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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Giant bomber day parole extended

The Parole Board of Canada granted a six month day-parole extension to Roger Warren, convicted of the 1992 bombing at Giant Mine that killed nine.

He's been serving a life sentence since 1995. In 2014, he was granted day parole and in December he was allowed to move to a private home placement. His conditions include not to possess or consume alcohol and not to contact family members of the victims.

- Shane Magee

Fisher fined

A 62-year-old Behchoko man who caught fish and sold it to two Old Town businessmen has pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday to a fine of $500 for selling fish without the proper licence.

Narcisse Chocolate was charged under the Fisheries Act.

Territorial court Judge Christine Gagnon was told Chocolate believed the licence he had was sufficient for selling the fish.

He sold the fish to Bud Weaver and Sam Bullock.

Bullock and Weaver pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,000. The judge ordered the fish, which was seized in 2015, to be forfeited.

- Shane Magee

Arrests after SUV found in sandpits

Two men were arrested Friday in the sandpits off Highway 3 at about 10:47 p.m. after police on patrol located what was described as a stolen SUV, according to a RCMP news release.

The occupants of the vehicle fled and police later arrested them with the help of the canine unit. No one was injured and police state the investigation is ongoing.

No names, ages or community of residence for the two were released by police and it wasn't clear if charges would be laid.

- Shane Magee

Highway 4 reopens

The Ingraham Trail reopened to regular traffic on Saturday after closing July 14 at kilometre marker 49 due to a forest fire along the highway, according to the Department of Transportation.

The fire that closed the road continues to be fought along its southwest edge, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It had affected an estimated 7.62 square kilometres as of Tuesday afternoon.

The fire danger yesterday in the Yellowknife area returned to an extreme level.

- Shane Magee

Arviat teen using $70,000 to attend Brock


Arviat's Shelby Angalik will be attending Brock University to study English literature thanks to a TD Scholarship for Community Leadership.

Angalik won the $70,000 earlier this year for dedication to helping youth in her community, specifically with a reading program which she organized to help young children learn English and Inuktitut.

"I've seen many things that push me away from Arviat. Many people abuse drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy is a big issue here, there are more students dropping out than there are students that graduate, there's limited employment opportunities," she stated in a news release.

"I want to go out in the world and get a good education so I can come back with more to offer."

In addition to the scholarship, Angalik will have the opportunity to enroll in employment and mentorship programs during the summer.

Angalik hopes to become a librarian after graduating from university.

"Shelby is the real deal and we are delighted to support her studies at Brock and know she will be a huge asset wherever she goes after graduation."

Vet clinic coming to Rankin Inlet

Rankin Inlet

Rankin's annual veterinary clinic will be coming to town from Sept. 9 to 13. The clinic will be run by vets from Tuxedo Animal Hospital in Winnipeg.

The focus of the clinic will be to spay and neuter dogs and cats.

"It usually means that a dog will become a better pet," reads a news release from Page Burt, who is helping to organize the visit.

The clinic will also be performing minor surgeries such as removing suspicious lumps and dental cleaning.

Appointments are necessary. Anyone interested should contact Page Burt. Some funding will be available to help with the cost of spaying or neutering dogs for those that cannot afford it.

Great Northern Canadian Talent Search


The Northern Store (Northern/NorhtMart) is hosting a territory-wide talent search starting July 18.

Contestants are asked to submit a video that depicts them showing off their talents. It could be signing, dancing, or any other unique talent which you might have that no one else does.

There are three categories for the contest: individual, group and Northern/NorthMart employee.

The grand prize is $1,000 cash prize plus a $1,000 donation to the local community food bank where the winner is from.

There other prizes available too including $500 cash prizes and gift cards.

The closing date for entries is Sept 9.

After that the three finalists in each category will be selected by a committee.

Their selection will be followed by public voting from Sept. 16 to 23 with awards being decided based on the votes.

The winners will be announced on Sept. 30.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the community to get together, have fun and support a great cause," stated Christine Reimer, vice-president of sales and operations for The North West Company.

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