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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. She re-elected to be tried by a judge alone, and entered a guilty plea to the lone trafficking charge. Martel...
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 owner, Harry Satdeo, did not have insurance on the 16-storey apartment building. At a meeting of some of the displaced...
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 to repair it already,” said Harry Satdeo in a March 23 telephone interview with The Hay River Hub from his...

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 budget for a new fish plant and it is moving forward. After discussion with the federal Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation...

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 Ottawa. We don’t know what songs he is singing because the sound is turned down so we can concentrate on...

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 have high hopes for the relay, for sure, but there are so many variables that can affect the outcome...

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 come, first serve,” said Greg Rowe, the president of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. “When we...

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 Recreation Centre will be open on Tuesday, March 13, at 5 p.m.,” stated the March 9 announcement signed by Mayor...

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 late last week, it looked like Teira Arnault had won the battle, even though the igloo took a bit of...

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 Hay River is reawakening from its annual winter slumber. We are talking, of course, about the Hay River Heritage Centre,...

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. Simpson contacted Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann to see what the change will mean, and the minister responded by e-mail...

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 afternoon of March 19 with help from the Town of Hay River. Teira Arnault, who built the igloo in late...

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 only magnified. By just how much is the focus of a study on the economic impact of the games from...

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 NWT Apprenticeship and Occupational Awards, only two made it to the ceremony since the rest were most often working or...

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 the concession at the rec centre. When the new rec centre opened just before the beginning of the Arctic Winter...
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 needs to do more when it comes to ensuring that Northerners are benefitting from these large infrastructure projects,” he...

Hay River RCMP investigating high-rise fire, ask for public’s help

A fire that displaced over 100 Mackenzie Place residents last week is being investigated by police in Hay River - and they're turning to the public for help. Mounties are asking anyone who may have...

Former Hay River track star convicted in ‘sextortion’ case

A teary-eyed Joel Gordon embraced his father Monday after being convicted of child porn-related charges in NWT Supreme Court. Judge Karan Shaner convicted the 23-year-old Hay River man, on charges of distributing child pornography, child luring and extortion after a statement of facts was presented by Crown prosecutor Morgan Fane. Between Jan. 2 and Jan....

Games come to a close in Hay River

The Arctic Winter Games have come and gone in the South Slave. The closing ceremonies for the 2018 edition of the circumpolar sporting event were held on March 24 in Hay River’s brand-new recreation centre, where the games had been officially opened on March 18. “What a great week,” Greg Rowe, president of the 2018...

Town plans to take possession of new Rec Centre by end of the month

The Town of Hay River has announced it will take possession of the new Rec Centre at the end of the month. “Based on the most recent schedule received from Clark Builders, the new recreation centre will be turned over to the town at the end of January,” states a joint news release on Jan....

Extreme athlete survives Yukon Arctic Ultra

Hay River’s Ilona Gyapay survived the Yukon Arctic Ultra extreme race earlier this month. And in this case, surviving can be viewed as winning in a race in the Yukon wilderness where temperatures plunged well below -40 Celsius. Gyapay was eventually pulled from the race because of frostbite. “I was the second last person standing...

AWG Host Society gets another Chase the Ace

The Town of Hay River has awarded a licence for the next Chase the Ace, and it goes once again to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. It had the licence for the last Chase the Ace, which concluded in December. “At the end of the day, we only had one qualified...

Landa Aviation to launch scheduled flights to Yk

Later this month, air travellers in Hay River will get a second option for scheduled flights to Yellowknife. Landa Aviation – until now solely a charter air service based in Hay River – plans to launch six-days-a-week scheduled flights to the NWT capital. “We’re going to start May 22nd, just after May long weekend,” said...

New president of NWTAC chosen in unusual manner

Clarence Wood, a councillor with the Town of Inuvik, has become the new president of the NWT Association of Communities (NWTAC) in a somewhat unusual way. Wood was one of two candidates for the leadership position on Feb. 17 during the organization’s annual general meeting in Hay  River. After giving a brief pre-vote speech to...

Hometown hero producer dies

Roman Bittman, who was raised in poverty in Hay River but went on to find success as a noted television and movie producer, has passed away. Bittman, who was in his mid-70s, died on Nov. 7. Among his many accomplishments, he worked at CBC news, was a producer at The Nature of Things science television...

B.C. police ask for public’s help in finding missing Hay River woman

British Columbia RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Hay River woman. Twenty-seven-year-old Brittany Martel, who lives in West Kelowna, B.C., was last seen on June 14 in Surrey, B.C., according to media reports. Police believe Martel may be attempting to hitchhike to Hay River, where she’s originally from, and that she...

Hay River mayor says opening of new rec centre is close

Mayor Brad Mapes says the new rec centre will soon be open, although he is not giving any target date. “It’s close,” he said on March 2. “It’s just any day right now. It could be any day.” Mapes said there’s not much more that he can say other that it’s close. However, he did...
The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT

Delta communities express outrage over barge cancellation

Residents in the Beaufort Delta are frustrated with a decision by the GNWT to cancel the Marine Transportation Services barge up through the communities for season deliveries. Ray Ruben, mayor of Paulatuk said he got word on Sunday from Merve Gruben, Mayor of Tuktayoktuk and Herbert Nakimayak, MLA for Beaufort Delta that there would be...

Film society zooms in on Hub

A Hay River Film Society has been created with the goal of bringing a broader choice of movies to the community. “We just today got notified that we have non-profit status, so we’re officially registered,” said founder Scott Clouthier on Dec. 13. Clouthier said he had the idea for a film society in Hay River...