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The Sir John Franklin Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2019 are, from left, Pooja Chugh, Hannah Clark and Graeme Ryder. The trio was inducted into the school's hall of fame at a ceremony on Friday evening. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Sir John Franklin Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes newest members

A racquet sports specialist, a national-level speedskater and one of the best young basketball players to ever come out of Yellowknife. Those are the sporting occupations of the Sir John Franklin Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2019 as Pooja Chugh, Hannah Clark and Graeme Ryder were welcomed into the school’s hall on Friday evening....

Police investigate downtown shooting in Yellowknife

Responding to a service call, Yellowknife RCMP found a man suffering from a gunshot wound early Sunday morning in a downtown apartment building on 53rd Street, a police press release says. An ambulance brought the man to Stanton Territorial Hospital, where he received treatment. The injury was non-life threatening. At the scene, police dog and...

EDITORIAL: The land an unforgiving place

The recent tragedy involving the party of three who went missing after snowmobiling out of Dettah for Lutsel K’e earlier this month once again reminds us of the risks that go with travelling on the land. Our hearts go out to the communities and families impacted by the loss of Samuel Boucher, Cammy Boucher, and...

Yellowknife students strike for climate change action

Yellowknife high school students gathered in front of the legislative assembly today for the second climate change strike this month. Around the world, striking students have held demonstrations demanding climate change action to mitigate further global warming, inspired by Fridays for Future organizer Greta Thunberg. Ella Kokelj, a 16-year-old student at Sir John Franklin High...

New parliamentary group model discussed at NWT legislature

MLAs on the Special Committee on Transition Matters held a long discussion about the possible merits and drawbacks of introducing parliamentary groups to the Northwest Territories’ consensus government system on Friday. Kieron Testart, MLA for Kam Lake, tabled a discussion paper and held a presentation to make his case for what he says is an...

The new great age of British hockey … yes, it’s a thing

It’s incredible what the offer of free beer will do to people. A brewery in North Carolina had one of its delivery vans stolen in the early hours of May 20, leading to quite the offer from the Unknown Brewing Company: find our van and the owner will give you a keg party. It was...

Cause of deadly December house fire ruled inconclusive

The cause of a devastating December house fire that claimed the life of well-known Yellowknifer Andrew Debogorski will likely never be known. Investigators probing the deadly blaze, which broke inside Debogorski’s 51A Avenue home on the evening of Dec. 28 of last year, were unable to determine exactly what caused the fire. “Because of the...

Investigation into cause of houseboat fire on Yellowknife Bay continues

As the ice on Yellowknife Bay disappears, the territory’s fire marshal is exploring different investigative avenues to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a houseboat last week, sending one to hospital. A blaze engulfed the houseboat, which once sat near the fish plant on Yellowknife Bay, not far from the Government Dock, in...

Former Yellowknives Dene band councillor ordered off ‘junkyard’ site

A former Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) band councillor and Ndilo chief candidate who fought to keep a parcel of land that amassed over 70 broken-down vehicles has been ordered by a judge to remove any property from the site he wishes to retain by the end of the month. Alex Beaulieu, an elder who...

Yellowknife RCMP locate missing 19-year-old woman

Heidi Kamookak, 19, has been located after being reported missing, Yellowknife RCMP confirm. She was reported missing earlier today. RCMP thank the public for their assistance in locating the woman.
Imran Khan, back left, director with NorthwesTel and John MacDonald, back right, assistant deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, awarded Mildred Hall School with the Emerald Award on Thursday for their efforts in phone book recycling. Back row, from the left, Dominik Mandeville, Matias Gannon, Koray Gannon, Kaylem Lafferty-Lermo, Lawson Liske-Nayally, Chace Mantla, Darin Catholique. Front row, from the left, Taveon Liske-Nayally, Ry'den Kakfwi Lennie, Kurtis Kimisana, Brycen Apples, Holland Van Overliw, Kaize Roach-Ashoona, Celestia O'Brien, Logan Neill-Sudlovenick. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo

Mildred Hall recognized for phone book recycling

Mildred Hall School has been recognized by NorthwesTel for their efforts in collecting 867 phone books to be recycled. MHS students put themselves above other schools by collecting the highest ratio of books to students at a rate or 3.3 books per students. This has won Mildred Hall an Emerald award from NorthwesTel and $750...

