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News Briefs: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Assault charge

A 36-year-old Yellowknife man was medevaced to Edmonton in critical condition after an assault at Fort Gary Apartments on Franklin Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Monday.

A 22-year-old Yellowknife man was arrested later Monday morning and has been charged with aggravated assault.

He is in custody and is scheduled to appear in territorial court today at 9:30 a.m. As of Tuesday, the victim was in Edmonton in critical but stable condition.

- Katherine Hudson

Fish case progresses

The court case of a Yellowknife commercial fisherman and business owner accused of eight counts under the Fisheries Act will be resolved without a trial.

The Crown and defence requested the case be delayed until June 5 at 1:30 p.m. so final details of a resolution can be reached.

Commercial fisherman Brian Abbott, owner/operator of Great Slave Fish Products Ltd. on Jolliffe Island, is charged with fishing without proper registration; failing to properly fill out logbooks; fishing in a restricted area; leaving a gillnet in the water for more than 30 hours; fishing with improperly marked gillnets; possessing fish caught in contravention of the Fisheries Act; and muktuk trading.

- Katherine Hudson

Fence decision soon

NWT rental officer Hal Logsdon said he expects to come to a decision by Friday regarding an area of fence at the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) building on 52 Street.

The UNW was ordered by Logsdon to open the fence on Jan. 17 after it received an application from tenant Kathryn Carriere asking that a temporary walkway be made for direct access to their apartments.

Tenants Michele LeTourneau and Annemieke Mulders both sent applications to the NWT Rental Board on March 20 asking that they either be allowed to open a section of fence on the building's west side for a temporary walkway themselves or to pay their rent to the rental board until the work is done.

- Kevin Allerston

Get on the bus

The City of Yellowknife is asking residents to weigh in on local transit services through its Transit 2012 Customer Survey.

The survey can be accessed on the city website until May 14.

Tripping out at MUI

Rankin Inlet

Two groups of students at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) in Rankin Inlet had the opportunity to check out a little bit of what their futures may hold for them this past month.

A total of nine potential Grade 12 graduates made the annual MUI grad trip to the south to check out a number of post-secondary institutions and have a little fun and relaxation after a hard year of hitting the books.

Making the grad trip to the nation's capital were John Bruce, Israel Aliyak, Cassandra Gordon, Jennica Pissuk, Alexandra Rudd, Katrina Pameolik,

Meagan Angidlik, Annette Boucher and Denise Graham.

The second trip took the MUI students to the Meadowbank gold mine owned and operated by AgnicoEagle Mines near Baker Lake.

For more on the MUI student travels, please see the May 9 edition of Kivalliq News.

Racing reminder

Arviat/Chesterfield Inlet/Rankin Inlet

The racing season is underway and Chesterfield Inlet has announced it will be hosting a crosscountry challenge race from May 56.

Drag racers will take the spotlight the following week when they chase the checkered flag at Itivia in Rankin Inlet on May 12 (classes on snow) and May 13 (classes on ice).

The Rankin and Chester events will have racing fans warmed up just in time to head to Arviat as the Arviat Racing Club hosts the 12th annual Sam Napayok Memorial snowmobile race on May 18 and 19.

The event will feature racing action in both the junior (14 to 17 years of age and racing Bravo 250 cc) and senior (18 and older racing machines up to 600 cc) categories.

There will be a special racers' meeting at the Arviat hamlet office on May 17 beginning at 7 p.m.

Junior high trip

Rankin Inlet

A group of junior high students from MUI in Rankin Inlet are enjoying the sights and sounds of the Big Smoke this week.

The students left Rankin on April 28 for Toronto and the outdoor educational centre at Bark Lake, Ont. They return to Rankin on May 7.

Rankin residents with satellite or sports cable access may want to turn to the Toronto FC soccer game this coming Saturday, May 5.

The host team has plans of getting the Rankin students involved with the game, and they may even be picked to carry the Toronto FC flag onto the field at the start of the game. The students also attended a Toronto Blue Jays game on April 30.

Call for nominations


The Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) program is currently accepting nominations for its 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.

The award is presented each year to a member of NYA's alumni to help recognize and congratulate them for reaching their goals and helping others.

The winner will be flown to Ottawa to receive their award during the first week of July.

Former NYA participants from the Kivalliq have won four of the past five alumni awards, with Karen Aglukark of Arviat (2011), Denise Malliki of Repulse Bay (2009), Dianne Iyago of Baker Lake (2008) and Gloria Kowtak of Whale Cove/Rankin Inlet (2007) all being honoured.

Pakallak Tyme

Rankin Inlet

People from across the Kivalliq are in Rankin Inlet this week to help the community celebrate its annual Pakallak Tyme activities.

Rankin residents are reminded their hamlet office will close at noon on May 4 to allow its employees to enjoy the festivities for an afternoon.