Cabin Radio’s rolling updates are concise, regular posts bringing you a range of Northwest Territories stories.

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Friday, August 17

15:11 A Yellowknife man has eyes on a new motorbike after scooping more than $21,000 on a lottery poker play. Story by Ollie Williams

14:01 Police in Yellowknife have launched an appeal for help locating a 23-year-old woman reportedly not seen for more than a month. Story by Ollie Williams

10:40 Three people died after a Simpson Air Cessna 206 crashed near a lake west of Fort Simpson. Story by Ollie Williams

9:09 NNSL reports (paywall) on a little-publicized 20th-anniversary event for the Ekati mine held at Yellowknife’s Somba K’e plaza – which one resident says pushed the public from the downtown park.

The CBC reports on a Yellowknives Dene First Nation gathering at Whitebeach Point to discuss establishing it as part of a larger territorial protected area.

9:05 Good morning! A slower start on our website today as we’ve spent the morning celebrating our intern, Alice Twa, on her last day with us. We’d like to thank Alice for her phenomenal contributions to Cabin Radio this summer and wish her all the best on her year in Argentina, which begins next week.

In other news, we have a new home for podcasts at Cabin Radio. Head to our Spreaker page to select from our range of news and talk podcasts – we have three shows to choose from and that will grow in the coming weeks.

Wondering why we can’t podcast music? It’s to do with rights and royalties. The cost of making artists’ music available for download via podcasts is currently prohibitive, but we’re looking at ways to make it easier to access shows on demand in future.

Thursday, August 16

11:16 Natan Obed will remain president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national Inuit organization, for another term. He was re-elected at a meeting in Inuvik. Story by Ollie Williams

10:42 Police have laid charges against a woman accused of being the driver who hit Yellowknife’s Sushi Café with a truck in the early hours of Sunday, July 15. Story by Ollie Williams

10:40 NNSL reports (paywall) Wilfred Abraham, accused of murder in Fort Smith earlier this week, made a brief court appearance.

10:18 The world’s oldest rocks, which come from a river in the Northwest Territories, are the subject of a new paper looking into the Earth’s earliest moments. Story by Ollie Williams

9:13 The CBC reports members of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation gathered for the unveiling of a new Parks Canada plaque recognizing “the important but strained historic relationship between the Dene of the South Slave and Euro-Canadian settlers.”

NNSL reports (paywall) Hay River’s medical clinic is set to tweak how its new system for booking same-day appointments works.

6:47 The finalists have been declared for the second Win Your Space YK competition, in which Yellowknifers with business ideas can win a year’s leased space downtown for free. Story by Alice Twa

6:22 Good morning! The CBC reports De Beers plans to settle with Clark Builders regarding a lawsuit worth $1.1 million over work at the Gahcho Kue mine.

Wednesday, August 15

17:27 CKLB reports the outgoing Dene national chief, Bill Erasmus, requesting the territory do more to appoint Indigenous judges.

17:09 South Nahanni Airways confirmed one of its aircraft had suffered an engine failure on take-off from Nahanni Butte’s airfield. Three passengers and a pilot escaped the resulting crash with minor injuries. Our updated story

15:43 A plane has crashed in Nahanni Butte, a member of staff at the community’s Dene Band has confirmed to Cabin Radio. The member of staff said all passengers were “doing fine” but details were few. Story by Sarah Pruys

15:40 RCMP in Aklavik are investigating a second sudden death in five months. On Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed a 49-year-old woman had been found dead at around 8pm the night before. Story by Ollie Williams

13:09 A man has been charged with murder over the death of a man in Fort Smith. Story by Ollie Williams

11:21 A ‘study’ from a travel company declared Yellowknife the third most Instagrammable place in Canada. Fifty percent of all Instagram posts in the city are, in no particular order, fish, dogs, and softball teams. Story by Ollie Williams

9:45 NNSL reports (paywall) the Northwest Territory Metis Nation is planning to erect a sign welcoming people to its traditional territory at the junction of the Mackenzie Highway and Highway 5 – a plan which the K’atlodeeche First Nation opposes.

NNSL also reports (paywall) on George Koe, who reached 90 days of sobriety after being introduced to the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation. He appeared at last week’s Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference.

6:10 After a five-year hiatus, Fort Smith’s South Slave Friendship Festival is returning as a two-day event this weekend. Story by Sarah Pruys

6:07 First Air says it followed all its usual boarding rules for a flight that accidentally took a man almost 3,000 kilometres east of his intended destination, the CBC reports.