Norm Glowach dives into family history for new show

Lifetime Yellowknifer and musician Norm Glowach will take the NACC stage as a new character named Johnny Cole on Saturday evening. Through a multimedia performance and music, Johnny Cole – Meet Me at the Rex tells the story of how Glowach’s ancestors came to Canada, settled in Yellowknife in 1940 and eventually bought the Rex...

The Honky Tonk Psychiatrist comes to NACC

Yellowknife musician ‘Baby’ Brian Weadick will hit the NACC stage with a fresh set of twangy tunes on Friday night. Weadick, along with a five-piece band, will be playing some of the singer-songwriter’s well-known and loved songs as part of the Northern Scene Series. “But a little more low-key, a little more pretty,” he said....

On-the-land healing camp an ‘oasis’

A small camp nestled among the trees on the outskirts of Yellowknife is an “oasis” in the woods, says one of its clients. Since The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation began the camp in May 2018, that client is one of its more than 2,000 visitors. Indigenous peoples make up the largest share of this number,...
may 23 Mike with fish

Catch of the Week Contest Week #4

Welcome back to the fourth round of this year’s annual Catch of the Week contest! This contest is made possible by our wonderful sponsor, Yellowknife Canadian Tire! Vote for your favorite picture to give them a...
The Deton Cho Eagles girls high performance basketball squad wrapped up its club season this past Sunday by finishing second in the U17 silver division at the Volvo 120 Hoops Showcase in Edmonton. They are, front row from left, Taya Straker, Naomi Yukon, Emma Willoughby, Meadow Munroe, Kaitlyn Kenny and Lilly Newberry; back row from left, head coach Aaron Wells, Mali Straker, Denae Lafferty, Mia MacInnis, Elle Mitchener, Drew Wolfe, Lili Casaway, assistant coach Claire Mennell and assistant coach Scott Green. photo courtesy of Benji Straker

Silver lining for Deton Cho Eagles at Volvo 120 Hoops Showcase in Edmonton

On the heels of their win at the Arctic Shoot-Out earlier this month, the Deton Cho Eagles girls high performance basketball team went to Edmonton last weekend to try and make it two in a row. They very nearly did just that. The girls came out with the runners-up trophy from the Volvo 120 Hoops...
Ruth and Chris McNaughton will be holding a charity fundraising event to help raise funds to cover the cost of a specialized surgery their daughter, Mikaela, recently had in Texas. Chris will be shaving his moustache and their son Matthias will be getting his first haircut. From the left, back, Ruth McNaughton, Christ McNaughton. Front left, front, Mikaela and Matthias McNaughton. Courtesy of Ruth McNaughton

Mikaela returns to Yellowknife from Texas surgery

Mikaela MacNaughton, a five year old girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, has returned to Yellowknife from Texas for a specialized surgery. The trip was not without it’s complications, says her mother Ruth MacNaughton. The first surgery went well, but as the family was getting closer to discharge, x-rays had revealed a complication. “They had pinned...
Dennis Althouse and Annette Althouse outside their 325 Old Airport Rd. office and warehouse for Tundra Transfer. Dennis said having a large sign and up to date advertising is very important to let the often transient population of Yellowknife know they are open for business. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo

Focus on Business: Tundra Transfer

Tundra Transfer in it’s infancy may have started on April Fool’s Day in 1996, but the work ethic of founder and long time employee Annette Althouse is no joke. With just a few jugs of water and boxes of coffee in her garage and an unreliable Toyota, Annette set out with her then partner Peter...

EDITORIAL: An arsenic cautionary tale

Well, that’s a relief. A long-awaited study into the health impacts of arsenic at Giant Mine reveals that, at least as it concerns Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo’s current populations, those impacts appear to be minimal. The University of Ottawa study concludes that arsenic levels found in urine, saliva and toenail samples taken from area residents...

