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Friday, January 24, 2014

New Super Soccer sponsor

Super Soccer will have a new title sponsor beginning this year, as Diavik Diamond Mine has signed on to headline the annual NWT indoor school championships.

The deal includes cash and in-kind support, which will offset the growing costs of hosting the event, ultimately lowering participation fees. Two new fair play awards will also be established that will be provided to the teams that best displays sportsmanship.

The total contribution is valued at $45,000 over the next three years.

- James McCarthy

Chamber gets new director

The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director.

Deneen Everett, originally from Nova Scotia, recently moved to Yellowknife from Peace River, Alta., where she worked with the Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce.

She took up the post on Monday.

In a news release, Everett said she looks forward to expanding the membership of the Yellowknife chamber. Jason McEvoy, president of the chamber, said Everett came highly recommended by her co-workers.

- Daniel Campbell

Giant Mine public forum

Residents are invited to a forum on the Giant Mine remediation project, hosted by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and the remediation team on Tuesday.

According to a news release, the meeting will focus on recent work at the site and work planned for this year. There will be time for questions. The forum is set to kick off at 6 p.m., at the Chief Drygeese Government Building in Dettah. Dinner will be provided by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

- Daniel Campbell

Yk1 superintendent awarded

The superintendent of the Yk1 school district, Metro Huculak recently nabbed the NWT Superintendents' Association's distinguished service award for 2014, a news release from the association announced yesterday. The honour is awarded annually to those who make important contributions to public education in the territory. Huculak has been superintendent of Yk1 for the last nine years and has nearly 30 years of teaching experience under his belt.

- Daniel Campbell

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Companies short listed for fibre link project

The territorial government has announced the three companies that have been short listed for the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link.

ATCO Electric Ltd., Northern Lights Fibre and Plenary Group Canada Ltd. met the territorial government's request for qualifications on the project. The three companies have been invited to participate in the request for proposal stage, which is the next stage of the competitive selection process.

The project will involve burying a 1,115 km long, 48 strand marine fibre optic cable between Checkpoint and Inuvik. A contract is expected to be awarded this year followed by the start of construction in the winter of 2015 and the link going into service by mid-2016.

Hockey tournament in Fort Simpson

The first puck will drop at the 29th annual Fort Simpson Men's Rec Hockey Tournament on Jan. 24.

The three-day tournament will begin on Friday evening with games between the three Fort Simpson teams, the Nahanni Inn Flyers, Nogha and the Northern Eagles. Teams from Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Providence are expected to start competing by Saturday morning.

Referees from Yellowknife will be over seeing the tournament. The finals are scheduled for Sunday evening.

Students learn about trapping

Deh Gah School in Fort Providence is starting an eight week Take a Kid Trapping Program.

As part of the program, each grade will spend one week on the land trapping. All of the primary grades will be taking day trips for five days to T'elemie Lodge, located along the Mackenzie River. Grade 3 is the first to go to the lodge this week.

Elementary classes will be going to the Horn River and the senior high students are spending their week at Willow Lake, said Lois Philipp, the school's principal.

Getting fit through dancing

DANCEPL3Y, which bills itself as the world's most innovative and playful dance classes, was in Deh Gah School in Fort Providence from Jan. 21 to 22.

The organization was looking to see if it can train people to become leaders in the community for its programs, said Lois Philipp, the school's principal.

The organization, which is based in Vancouver, has physical activity and fitness programs for adults and youth that fuse dance and movement.

Athletes in trials for AWG

East Three School will see an influx of prospective Arctic Winter Games athletes this week.

The trials for the Arctic/Northern Games will be held Jan. 23 through Jan. 25 at the school.

The trials will include all of the standard Arctic Games, such as the one and two-foot high kicks, the Alaskan high kick and others.

The wrestling trials for the AWG were also to be held in Inuvik but have been moved to Yellowknife at the last moment where more athletes are available to attend, said local coach Steve Baryluk.

Fort McPherson, meanwhile, will host the snowshoe trials from Jan. 23 to 25.

New date for contest

Any photo taken from above the Arctic Circle is fair game in the newest photography festival to hit the North.

Instead of debating what's considered the Arctic and what isn't, the organizers decided to accept everything taken on or above the 66th parallel.

Planning for the Arctic Image Festival taking place in Inuvik from Feb. 28 to March 2 is well underway after at least two date changes.

"We have so many talented individuals here in Inuvik," said organizer Terry Halifax. "Some are established professionals, others might just be starting, but we want to encourage that growth and appeal to everyone."

Hockey player traded

Inuvik hockey player Steven Alldridge has been traded to the Lethbridge Hurricanes from the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks.

The 17-year-old from Inuvik became a member of the Hurricanes after a trade on Jan. 9 between the two teams, seeing Alldridge and a second-round draft pick in the 2014 WHL bantam draft go to Alberta in exchange for goaltender Corbin Boes.

Brad Robson, general manager for the Hurricanes, said he wanted Alldridge as part of any deal for his then-number one goaltender.

"After about two days of negotiating, we came to an agreement that Steven would be part of it," he said.

Behind the mask

The Inuvik Figure Skating Club is hosting a masquerade ball this Saturday, Jan. 25

The event is being held at the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex, and will help raise funds needed to pay for the club's hosting of the territorial figure skating championships next month.

Four skaters from the club have also qualified for the Arctic Winter Games in March.

The event will feature formal dress, "mystery and intrigue," said club member Tony Devlin.