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News Briefs: Friday, May 10, 2013

Cocaine seized at Norseman

Yellowknife RCMP have arrested two residents in connection with a drug bust at the Norseman Apartment building, which yielded 35 small baggies of cocaine and a significant amount of cash.

Police discovered the drugs on Wednesday morning after executing a search warrant on the unit. A 21-year-old female was arrested at the apartment while a 32-year-old male later turned himself in.

Both Yellowknifers, whose identities have not yet been disclosed, are facing charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Investigators have released both people on conditions and the promise they will appear in territorial court on July 9.

- Simon Whitehouse

House of Horrors to be commemorated

Mayor Mark Heyck said this week that while the so-called House of Horrors, an abandoned historic building on Ingraham Drive, is scheduled to be torn down sometime this summer due to the redevelopment of Pilot's Monument, he expects there will be a commemoration of some type to mark its historic significance.

"We will be working with the city's heritage committee and there has been some suggestions of perhaps preserving the walls," said Heyck.

- Miranda Scotland

Writer to visit Yellowkife

Children's author Lorna Schultz Nicholson will be at the Yellowknife Book Cellar on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The book shop is hosting the event as part of TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2013.

- Myles Dolphin

Deadline for large item pickup today

The deadline to apply for the city's large item pickup is today at noon.

Residents wishing to be included can find a form at city hall or on the city website. The first pickups will start Monday in Frame Lake South and continue the following day in Range Lake North and Northland Trailer Park areas. For the rest of the schedule, consult the city website. The city will not accept tipping fee items, hazardous waste or recyclables.

- Miranda Scotland

News Briefs: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Public hearings for Wildlife Act

Three Deh Cho communities will be part of the consultation tour that is being conducted for the proposed new Wildlife Act.

Fort Simpson is the first stop for the Standing Committee of Economic Development and Infrastructure, chaired by Yellowknife Centre MLA Robert Hawkins, that is reviewing the proposed act. The committee will be holding a public hearing in the village's community hall on May 13 at 7 p.m.

Hearings will also be held in Nahanni Butte on May 14 at 7 p.m. in the community gym and in Fort Providence on May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Nahecho Centre.

The act has already received a first and second reading in the the legislative assembly.

Golf course prepares for season

The Seven Spruce Golf Course took its first step towards starting the 2013 golf season by holding its annual general meeting last week.

Fourteen people attended the May 1 meeting in the Fort Simpson community hall. All of the members of the club's executive including president Shane Thompson, vice-president Pat Rowe and treasurer Allyson Skinner were returned to their positions by acclamation.

The club is scheduled to hold its annual course cleanup on May 18 followed by the opening day tournament the following Saturday. The club has 10 golf tournaments scheduled for the season.

Mother's Day fundraiser

The Moosehide Mammas will be holding a Mother's Day brunch in Fort Simpson.

The brunch, which includes door prizes, will take place on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community hall. Waffles, bacon, eggs, sausages, ham and a variety of desserts are on the menu.

The women's hockey team is using the brunch to fundraise for hockey equipment, uniforms and tournament travel expenses for the next hockey season. Residents are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

Students participate in youth parliament

Two students from the region are participating in the 12th biennial youth parliament at the NWT legislative assembly.

Brandon Thom of Fort Providence is representing the Deh Cho and William Alger of Fort Simpson is representing the Nahendeh riding. They will be conducting their parliament session on May 9 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the legislative assembly chamber. Nineteen students from Grades 9 and 10 across the territory are participating.

Ice road closed

Due to a serious overflow near Bar C on the Tuktoyaktuk ice road, and hazardous driving conditions, both the Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk ice roads are now closed for the season, Department of Transportation communications manager Earl Blacklock said May 7.

Although the lingering winter weather had kept the roads in remarkable shape for May, the warm-up forecast for later in the week meant conditions could change quickly.

It's been unusually good for the roads this season, with conditions into May being compared to weather normally seen in December and January.

Regional corp. pays out

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) has announced a distribution payment of $563.20 to all enrolled Inuvialuit beneficiaries over the age of 18.

In accordance with the IRC Distribution Policy, which dictates the corporation must reinvest profits in beneficiaries, each enrolled Inuvialuit beneficiary will receive the money. A total of $2,396,990 will be paid to 4,256 beneficiaries enrolled in the Inuvialuit Trust.

Payments are to be distributed May 10.

Lobster time

For those who don't feel like cooking this Mother's Day, the Association des francophones du delta du Mackenzie is hosting its annual Mother's Day Lobster Dinner May 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion

Safe pill disposal

The Inuvik RCMP detachment is taking part in a national campaign to collect unused prescription drugs, to ensure their safe disposal May 11.

The detachment is working with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police's Drug Abuse Committee and other partners to hold the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day.

The prescription medication collected by the event will be transported to local hospitals and medical centres for safe disposal.