Body found near Lutsel K’e identified as missing traveller

A deceased individual located Friday in open water near Lutsel K’e has been identified as Samuel Boucher, 65, one of three travellers reported missing en route to the community early last week, Yellowknife RCMP have confirmed.  Boucher, along with twenty-three-year-old Cammy Boucher – reported to be his daughter – and a man police now believed...

Former gymnastics coach pleads guilty to luring teen he once coached

A former gymnastics instructor and ex-bylaw officer pleaded guilty to a charge of luring Tuesday, admitting to sending a sexually explicit image to a teen he once coached. Ricky Lee Sutherland, 50, appeared in a Yellowknife courtroom for what was supposed to be day-one of a four-day trial in NWT Supreme Court. Instead, after reaching...

Food delivery services eye High Level road closures

As raging wildfires close Highways 35 and 58 around High Level, Alb., Yellowknife's food and delivery services are keeping a close watch. If the fire doesn't spread north of High Level, and cut off its...
The day shelter and sobering centre opened on 50th Street, right next to the Northern Lites Motel and across the street from the Northern News Services newspaper office. Ezra Black/NNSL photo.

Shelter user breakfast aims ‘to be part of the solution’

Following recent controversy over the Sobering Centre on 50 Street, its users shared their voice at a breakfast in the Northern United Place Tuesday. The NWT Disabilities Council organized the event, which aims to be a forum for homeless people to present their concerns to the wider city. Ahead of the event, a private notice...

‘Old faces’ open Wildcat Cafe for summer

May 17 marked the return of Yellowknife’s oldest eatery. Typically opening on the May long weekend, the Wildcat Cafe’s seasonal run usually closes in September. After a city-run bidding process, Jo-Ann Martin and Mark Elson of Bullocks Bistro and Jessie Collins will be serving it up at the historic restaurant. The lead-up to the Wildcat...

Swimmers plunge into frigid fundraiser

Yellowknifers made a splash as they took a dip in the 2019 LETR Freezin’ For A Reason Polar Plunge. Organized by Law Enforcement Torch Run NWT, the annual event raises money for the territory’s Special Olympics. Participants have the choice of joining a team or running in individually as they take turns rushing into the...

Afters years of fundraising, construction on new mosque set to begin

From a worn trailer to a promising new community centre, years of fundraising have finally yielded results: The city’s only mosque will be torn down and rebuilt. The new building is expected to be 7,500 square feet, accommodating Islamic educational programming, a youth area and larger prayer areas for men and women. With paperwork filed,...

Green building planned for downtown Yellowknife

Yellowknife could be home to Canada’s most sustainable building by 2020. The Northern Centre for Sustainability, an initiative by Ecology North and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN), has been in the works for about four years. The project started in 2015 with the passing of Ecology North’s executive director Doug Ritchie, who did a...

Ex-bylaw officer charged with luring girl under age of 18 heads to trial

A former city bylaw officer charged with a pair of offences involving a girl under the age of 18 is set to head to trial in Yellowknife today. Ricky Lee Sutherland is charged with one count of making sexually explicit material available to a person under the age of 18, and one count of luring...
On Monday, City Council voted unanimously to use the Yellowknife River as the city's source or drinking water and to pursue funding for replacing the submarine water line. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo.

From the river to your tap: council votes to replace aging water line

On May 13, council unanimously decided to continue using the Yellowknife River as the city’s main source of drinking water and began the process of acquiring nearly $26 million in federal funding to replace the community’s aging water line. The funding to replace the 50-year-old water line will come from the federal Disaster Mitigation and...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN FLASHBACK: Church group fishin’, May 10, 2006

Technician recalls: I’m dreaming of Martin Lake right now but like this year, 2006 was a late start. Nonetheless, my father’s church braved an overnight journey nonetheless. It was freezing cold, and no those foil emergency blankets do not work! Skipper is my deceased dog, by the way. He passed last fall.  Well, normally I...