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Special Olympics NWT still waiting on volunteers in Hay River

After a second successful Try-It Day in Hay River on Feb. 29, Special Olympics NWT is still waiting for word from potential volunteers who may be interested in helping to offer some programming in...

Degrees of Success: Scholarship opportunities abound

Expenses related to post-secondary education can be substantial: tuition, room and board, textbooks, among them. Scholarships and grants can make the difference for promising students who desire a college or university education. Below is...

Adjusting to the world of COVID-19

We would like to be able to write something light and cheerful this week as a break from COVID-19. However, writing about anything else but COVID-19 would seem frivolous and irresponsible at this time. So once...

Health centre in Hay River makes changes to prepare for COVID-19 threat

The Hay River Regional Health Centre has been "putting in the work" to get ready for additional demands as a result of COVID-19. So says Erin Griffiths, the CEO of the Hay River Health and...

COVID-19 swab tests available in all NWT communities, official says

Swab tests for COVID-19 are ongoing in all communities of the Northwest Territories, a senior medical official confirmed on Wednesday. "About 700 tests have come from Yellowknife. All regions have been tested for COVID-19 if...

COVID-19: Temporary release for some low-risk inmates at NWT jails

Some inmates at NWT jails will be temporarily released in an effort to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 after over a dozen defence lawyers urged the territory’s department of justice to take immediate action...

BREAKING: Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Northwest Territories

Public health officials have confirmed a second case of COVID-19 infection in the Northwest Territories. The subject is an Inuvik resident. They are self-isolating at home with members of their household and are mildly symptomatic. The...

Shutdown work continues at Hay River Community Centre

The doors were closed to the public at the Hay River Community Centre in mid-March because of the COVID-19 crisis. However, preparing such a large and complex building for a shutdown of unknown duration requires...
Drake Giroux carries the puck during action at the 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Mississauga, Ont. Giroux was part of the Team North boys squad that won the first – and only to date – medal for the North at the annual tournament when they captured silver. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

Seeds no. 9 through 16 for the Greatest Of All Time

You know the first eight seeds in our quest to find the greatest sports team there's ever been in the history of the NWT. Now it's time to see who the next eight seeds...

Documenting from a Distance in Hay River

Photographers – including two in Hay River – are using their creative skills to help people chronicle staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Marilyn Marshall brought the idea to Hay River after hearing about...

Hay River Hub – April 1 Edition

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COMMUNITY REPORT: Fort Providence’s Big River Service Centre down 70 per cent

Mayor Danny Beaulieu of Fort Providence says he is mostly content with how his hamlet is contending with impacts of COVID-19, but would like to see some of the young people take the issue more...

COMMUNITY REPORT: KFN chief says things going well on Hay River Reserve

Chief April Martel of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) believes checkpoints set up at the entrances to the Hay River Reserve are serving their purpose of helping to protect it from the COVID-19 pandemic. One goal...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Quieter than normal in Enterprise

Things are quiet as normal in Enterprise as the community faces the threat of COVID-19. "Quieter, I guess you could say, like everything else in the country is quieter," said Craig McMaster, the deputy mayor...

Small NWT businesses welcome 75 per cent federal wage subsidy

Small business owners in the Northwest Territories strained by collapsing demand amid a global pandemic may see some relief from Ottawa soon. The federal government has committed to raising its crisis wage subsidy from 10...

State of emergency declared in Northwest Territories

A state of emergency has been declared for the Northwest Territories. The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), Paulie Chinna, declared a territory-wide state of emergency under the Emergency Management Act to support ongoing efforts...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Mayor says Hub residents heeding call to fight COVID-19

Hay River Mayor Kandis Jameson believes that most people in Hay River have heeded the call to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, particularly by staying home unless absolutely necessary. "I believe our community overall is...

GNWT clarifies conditions for essential border crossings by Northern Alberta residents

The GNWT added some clarity on how Alberta residents living near the Northwest Territories border are affected by the border closure, specifically near Fort Smith. Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald residents are restricted from entering...
Sahara Lafferty, left, and Caitlin Zorn are all smiles prior to the opening ceremony of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The 2020 edition of the Games this coming July in Halifax is still on for now, says Aaron Wells of the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

“It was a matter of time”: North American Indigenous Games postponed for one year...

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the proper age categories for a re-scheduled NAIG. The original paragraph has been deleted because it was incorrect. Add another log to the fire, if you will,...

Hay River Hub – March 25 Edition

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Lawyers urge NWT jails to temporarily release inmates ‘before it’s too late’

More than a dozen defence lawyers are urgently calling on the territory to temporarily release as many inmates as possible from NWT jails amid growing concerns over COVID-19 and its potentially “catastrophic” impact on...
Elvis Beaudoin, left, and Keith Way hoist the champions plaques after winning the mens doubles title at the Adult National Darts Championships in Saskatoon on Tuesday. photo courtesy of Sheh Murillo

Who is the Greatest Of All Time? Let’s find out, shall we?

And so we're at that time when there is nothing to write about or watch on TV when it comes to sports. Reminds of the time when baseball went on strike in 1994, causing...

NNSL newspapers going to PDF-only

Northern News Services and Canarctic Graphics, which prints our newspapers, made the difficult decision this weekend to suspend print publication until further notice. To do so on the week of our 48th anniversary makes...

COVID-19: Increase in demand at Hay River’s Super A Foods

While many businesses in Hay River have closed as a precaution against coronavirus/COVID-19, there are exceptions, probably none more important to the community than grocery stores. Yet, they too are feeling the impact. "I think the...

COVID-19: Hay River mayor calls for non-essential businesses to close

Mayor Kandis Jameson is calling on all non-essential businesses in Hay River to close in light of coronanvirus/COVID-19. "Non-essential businesses are being asked to strongly consider suspending their operations, close their doors to the public...

Checkpoints set up on Hay River Reserve due to coronavirus fears

Checkpoints have been set up at entrances to the Hay River Reserve to limit access because of fears of the coronavirus/COVID-19. Only members of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN), including band members living in Hay River...
Sir John Franklin won the overall and school grand aggregate titles at the NWT Track and Field Championships in Hay River in 2019 as well as the most sportsmanlike team. Holding the most sportsmanlike trophy, left, is Robert Paddock; holding the overall grand aggregate trophy is Stephen Messier and holding the school grand aggregate trophy is Jaleel Tulloch. They will get to keep the trophies for at least one more year following the cancellation of the 2020 NWT Track and Field Championships on Tuesday. NNSL file photo

NWT Track and Field Championships cancelled due to COVID-19

It was only a matter of time before it happened but the largest annual sporting event in the NWT won't go ahead for 2020. The NWT Track and Field Championships, which were scheduled for Hay...

Association of Communities’ 2021 AGM to coincide with K’amba Carnival

The Northwest Territories Association of Communities (NWTAC) will hold its annually generally meeting in Hay River next year. That is not surprising, since the organization rotates its AGM among three of the largest communities in...

Hay River Hub – March 18 Edition

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Hay River proceeds with Fraser Place land tests

The Town of Hay River intends to proceed next week with geotechnical testing for the proposed Fraser Place land development. The town has determined that it no longer needs to get a permit from the...