The northern village of La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation are experiencing a power outage today on top of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic spreading in the community. But many are finding the silver lining that has come from further restrictions applied to slow the spread. Clearwater River Chief Teddy Clark told meadowlakeNOW he continues to be amazed with the people of northern communities after liquor stores were closed on May 9. One of the biggest concerns community leaders initially had was the congregation of people around liquor facilities during the first phases of the outbreak, which posed a threat to the rest of the community. “When we shut down the liquor establishments over a week ago, that has helped tremendously. We’ve had people respond to that quite well,” Clark said. “We were seeing numbers going up by nearly half but now after we’ve put a control in place, we’re seeing some days where few or no numbers at all are being reported.” Clark said he sees a start difference in the community since the Manage Alcohol Program was implemented. The program focuses on individuals severely dependent on alcohol and provides them with controlled doses three times per day. He said some are already seeing improvements in their health and no longer feel an urge to drink alcohol. Clark said there are 50 people enrolled in the program.