Jeff Hussey, president and CEO of Osisko Metals, holds a rock from the company's Pine Point property during the K'atlodeeche First Nation Mining Symposium in November. NNSL file photo

‘Pause’ to drilling at Pine Point

  Drilling has come to a temporary halt at Pine Point, where work had been underway to gather information on possibly restarting mining at the lead/zinc property about 70 kilometres east of Hay River. In comments...

Editorial: Can junk have historic and cultural value?

We have to admit to being a bit conflicted when we heard that some old decommissioned vessels and other equipment were being removed from the Marine Transportation Services (MTS) shipyard in Hay River. On the...
Alex Hejnowicz of Iqaluit comes around the bend during speedskating action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 6

Here's what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 6 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. All times MST Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Girls singles placement round (continuing all day) 10:30...
Teira Arnault begins construction on Feb. 16 of an igloo in front of the Welcome to Hay River sign. It is her second year building an igloo at the same spot. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Instant icon returning

A multi-coloured igloo, which first appeared in Hay River last year and quickly became an icon for the community, is returning. Teira Arnault began building a new igloo on Feb. 16. Last year, she built an...
Kandace Groenewegen, left, and Tatiana Petrov, the program librarian at NWT Centennial Library, demonstrate how to play Scrabble. The library will be hosting the Deep Winter Scrabble Tournament on Feb. 23. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Playing with words

A library and the classic board game Scrabble seem to be a perfect match. "Playing with words," said Tatiana Petrov, the program librarian at NWT Centennial Library. "You can't go wrong." The library will host the...
Pierre Cook, a teacher at Ecole Boreale, also creates hip-hop music at a home studio. Photo courtesy of Pierre Cook

The hip-hop teacher

Pierre Cook combines three seemingly diverse things into one person – teaching, classical music and, perhaps most surprising of all, hip-hop. Cook, who teaches at Ecole Boreale, is a hip-hop recording artist motivated by popular...
Tracy St. Denis is the chair of United Way NWT. NNSL file photo

United Way NWT offers financial support

Three non-profit organizations in Hay River have received financial support from United Way NWT. Each organization will be receiving $7,500 – the Hay River Soup Kitchen to help meet the nutritional needs of families, Soaring...
Brenda Hall, the executive director of Growing Together, stands next to the Growing Together Family Library – an outdoor box where people can pick up books at any time. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Books for the taking – and reading

Last week, a peaked-roof box – looking somewhat like a large birdhouse – was installed outside of Growing Together. But it is not a birdhouse. It is the Growing Together Family Library. Brenda Hall, the executive...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here's what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles - Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here's what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here's what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30...
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...
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