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PHOTO STORIES: Aurora College sends off grads

Aurora College is celebrating its 50th year educating Northerners with a new crop of graduates from the Yellowknife, Inuvik and Fort Smith campuses. Students who attend Aurora College come from communities all across the NWT, some originating from Alberta and as far away as Nova Scotia. During the April 27 convocation ceremony for the Yellowknife...

GUEST COMMENT: Mineral Resources Act needs preventative maintenance

Do a quick google search, and you’ll find that preventative maintenance is maintenance regularly performed on equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down unexpectedly. If you owned a delivery business that relied on a truck for its success,...
Kevin Koe calls the line during action at the Curling World Cup in Beijing, China, on Saturday. Koe and his rink won themselves the gold medal in the men's final late Saturday thanks to a 5-3 win over China's Qiang Zou. Celine Stucki/World Curling Federation photo

Gold medal success for Kevin Koe at Curling World Cup

And now, the curling season is over. But not before Kevin Koe and company polished things off in the best way possible at the Curling World Cup grand final in Beijing, China on Saturday evening. Koe defeated China’s Qiang Zou in the men’s gold medal game by a score of 5-3 to claim the inaugural...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Keep using sunscreen and protect yourself

We just returned from South East Asia where we used a lot of sunscreen because it was usually around 30 degrees and sometimes around 40 degrees. Eschia. So, I really took notice when I read that a study by the US Food and Drug Administration found it took just one day of use for common...

$8M in federal funding for energy efficiency retrofit program

The federal government is investing up to $8 million into the GNWT’s new Greenhouse Gas Grant Program for Buildings and Industry. MP Michael McLeod and Minister of Infrastructure Wally Schumann were in Yellowknife today for the funding announcement. “The new application-based grant program will support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heating, electricity, transportation,...

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Norman Wells mayor, a no-show at court

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Norman Wells mayor Nathan Watson after the embattled ex-public servant failed to appear in a Yellowknife court Friday for sentencing on a drug conviction. “He should be here today. He’s not,” said territorial judge Garth Malakoe before issuing the arrest warrant. Watson was convicted of possessing cocaine...

Youth MLAs debate mental health resources in the NWT

Young people from across the Northwest Territories got a taste of political life during Youth Parliament 2019. The week-long program is an opportunity for high school students to walk in the shoes of the elected officials who represent them and learn about the daily workings of the legislative assembly. During a mock session on Thursday,...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Appreciate your local heroes

Over the weekend, I got to see Inuvik in a different light at the 2019 Firefighters’ Ball. It wasn’t your typical Northern scene. There was a DJ who played the radio’s hottest hits. Everyday residents looked like celebrities as they strolled in with their formal dresses and suits. There was also a hypnotist who toyed...

RCMP investigating sudden death of man near Fort Liard

RCMP in Fort Liard are investigating the sudden death of a man in the community. The body of an adult male, identified by the NWT Coroner Service as Floyd Diamond-C, was discovered Wednesday afternoon after police received a report about a deceased man located in the Big Creek area, outside of Fort Liard, according to...

Inuvik man who sexually assaulted sleeping woman sentenced to 2.5 years

An Inuvik man who sexually assaulted a woman as she slept was sentenced to 2.5 years in a Yellowknife courtroom Monday. Jordan Amos, 27, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in February. In November 2017, according to an agreed statement of facts, a woman attended Amos’ home, where he offered her alcohol. The woman then fell...

A day to honour our mothers

We’ll take a break this week from commenting on our usual issues – most likely municipal or territorial politics – and focus on one of the really important things in the world. With the approach of Mother’s Day, we are going to reflect on mothers. Some people might dismiss Mother’s Day as an invention of...
Keira Coakwell, left, of the Stittsville Hay River girls' team chases the ball during the Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. The team finished second in its division. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Stittsville Hay River claims silver at Junior Super Soccer

A team of Grade 6 and Grade 7 girls from Hay River claimed a silver medal at the recent Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. But because the schools in the South Slave were on spring break when the tournament was held from April 24-28, the team was not representing any particular school. Instead, it...
The new executive and board of directors of the Hay River Museum Society includes, front, left to right, vice-chair Bonnie Crowther, chair Tom Lakusta and secretary Sheila Cook; and board members, back row, left to right, Mattie McNeill, Randy West-Pratt, Judy West-Pratt and Peter Osted. Missing from the photo are treasurer Linda Carter and board member Vicky Latour. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River Museum Society chooses leadership for coming year

The Hay River Museum Society has chosen its new leadership group for the coming year. Tom Lakusta is back as chair for his second year. “It’s wonderful,” Lakusta said of serving as chair of the society, which operates the Hay River Heritage Centre. “Working with people that are involved as volunteers at the museum is...
Members of the Hay River Canadian Ranger Patrol,– including Master Corporal Kevin Lafferty, left, and Corporal Kayla Hoff, right, – have received the new C-19 Ranger Rifle to replace the Lee-Enfield Mark 4 Rifle, which Canadian Rangers have used since 1947. In the background is Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Halfkenny of Yellowknife, the commanding officer of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River Canadian Rangers finally get new rifles

The Hay River Canadian Ranger Patrol has received its long-awaited new rifles. The C-19 Ranger Rifles were presented during training and shooting practice from May 2-6. The new rifles will replace the .303-calibre Lee-Enfield Mark 4 Rifle, which Canadian Rangers have used since 1947. The C-19 is a specially-designed .308-calibre, bolt-action rifle that is more...

