The following press release was circulated by the City of Yellowknife ealier today:
SPRING INTO GEOCACHING
YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES | APRIL 7, 2014
Modern day treasure hunters are invited to register for an Introduction to Geocaching course offered by the City of Yellowknife on Sunday, April 27 from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
The introductory course will review the basics of geocaching, explore the official geocaching website (www.geocaching.com) and provide an opportunity for participants to search for outdoor caches. The fee for the introductory course is $10.00. Everyone who registers will receive a trackable micro-coin set and partake in a world-wide Cache In, Trash Out event coordinated by Geocaching Yellowknife.
In addition, the NWT Recreation and Parks Association is hosting a free course on the basics of using your GPS device. Participants will learn how to create a waypoint, navigate to a location and follow a route. The course runs on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The arrival of warmer temperatures is greatly welcomed by the Yellowknife geocaching community who is gearing up for another season. The Cache In, Trash Out event is the second hosted by Geocaching Yellowknife this year. It provides a great opportunity for local geocachers to meet each other and also to give back to the community by picking up litter.
”Geocaching is a family friendly activity that promotes awareness of our natural surroundings. It is a fantastic way to explore and share the beautiful areas found within our city limits and ultimately around the world,” said Mayor Mark Heyck.
Further information and registration details for the Introduction to Geocaching course can be found on the City’s Special Events webpage.
The following is a re-post of an e-mail our director of marketing just circulated to YK Chamber of Commerce members:
3 days to go! This weekend is the Long John JamboreeMarch 28-30, 2014.
First Air | DeBeers
Matrix Aviation | Det'on Cho Logistics | The Brick
LONG JOHN UPDATE!
Nobody wants to work on a friday so spend that last hour of the day wobbling through our awesome website. Details of all the events are on the DETAILS page (our super-original name for it). Register for events, plan what you’re going to chow down on, and check out all the amazing stuff we’ve got planned. Watch Friday's Yellowknifer for our full page ad! And please please have a look at our Sponsors page - a lot of amazing local businesses have been super supportive to Long John. Lets show our support back!
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There’s a few events that need you to sign up beforehand that will be well worth it!!
Flaunt Yer Skivvies Junior edition - kids long john fashion show
Terriers and Tiaras - dog fashion show
Roughneck relay - teams compete in northern style events
Arts and Crafts contest - get your best crafts out and win!
Northern Sled - grab a sled, northern it up and slide down the Slippery Slope to win
Minute to Win It - teams compete in mini challenges
We don’t charge admission so your help would be appreciated! Just go to the website and click! It's safe and secure and easier than diggin' fer change.
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WICKED MUSIC LINEUP
The Blow Yer Socks Off tent will be rockin’ all weekend long with:
Megan Nash and Mary Caroline Cox, Friday, 3 - 5
Lonely Counsel, Friday, 7 - 9
Casey Koyczan, Saturday, 3 - 4
Ryan McCord, Saturday, 4 - 5
The Committed, Saturday evening starting at 7:30
Priscilla’s Revenge, Sunday, 4 - 5
Bill Gilday, Sunday Seniors’ Tea
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pre purchase tickets Saturdays and Sundays from Great Slave Helicopters Hangar from 8am to 5pm on Old Airport Road until sunday. Tickets are $50 per Adult over 12 and $30 for children 2-12. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tickets will also be available at the Jamboree site based on tickets pre-sold. To pre-purchase tickets call (867) 873-5146(867) 873-5146 email [email protected] or visit www.gsheli.com
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CANADIAN MOSAIC CONTEST
Be a part of the largest portrait every created in Canadian history! Alberta based photographer, Tim Van Horn will be in Yellowknife attending the Long John Jamboree to photograph 2000 Yellowknifers for the Canadian Mosaic Project. In 2017, Canada will turn 150 years old and for this birthday, 54,000 portraits taken from the far off corners of the country will converge into one amazing Canadian flag mosaic defining our cultural identity. Look for Tim’s outdoor photo booth at the Jamboree!
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SIGN UP 10 or more employees for three hours each, and we’ll supply them with special volunteer arm bands complete with YOUR LOGO! Show Yellowknife your business cares!
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VOLUNTEER STILL NEEDED!
We still only have about half the people we need... Sign up and get an awesome toque for helping out. Email [email protected].
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LORD OR LADY LONG JOHN!
