News Briefs: Friday, April 29, 2011
Longest ice road season in decades
The Dettah ice road closed at noon Wednesday, making it the longest season since 1985-6. Over the past five years, the average time the road opened was on Dec. 21, and closing on April. 14.
This year's season was "five days earlier and about 11 days later than the normal," said Earl Blacklock, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation.
- Katherine Hudson
Regular scheduled programming will be interrupted Monday night on certain television channels that broadcast from other time zones.
The outage is in accordance with elections regulations that forbid the transmission of election results before polls close in other time zones.
Temporary blackouts will take place in Yellowknife between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on certain CTV, CBC, SRC, TVA, Global, NTV and CityTV stations.
- Nicole Veerman
The Yellowknife Community Foundation is accepting applications for 13 scholarships and grants for students and others interested in the arts, athletics, second language studies, health care, aviation, emergency services and community development.
The application deadline is May 15.
For information about the individual scholarships and grants, visit the foundation's website.
- Nicole Veerman
Starving for charity
No food will enter the bellies of 150 Sir John Franklin High School students and four teachers, starting at 5 p.m. today, in an effort to raise money for local charities.
The faculty and youth will be having a 31-hour famine in the school.
"Last year we raised $11,000 for World Vision but this year we looked to see which charity in Yellowknife needed help and decided to donate all of the proceeds to the Yellowknife Food Bank," said Travis Stewart, an educational assistant with the school.
- Heather Lange
News Briefs: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Deh Cho polls open May 2
Northerners will choose their Western Arctic representative in Ottawa on Monday, May 2 and polls will be open across the Deh Cho from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Residents can present either a piece of ID showing their name, address and signature, or two pieces of ID with one displaying their name and address and another showing their name. Voters can also have someone vouch for them at a poll to prove their identity.
The locations of the polling stations in the Deh Cho region are as follows: Fort Liard - Fort Liard council chambers hamlet office; Fort Providence - Nahecho Keh Centre; Fort Simpson - Recreation centre's community room; Jean Marie River - Henry Ekali Memorial Hall; Kakisa - Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation office; Nahanni Butte - Community assembly hall; Trout Lake - Community gymnasium; Wrigley - Pehdzeh Ki Dene Band community complex.
Fort Simpson cougar sighting verified
A cougar sighting has been verified in the Fort Simpson area.
On March 25, a resident reported what she thought was a cougar across the highway from the community dump. Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources investigated the area and found cougar tracks.
Doug Villeneuve, manager of wildlife and environment, said people should still keep their pets on a leash and keep them inside as often as possible. He said children should also travel in small groups at dawn and dusk, which is when cougars are most active.
Ice road closure pending
The Department of Transportation is going to take it day-to-day with the Fort Liard ice crossing.
"We are hoping that we can keep it going until Thursday night," said Fred Lamb, acting manager of highway operations, on April 26.
Lamb said the Wrigley crossing "is still relatively dry going across."
The ferry at the Mackenzie River near Fort Providence may also open later than usual this year due to low water levels.
Greenhouse gas emissions meetings
Fort Liard and Fort Simpson residents will get the opportunity to provide ideas to the GNWT next week on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.
Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will hold meetings at Fort Liard's community hall on May 4 at 6 p.m. and Fort Simpson's recreation centre the next evening at 7 p.m. to discuss the renewal of the NWT Greenhouse Gas Strategy.
Vote on May 2
Residents of Inuvik can vote at the Midnight Sun Complex from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 2. Voters will need a piece of government-issued identification that has proof of residency with a street address, such as a driver's licence. If residents don't have that, they can use a piece of ID with their name on it and a second with their address, such as a health card and a utility bill.
Those without government-issued identification can vote if they take an oath and are accompanied by a registered voter from their polling division with ID who knows them, such as a neighbour or roommate.
Careful on ice roads
As of press time, the Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk ice roads were still open to vehicles up to 45,000 kg.
The five-year average for the closure of the ice roads has been about April 28.
The Department of Transportation warns sudden overflow or deteriorating surface conditions could close the roads at little to no notice.
With warm weather, slippery conditions will be encountered the length of the drive. Also watch out for and slow down around cracks, loose snow and high snow banks.
The Mackenzie River and Peel River ice crossings were also still open as of press time.
The five-year average for their closure is May 3 and May 6 respectively.
Breakfast and dinner fundraiser
On April 30, eat your choice of two meals to raise money for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter.
Brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and serve up pancakes, eggs, bacon sausage, homefies and coffee, tea, or juice. Supper is from 4 to 6 p.m. and includes Arctic char, mashed potatoes, clam chowder, vegetables, devilled eggs and dessert.
The meals will be offered at the Lighthouse Community Church, located at 40 Mackenzie Road.
First Inuvik Chamber of Commerce AGM
The Inuvik Chamber of Commerce will hold its first AGM next month since its revival in 2009.
Members of the public and business community can attend the meeting, to be held on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Midnight Sun Complex.
Keynote speakers for the event include Grant Hood, senior administrative officer for the Town of Inuvik; Ann Marie Tout, past-president of the NWT Chamber of Commerce; and Chris Buist, president of the Norman Wells Chamber of Commerce.
There will also be an election for a new board.