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Warm weather causes daytime closure at Snowking’s Winter Festival

Due to warm weather, Snowking’s Winter Festival will be closed during the day starting March 19. The castle will now be closed to the general public until 5 p.m. but will continue to remain open in the evenings. Kids’ Night will be Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Cabin Fever Reliever music show...

Ptarmicon organizers searching for venue

Ptarmicon, the world’s northernmost nerd culture convention, is looking for a spot to hold its event this year. Organizers were left scrambling after hotel management at Chateau Nova forgot they existed, according to a Facebook post from the event page. “Yellowknife we need your help!” the post begins. “The Chateau Nova hotel decided to give away our...

Feds announce Indian Day Schools settlement

The federal government has reached a proposed settlement with former Indian Day Schools students. Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya was in Ottawa for the announcement on March 12 where he honoured Garry McLean, the lead plaintiff in a $15 billion, class-action lawsuit originally filed in 2009 on behalf of Indigenous people and their families who...

Savannah’s Family Restaurant to open on Monday

A new restaurant in town opened its doors for the first time on Monday. Savannah’s Family Restaurant, in the old Cellar location on Franklin Avenue, serves East African and Middle Eastern cuisine. The family restaurant is owned and operated by husband and wife team Savannah Perna and Mohamed Mohamed. “We have goat, lamb, chicken dishes,...

Prison term for ‘violent sexual offender’ convicted of fourth sex crime

When Travis Menacho, a convicted child sex offender from Tulita, was released from North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) in August 2016, Northwest Territories RCMP took the rare step in warning residents across the territory of his risk to reoffend. Less than two years later, Menacho did. Deemed a “violent sexual offender” by Mounties in 2016,...

Children demonstrate for climate future

More than a dozen young children took part in a climate justice demonstration at the NWT legislative assembly, Friday. The gathering was part of a local effort to support the Fridays for Future movement, started by Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The movement involves school strikes by students to advocate for climate justice with...

Go green? Go local

Yellowknife, during its formative years, was not just pulling gold out of the ground but carrots too. Back in the 1940s and ’50s, many homes had garden patches out back, or out front, or on whatever side of the yard had better sun. At one time, Bevan’s Farm, where the Multiplex and Fieldhouse now exist,...

Seniors living income study shows singles most vulnerable

If you are a senior and living alone in Yellowknife, there is a higher chance you may not be able to cover your basic living costs. The NWT Seniors Society released its first report called A Living Income for Seniors in the Northwest Territories on Friday. The report, put together by economist Michel Haener of...
The new logo for the Yellowknife Cabs Ltd. Company that hopes to get on the road by April 1, should the company be able to install soft meters in their vehicles. They currently have 30 vehicles in waiting. Photo courtesy of Sibhat Berhane

New cab company hits metering speed bump

Yellow Cabs Ltd., the newest addition to the Yellowknife cab community plans on opening its doors April 1, but the new business has already hit a snag on the way to its grand opening. Sibhat Berhane, president of Yellowknife Cabs Limited, said the business began after being fired from a competing cab company for helping...
Mike Scott, left, Lawrence Brass and Dwayne Brass, right, (BrownCanShine) at the NACC theatre about to present to youth from Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo about their life experiences dealing with and growing up in small communities outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Indigenous rappers give youth sobriety pep talk

Motivational speaker Mike Scott and hip-hop group BrownCanShine combined forces at NACC Tuesday to deliver a message of hope and sobriety to youth from Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo. Mike Scott’s presentation, called Finding the Warrior Within, drew inspiration from his troubled youth at Sturgeon First Nation near Saskatoon, Sask. From growing up with parents who...

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...

Public feedback needed for territorial 2020 Environmental Audit

Work is already underway for the Northwest Territories 2020 Environmental Audit. Independent auditors and employees from the GNWT’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) held a public open house at Northern United Place on Tuesday to collect feedback from Yellowknife residents about environmental management in the Northwest Territories. “It’s an audit that happens of...
The rink of Sharon Cormier, left, Cheryl Tordoff, Heather Bilodeau, Wendy Ondrack and Marta Moir won the women's crown at the NWT Seniors Curling Championships in Hay River on March 2. They beat the Hay River rink skipped by Debbie Stanley in a best-of-five series, 3-0. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Yellowknife rinks win titles at NWT Seniors Curling Championships

What’s old is new again when it comes to seniors curling in the NWT. No pun intended. But the two rinks heading to the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Chilliwack, B.C., later this month are exactly as they were one year ago. Sharon Cormier and Glen Hudy led their rinks to victory at the NWT...
The top men's players from the NWT Darts Championships in Hay River show off their trophies following the completion of the tournament this past Sunday. They are, from left, Keith Way (Yellowknife), Elvis Beaudoin (Yellowknife), Danny Clouston (Yellowknife), Paul Morey (Inuvik), Sheh Murillo (Yellowknife), Joe Laba (Yellowknife), Norm Sanderson (Yellowknife), Tim Griffin (Yellowknife), Dan Kipling (Hay River), Paul Power (Hay River) and Max Kotokak (Inuvik). photo courtesy of Randy Thompson

NWT Darts Championships sees men’s and women’s teams selected for Canadian Championships in June

The Canadian National Darts Championships are happening in Saskatoon in June and Team NWT will be right there battling with the rest of the country. And if what some of the team members are saying is true, this could be a good year. The men’s and women’s teams were finalized at the NWT Darts Championships...

