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News Briefs: Friday, May 11, 2012
Ferry service soon

The Merv Hardie ferry is expected to resume service "within days" according to the Department of Transportation.

"It could be as early as this weekend," said Earl Blacklock, manager of communications for the department. "We have three conditions for the ferry to resume service. The ferry itself has to be ready, and it is. Breakup has to occur on both the (Mackenzie) river and Beaver Lake, and it has, and then the river has to be flowing so ice is moving out and that is not yet occurring."

- Kevin Allerston

Arctic Air returns

The adventure television series Arctic Air will return in January for its second season, CBC announced Thursday.

The show, which follows pilots from the Yellowknife-based airline Arctic Air as they navigate the treacherous terrain and unforgiving Northern climate, is expected to deliver 13 episodes. Throughout the season, the flight crew will continue to be stretched to the limits as they work to deliver necessary supplies to isolated communities. This May, the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia nominated season one of Arctic Air for nine Leo Awards, including for Best Program and Best Screenwriting.

- Miranda Scotland

Territorial heritage fair

The public is invited to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre today to view heritage fair projects from students from across the NWT.

Projects will be on display from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with students available to talk about their projects from 3 to 4 p.m.

Approximately 1,500 students participated in heritage fairs at schools throughout the NWT this year, with 35 making it to the territorial competition. Winners will be announced at the legislative assembly at 7 p.m.

- Kevin Allerston

Honouring Yk airport

The public is invited to the Yellowknife Airport Monday for a ceremony honouring Yellowknife's airport as the Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the World.

The declaration is the result of the Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too! event March 10, an international competition to see which city could fly the most girls.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

- Kevin Allerston

News Briefs: Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ferry service in the works

The Department of Transportation is working to get the Liard River ferry into service.

The ferry is ready to go into the river but breakup forced a lot of ice onto both the ferry landing and the slipway that is used to launch the Lafferty, said Fred Lamb, acting regional superintendent for the department.

Work began on May 7 to clear the ice with heavy equipment. The department will launch the ferry as soon as it can safely be put in the water, Lamb said.

He said the Lafferty is unlikely to be running before the weekend but that it should start service before May 15.

Outside of Fort Providence, the department is waiting for the ice to clear out of Beaver Lake on the Mackenzie River, where it was still solid as of May 8, before the Merv Hardie can be put into service. The department couldn't estimate when the ice will move.

Both ferries have a 10-year average opening date of May 13.

Golf season about to begin

The Seven Spruce Golf Course is preparing for the upcoming golf season.

The club held its annual general meeting in Fort Simpson on May 2. During the meeting, incumbents Shane Thompson and Pat Rowe were both acclaimed to their respective positions of president and vice-president of the club. Allyson Skinner was acclaimed as the new treasurer.

The club will be holding its annual spring clean up on May 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The club has 10 tournaments scheduled with the Opening Day Tournament set for May 26.

Flyby planned for Fort Simpson

Fort Simpson is one of the communities in the territory that will be the site of an air display by the Royal Canadian Air Force this summer.

As part of Operation Northern Reach 2012, the Air Force will be conducting flybys of various Northern communities. Fort Simpson's flyby will take place on July 16 depending on weather and flying conditions.

The event will include a variety of fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft.

Mothers celebrated

The Fort Providence Recreation Department is organizing a Mother's Day cookout.

The cookout will take place on May 13 at 2 p.m. in front of the arena. The event will include competitions such a log sawing as well as a cribbage tournament for mothers.