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It was 45 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II made her only visit to Fort Smith. She succeeded Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving monarch Sept. 9 with 63 years, 220 days and counting on the throne. “It brings a tear to my eye looking at those photos and seeing my dad greet the Queen,” Barb McArthur said, recalling her father, then-mayor Paul Kaeser, greeting the royals in July 1970. “It brought the whole town together.”Photo courtesy of Barb McArthur.

Briefs include: Chief DehCho First Nations negotiator Erasmus retires, hunter mauled by Grizzly in Mackenzie Mountains and booze a factor in fatal Inuvik capsize.

Chief DehCho First Nations negotiator Erasmus retires

After 12 years at the table, the chief negotiator for the DehCho First Nations is retiring. Georges Erasmus, a former AFN national chief and co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and Dene National Chief, cited personal and family reasons, according to Grand Chief Herb Norwegian, who praised him in a statement. “This has been a very challenging year for the DehCho negotiations,” he said. “Georges … has worked hard to ensure our rights and interests are being protected. Government hasn’t shown much interest in respecting our rights. He will be hard to replace.”

Hunter mauled by Grizzly in Mackenzie Mountains

A hunter was airlifted out of the Mackenzie Mountains after being dragged down an embankment by a Grizzly Thursday morning. He was spotting moose with a guide at about 11 a.m. and received “multiple injuries” when the bear attacked. The bear, scared off when the guide fired a shot, remains unaccounted for. Neither man saw the Grizzly before it attacked. The attack took place east of the Yukon border at 63 51 9.7200N, 129 52 14.1564W according to the RCMP.

The injured hunter was rescued by helicopter, treated in Norman Wells, and then transported by medevac to Yellowknife for further treatment.

Booze a factor in fatal Inuvik capsize

A man is dead after a boat capsized in the Airport Channel in Inuvik Saturday night. A boat operator came across the capsized boat just before 7 p.m. and found the unresponsive man in the water. The driver and two passengers made it to shore. An impaired operation of a vessel investigation is underway as police believe alcohol was a factor. After CPR was performed on the man he was rushed to Inuvik hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The circumstances which led to the capsizing of the vessel are still under investigation. The vessel has been removed from the channel.

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