News Briefs

News Briefs
Marilyn Barnes, president of the Hay River Beautification Committee, hands out baby birch and spruce to customers visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf farmer’s market on June 25. Barnes and her partners aim to get potential horticulturists out of their homes and into their gardens, in a community effort to make the town a beautiful place.Photo: Dali Carmichael.

Briefs include: car accident shuts down Alberta Hwy 63 at intersection with Hwy 881, RCMP seize incoming liquor on its way into Tulita, Deline, and wine, liquor stolen from Fort Simpton golf course.

Car accident shuts down Alberta Hwy 63 at intersection with Hwy 881

One of Alberta’s deadliest junctions closed last week as emergency responders fought off flames at the site of a car accident at the intersection of Hwy 63 and Hwy 881 on June 30. A diesel truck ignited after colliding with an SUV around 6:30 p.m. that day. Both the north and south-bound lanes of the highway were closed for hours as firefighters contained the flames. An investigation in ongoing to determine the cause of the accident and damage to the highway surface.

RCMP seize incoming liquor on its way into Tulita, Deline

Just in time for Canada Day, RCMP officers made seizures of illegal alcohol entering the restricted communities of Tulita and Deline. The first took place on June 25, when Tulita RCMP intercepted a boat with 31 small bottles of alcohol and 32 cans of beer. Two local males were involved in the seizures and charges are pending. The next day in Deline, RCMP responded to a complaint of an over-rationed amount of alcohol being flown in, seizing 52 small bottles of vodka. An investigation is ongoing.

Wine, liquor stolen from Fort Simpson golf course

Fort Simpson’s Seven Spruce golf course was victim to two break and enters in the last week of June, the first which led to stolen goods. After receiving a report of a break-in on June 26, local RCMP found about$150 worth of wine and liquor stolen from the clubhouse. A second attempted break and enter took place on June 29 and though entry was not gained, significant damage was done to the exterior of the building. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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