Help the Lord and Lady contestants win big by buying $5 raffle tickets from them... find these fierce competitors selling all over town this weekend: Laura MacNeill, Tara Bromley, Jamie Pye, Andy Hutchinson, Patti Garbutt, Scott Richardson, Jennifer Bishop
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Thank you for your support… and see you this weekend!
If you have relatives in town this weekend and you want to show them a truly unique Yellowknife event, take a drive out on the Dettah Ice Road on Saturday and look for a bunch of trucks parked just of the road at about the midway point to Dettah. Volunteers for the DeBeers Inspired Ice NWT Ice Carving Championship will be harvesting the huge blocks of ice that will be used two weeks from now at the Long John Jamboree. They'll be getting underway at 8 a.m., but they will almost certainly be harvesting late into the afternoon.
Four days ago Air North announced it will be adding flights between Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Ottawa in 2014. This is fantastic news for our city. Thanks very much, Air North! Now if we could only get that runway of ours extended we would really see our airport traffic pick up. Hopefully a few influential passengers on the new Ottawa to Yellowknife leg will contemplate this as they fly.
Yesterday, Telus hosted a press conference at Stanton Territorial Hospital to announce its arrival in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories. It will be opening its new retail location in the Center Ice Plaza in a couple weeks. This is wonderful news for Yellowknife wireless customers. To read the full press release, go here.
A huge kudos to the folks at Outcrop Communications for their new Go Mobile initiative. These guys are community leaders and they deserve special recognition for their efforts to improve our city.
Free Bicycles for Yellowknife Visitors, Courtesy of Outcrop Communications
YELLOWKNIFE, JUNE 10, 2013 - First Paris, then London and New York – and now, Yellowknife. What do these great cities all have in common? Free bicycles! True, Paris, London and New York may have slightly more extensive systems, but Yellowknife’s new Go Mobile free bicycles, provided courtesy of Outcrop Communications, the North’s largest marketing and communications firm, have a more focused audience: tourists.
The revitalization of downtown Yellowknife is a complex challenge
- one that we can look at from many angles. Over the course of the
next year I'd like to explore some of those angles. My hope is that
folks who have an interest in this topic will write in with their
thoughts and we can get a dialogue going.
The Center Square Mall Has Made Its Own Bed
Many folks look at the Center Square Mall as a victim of downtown
decline. As a former long-time tenant of the mall I believe this to be
untrue - I think the mall is largely to blame for its own decline. The
reason this misconception is important enough to write about is that the
City has recently spent over a million dollars assembling land on 50th
Street in an effort to reverse the decline of the area. As a city
councillor I'm concerned that unless the mall starts pulling its weight,
these investments of taxpayer dollars will achieve nothing. It does no
good to give yourself a blood transfusion in your left arm if your
right arm is chopped off at the shoulder.
Check this out, folks. Looks like a great way to spend Valentine's Day in Yellowknife. Allison and I will be there with bells on. But be forwarned, if you're hoping to outbid me on the tiramisu, you'd better bring your vacation money.
Please join Kimo Linders, General Manager of Fraserway RV LP, NWT Tourism, and Industry, Tourism and Investment for an information session on opportunities related to a turnaround station in Yellowknife.
Folks, the Long John Jamboree needs your help. We're working harder than ever before to bring you a winter event worthy of Yellowknife, but as you can imagine, it takes a whole lot of people to make it happen. If you're interested in helping out and having a ton of fun down on the ice, then join us this Thursday, January 17th at Javaroma between 7 and 10 pm. There will be music!
Also on the agenda will be the launch of our Beard Growing Contest. Ain't no one-month beards around here! This is a two-monther! Prepare to be uncomfortable...and then to be admired by all the weak beard growers you just crushed!
See you this Thursday and make sure to shave for your "before" picture!
I'm reaching new lows. This is a duplicate post from my city council blog. My apologies for the re-post.
Have you ever wondered how many vehicles drive down Franklin Avenue
during rush hour? You have? Well have I got something for you!
people will find this map boring, but this is exactly the type of thing
people look for when they're contemplating opening a business. It
occurred to me today that the Department of Planning and Lands probably
has all kinds of great traffic study info, so I wrote to the Director
and he sent me a link to the Smart Growth Development Plan. This map
was in Part 1 of the Transportation Improvement Study. There is a pile
more information in the Appendices. And apparently there are many more
studies that have been done on specific intersections that can be
accessed with the permission of the developers who paid the bills.