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EDGE Express: January 22

Your daily Yellowknife and NWT news summary published first thing every morning.

RCMP seize crack in Hay River

Police seized 30 grams each of crack/cocaine and marijuana, as well as a significant amount of cash and drug-related paraphernalia from a Hay River home Wednesday afternoon. Nineteen-year-old Calvin James King, of Hay River faces a number of charges related to possessing and trafficking a controlled substance. His next court date’s April 18 in Hay River.

Source RCMP release

MLAs urged to increase taxes

A pair of researchers hired by social justice group Alternatives North are encouraging territorial politicians to consider tax hikes as a way to save the NWT economy. Options proposed during a Wednesday meeting include raising personal income tax to the Canadian mean, upping corporate tax, introducing more forms of sales tax, taxing tourists on travel and accommodation, increasing taxes on tobacco and liquor and creating a carbon tax. Presented as alternatives to budget cuts, the researchers say the measures could raise as much as $250 million in additional revenue.

Source My Yellowknife Now

Ice Pilots nominated for second straight Canadian Screen Award

Ice Pilots NWT’s been nominated for a second-straight Canadian Screen Award in the Best Factual Program or Series category. Last year, Ice Pilots beat out four other programs in the same category. This is the show’s third nomination over its six-season run, which ended in fall 2014.

Source My Yellowknife Now

Mini Ice Road Truckers

An inch-and-a-half off the ground, the Dettah ice road is a bustling hive of industry and adventure. Hovercrafts zip across the ice, dog sleds mush over the bumpy snow, helicopters buzz through the air. At least that’s how it seems if you’re following Yellowknifer Danna Merrigan on Twitter. For your end-of-week dose of Lego-inspired cuteness, check out some of her photos here.

Source EDGE/Mark Rendell