6:04 Two people claim to have found needles and syringes discarded on Fort Smith’s Calder Avenue. Story by Sarah Pruys

5:34 The CBC reports on a dispute between telecoms operators Ice Wireless and Telus, focusing on how calls are passed on to Ice Wireless customers.

5:31 Good morning! Thanks for bearing with us during yesterday’s website outage. All those responsible have been fined a day’s drinking money and ordered to attend one meeting of municipal services committee.

Tuesday, August 14

18:01 Police are investigating the sudden death of a 48-year-old man in Fort Smith. RCMP did not confirm the man’s identity, though Cabin Radio understands he has been named locally as Fort Smith resident Ralph Sifton, who is of the same age. Story by Ollie Williams

13:14 In recent days, Facebook posts expressing concern about the alleged activities of two men in a black car have been shared hundreds of times across the NWT. We asked RCMP to tell us what they know. They warned people not to treat Facebook as fact. Story by Ollie Williams

12:34 In an audio interview with CKLB, Hay River resident Doug Lamalice questioned the right of kayakers to engage in daredevil stunts on waterfalls, suggesting the falls are Dene sacred land that’s ‘desecrated’ when kayakers go over the edge.

9:48 A stunning viral video showing a pro kayaker dropping off the Northwest Territories’ Alexandra Falls came at the cost of a broken leg, a concussion, and a medevac to Yellowknife. Story by Sarah Pruys

9:40 Members of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) are in Inuvik, preparing for their annual general meeting and presidential election, the CBC reports.

7:50 The CBC reports on the next step in plans for a downtown Yellowknife visitor centre. The broadcaster also reports a 37-year-old Yellowknife man who led a cocaine-trafficking ring in the Northwest Territories has been granted parole.

Meanwhile, CBC in Hay River reports on the deteriorating state of the town’s fish plant, with a replacement due in 2020.

7:31 A man heading to Inuvik ended up in Iqaluit by mistake after a flight mix-up. Story by Ollie Williams

Monday, August 13

16:30 A surprise wedding at the end of this year’s Queerlesque show stunned the audience and even members of the cast. Story by Ollie Williams

16:19 Canada’s defence minister gave no timeline for replacing the country’s four Yellowknife-based Twin Otters as he arrived in the city to help hand over new rifles. Story by Ollie Williams

9:07 Based on Statistics Canada survey responses, the CBC reports urban northerners appear to use more pot than their provincial counterparts – probably as a result of age difference.

7:30 This morning, the CBC carries a report suggesting scientists’ understanding of climate change across the Arctic “may have troubling blind spots.” On the weekend, the broadcaster told the story of two people finishing a 1,800-kilometre canoe trip from Yellowknife to Gjoa Haven, and explained how a Hay River daycare project got noticed by the Canadian Space Agency.

7:20 The Dene sacred tree which fell during Friday’s high winds will be given a permanent resting place at the nearby Yellowknives Dene Weledeh site, a former chief told Cabin Radio. Story by Ollie Williams

6:55 Friday’s fire in Yellowknife was caused by a problem at an asphalt processing facility, the City said. Story by Ollie Williams

Sunday, August 12

21:54 RCMP said the Fort Smith 12-year-old reported missing earlier on Sunday had since been located. Our updated story

17:37 A 12-year-old girl from Fort Smith has gone missing, prompting police to appeal for help finding her. Story by Ollie Williams

Friday, August 10

11:33 NNSL reports (paywall) the founder of Northern News Services, Jack ‘Sig’ Sigvaldason, has died aged 84.

10:01 The CBC reports on the removal of an Inuvik town councillor over unpaid fees.

7:20 A box of fireworks tipped over and shot toward a group of people camping, in what the Deninu Kue First Nation termed “a freak accident.” Story by Sarah Pruys

7:18 The contaminated Pine Point railbed, an 80 km trail stretching from the Pine Point mine site to just east of Hay River, has been updated with signs informing people of potential health risks. Story by Sarah Pruys

7:16 Bears have been sighted within both Yellowknife and Hay River this week, with at least one reportedly destroyed. Story by Ollie Williams

6:50 Good morning! We’re in Kugluktuk with the Canadian Rangers today – watch out for coverage appearing on our website and Facebook page over the next day or two. News coverage may be limited during this time.

This morning, the CBC reports the City of Yellowknife will not have enough money for all the projects it wants to do next year, according to a preliminary budget analysis.

A man is reported to have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of a Hay River man in December last year, while there is a brief report on a minor fire in Yellowknife yesterday.