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All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Kind, funny — a peacemaker: victim of fatal downtown assault remembered 

Mark Poodlat was a peacemaker.  If there was a dispute on the streets of Yellowknife, he would be there to mediate.  “If we had a problem, he’d come and find a solution to figure it out,”...

Murder charge laid in deadly downtown assault

Victor Ugyuk, 32, has now been charged with murder in the death of Mark Poodlat. Poodlat, 36, died in an Edmonton hospital on Thursday following a brazen daylight assault just before 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday....
Bruce Valpy, Publisher, NNSL Media, Northern News Services Ltd.

Are you enjoying your white privilege?

The headline above was the greeting I got exiting a store on a busy street in downtown San Francisco earlier this summer. It was late morning, sunny day, and there were lots of people...

Premier McLeod not running again

After much speculation leading up to Friday's nomination deadline to file for candidacy, Premier Bob McLeod stated in an email late Thursday that he will not be seeking a fourth term as MLA for Yellowknife...

Yellowknifer Weekender – Sept. 6 Edition

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City councillor says old regime unfairly penalized builders.

Niels Konge is running for MLA in YK Centre

City councillor and business owner Niels Konge has officially filed his paperwork to be a contender for MLA in Yellowknife Centre. Konge said he was considering throwing his hat into the ring during a city...

Rommel Silverio files for nomination in Kam Lake

Yellowknife city councillor Rommel Silverio is running for MLA for what he calls a sense of emergency. Silverio broke the news to CKLB Radio, adding his name to an electoral district at Kam Lake that...

Man charged with smashing windows, damaging cars at Fraser Tower 

A 22-year-old man faces a slew of charges after police say he damaged Fraser Tower windows, along with vehicles parked near the building.  Mounties located the man after being called to the 52 Street apartment...

Thom Jarvis running in Yellowknife Centre

Thom Jarvis, longtime Yellowknifer and economic developer for the Metis Dene Development fund, has thrown his hat into the ring to become MLA of Yellowknife Centre. Jarvis, a resident in Yellowknife Centre, says he feels...

UPDATED: Merle Norman abruptly shuts its doors

Cosmetic and spa franchise Merle Norman abruptly shut its doors on Aug. 25, leaving both staff and customers in the dark for a few weeks, according to one former employee. But now owner and operator...

Victim of Yk sobering centre assault dies

The victim of a brazen daylight assault outside of Yellowknife's downtown sobering centre and day shelter has died. The 36-year-old man has been identified as Mark Poodlat of Edmonton, Alta., police confirmed on Thursday. He died...

Yellowknife Housing Authority denies bed bugs at Hilltop

After a man came forward making claims that a unit in the Hilltop Apartment complex was bustling with bed bugs, the Yellowknife Housing Authority is denying the existence of the itchy infestation. "We sent in...

Downtown assault sent man to hospital with serious injuries

A serious assault, committed near the front steps of the Sobering Centre/Day Shelter on Tuesday evening, was captured by Northern News Services' security surveillance system. The assault sent a man to hospital Tuesday, where he...

Old Town Pond Sailors Regatta marks 10 years of tiny boats

All it took were a handful of Tim Hortons cups, some strips of duct tape, several shish kabob skewers and a bit of luck to make Max Oraas-Ishack the winner of the Old Town...
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WATCH VIDEO: Sherp amphibious vehicle at Yellowknife River

Yellowknifer can confirm we have no plans to purchase one of the new $150,000 Sherp all-terrrain vehicles that was seen at Yellowknife River on Wednesday. Though one could likely get our reporters to and from...

Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce reveals election wish list

With the federal and territorial elections looming, the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce has spelled out where it stands on key issues of interest to Northerners. Deneen Everett, the chamber's executive director, and its president Kyle...

Man in critical condition following assault in downtown Yellowknife

A 36-year-old man is in critical condition following a serious assault outside of the Sobering Centre/Day Shelter Tuesday evening.  The assault happened in front of the 50 Street building just before 5:40 p.m, according to...

What are MLAs going to do about city under-funding?

Editor's note: Mayor Rebecca Alty, in consultation with city council, is writing a weekly column during the territorial election exploring the needs and issues facing the City of Yellowknife. This is the first of...

Yellowknifer – Sept. 4 Edition

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Another case of bed bugs nesting in Yellowknife

A concerned resident in Hilltop Apartments complex on 47 Street has come forward to Yellowknifer with proof of another bed bug infestation. Robert Ekpakohak says the apartment he has been staying it since December, in...
Jane Howe, left, NWT environmental manager for Seabridge Gold, and Brent Murphy, Seabridge Gold's vice-president of environmental affairs, right, present Jack Duffy, Sport North's marketing and communications officer, with a cheque for $10,000 at the Sport North offices on Aug. 29. The donation will go toward Team NT's operations for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Seabridge Gold donates $10,000 to Team NT’s 2020 Arctic Winter Games program

With the Western Canada Summer Games over for another quadrennial, the focus for Team NT now turns to the 2020 Arctic Winter Games. It got a good head start last Friday thanks to Seabridge Gold. Jane...

Matthew Grogono donates art to charity auction

Houseboater, businessman and artist Matthew Grogono sold his first major art piece in Lethbridge Alta. in late July at a charity auction for the Ogan School Charity Project in Nigeria. The piece titled Star Words...

Around the Kiv: Naujaat crew lands a bowhead

Bowhead landed in Naujaat Naujaat A bowhead whale was landed by Capt. Solomon Tagornak and his crew in Naujaat this past week. Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) president David Ningeongan and the KIA board of directors quickly congratulated the...

Union president touches on teaching labour issues in final year

Fraser Oliver, Northwest Territories Teachers Association president will wrap up his leadership role next June on behalf of the NWT's largest teachers' union. Oliver represents 800 members in the territory based on the union's bylaws,...

Territorial Election Forum announced for Sept. 10 to 12

The NWT & NU Chamber of Mines and the NWT Chamber of Commerce will host a Territorial Election Forum at Northern United Place in Yellowknife over three nights later this month. Candidates from seven constituencies...

Accused says he ordered form of fentanyl online for personal use, not profit

Testifying in his own defence, a Yellowknife man accused of importing a form of fentanyl into the city admitted to ordering the drug online but denied selling the powerful opioid once it arrived in...

Willideh, Frostbite and Glen Abernethy’s old drum kit

One of the biggest lessons that students lucky enough to attend Kaw Tay Whee school in Dettah may learn is that the educational experience is not confined within its walls. “The students are connected to...

Plane lands safely in Yellowknife after flat tire scare

A First Air flight landed safely in Yellowknife on Aug. 28 after a pair of suspected flat tires on the aircraft prompted pilots to declare an emergency. The passenger plane, en route to the capital...

Why Bruce Valpy won’t be running for MLA

I would make a great premier of the NWT, cabinet minister, even an MLA. It’s a job that comes with respect, good pay, gold-plated pension, lots of travel and free food. You get to...

Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod get taste of Western Hockey League

Carter McLeod and Logan Cunningham already had plenty in common in their lives, right on down to growing up on the same street: Brown Court. They both also got their first chance to show their...