Plane crash in remote area of Labrador

RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador is leading the operation in relation to a plane crash that occurred on Monday, July 15 Approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Nain.

Corporal Jolene Garland is with the RCMP Media Relations Officer.

He says the initial response was led by the Maritime Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), whose role ended yesterday evening.

Seven males were on board the plane the pilot from Quebec, two fishing guides from this province and four passengers from the United States.

Three bodies were recovered, search efforts will continue this week for the remaining four occupants of the plane.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team is on the ground in Labrador and work is in progress to get them and their equipment to the remote site of the crash.

Also supporting the efforts are RCMP Air Services, with spotters from Nain Ground Search and Rescue, and RCMP General Investigation Section.

The Canadian Armed Forces Happy Valley-Goose Bay is on standby to assist as needed.

The plane was reported overdue late Monday night, after it failed to return by 7:00 p.m. as expected.

It is unknown at this time if the plane crashed en route to the fishing camp or during its return; the cause of the crash is not known and will be investigated by the Canadian Transport Safety Board.

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Nain and Makkovik Fish Plant Update

The Makkovik and Nain fish plant employees are busy with crab and char.

Deidi Kohlmeister is the Office Supervisor for the plant.

She says there are seventeen employees cleaning Char at the moment and there are four fishermen fishing.

She says 1,715lbs of Char has been landed to this date.

She adds there are frozen Char to sell and it is five dollars and seventy five cents a pound.

In Makkovik we spoke with Junior Andersen who is the Production Manager.

He says fifty employees are working on crab.

Andersen says 220,676lbs of crab has been landed to date and there are seven crab boats fishing.

The prices of the snow crab are as follows;

Fresh Section:
$8 per pound

Frozen selections:
5-8 oz $11 per pound
8-10oz $13 per pound
10-12 oz$14 per pound
12-14oz $14.50 per pound

He adds that the Makkovik fish plant need more employees to work at the fish plant, so if anyone interested can call 923-2103

Woodward’s Oil Update Unfroze

On June 25, 2019 the Woodward Group of Companies’ oil tanker arrived to Nain.

Peter Lidd is the Gas Attendant for Woodward’s.

He says the prices are all now unfroze. The gas price went up today Thursday, July 18, 2019 by a $1.60.

For a liter of diesel is $1.58, and for a liter of stove oil is $1.37.

45 gallons of gas costs $329.43, and for 45 gallons of stove oil is $281.67.

They are open from Monday-Friday’s from 9am-5pm and on Friday’s the hours are from 9am-5:30pm.

29th Annual Trout Festival in Makkovik

This year will be the 29th year for the Annual Trout Festival in Makkovik.

The Festival will be starting from the August 6th and runs until the August 10th.

It will start at 9:30am with build your own raft for ages 7-14 and 15 and up.

On Wednesday, August 7th it will be starting off at 9am with a Clean Energy Fair for K-Gr. 6 at the Multipurpose Room.

On Thursday, August 8th at 10am will be Open House and storytelling.

Friday, August 9, starting off at 10am will be Amazing Plant race with Erica Oberndorfer.

And on the final day, Saturday, August 10 starting at 10am will be the 5th Annual Diabetes run/walk.

The Okalakatiget Radio will have more of the Trout Festival Schedule once it starts.

14th Annual Rhubarb Festival Day 4

Today marks day four for the 14th Annual Rhubarb Festival in Hopedale.

The events for today started off with Toddlers Social at the Nanuk from 1-3pm for ages 0-4 years old, sponsored by Hopedale DHSD.

At 3pm there will be Adult’s Fear Factor for ages 18-49 and 50 and up, pairs male or female, location to be determined.

A Dance Challenge will be held for ages 13 and up at 7pm at the Nanuk Centre followed by a Famous Couples Beauty Pageant for 18 and up cross dressing and will consist of teams of two, one male and one female.

Tomorrow’s events start at 1pm with a photo scavenger hunt.

There will also be rhubarb recipe bake off and a radio bingo.

OK Radio will have more of the Rhubarb Festival tomorrow.

Kivallek Archaeology Trip (Audio)

A group of Archaeologists are doing research in the Kivallek area which is an old Inuit village not far from Okak.

Peter Whitridge is an Archaeologist with the Memorial University in St. Johns.

He says as a professor at MUN of Newfoundland in St.Johns him and 3 students are traveling to Kivallek.

Whitridge says they hired on a students from Nain.

He adds when his team came back from Kivallek, they will be holding an open house.

Click here fo Whitridge to tell you more about their research.

Youth Leadership Program Applications

The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism is looking for 7 youth ages 16-18 years of age to attend the Youth Leadership Program at the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station for the 2019 Season.

This program dates are from August 3-17, 2019 and any youth applicants must be the age of 16 by December 31, 2018.

The aim of the program will be to have youth representing each of Nunatsiavut’s 7 constituencies from Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Postville, Rigolet, HVGB, North West River, and Mud Lake; and Canada.

The youth will be selected on the merit of their applications.

Any youth interested in applying can submit your applications by today, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 4pm to:

Deputy Minister, Belinda Webb
Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
P.O Box 70
Nain, NL
A0P 1L0

Or you can email them to her at belinda.webb@nunatsiavut.com

And the fax number is 709-922-1040.

Water leak repaired

The water was shut off for most of the town of Nain yesterday.

The Municipal crew members were busy repairing a water leak until 1am early this morning.

Beni Ittulak is the Town Manager for the Nain Inuit Community Government.

She says the water leak was located near the Nunatsiavut Government building.

When the first leak was repaired, crew members turned the water line back on and noticed that there was a second leak near the one that was just repaired.

But thanks to the crew members, the residents now have running water and both water leaks are completed and repaired.

Also, please be advised that the Boil Water advisory is still in effect.

Makkovik Radio Station AD

There is an employment opportunity for the Radio Announcer for the Makkovik Radio Station is still ongoing until filled.

Margaret Penny is a customer service representative with Air Borealis.

She says that the deadline was this past Friday, July 12, 2019 but they had no applicants so the Job Ad will continue until filled.

Rate of pay is $12/h plus 4% vacation pay, with 30 hours a week.

Duties include; airing announcements, Doing programming such as teens and adults, and calling Bingo.

You can send your resumes to Margaret Penny, Violet Broomfield, or contact the Makkovik Radio Station at 923-2327, or to Margaret at 923-2311, and Violet at 923-2462.

Hopedale & Makkovik Festivals

Today marks day three for the 14th Annual Rhubarb Festival in Hopedale.

The events for today started off at 1pm with the Co-ed 4 on 4 Volleyball Tournament at the Nanuk Centre.

At 3pm there will be Fireman’s Challenge for ages 18-25, 26-39, 40-49, and 50 and up, with 2 male, 2 female, location to be determined.

There will be a senior’s Social at 5pm at Nanuk Centre sponsored by DHSD.

Located across from the Nanuk Centre will be cardboard boat race held at 7pm for 16 and up, male and female categories.

Must use cardboard and duct tape only.

Tomorrow’s events start at 1pm with a Toddlers social at the Nanuk Center.

There will also be Adult’s Fear Factor, Dance Challenge and Famous Couples beauty Pageant.

OK Radio will have more of the events of the Rhubarb Festival tomorrow.