The table tennis team of Gracie Brennan, left, Nikhilesh Gohil, Conner McKay-Ivanko, David Dragon, Monika Kunderlik and Shannan Bonnetrouge gave Team NT its first win of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Saturday. The boys team of Gohil, McKay-Ivanko and Dragon won their opening encounter over Yukon by a score of 3-1 in matches. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Team NT table tennis boys get off on right foot at Canada Winter Games

For a team that was simply hoping to score a few points here and there at the Canada Winter Games, this result must have felt like a lump of gold. The boys table tennis squad...

Brendan Green retires from competitive biathlon

Hay River's Brendan Green has reached the final finish line in a storied 14-year career as a world-class biathlete. Green officially retired following a World Cup relay race in Canmore, Alta., on Feb. 8. It was...

News Briefs: Breastfeeding conference set

A breastfeeding conference will be held from Feb. 19 to 21 by the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. The conference will take place at the Dene Wellness & Development Centre on the Hay...

Fort Simpson claims old timers’ glory

An old timers' hockey tournament has returned to Hay River after an absence of two years. The Feb. 1 to 3 tournament was hosted by the Hay River Rusty Blades Old Timers Hockey Club. Owen Rowe,...

Swimming pool to be closed until next week

The swimming pool closed for repairs on Jan. 29 and it is expected to remain that way until sometime next week. "We had a major mechanical failure of the main pool pump," Stephane Millette, the...

Brendan Green’s legacy is guaranteed

Maybe it's too early to talk about the legacy of Brendan Green as a world-class and Olympic biathlete. After all, he just retired late last week. However, we'll give it a go, because we believe Green's...
Danielle Antoine draws for the ace of spades - the only card left in the box - to officially win $98,906.50 in the Dec. 7 wrap-up of Hay River's most recent Chase the Ace held by the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Scoiety. The draw took place at the Royal Canadian Legion, which has been awarded a licence to hold its own Chase the Ace. NNSL file photo

Legion gets Chase the Ace in Hay River

The Town of Hay River has awarded a new licence for Chase the Ace, and the lucky organization is the Legion. "We're pretty excited," said Blake Lawrence, the president of Branch 250 of the Royal...
Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized the community's third Winter Celebration. The Feb. 9 event will take place in various locations and will feature numerous activities, including sports like snowshoe racing. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River’s Winter Celebration fights urge to hibernate

Sports will play a key role in the Winter Celebration set for Feb. 9. There will be skiing, snowshoeing, swimming and sliding, along with a multitude of other events and activities. Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer...
Capt. Stephen Watton, left, the zone training officer for cadets, and Capt. Poul Osted, the commanding officer of 2724 Hay River Cadet Corps, are seeking more help from community residents for the long-running program for teenagers. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Cadet corps in Hay River looking for more help from community members

The Hay River Army Cadet Corps is looking for more help from community residents. And there are a couple of options on how people can to that. There are five paid part-time positions at the corps,...

Bureaucrats work in mysterious ways

We sometimes think we will never understand how the mind of a government bureaucrat works. We really do try. We read government news releases and attempt to discern what they are trying to say. For those...
On Nov. 22 of last year, Garry Bailey, the president of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, stands in front of a welcome sign the organization erected at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 2. NNSL file photo

KFN raises safety objections to Metis Nation welcome sign

A welcome sign erected late last year by the Northwest Territory Metis Nation is being called a safety hazard. In a Jan. 29 news release, K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) outlined its concerns about the sign,...
Steve Loutitt is the director of compliance and licensing and the registrar of motor vehicles with the Department of Infrastructure. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Mandatory entry-level training proposed for new truckers

The GNWT held a public meeting in Hay River on Jan. 23 to gather feedback on proposed mandatory entry-level training for new Class 1 and Class 2 drivers. Steve Loutitt, the director of compliance and...
At a Jan. 29 meeting, Brenda Hall, the executive director of Growing Together, stands in front of posters outlining what cuts in GNWT funding will mean for the program for young children and their parents. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River’s Growing Together fighting back

Growing Together, and the people it helps, are fighting back over coming cuts to its funding from the GNWT. The resource centre – for families with children five years of age and under – invited...
Despite having only taken up photography a couple of years ago, Aaron Tambour has become well-known for the images he captures. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Finding his art

Aaron Tambour has made a name for himself as a photographer in Hay River with seeming lightning speed. That's because he began taking pictures just over a couple of years ago – way back in...

