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The community of Fort Liard and the Acho Dene Koe First Nation held their first hand games tournament over the weekend, drawing people from around the Dehcho region and beyond. Above, drummers lead a drum dance around the fire in the arbour.Photo: Dëneze Nakehk’o.

A fire damages a mobile generator unit at the Jackfish plant; One man is charged in relation to Yellowknife arsons, a warrant is out for another; A NTCL barge runs aground near Fort Simpson, prompting a compliance inspection by Transport Canada

Teams from Behchoko and Wrigley compete in hand games.

Photo: Photo: Dëneze Nakehk’o.

Teams from Behchoko and Wrigley compete in hand games.

Jackfish plant fire damages mobile generator unit

A mobile generator at Northwest Territories Power Corp.’s (NTPC) Jackfish plant sustained damage from a fire the evening of Aug. 17. The fire is believed to have been ignited in a mobile unit located in a trailer adjacent to the plant, according to a press release from NTPC. An investigation into the fire is being led by the NWT Fire Marshall. No one was injured during the incident and no power outage occurred.

Man arrested, charged in relation to Yellowknife arsons

Yellowknife RCMP have laid charges in connection with an arson on Otto Drive in Yellowknife and an attempted arson near Copper Sky Condominiums, both of which took place on Aug. 18. Johnny Junior Martin, 18, has been charged with two counts of arson and two counts of breaching the conditions of his undertaking. Police have also issued an arrest warrant for a second male, Steven Tsetta, 22, who RCMP allege was also involved in both cases. Both investigations are continuing with the cooperation of the Fire Marshall.

NTCL barge runs aground near Fort Simpson

Northern Transport Co. Ltd. barge became grounded near Fort Simpson on July 27 on its way back from a northern delivery. A company spokesperson claimed the bottom of the barge was punctured and that no gasoline escaped during the wreck, but reports from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) state that a small amount of gasoline was, in fact, leaked. Both the CCG and Transport Canada (TC) have said they did not find out about the incident until Aug. 5. TC will be conducting a compliance inspection into the shipping company.

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