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Hay Days standing on solid ground in Hay River

Except for the fact that Hay Days did not happen in 2016, this year would have seen the 10th edition of the music, arts and culture festival. Still, nine out of 10 years is not...

Reduced doctor availability coming in Hay River

There will be a reduced number of doctors in the community for a three-week period in July and a two-week period in August. Erin Griffiths, the chief executive officer for the Hay River Health and...

The Hub – June 26 Edition

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New workshops for children and youth at Hay Days Festival

April Glaicar is pleased with the evolution of the Hay Days Music, Arts & Culture Festival. Glaicar has been the event's co-ordinator since the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise began running it in 2017. "Overall,...

Hay Days Festival in Hay River gets good funding support

During Hay Days and leading up to it, there is a bit of an economic boon in Hay River from the significant amount of money involved in presenting the festival each summer. "The budget right...

Small wildfire erupts in Hay River

A small wildfire was spotted on June 19 on Vale Island, close to West Point First Nation and the West Channel residential area. The battle against the blaze was taken on by the Department of...

A big believer in Hay Days

Dian Papineau-Magill believes in the Hay Days Music, Arts & Culture Festival. You might expect that because Papineau-Magill is president of the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise, which organizes the annual event. But her belief...

Up-and-coming country artist to headline Hay Days Festival

Alberta's Garrett Gregory, an emerging artist on the Canadian country music scene, will headline the Hay Days Festival. Gregory, who is working on his first solo album in Nashville, is excited about the opportunity to...

Campaign rally breaks out at grand opening in Hay River

Everyone knows that politicians want to take credit for government funding that comes to their communities. In the process, if that claim wins a few votes, so much the better. However, perhaps there has never been...

The eight-year-old Hay River record setter

An eight-year-old girl at Harry Camsell School was the only competitor from Hay River to set a new record at the recent NWT Track & Field Championships. Jersey Ashton set the record in standing long...

New Hay River eatery to offer Japanese cuisine

Hay River is getting a new restaurant, and this one will offer something completely new to the community. The restaurant – called Yuki – will feature Japanese cuisine. Appropriately, 'Yuki' is the Japanese word for snow,...

Hay River celebrates grand opening of Rec Centre

Fourteen months after the facility opened for business, the Town of Hay River has held a grand opening for the Rec Centre. The grand opening featured a ribbon-cutting, speeches, tours of the facility and live...

Kenny Cayen elected chief of West Point First Nation

Kenny Cayen has been elected the new chief of West Point First Nation. Cayen emerged the winner in a close race among three candidates for chief in a general election on June 11. The new chief...

Health authority team honoured with Premier’s Award

A team from the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority was recognized for helping people displaced by the March 15 fire at the Mackenzie Place highrise. The team received a Premier's Award for Excellence...

As Indian Cabins residents evacuate, GNWT could close southbound traffic on Highway 1

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents of Indian Cabins and its surrounding areas Monday as out-of-control wildfires continue to burn in northern Alberta. Residents were ordered to leave immediately and travel north, to...

Opening of new Hay River fish plant estimated for fall of 2020

A new fish plant in Hay River is expected to be operational by the fall of next year, not the summer of 2020 as initially predicted. Drew Williams, the manager of public affairs with the...

First-ever fire-feeding ceremony in Hay River for Coast Guard vessel

For the first time ever, a fire-feeding ceremony has been held as a traditional blessing for safety and a good season for a Canadian Coast Guard vessel about to begin its work on Great...

Hay River Rec Centre grand opening set for June 15

A grand opening has been set for the Hay River Recreation Centre. A ribbon-cutting and other special activities to mark the grand opening will take place on June 15. Construction of the Rec Centre actually finished...

Scotty Edgerton remembered

Scotty Edgerton, who once described himself as a 'fixer' of local governments in financial trouble, has passed away. Edgerton, who was in his late 70s, died on June 3. Over his many years in the North,...

Hay River welcomes about 1,100 athletes for track and field

For the 29th year, a celebration of track and field has been held in Hay River. The annual NWT Track and Field Championships, which took place from June 5 to June 7, attracted about 1,100...

NWT’s first Manufacturing Strategy released

The territorial government has released the NWT's first Manufacturing Strategy. The launch took place on June 3 in Hay River. "We have a document now that I think we're going to use to be able to...

Keeper of the NWT Track and Field Championships torches

When the NWT Track and Field Championships came to Hay River in 1991, Peter Osted felt something special was needed to light a flame during the opening ceremonies. "I thought it would be a good...

Over 1,100 athletes to compete in NWT Track and Field Championships

As of late last week, 30 teams were registered for this year's NWT Track and Field Championships, set for June 5 to 7 in Hay River. Marilyn Marshall, the administrator for the event, said that...

NWT Track and Field Championships slowly grew over decades

Many people are often impressed, even amazed, that a small town such as Hay River can successfully host a large sporting event like the NWT Track and Field Championships year after year. Tim Borchuk, one...

No medals, but Team NWT building experience for Skills Canada nationals in Vancouver next...

Of the 21 Team NWT participants at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax this week, many went up against the best in the country for the first time. "This year we were a large number of...

Special Olympics still seeks volunteers in Hay River

Special Olympics NWT has had no luck in finding new volunteers to help set up programs in Hay River, except for interest from one person who may be leaving town by the fall. For the...

Max Hyde takes on heavy equipment at Skills Canada nationals

Max Hyde knows heavy-duty industrial trucks. Large tracked vehicles, like the D3G dozer, are not so familiar. When he had to inspect the dozer's undercarriage at Skills Canada nationals on Tuesday morning, it was a...

Five organizations in Hay River and area supported by Anti-Poverty Fund of the GNWT

Five organizations in Hay River and area have received financial support from the GNWT's Anti-Poverty Fund for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The five organizations – four in Hay River and one on the Hay River...

NorthWords Writers Festival to offer presentations in Hay River by writers and storyteller

The NorthWords Writers Festival is giving Hay River a chance to hear about the creative process. On May 31, it will offer free presentations by a filmmaker/storyteller and two writers working on a book. Fran Hurcomb...

‘Worsening’ health hazards keep tenants from fire-damaged highrise

An order has been issued to prevent public access to the Mackenzie Place highrise, still suffering the effects of a fire on March 15. The order was issued on May 15 by Peter Workman, the...