News Briefs

News Briefs
Nella Stewart has fun on Water Day in Fort Smith on Friday, July 24. The celebration of swimming, splashing, slipping and sliding was put on by the Town of Fort Smith and the Healthy Family Program.Dali Carmichael.

Briefs include: crack cocaine found at Hay River dire department training facility, RCMP asking public to be aware of GHB date-rape sedative, and porcupine caribou calving grounds protected from seismic testing.

Crack cocaine found at Hay River fire department training facility

Hay River RCMP have seized a “large quantity” of crack cocaine after the stash was discovered at a training facility used by the Hay River Fire Department. Firefighters found 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine hidden behind a piece of sheet metal on July 24 while performing building maintenance at the location. An investigation into the discovery is ongoing.

RCMP asking public to be aware of GHB date-rape sedative

Police in Yellowknife are asking the public to be aware of the sedative gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) after an unnamed person reported becoming ill and unconscious after consuming a drink that was left unattended in a local bar on July 17. Often referred to as a date-rape drug, liquid GHB is odourless, colourless and tasteless and can easily be slipped into other people’s drinks without their noticing. Incidents of people tampering with drinks should be reported to police.

Porcupine caribou calving grounds protected from seismic testing

The U.S. District Court rejected the state of Alaska’s effort to conduct seismic testing on July 22, effectively protecting the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge and Porcupine caribou calving habitat. After its drilling proposal was repeatedly rejected by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the state asked a federal court to overturn the decision and allow seismic exploration on the fragile coastal plain. Conservation and Gwich’in groups are hailing the recent ruling as a victory for the Arctic Refuge.

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