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News Briefs: Monday, December 31, 2012

Snowmobiler injured

A snowmobiler in Tulita was injured on Dec. 24.

According to the RCMP, a snowmobile was travelling westbound at a high rate of speed in a ditch adjacent to Plane Lake Road at about 12:15 p.m. It struck an embankment and then hit a power pole.

The lone rider, a 27-year-old male, sustained serious injuries and was medevaced to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

As of Dec. 27, the man was listed in serious but stable condition.

According to police, the snowmobiler was not wearing a helmet.

- Paul Bickford

Input encouraged

The NWT Literacy Council wants people to tell the territorial government how to increase support for early childhood development.

A consultation is underway until Jan. 10 by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

The council's priorities include more programs, such as toy lending libraries and family literacy; improved working conditions for early childhood workers; and affordable and accessible programs in all communities.

"The return on investment for money spent on early childhood development is greater than for any other government spending," said Helen Balanoff, the council's executive director, in a news release.

The GNWT consultation includes surveys, focus groups and community meetings.

- Paul Bickford

GNWT break to end

The Christmas and New Year's break for most employees of the territorial government will end with the reopening of offices on Jan. 2.

The annual closure of most GNWT offices for the holidays began on Dec. 21.

- Paul Bickford

No cost to register

There will be no cost for shippers to register as part of an increased air cargo screening program by Transport Canada. As of Dec. 31, cargo on passenger flights leaving larger airports - including Yellowknife - will be subject to closer inspection.

Shippers can apply to join the Air Cargo Security Program.

- Paul Bickford

Light contest winners

The prize winners were announced on Dec. 18 in a Christmas lights contest sponsored by the Town of Fort Smith.

The winners were Olga Mansbridge, who won $200 for first place; Warren Gillis, who received $100 for second place; and Shirley Tourangeau, who won the third-place prize of $50.

- Paul Bickford