Internationally-renowned choir takes Yellowknife stage

With praise and awards following this 60-men choir from around the world, Chor Leoni is stepping onto a Yellowknife stage for the first time this month. The Vancouver-based group is playing the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre March 26 and are set to deliver a powerful performance. “I think if you can hear a camera...

Bloodshot Bill promises deadly performance

Musician Bloodshot Bill has always been one for finding simple solutions to difficult problems. When at 13, he found learning guitar too tough on his fingers, he decided to learn the drums instead. And when the bands he joined couldn’t create the sounds he had in mind, he decided to become a one-man band. “Bloodshot...

Suspects sought following fourth alleged store robbery since January

Yellowknife RCMP are searching for two men suspected of robbing a Franklin Avenue convenience store yesterday – the fourth alleged robbery or robbery attempt in Yellowknife since mid-January. Mounties were called to the Sunlines Alterations and Convenience store around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. Police say two masked men made off with the store’s cash register, stealing...

‘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...

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...

City granted federal funding for aging water line

A long-awaited federal decision on the city’s aging water intake line was made this week as the Government of Canada announced $26 million in funding, Wednesday. Bernadette Jordan, federal minister of Rural Economic Development was in Yellowknife to announce $25.8 million toward the water pipeline to replace the city’s current aging pipe between the Yellowknife...

Canadian Tire YK gets firearms licence; permitted to sell guns, ammo again

Canadian Tire Yellowknife is once again able to sell firearms and ammunition after a permitting issue forced the retail store to shutter its gun and ammunition section earlier this month. Management confirmed to Yellowknifer the Old Airport Road location is back in business when it comes to selling customers firearms and ammunition, after receiving a...

Yellowknife Courthouse cells get makeover

Renovations to inmate cells at the Yellowknife Courthouse – the final stage in a multi-phase modernization project – began late last week. Rear cells within the 49 Street building will be “upgraded” in a bid to boost the security and safety of inmates and staff alike, stated Sue Glowach, a spokesperson for the GNWT Justice...

Mason Mantla wins $10,000 for new film

When a young girl hears a knock at her door, she is faced not with the seemingly innocent elder at her doorstep, but the shapeshifting Nahga – a creature similar to the Boogie Man. That was the premise for a short horror film that won Mason Mantla $10,000 at the Dead North Film Festival pitch...
Jordan Harker, the man proposing to build a cannabis facility in Yellowknife, stood before city council Monday to answer questions about how the venture would operate. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Council supports proposed cannabis ‘green’ house

Several councillors are praising a proposed cannabis production facility in the Engle business district at a Governance and Priories Committee meeting March 11. Jordan Harker, the developer behind the project, said the facility will produce competitively priced products and would create roughly 12 full-time jobs and 20 to 25 part-time positions. Specifically, council and administration...

No injuries reported after accident on Ingraham Trail: RCMP

A portion of the the Ingraham Trail was re-opened Monday after being temporarily closed due to an accident involving a tractor-trailer, state Yellowknife RCMP. A “large tractor-trailer” and an SUV were involved in an accident at kilometre 18 on the Ingraham Trail, according to a news release from Mounties Monday afternoon. No one was injured...

Explorer Hotel celebrates $20M expansion

The Explorer Hotel celebrated its 72-room expansion at its grand opening on March 6. The $20-million renovation includes a new fitness facility, a wall mural by renowned artist Alex Janvier and one new aurora signature suite. The suite is billed as the largest one-bedroom executive suite north of 60, complete with a heated balcony, country furs,...
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...

After 2014 wildfires, GNWT is more prepared

Scientists, academics and members from multiple government departments, federal and territorial, convened in Yellowknife on March 6, to discuss the outcome of a wildfire research partnership. The results are the sum of the “thousands of hours” of collaborative research between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), multiple universities and National Aeronautics and Space...

Man arrested after being escorted off Canadian North flight to Edmonton

Police in Edmonton are continuing to investigate after they say a man refused to follow the directions of flight crew aboard a Canadian North flight from Yellowknife last week, delaying the plane’s landing. A 25-year-old man was arrested at the Edmonton International Airport Thursday night after allegedly refusing to take his seat before landing, Cpl....

City holds Trailblazers Symposium on International Women’s Day

The city of Yellowknife and Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce held the Trailblazers Symposium on March 8, in honour of International Women’s Day. The full-day conference was the third Trailblazers event of its kind and featured speakers, networking and a business panel about diversity in Yellowknife.  Maureen Van Overliw of Momentum Training gave a talk titled...