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A fire broke out in an apartment on the 11th floor of Hay River's Mackenzie Place - commonly referred to as the highrise - on the afternoon of March 15. Paul Bickford/NNSL photovideo

No serious injuries reported after Hay River highrise fire

An apartment on the 11th floor of the Hay River highrise erupted in flames on the afternoon of March 15. At about 2:30 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing from the north side of the 17-storey building, and eventually flames started to leap out the windows of the apartment, as broken glass fell to the...
Ruth Wright, a volunteer worker who organizes the Artsy Fartsy Recycle Fashion show, teaches elementary school students how to turn recyclable items into articles of clothing. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik resident recycling in fashion

Instead of tossing out recyclable items, one Inuvikian has been collecting valuable junk and helping local youth turn the scraps into wearable items. Ruth Wright, a volunteer worker who organizes the Artsy Fartsy Recycle Fashion Show, has been teaching elementary school students how to recycle in fashion for around 11 years now. “Earth Day is...

Foster Family Coalition of the NWT launches new recruitment campaign

The Foster Family Coalition of the NWT launched a new recruitment strategy at the legislative assembly today. The campaign, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Services, is headed by the catchphrase “We need you.” The new strategy aims to recruit new foster and adoptive parents across the territory and send “the message...

‘Bridging’ western institutions with on-the-land learning

How Indigenous on-the-land education fits into and shapes a future polytechnical university being planned for Yellowknife is a critical discussion point for Northern post-secondary education planners.   Close to 30 people attended the first installment of the GNWT’s Speaker Series on Post-Secondary Education on March 8, which involved a panel of Roger Epp, director at...

Two people unharmed after industrial explosion rocks Inuvik building

No injuries were reported after a worksite explosion rocked a building in Inuvik yesterday, say RCMP. Mounties responded to the blast at an industrial worksite in the community just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a news release issued by RCMP Wednesday afternoon. Two people were reported to have been inside the affected building,...

Deputy premier Robert C. McLeod will not seek re-election in fall

In the legislative assembly today, Robert C. McLeod, deputy premier and MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes announced he will not put his name forward in the upcoming October election. McLeod thanked all members for their work, despite their political disagreements over the years. “The common denominator that I know we all have is trying to...

Behchoko man, target of months-long drug trafficking probe, gets 22-months

When Behchoko RCMP stopped a vehicle heading back to the community from Dettah on Valentine’s Day last year, it was anything but a routine traffic stop. Rather, it was the culmination of a months-long drug trafficking investigation that saw Mounties conduct covert surveillance on Patrick Adzin, 29, a Behchoko man suspected of plying his home...
Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer with the Town of Hay River, says there will be a significant increase in capital spending this year because funding is available. NNSL file photo

Hay River approves $13-million capital budget

If all goes well – meaning if all funding that has been applied for is received – just over $13 million will be spent on various projects this year by the Town of Hay River. Town council passed its 2019 capital budget on March 4. The total expenditure, if all funding applications are approved, will...
Hannah Duong opened a nail salon in Hay River at the beginning of February, and the new business has become very popular in a short period of time. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New nail salon in Hay River an instant hit

Vietnam is known around the world for having some of the best nail manicurists and artificial nail experts anywhere. And now Hay River has a nail manicurist and artificial nail technician from Vietnam – actually two of them – to call its very own. Hannah Duong opened Hannah’s Nail on Feb. 1, and the salon...

Seeing the light on Daylight Savings Time

It’s Saturday night and, while sane people are out somewhere having a drink or watching a movie or socializing with friends, we’re trying to come up with a topic for an editorial. This time, an editorial idea comes easy, because in less than four hours – at 2 a.m. on March 10 – Daylight Savings...
Roman Bittman, a one-time resident of Hay River who died in 2017, will be honoured with a posthumous award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Bittman, who lived in Hay River from the mid-1950s to 1960, went on to have a noted career in cinema and television. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Bittman

Former Hay River resident honoured for media work

A one-time resident of Hay River is to be posthumously honoured with a prestigious award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Roman Bittman, who lived in Hay River as a teenager from the mid-1950s to 1960 and went to high school in the community, will be awarded the Academy Board of Directors Tribute....
The staff at the Hay River Swimming Pool - including aquatics supervisor Ashley Coombs, left, and senior lifeguard Jesse Vogt - welcomed the reopening of the pool on March 9. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River swimming pool reopens

The town’s swimming pool reopened on March 9, after an extended closure because of a mechanical failure. The pool was closed on Jan. 29 after the main pool pump failed. The pump was then sent to Calgary, rebuilt by the supplier and sent back to Hay River. “The pump arrived on (March 5) and a...

Edmonton man charged after Inuvik RCMP seize nearly $70K in cash

An Edmonton man has been charged after Inuvik RCMP say a search warrant turned up  weapons and nearly $70,000 in cash. Mounties in the Inuvik executed the search warrant at a residence in the community on Saturday, March 9, according to a news release from RCMP. Police say approximately $69,000, along with drug paraphernalia, a...
Joel Arey, a 15-year-old student from East Three Secondary School, elevates and kicks a ball that stood 7 ft and 6 inches high during the 15U men's one foot high kick on March 8. Arey finished in first place in the event for his division. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Traditions celebrated at the seventh annual Northern and Dene Games Summit

A total of 180 athletes from each community in the Beaufort Delta Region participated in the seventh annual Northern and Dene Games Summit that took place at Inuvik’s East Three Secondary School from March 6 to 9. “This is one of the very rare times and – at least at this scale – it is...
Firefighters, excavators and water trucks battle a fire at the landfill in Hay River on the morning of March 11. The fire, which had been smouldering for almost a week, flared up on March 9. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River declares state of emergency over dump fire

An emergency has been declared in Hay River after a smouldering fire at the dump flared up on March 9. The Town of Hay River declared the local state of emergency at 3 p.m. on March 10. The Hay River Fire Department had been managing a subsurface fire at the landfill since March 3, before...

