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Queen's Baton belongs to Alice for two days

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The Queen’s Baton is in The Alice for two days. Yesterday Greg Reval (pictured) took it up The Mall, and today 21 locals will show it off across town. Follow their progress!

Starlifter passenger seeks compensation

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He was injured in a US military aircraft landing incident in Alice Springs in 1973, writes Russell Walker.  

Mulch, wood chips at landfill catch fire

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A fire that started in separated piles of wood chips and mulch at the landfill yesterday was too fierce to bring under control and continued to burn through the night. Our photo was taken at around 9pm.

30 scientists say no to fracking in the NT

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The Fracking Inquiry found a scenario submitted by the NT Government would have emissions equivalent to 18% of Australia’s emissions, writes Tom Burmester of The Australia Institute, Canberra, a public policy think tank established in 1994.

 

UPDATE 5:40pm Matthew Doman, of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, provided a reply.

Multi-pronged effort saves river giant: better late than never

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The efforts of several persistent individuals as  well as the fire brigade contributed to saving the old river red gum at right ... but only just. Report by KIERAN FINNANE, photo series by FIONA WALSH who says now is the time to start work and planning for next summer's fire threat in the river.

 

UPDATED, 28 February 2018, 3.21pm: Fire service did cut the burning tree in an unprecedented move to save it.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: it's not over yet

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A petition with more than 1000 signatories has stalled the Town Council’s formal vote on flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

'Proper' drinking: elusive goal but how hard have we tried?

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As Alice Springs looks once again at the pernicious problem of excessive drinking in our town – guided by a new Liquor Commission working with a new Liquor Act and a new reform framework – a new book can help inform the inevitable debates. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Maggie Brady's Teaching ‘Proper’ Drinking. 

Who pays the bill when fracking goes wrong?

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Will the public need to cough up when wells are failing and the companies are "long gone," writes 1 Territory party president, Braedon Earley (pictured)

Liquor Commission to 'implement government policy'

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Public views are to to be considered but "I don't think this is a democratic process or a process where the average person in the street is consulted,” says commissioner Blair McFarland. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: The Alice Springs watering hole formerly (when this video was shot) known as the Animal Bar.

You can't choose your neighbours

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Families Minister Dale Wakefield (pictured) undertook that neighbours would be "consulted" during the establishment of accommodation for youths on bail. That does not apply to assisted accommodation: Residents in the vicinity can voice their concerns after the real estate property had already been acquired for that purpose. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Eight Labor heavies will decide fracking

... and they will do it behind closed doors. Bruce Francais of Katherine comments.

Chamber of Commerce in a grog Catch 22

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Some Chamber of Commerce members make money from alcohol, others have businesses hit hard by grog fuelled crime and unrest. CEO Kay Eade speaks with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

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