SPORTS TALK: Brad Karp – a Canadian we all can be proud of

Right, so exactly how much time do we have left on this planet? I’ve heard 12 years from everyone but Beto (Robert) O’Rourke, who’s running for the presidency of the U.S., tells us it’s 10 years. You know, if people stopped with all of this Chicken Little crap, maybe we’d take things a bit more...

Winter road haul amounts to 257,176 tonnes

The Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road saw 7,286 loads delivered to the diamond mines for a total of 247,618 tonnes from Jan. 30-March 29. Another 9,294 tonnes of freight was taken back from the mines and other third-party users, bumping the overall tonnage to 257,176. That’s down from 8,300 loads and 304,685 tonnes in 2018,...
Nancy Makepeace, left, and Bonnie Crowther kicked of Women of Wheels in Hay River with a bike ride on May 1. Women on Wheels is set for each Wednesday of May. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Women on Wheels starts to roll in Hay River

A new biking group called Women on Wheels started a roll with just two riders on May 1. However, the low number of participants did not bother organizer Nancy Makepeace, who attributed the turnout to the low temperature. When the ride began at about 2 p.m. on May 1, the temperature was -4 with a...
David and Elaine Ross are planning on running an “Alpha Home Gathering” program right from their living room, starting on May 15. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik residents hoping to explore faith with community members

An Inuvik couple is inviting community members into their home to sit down, eat and discuss any questions they might have about Christianity and their own faith in God. Starting May 15, David and Elaine Ross are planning on hosting an “Alpha Home Gathering” session once a week in their living room for the next...

NWT Conservatives open nomination period for federal election

Northwest Territories Conservatives are getting ready for the 2019 federal election. The Conservative Party of Canada issued a media release late last week as it opened its nomination period for the Northwest Territories. The party is asking interested members to submit nomination applications. The nomination period will be opened for two weeks, closing May 16...
Dave Bernhardt has been volunteering with the Inuvik Fire Department for 39 years, and had his services celebrated when he was awarded with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Municipal Long Service Award by his fellow firefighters on May 4. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik firefighter receives exemplary award

Inuvik firefighters honoured one of department’s most seasoned and beloved veterans with a Canadian volunteer fire services award at the 2019 Inuvik Firefighter’s Ball on May 4. Dave Bernhardt has been with Inuvik’s fire department for 39 years, and his fellow firefighters decided to surprise him with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Municipal Long...
The Hay River Medical Clinic is coping with a shortage of physicians. NNSL file photo

Hay River clinic hours should be back to normal by May 13

It appears things will be back to normal at the Hay River Medical Clinic by May 13. Since April 23, the clinic has been experiencing reduced hours because of a shortage of physicians. “It looks like we’re going to be returning to our average complement of practitioners on the 13th,” said Bonnie Kimble, acting CEO...

AROUND THE NORTH: Women invited to handgames tournament

Women across the NWT are being invited to North Tallcree First Nation in northern Alberta for a women’s-only handgames tournament this summer. Battle of the North, a “first of its kind” for its community, is set for June 21, 22 and 23. Registration for the event is now open, with teams expected to be made...

Behchoko man to be tried for sex assault in June – his third trial...

A Behchoko man accused of sexual assault in 2016 will head to trial in June – his third trial for the same years-old allegation. Chris Dryneck, 47, was set to tried in Behchoko last week, but on Tuesday, April 23, as the trial began, his lawyer Alanhea Vogt submitted a pair of doctors notes advocating...

Dene Law of being polite and not arguing with others

Being polite and not arguing with anyone is a good rule of thumb for anyone. Especially if one forgets that they live in a small town and decides to have road rage on the driver in front of them only to realize that the driver is in fact their best friend. Or family member. Or...

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Travel as a business

Friends, one of the lessons to be learned from travel is that you can apply some of it to yourself. On my most recent trip overseas I got to meet up with some old friends, one being a tour guide in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. This man has spent the last several years with another...
Anibe Abba, a member of Climate Action Inuvik, helps a customer pack up their groceries in their recently acquired reusable bag that they received for free from Northmart on May 3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Climate action group distributes reusable bags to Northmart customers

After raising concerns over single-use plastic with the manager of the local Northmart last month, members of Climate Action Inuvik were invited to the store on May 3 to hand out two free reusable bags to each shopper as they checked out their items at the registers. Store manager Kevin Giesbrecht said he approached his...

EDITORIAL: Norman Wells debacle a lesson for all communities

The Town of Norman Wells is back on its feet and the municipality, it appears to be pointing its nose back in the right direction. And not a moment too soon. We provided an update last week from Mayor Frank Pope on how town council was faring six months after October’s municipal election. In late...

Tom Beaulieu not seeking re-election

Since 2007 Tom Beaulieu has been the MLA for Tu Nedhé – Wiilideh but will not be seeking re-election for the position, citing a long career in politics and frustrations with the government. “I’ve been at it 12 years, that’s long enough,” said Beaulieu. “I had a fairly long career, I’m not young.” Beaulieu says...

MLAs look at environment bills

A committee of MLAs wrapped up final public hearings on three environmental bills last week at the legislative assembly in preparation for a final vote. The hearings concluded with much criticism about the amount of workload and condition of some of the bills. The Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment heard from final witnesses...

Safety board to probe forced Buffalo Airways landing outside Hay River

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to probe the forced landing of a Buffalo Airways aircraft, downed due to engine failure outside of Hay River late last week. Two crew members aboard a DC-3 plane bound for Yellowknife were unharmed after an engine failure forced the plane, which...