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Man earns jail time for Days Inn drug bust

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to five months in jail followed by 18 months of probation after being found unconscious with drugs on on his person last August. Brandon Leach was convicted of possession of proceeds obtained by crime and possession of cocaine. He and two other men were originally charged with possession for...
NNSL file photo Minister Louis Sebert said last November in the legislative assembly that a new website on ministerial travel expenses and meetings would be up and running within the next month, but it is still in the works. NNSL file photo

New travel reporting website six months overdue

A promise from the NWT’s transparency minister to provide more information on cabinet travel expenses remains unfulfilled nearly six months after the website containing the information was supposed to go live. “We began to kind of realize it was maybe more work to be done than we prepared for, particularly around the technological side of...

“She pulled the ace!”: Winner from Inuvik nets $319,296

Emelie Peacock Northern News Services “She pulled the ace!” organizer Mike Auge announced as the standing room only crowd at the Monkey Tree Pub erupted in cheers after Darlene Allen pulled the winning card from a shoe box. The crowd chanted her name as a visibly stunned Allen phoned her family in Inuvik to tell them...

Beware the unnamed source in news stories, warns Yellowknifer editor Randi Beers

  Most news stories are built upon a solid bedrock of sources. A spokesperson said this, a politician did that, a document indicates another thing. The goal is to make it easy for the reader to verify anything a publication reports. Of course there are exceptions to this rule. There are a number of reasons...

Luxury aurora lodge breaks ground on Dettah Road

Construction has begun on the new luxury lodge on the Dettah road– which means the resort is on track to begin accepting reservations in January. Coromandel Aurora Lodge Ltd., got the go ahead from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Waterboard to begin construction on 41,000 square feet of new buildings on what was once the...

Tyhee gold exploration site may be scooped up another gold mining junior

An advanced-stage gold exploration project north of the city was snapped up this week by a Vancouver company after Tyhee Gold Corp. went into receivership. GoldMining Inc. has entered a purchase agreement for 100 per cent of the Yellowknife Gold Project and the nearby Big Sky Property, the company announced in a news release Wednesday....
View of Kam Lake in Yellowknife.

Fishing rules contradict Kam Lake arsenic advisory

The NWT’s chief public health officer says fishing guidelines for Kam Lake produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources don’t “jive” with catch-and-release recommendations made in his recent public health advisory on arsenic. Dr. Andre Corriveau warned residents on April 10 of high arsenic levels in Kam Lake, relying on decades-old data that...

$5,000 grocery giveaway at Trevor’s Your Independent Grocer

Jacqueline Hunt-Cornock was in line at Trevor’s Your Independent Grocer on Wednesday afternoon with about $160 worth of groceries when her cashier told her to wait. Looking around, she could see balloons, speakers and store workers with tubes of confetti. Store owner Trevor Bayer stepped up for an announcement just after 4 p.m. that the...

15-year-old girl says man and woman assaulted her on the way to St. Pat’s

A 15-year-old girl is calling for help locating two strangers who she said attacked her with a metal object during her walk to school Monday morning. The girl, who asked not to be named, was sent to hospital to get three stitches for a gash on her forehand after the attack. She said the incident...

A giving movement gains steam

When Renee Sanderson started Pay it Forward NWT, the group had a grand total of one member. Three years later, her group’s Facebook page has 1,217 members and 600 active volunteers. “Really I’m kind of like the bridge between people who want to give and people who could use the things,” Sanderson said. People in need...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism hub shuttered after Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre found unsafe

An engineer deemed more of the Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre unsafe this week, prompting the building to close for more than a day. The popular tourism hub near Frame Lake closed 5 p.m. on Tuesday and didn’t reopen Wednesday. “The engineer has defined an even smaller space at the very front of the building that...

Guidance team grapples with ‘at risk’ students

With graduation around the corner, a team of counsellors and administrators at Sir John Franklin High School are working with students who may not be able to walk across the stage and claim their diplomas this year.  The guidance team, set up in early 2016 to respond to the needs of struggling students, has seen...

Council briefs: City shaves tax increase

The city’s property tax rate increase this year will be smaller than originally predicted. The city had originally budgeted to increase the property tax rate by 1.24 per cent. “I am pleased to confirm that it will be slightly lower,” said senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett on Monday at a municipal services committee meeting as...

New water bombers arrive

Ahead of what could be a ‘very difficult’ forest fire season, the territorial government has some new fire-fighting equipment. Eight new Air Tractor 802A FireBoss amphibious water bomber aircraft have arrived in the territory over the past several weeks. The aircraft, at about $3.5 million each, replace four GNWT-owned CL-215 planes that will be sold...