Hay River man charged following ‘possible stabbing,’ say RCMP

A 23-year-old man Hay River man has been charged after a “possible stabbing” over the weekend in K’atl’Odeeche First Nation, say RCMP. Mounties in Hay River responded to a report a “possible stabbing,” just after 8 a.m. on Saturday, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon. A male was treated at the Hay River...
Kevin Koe watches the line during playoff action at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man., on Saturday. Koe is now the Canadian men's national champion for a fourth time after beating wild card skip Brendan Bottcher in the final on Sunday evening. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Four times lucky for Kevin Koe at Tim Hortons Brier

For the fifth time in his career, Kevin Koe will have the honour of wearing the maple leaf in international play. It will be the first time he’ll get to wear it while on home turf as the national men’s curling champion. Koe and his rink of B.J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch and Ben Hebert are...
Glen Brake, the founder of the Western Arctic School of Music located in Inuvik, is hoping to bring an old fiddle and violin program back to town. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music school hoping to bring fiddling program back to Inuvik

The Western Arctic School of Music (WASM) is looking to bring back an old fiddle and violin program that was a fan favourite for residents in Inuvik more than 20 years ago. Glen Brake, the founder of WASM, said that he’s planning to resurrect the Strings Across the Sky (SATS) music program not just for...
Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, was in Inuvik on March 5, where he announced that the federal government will contribute more than $3.5 million towards two clean energy projects that are being developed by the Nihtat Corporation. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Federal government funding clean energy projects in the North

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $3.5 million toward two clean energy projects that are being developed by the Nihtat Corporation, which will help Northern communities reduce their diesel consumption and move toward reliance on renewable energy. Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, was in Inuvik on March 5, where he...

EDITORIAL: The case for a name change

Editor’s note: Shene Catholique Valpy is the daughter of NNSL publisher Bruce Valpy. Shene Catholique Valpy’s battle for her children’s names reflects the basic need to have the world recognize them as they truly are. Since the birth of her first daughter Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ in 2014, she has been petitioning the territorial government to recognize the...

Fort Good Hope’s Betty Barnaby has been teaching for generations

Betty Barnaby, already an NWT Education Hall of Fame inductee, has taught in Fort Good Hope so long that she’s teaching the children of some of her former students. Despite that, she has no intentions of retiring anytime soon. “I absolutely cannot even think of it,” she said. “This is so much a part of my...

Slave Geological Province road planning, aerial surveys funded $5M

The GNWT and federal government are spending $5.1-million toward aerial surveys of the Slave Geological Province and planning an all-season road from Yellowknife to the Nunavut border. The proposed road would replace winter roads with year-round access, cutting costs for NWT diamond mines, facilitating resource exploration and development and connect an area with mineral potential...
Dr. Kami Kandola, the territorial chief public health officer, was in Inuvik on March 6, where she confirmed that there was a measles outbreak in town.

Measles outbreak confirmed in Inuvik

A second case of measles has been confirmed by Dr. Kami Kandola, the territorial chief public health officer, who was in Inuvik on March 6. With two locally confirmed cases, she said there is now a measles outbreak in Inuvik. “We have now have a second case of measles that was presented with the typical...

Dene Nation critical of proposed Forest Act

The GNWT’s proposed Forest Act undermines land claims, self government and inherent treaty rights, said the Dene Nation in a March 1 news release. The Dene Nation criticized the conduct of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) in drafting the act, which combines two existing pieces of legislation: the Forest Management Act and the...

From dropout to masters student

Crystal Lennie is a masters of public health student at the University of Alberta, even though she was once a high school dropout. Her goal now is to become a deputy minister of health. It’s something she couldn’t conceive of as a teenager in Inuvik who quit going to school in Grade 9 and later...

Border bathroom problem: Overflowing outhouse discussed in legislative assembly

The Department of Infrastructure, Tourism and Investment (ITI) said it is reviewing what can be done about an overflowing outhouse on the NWT-Alberta border. A post in the Hay River Classifieds Facebook group, which has since been deleted, showed a photograph of the overflowing toilet at 60th Parallel Territorial Park. Several people commented on the...
Devyn Bartlett has bowled the best game ever at Lizard's Lanes. On Feb. 22, he bowled 425, which topped the previous record of 409. A perfect game in five-pin bowling is 450. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Bartlett bowls almost perfectly

Devyn Bartlett has bowled the best game ever at the lanes in Hay River. On Feb. 22, he rolled 425, which is the highest score for five-pin bowling recorded at Lizard’s Lounge & Lanes since it opened in the mid-1980s. A perfect game would be 450, meaning 12 strikes in a row. “I got 10...
Dawn Loutit underwent double lung transplant surgery in Edmonton on Feb. 21. Photo courtesy of Dawn Loutit

Hay River woman has double lung transplant

  A Hay River woman has undergone transplant surgery for two lungs. Dawn Loutit had the surgery in Edmonton, beginning at about midnight on Feb. 21. Loutit, who is in her mid-50s, required a double lung transplant because she has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease since the mid-1990s. In a tearful post on...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Vaccinations saves lives

The individual with measles who travelled to Inuvik and sparked a regional scare turned out to be a child who did not have the proper immunizations. The child’s identity and age has been concealed, but what we do know is that hundreds of people have been potentially exposed to measles as a result. The obvious...

The scandal that rocks the capital

There’s really only one thing to write about this week – the scandal rocking Ottawa. For those of you who have been on a month-long religious retreat, British Columbia Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould has alleged inappropriate political pressure on her when she was the minister of Justice and Attorney General. She claims Prime Minister Justin...