EDITORIAL: A good day to remember the ’60s

Perhaps this is as good a day as any to reflect on the 1960s. After all, Jan. 30, 1969 – 50 years ago today – has particular significance. As you may have already noticed in...
Danny Beaulieu of Fort Providence races along the side of Highway 2 towards Enterprise during the Aurora Ford Classic, a two-day dog sled race held on Jan. 19 & 20. Beaulieu won the race in a field of 13 competitors. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Danny Beaulieu wins first Aurora Ford Classic

Danny Beaulieu of Fort Providence is the first winner of the Aurora Ford Classic dog sled race. The musher led from start to finish in the two-day Hay River to Enterprise and back race on...
Chandelle Leonard of Hay River was among 24 participants at an Athletics NWT training camp in Yellowknife on Jan. 19 & 20. The camp was the beginning of the selection process for the upcoming Western Canada Summer Games in August in Swift Current, Sask. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Many Hay River athletes in running for Western Canada Summer Games

Hay River was extremely well-represented at a recent identification camp held by Athletics NWT as part of the selection process for the upcoming Western Canada Summer Games. There were eight young athletes from Hay River...
The RCMP Musical Ride - seen here in Yellowknife in 2003 - will be visiting Hay River for a performance on Aug. 25. NNSL file photo

RCMP Musical Ride to visit Hay River

The RCMP Musical Ride is to perform in Hay River on Aug. 25. Peter Magill, the tourism and economic development co-ordinator with the Town of Hay River, said the visit is very exciting for the...
Jeremy Dutcher - a classically-trained operatic tenor and composer from Wolastoq First Nation in New Brunswick - will be performing in Hay River on Feb. 9. Photo courtesy of Northern Arts and Cultural Centre

Voices from the past

A rising star in the world of opera will be performing in Hay River in February. Jeremy Dutcher – the winner of the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for 2018 – will appear in the community...
Members of the union bargaining team have been relieved of their duties in negotiations with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. NNSL file photo

New bargaining team elected for UNW local in Hay River

A new bargaining team has been elected for unionized employees at the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority (HRHSSA). The new members replace three other workers dismissed earlier this month for trying to initiative...

Hay River man who assaulted flight attendant aboard plane gets jail time

A Hay River man who assaulted a flight attendant aboard a First Air flight from Yellowknife last year received a global six-month sentence in NWT territorial court Friday morning. “An aircraft becomes a community when...
Chief April Martel of K'atlodeeche First Nation accepted hand-delivered letters on Jan. 18 from three students from Chief Sunrise Education Centre – left to right: Katelynne Fabian-Poitras, Liam Tourangeau and Cameron Fabian. In their letters, the three youngsters suggested ways of solving various problems in their community as part of a social responsibility project with their class. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Youngsters making a difference on Hay River Reserve

There's something moving about hearing little children talk about the problems of the world. Chief April Martel of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) became emotional when three young students hand-delivered letters to her on Jan. 18...
Doug and Theresa Swallow, along with their grandson Davin Swallow, brought their dog Duke for a short walk on Jan. 17 on the new ski trail for dogs created by the Hay River Ski Club. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New dog walking trail open at Hay River Ski Club

People in Hay River now have another way to enjoy the great outdoors with their dogs. The Hay River Ski Club recently opened a trail where skiers and snowshoers can bring along their dogs. The idea...
The Canada jay was among the 13 species of birds spotted in the Hay River area during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15. Photo courtesy of Gary Vizniowski

Thirteen species spotted in Christmas Bird Count in Hay River area

Thirteen species of birds were spotted in the Hay River area during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15. While that is a lower number of species than a year ago, Gary Vizniowski, the...
Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod, left, and Wally Schumann, the territorial minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, and Infrastructure, visited the site for a new fish plant in Hay River on Jan. 8. They had just announced $8.8 million in joint funding for the project. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River to get new fish plant

A major and long-awaited step forward for the fishing industry in Hay River was made on Jan. 8 with the announcement that the federal and territorial governments will jointly fund construction of a new...
Stained glass artist George Low stands next to two new windows he has created for St. Andrew's Anglican Church. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River church gets unique stained glass windows

While stained glass windows are common in churches, St. Andrew's Anglican Church now has two that are anything but common. In fact, the two new stained glass windows behind the altar at the front of...
Finno Celestin, left, and Alex Famorcan have organized a Recreational Basketball League, which will begin play on Jan. 13 in the gym at Diamond Jenness Secondary School. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Rec basketball league about to start in Hay River

A Recreational Basketball League is about to begin play in Hay River. The action will start on Jan. 13. The once-a-week league has been organized by Finno Celestin, the Hay River co-ordinator for Basketball NWT and...
Junior Barnes is the president of the new Hay River Snowmobile Club. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Junior Barnes first president of new snowmobile club in Hay River

The new Hay River Snowmobile Club is in business. The organization held its first annual general meeting on Dec. 17 with the creation of an executive as the top priority. The first president is Junior Barnes. Other...
Kim Rowe, left, and Brenna Beck look over a framed list of the names of departed people represented by lights on the 2018 Christmas Memory Tree. The lighting ceremony for the tree - on the roof of Diamond Jenness Secondary School - was held on Dec. 13 by the school's Parent Action Committee. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Remembering with lights in Hay River

The lighting of the Christmas Memory Tree – a seasonal tradition in Hay River – took place on Dec. 13. For 17 years, the tree – displayed in recent years on top of Diamond Jenness...
An elated Danielle Antoine displays the ace of spades that won her $98,906.50 in the Dec. 7 wrap-up of the latest Chase the Ace in Hay River. Defying the odds, it was the last card left after 51 other cards had been drawn. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

One very elusive ace in Hay River

Chase the Ace reached a new level of excitement – against all the odds – as the latest version of the popular lottery wrapped up in Hay River on Dec. 7. The South Slave Arctic...
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