals? No one

It was a win 44 years in the making for the Washington Capitals and a win 13 years in the making for Alexander the Great. So Alexander Ovechkin can silence his critics once and for all – or at least for the next 12 months – after the Washington Capitals won it all on June...
Dylan Harker gets set to serve the ball during a practice at the Western Canada Summer Games trials last weekend. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

Making the first cut

The top volleyball players in the city are one step closer to representing the territory at next year’s Western Canada Summer Games after both the men’s and women’s teams held their first set of tryouts last weekend. After a full weekend of evaluations the top 18 boys and top 20 girls will make up the...

Wanted: Hay River bylaw officer

The town of Hay River may have to cast a wider net if it wants to recruit a bylaw enforcement officer. The job of a protective services specialist, with duties that include enforcing bylaws and serving as deputy fire chief, was posted to the town’s website on June 25. But by the July 6 deadline,...

Fort Liard votes for chief and council Monday amid much controversy

ACHO DENE KOE/FORT LIARD – Acho Dene Koe First Nation members head to the polls May 15 to select a chief and council, capping a contentious election. Gene Hope, Cathy Kotchea, Frank Kotchea Sr. and Herbie Berreault were running for chief while 16 were running for five council seats. Among the council candidates was Harry Deneron,...

Carbon tax could cost $900 per household

Remote communities will be most affected by a carbon tax that could cost households $923 per year, according to a GNWT report. Lisa Nitsiza, chief administrative officer of Whati, a small North Slave community with under 500 residents, said the carbon tax would likely hit the community hardest if the price of flights increases. “The...

Around the North: Appeal board members sought

NWT The board that reviews decisions about financial assistance for students is on the lookout for members. People from across the territory are encouraged to apply to become a member of the Student Financial Assistance (SFA) Appeal Board. “If you are interested and have experience or background in social policy, law or interpreting legislations, please...

EDITORIAL: Make Yellowknife accessible for all

For Yellowknifers with disabilities, discrimination lives. Their ability to move freely is frequently restricted. Too often, both the lack of accessibility in public spaces and the ingrained thoughtlessness of many non-disabled people bars their way. Let’s say you’re in a wheelchair and you want to go to dinner downtown. If you don’t have a car,...

Don’t make assumptions about Inuvik-Tuk highway

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to an acquaintance that I was looking forward to visiting Tuktoyaktuk this summer because I want to see the Arctic Ocean in the summertime. They immediately informed me that I wouldn’t be able to drive there on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH), and that I’d have to find my way...

Suspended college programs could return

The suspended social work and education programs at Aurora College could be revived, says Education Minister Caroline Cochrane. As well, previously offered programs such as addictions services and computer technology could be reinstated. But that won’t happen until the programs have been assessed to the standards of the foundational review. “My commitment is to make...
The HMCS Harry DeWolf sits almost finished at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.’s shipyard in Halifax last week. It is the first of a series of six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships being built for the Royal Canadian Navy, and will be the first Canadian naval ship built in 20 years upon completion. Tim Edwards/NNSL photo

Military lays out Northern plans

The first of six new Arctic patrol ships is almost ready to launch and the design of a new military facility in Yellowknife is expected to go to tender by the middle of next year. The Department of National Defence laid out its near-term plans for News/North in correspondence last week. The 7,600-sq.-metre multipurpose facility...

First Mining and Exploration awards digs deep

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines paid tribute to leaders in mining and exploration at the inaugural Mining and Exploration (MAX) Awards last month. The ceremony recognized people and companies who demonstrated responsible resource development, created jobs, trained Northerners and championed Indigenous participation in mining. The event coincided with the chamber’s 50th anniversary...

Yellowknife Exiles take second in Calgary tournament

One of the great sports secrets of Yellowknife is that there is an actual rugby club. They’re known as the Yellowknife Exiles and while small in nature, they always manage to make it out of town for an annual adventure known as the Stampede Sevens in Calgary. They did that again earlier this month as...

Police search for missing man last seen in Tuktoyaktuk

A search effort is underway in Tuktoyaktuk as police look for a missing man last seen in the community in early Wednesday morning. John Holliday, whose age has not been released, is described as being white, 170 cm tall, weighing 141 kg with a medium build, blonde hair, blue eyes and a goatee, states an...

MLAs will motion to remove Schumann and Abernethy from cabinet

MLAs Kieron Testart and Shane Thompson announced they will motion for a debate on the removal of Health Minister Glen Abernethy and Wally Schumann, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment from their cabinet portfolios. MLAs will debate and vote Wednesday on whether the ministers have “mishandled” their portfolios. Abernethy spoke to media shortly after Testart...

Seniors’ Society head worries housing survey will be a ‘dismal failure’

Tom Makepeace, the chairperson of the Hay River Seniors’ Society, doesn’t like the format of a recent survey for the NWT Housing Corporation. Makepeace said the survey on seniors’ housing was too difficult to fill out for many seniors. The survey contained 27 questions to which respondents were expected to write out answers. “What I...

RCMP says nothing suspicious in death of Hay River woman in B.C.

The RCMP is saying there is nothing suspicious about the death of a Hay River woman whose body was discovered just off a highway in British Columbia on July 22. “The woman’s death is not deemed suspicious and no criminality is suspected,” stated a July 31 news release from the RCMP detachment in the town...

Highest award for Inuvik teacher

A cultural exchange program at East Three Secondary School earned French immersion teacher Denise Lipscombe the Governor General’s 2017 Experiences Canada Award. The award recognized a program that saw students from Quebec visit Inuvik and vice versa. “It’s a great honour for us,” said Lipscombe. “I know it’s in my name, but it’s really everybody...

Landa Aviation to launch scheduled flights to Yk

Later this month, air travellers in Hay River will get a second option for scheduled flights to Yellowknife. Landa Aviation – until now solely a charter air service based in Hay River – plans to launch six-days-a-week scheduled flights to the NWT capital. “We’re going to start May 22nd, just after May long weekend,” said...

Four people, snowmobile go through ice

Yellowknife residents are being warned to be extra safe out on the ice after at least four people and a snowmobile recently went through the ice on Yellowknife Bay. A long-time houseboater said he knows of four people who went through the ice near Jolliffe Island while the Great Slave Snowmobile Association posted a photo...

Town backs new strategy to get more funding for highway rescue

Town council has agreed on a new strategy to try to get more GNWT funding to pay for operation and maintenance expenses for highway rescue and ground ambulance services outside municipal boundaries. At council’s April 10 meeting, Coun. Vince McKay proposed a motion that Hay River negotiate an annual fee for providing emergency services to...

Arctic Inspiration Prize nominates first Western Arctic project

A joint submission from the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC), the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is the first-ever project from the Western Arctic chosen as a finalist for the Arctic Inspiration Prize. The prize provides up to $3 million cash to recognize and promote the contribution of teams working to...

How to chase the lights

Northerners see the northern lights almost every clear night of the winter, but how much about them do we really know? Chris Ratzlaff, a citizen scientist who co-stars in an upcoming episode of The Nature of Things that will focus on the northern lights, said his progression from being interested in the lights to becoming...