Franklin Avenue detour draws mixed reactions

Drivers diverted from roadwork on Franklin Avenue say they’re treating the weeks-long detour as a necessary annoyance. “We’re happy when the road is done … it’s worth it, always,” said Claudia Bruehlmann, a grounds maintenance worker who spoke to Yellowknifer while on the job in the city’s Forrest Drive neighbourhood. As part of the city’s...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at