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Fort Smith residents gather for a members’ only art show at the Northern Life Museum last Thursday evening to gaze at NWT painter Jen Walden’s exhibit, “The Land at the End of the Sticks,” featuring landscape and wildlife of the Selwyn and Mackenzie Mountains. Rob Kent, Dave Porter, Sarah Rosolen, Diane Seals and her daughter Sarah mingle.Photo: Meagan Wohlberg.

Briefs include: GNWT accounts now payable online, Peace River flooding evacuates homes and businesses, and Fort Liard deputy mayor appointed chair of Mackenzie Valley board.

GNWT accounts now payable online

The government of the Northwest Territories has announced that its customers can now make account payments online through one of the five major Canadian banks. As of Apr. 10, residents looking to make payments on their property taxes, student loans, land leases or any other GNWT invoice can use electronic banking. According to Minister of Finance Michael Miltenberger, the move to online payments is part of the territorial government’s Service Innovation Strategy that aims to find new ways to use technology to improve program and service access and reduce red tape.

Peace River flooding evacuates homes and businesses

Areas of Peace River were evacuated last week as water flooded the downtown after ice and mud blocked a main culvert and prevented the flood water from draining. An evacuation centre was set up at the Baytex Energy Centre for residents with nowhere to stay, however no one stayed overnight. Crews worked to drain the downtown by diverting the water with berms. Waters began receding early Wednesday morning when the culvert blockage was released and flow was diverted back to the Pat’s Creek culvert.

Liquor bust in Fort Good Hope: A load of liquor was recently seized by Fort Good Hope RCMP on its way into the community, where liquor restrictions are in effect following the murder of a woman in late March. Reports that alcohol was a factor in the crime led chief and council to put in place a 30-day ban on liquor entering the Sahtu community.

Photo: Norman Yakeleya

Liquor bust in Fort Good Hope: A load of liquor was recently seized by Fort Good Hope RCMP on its way into the community, where liquor restrictions are in effect following the murder of a woman in late March. Reports that alcohol was a factor in the crime led chief and council to put in place a 30-day ban on liquor entering the Sahtu community.

Fort Liard deputy mayor appointed chair of Mackenzie Valley board

Fort Liard’s deputy mayor Joanne Deneron has been chosen as the new chair of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board. Deneron was appointed last week by the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt. Deneron will be replacing Richard Edjericon, originally from the South Slave, who has served two separate terms as chair of the board. His most recent appointment in 2011 expired on Mar. 31. Deneron is currently the director of the Acho Dene Koe First Nation’s holding company as well as the NWT Business Development and Investment Corp.

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