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Art lovers and greenthumbs alike came together at an Industry, Tourism and Investment event in Fort Liard on Sept. 5, to celebrate local creative and agricultural initiatives. Throughout the day, artists ran workshops where they shared their stylings, while regional farmers and environmental groups gave out tips. Above, Jade Cambron of Ecology North discusses the benefits of composting with a participant. Photo: Renalyn Pascua-Matte.

Briefs include: Bear sightings at Hidden Lake close parking lot, trail, who's your favourite firefighter in the NWT, and Nexen Energy allowed to resume limited operations at Long Lake.

Below, Diane Nelson, centre, runs a workshop on silk painting.

Photo: Photos: Renalyn Pascua-Matte

Below, Diane Nelson, centre, runs a workshop on silk painting.

Bear sightings at Hidden Lake close parking lot, trail

A parking lot at Hidden Lake Territorial Park has been closed due to bear sightings. According to a GNWT release the public is being asked to stay away from the Cameron Falls Trail in the park, located on the Ingraham Trail about 47 kilometres east of Yellowknife. The temporary blockade restricting access to the parking lot was installed to ensure public safety.

“The public is reminded not to feed wildlife and report any bear sightings to Environment and Natural Resources (ENR),” the release said. Bear safety information is available at www.enr.gov.nt.ca/programs/bears/bear-safety.

Who’s your favourite firefighter in the NWT?

They just dealt with the two worst wildfire seasons on record, and now it’s time to say thank you. The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) is seeking nominations for the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards. Individuals or community fire departments can be nominated by members of the public. You can nominate online at www.maca.gov.nt.ca, by contacting your local Assistant Fire Marshal, or by downloading a printable form also available on the website. The deadline for nominations is September 25.

Nexen Energy allowed to resume limited operations at Long Lake

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is allowing operations at Nexen Energy’s Long Lake oilsands facility to continue, after closing 95 of its pipelines on Aug. 28. Following an AER inspection of the site, which sits southeast of Fort McMurray, 40 of the lines were approved to be re-opened, Nexen announced on Sunday. AER originally called for the suspension while investigating a break that occurred in June, where about five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water leaked about a kilometre away from the site.

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