Who you gonna call? Not the WSCC

  the issue: WSCC communication we say: Pick up the phone One of the biggest safety issues facing workers in the NWT is the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission’s (WSCC) inability to use a telephone. Or email. Or any other way to communicate with the families of those killed on the job effectively. Earlier this...

Tempers flare on Senior Super Soccer final day

Emotions always run high when it comes to championship games and that was no different on Sunday afternoon at the Fieldhouse. The U19AA boys final between Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s was a highly-charged affair, as most games between the two schools tend to be, and tempers came to a head during the second...

Free lease space downtown for winner of start-up contest

Project launched to revitalize city’s core and support new ideas   The city is looking to reward innovative start-up business ideas. Open now, the Win Your Space YK business incubation contest is offering one winner a free year of leased space, up to a value of $4,000 per month and other funding and business development...

Man on trial in stolen laptop case

A 29-year-old man was on trial Friday in territorial court where he stands accused of stealing laptops from the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre. Lloyd Thrasher was charged with two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and a count of breaching a probation order, RCMP announced in January. The charges date back to...

Man who broke stranger’s jaw avoids penitentiary time

Offender wanted to serve time at federal prison down south instead of correctional centre A 34-year-old who beat a man so badly in the back of a cab that he had to be medevaced to Edmonton for jaw surgery was sentenced Monday to just under two years in jail for that and two other crimes....

NASA to study permafrost

Summer flights will study effect of environmental change Look up, look way up: NASA is coming to town. An estimated 11 aircraft will fly through Yellowknife from May until August as part of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), a field campaign studying the impacts of environmental change on Arctic and Boreal ecosystems. “I’m pretty sure that this...

MLAs back visitors centre move

City representatives voice support for covering relocation, cleanup costs Four city MLAs have called on the GNWT to help move the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre from its deteriorating building to a temporary location and cover costs that could reach into the millions. The message of support, via a Monday news release, came as the Northern Frontier...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism is a good investment

Now is the time for all levels of government to commit money to a bigger and better visitors centre   The Northwest Territories is very fortunate to be a subject of fascination around the world. The Northern lights, Dene and Inuvialuit culture, the unimaginably big fish lurking in some of the world’s most remote lakes,...

Don’t let sun set on A New Day

A New Day is a good program. The public, politicians, program participants, facilitators and even a Department of Justice report all attest to this fact. So why does the Department of Justice seem hell bent on destroying it? Right now, A New Day is facilitated through the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre as a full-time...

No records kept for pot group

MLA calls lack documents ‘mind boggling,’ questions work carried out so far A territorial government group studying marijuana legalization isn’t keeping records of its meetings and discussions, making it hard to assess its progress. Last year the GNWT formed a working group with representatives from various departments to guide creation of marijuana legislation. Yellowknifer requested...

Can journalists be activists?

The answer is yes, no – well, it depends Last week, former Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole announced he’d been given an ultimatum. “Toronto Star says I can’t be a columnist and an activist at the same time, so I’m giving up my column,” he tweeted last Thursday morning. He linked to a blog post,...
Volunteer Nancy Vail, left, chats with Kelvin Bonnetrouge after giving him a snack bag in front of the post office while volunteer Cristina Popa of the Public Service Alliance of Canada looks on. John McFadden/NNSL photo

Northern poverty could be missed in federal poverty plan

Poverty is on the radar of the federal government but they may be missing the specific conditions of poverty in the North, according to a national anti-poverty organization coming to Yellowknife this weekend. Wanting to hear from people with lived experience of poverty and those who work with people in poverty in Yellowknife, Michèle Biss of...

City to count homeless next year

Yellowknife will count its homeless population next year with funding from the federal government, according to Coun. Linda Bussey. The city’s community advisory board on homelessness opted at a meeting to hold what’s called a point-in-time count. The methodology of the count will be determined later. The federal government offered $32,000 for the project. A...

Police locate man accused of sexual assault

RCMP have located a man with an outstanding arrest warrant who is charged with sexual assault. Aaron Chatholique, 36, is now in custody, according to a news release from RCMP released yesterday. RCMP said earlier this week they had attempted to find Catholique for several days.

City seeks feedback via pollster

In the coming days, polling company Ipsos Reid will be gauging opinions on municipal issues for city hall. Pollsters will ring both landlines and cellphones between May 8 and 19 in search of residents 18 and older. When Ipsos Reid carried out the survey in 2014, questions included rating the quality of life in the city,...

Visitors centre to close, money sought to rebuild

The city’s tourist information centre may close by May 15 due to safety concerns, according to a document obtained by Yellowknifer. The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre last year saw more than 50,000 people come through its doors. But those doors are on shaky ground. Years of structural issues due to frost heaving have damaged windows,...