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Friday, February 7, 2014

Air North arrives in Yk

Yukon-based airline Air North made its inaugural flight from Whitehorse to Yellowknife and Ottawa yesterday morning.

The Boeing 737 landed in Yellowknife around 10 a.m. after an hour-and-a-half flight from Whitehorse. The plane took off for Ottawa less than an hour later. The airline announced the new route last fall, hoping to draw tourists, miners and government workers.

The Whitehorse-Yellowknife-Ottawa route will be serviced three times a week.

- Daniel Campbell

Cyber-bullying info session

St. Patrick High School is welcoming all Yellowknife parents and community members to attend a session on cyber-bullying at the school Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Parry Aftab, a U.S. lawyer, child advocate and expert of cyber law, cyber bullying and best practices will speak to parents about making sure their children are safe online.

Admission is free for the session, and there will be time for Aftab to answer questions from the community.

-Candace Thomson

City releases new promotional video

The City of Yellowknife has released their latest video promoting city-run facilities.

"Live and Play in Yk" is the fifth such video released by the city and was produced with help from Artless Collective. It shows off facilities like the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool, the Fieldhouse and the Yellowknife Community Arena.

- Daniel Campbell

Gilday's Olympic debut

Yellowknifers are encouraged to stay up late Sunday night (or get up early Monday morning) to watch speedskater Michael Gilday's first appearance at the Sochi Olympics.

The Yellowknife Speedskating Club, City of Yellowknife, Sport North and the NWT Amateur Speedskating Association are showing the event on the big screen at the Fieldhouse, starting at 2:45 a.m. and going until 6 a.m. Monday. Gilday will be competing in the individual 1500m race.

- Daniel Campbell

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Firefighters come to curl

The Fort Simpson Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the annual NWT Firefighter Curling Championship this weekend.

One team from both Inuvik and Hay River are expected to compete in the event. The Fort Simpson department will be entering four teams, because almost all of the firefighters curl, said Roger Pilling, the village's fire chief.

One game is scheduled to take place on Thursday and the event will continue on Friday evening following the regular Friday night curling league. There will also be matches throughout Saturday and into Sunday, Pilling said. People are invited to watch the action from the curling lounge.

The championship follows a round robin format. The team that wins the most matches will be eligible to participate in the Canadian Firefighters' Curling Championship that is being held in Winnipeg this year.

Annual meeting for historical society

The Fort Simpson Historical Society is celebrating Heritage Week from Feb. 10 to 14 with a number of events.

The society is holding its annual general meeting on Feb. 11 in the community hall starting with a light meal at 6 p.m.

During the meeting, the Heritage Centre Society will be dissolved and the historical society's strategic plan will be presented. The evening will end with a chocolate fest fundraiser.

The society is also presenting a display of historical photographs. The photographs will be on view at Thomas Simpson School and Bompas Elementary School from Feb. 12 to 14 and at the community hall on Feb. 18.

Arctic Winter Games team finalized

Ten athletes will be representing the Deh Cho at the Arctic Winter Games.

The complete rosters for each of the sports have been announced. From Fort Liard Stan Bertrand and Alinda Edda will be competing in snowboarding and Amy Thomas will be a chaperone for the team.

From Fort Providence Christina Bonnetrouge and Spencer Bonnetrouge are on the badminton team and Mikaela Vandell and Nathaniel Minoza are in table tennis. Mike Leishman will be a coach for the team.

The Fort Simpson athletes include Reannda Cli and Janelle Bruneau for snowshoeing and Kevin Roche and Devan Horassi for basketball. Val Gendron will be a coach for the speed skating team and Lisa Muyambo is an alternate for badminton.

Former coach charged

Danyelle Ellis, the former coach of the Inuvik Figure Skating Club, has been charged with assault, according to court documents.

The charges relate to an incident on Jan. 1 but it's not clear whether a club member was involved or where the alleged incident took place.

Executive members of the figure skating club continue to decline to comment on the situation. Helga Sawkins, who sits on the board, would say only "we can't comment publicly on what's going on."

She said club members have been provided with an update on the situation.

Ellis was fired in early January for reasons that remain unclear. She's been with the club for approximately five or six years.

She is scheduled to appear in Inuvik court on March 25.

Student wins scholarship

Lance Gray, a graduate of East Three Secondary School and a first year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Alberta, has won a scholarship worth $1,500.

Gray, who was also briefly the co-ordinator at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse late last summer, was one of 325 students at the university to be awarded a scholarship in "recognition of excellence in academics, fine arts, athletics, and leadership," a news release from the university stated.

In the school's announcements, East Three Secondary School principal Deb Maguire saluted Gray for his success.

Curling team fares poorly

The Inuvik junior girls curling team that went to the national junior championships with high hopes has returned home with more incentive to do better.

The team played to a two and seven record, said coach Nick Saturnino, which is one fewer victory than last year. Nevertheless, he saw promising signs for the team.

"Despite the record, I think we played better than last year and showed some real progress," Saturnino said.

The team has four more years to win a title at that level, he said, and is hoping to stay together at least until its members graduate high school.

Food Bank needs volunteers

A work day is planned at the Inuvik Food Bank Feb. 9.

Heather Wheating, the chair of the food bank, said the organization is looking for people to help out with a "work bee" during the afternoon.

There's a great deal of organization to be done with the food bank's donations and shelving, she said.

The food bank is located behind the library.