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Woman pleads guilty to trafficking cocaine in Hay River

A 25-year-old woman arrested in 2017 after Mounties infiltrated a Hay River slo-pitch tournament has pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine. Starr Martel appeared before NWT Supreme Court Justice Andrew Mahar in a Yellowknife courtroom Tuesday....
The Mackenzie Place highrise remains empty of tenants following a fire on the 11th floor on March 15. NNSL file photo

A ‘brutally honest’ opinion of highrise landlord

Wally Schumann is not impressed with the idea of providing government money to the owner of Mackenzie Place highrise to help repair damage from a March 15 fire that has displaced about 130 residents. The...

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...

The Zoo complex to be dismantled in Hay River

One of the oldest and arguably most memory-filled buildings in Hay River is about to be removed. The Zoo – actually a complex of attached log buildings constructed in the 1950s – is being taken...
Hay River is still dealing with the aftermath of a March 15 fire on the 11th floor of the Mackenzie Place apartment building. No residents are currently living in the structure and it is uncertain when they may return. NNSL file photo

Owner plans to reopen fire-damaged highrise in Hay River

The owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – damaged by a fire on March 15 and now empty of tenants as a result – says he plans to repair and reopen the building. "We're starting...

GNWT to build fish plant in Hay River

The GNWT has decided to proceed with building a new fish plant in Hay River. Speaking in the territorial legislature on Oct. 20, Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann noted that there is $1.4 million in the...

Owner plans to re-open fire-damaged highrise in Hay River by end of August

Harry Satdeo – the owner of the fire-damaged Mackenzie Place highrise – returned to Hay River last week to oversee a cleanup and eventual repairs and renovations to the 16-storey apartment building. Satdeo is saying...
Zack Horton scored 100 per cent on his final exams in math this year, earning him the honour of being the top student in the territory in that subject. Cody Punter/NNSL photo

Hay River math whiz tops in the territory

A Grade 12 Hay River student scored 100 per cent on his final exams in math this year, earning him the honour of being the top student in the territory in his subject. “On the...

A guided tour of highrise in Hay River

Harry Satdeo wants Hay River to know that the Mackenzie Place highrise is very close to being ready to reopen. And to prove that, the owner of the apartment building invited The Hub for a...

Bryan Adams again?

As this editorial is being written, the NHL 100 Classic is playing in the background on TV. And it just so happens that Bryan Adams is performing between periods at the outdoor hockey game in...

UPDATED: Missing kayaker on Great Slave Lake found dead

The search by Hay River and Fort Resolution RCMP for a missing man travelling by kayak on Great Slave Lake has ended as the man was announced deceased on Thursday. NWT chief coroner Cathy Menard...

Former mayor argues for relocating airport in Hay River

A case was made for relocating the airport in Hay River at a recent public meeting. However, there was little to no enthusiasm for the move from a representative of the GNWT. The June 13 public...

Brendan Green looks forward to another race at Olympics

For Hay River's Brendan Green, it's two races down and one more to go at the Winter Olympics. Right now, the biathlete is looking ahead and preparing for the men's relay set for Feb. 23. "We...

Free entry for AWG sports

Anyone wishing to see some of the sports at next month's Arctic Winter Games will be able to do so for free. "All entrance to the games and playoffs will be free of charge, first...

Hay River rec centre ready to go

Town council announced last week that the long-awaited new recreation centre would open to the public on March 13. "On behalf of council and the Town of Hay River, we are pleased to announce the...

Hay River’s Fiona Huang on track at U of T

When Fiona Huang was in Grade 6, she told her father she wanted to participate in track and field. However, Dragon Huang recalled that he had his doubts about that idea. As he remembers it, his...

AWG Igloo takes beating from sun

A Hay River woman had to battle the elements – specifically unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine – to preserve an igloo she built as a personal project for the Arctic Winter Games. And as of...

Pine Point Bridge to be reconstructed

A tender call has been issued this month for replacement of the Pine Point Bridge across the Hay River. The work had originally been described as a rehabilitation of the bridge. Hay River North MLA R.J....

EDITORIAL: A big welcome back for the museum

Although we're sure we can find something to criticize and complain about if we really tried, we're in a relatively good mood this week for a change. That's because one of our favourite places in...

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...

AWG igloo loses battle with sun

A multicoloured igloo built in Hay River for the Arctic Winter Games lost its battle with the sun. The igloo, which had become something of instant icon, was taken down by its creator on the...

AWG economic boost studied

Any group of people – large or small – dropping into the South Slave can only be good for the economy. And when about 2,000 people converge for the Arctic Winter Games, the benefits are...

Cows and plows settlement sows cash into community

It too more than 100 years of waiting, but members of the Katlodeeche First Nation finally got to see their treaty with the federal government honoured. On July 12, community members voted that each member...

Top Hay River apprentices recognized

The top NWT apprentices in Hay River for the past academic year were honoured at a Nov. 9 ceremony hosted by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. While eight apprentices were honoured at the...

Sub on the Hub returns to rec centre

Sub on the Hub is nothing if not a determined enterprise. The business and its owners/operators – the husband and wife team of Dragon and Michelle Huang – have survived another long break in running...

Hay River MLA blasts ‘Russian roulette’ healthcare system in Hay River

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson delivered a damning assessment of healthcare in the town during recent comments in the NWT Legislative Assembly. "The residents of Hay River are gravely concerned about the state of...

Hay River team wins division at World Jet Boat Championships

A five-member team from Hay River raced to a first-place finish in its class at last month's World Jet Boat Championships, held in several locations in Alberta and British Columbia. Tanner Froehlich, the driver of...

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,...
The superstructure of the Pine Point Bridge has been removed in the reconstruction of the span across the Hay River. Traffic is crossing the river on an old railway bridge. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Minister addresses concerns about jobs for Pine Point Bridge project

Some concerns have been raised in Hay River about local employment on the $12.8-million project to replace the Pine Point Bridge. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson has heard those concerns. "I think the GNWT definitely...