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News Briefs
From left, Teagan Larocque, Sydney Bailey (valedictorian), Rayleen McKay and Ryley Chaplin celebrate their graduation from Deninu School in Fort Resolution on Aug. 13.Photo: Sarah Pruys/SSDEC.

Briefs include: NWT government makes healthcare more flexible for snowbirds, newly twinned section of Alberta Highway 63 opens, and CPAWS-NWT "Love the Land" photo contest underway.

NWT government makes healthcare more flexible for snowbirds

NWT residents on extended vacations now can now take advantage of an extra month outside the territory without their health coverage being affected. As long as residents maintain their permanent residency in the NWT, travelers will only need to be present in the territory for 153 days, down from the previous 183-day limit and consistent with recent moves made by other provinces. Improvements have also been made to the forms used to update health information and apply for new health cards.

Newly twinned section of Alberta Highway 63 opens

Alberta’s notorious Highway 63 was shut down for half an hour Monday morning for a transition period as government crews celebrated the grand opening of a newly divided section of the roadway. Kilometres 11 and 63 opened as twin sections this week, increasing the speed limit from 100km/h to 110km/h for the whole section in both directions, except through the hamlet of Wandering River. The Alberta government has committed to twinning the entire dangerous highway to Fort McMurray by 2016.

CPAWS-NWT Love the Land photo contest underway

The NWT Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s annual Love the Land photo contest is accepting entries showcasing life on the land and water of the Northwest Territories in all four seasons. Participants have until Sept. 15 to enter their photos for prizes and a chance at being featured in a 2016 calendar. Photos should depict people – or evidence of people – on the land and water across the territory. To enter, send your photos to nwtadmin@cpaws.org.

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