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NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Three in running to be mayor of Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith Three people are running to be mayor of Fort Smith in the upcoming municipal elections. Incumbent Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley is being challenged by former mayor Brad Brake and Don Matthews. Fifteen candidates have also put...

Grassroots movement for men’s shelter looks to future

A grassroots initiative to explore creating a men's shelter in Hay River has come up with its tentative next steps following a meeting on May 6. That will involve gathering information, especially from the men...

Opening of new Hay River fish plant estimated for fall of 2020

A new fish plant in Hay River is expected to be operational by the fall of next year, not the summer of 2020 as initially predicted. Drew Williams, the manager of public affairs with 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...

Lighting on old highway crosswalk to be updated

The Department of Infrastructure plans to upgrade the lights of the crosswalk on the Mackenzie Highway near The Rooster convenience store. In the territorial legislature on Oct. 19, Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson pointed...

Visitor Centre visits spike in June

Visits to the Hay River's tourism information centre skyrocketed this June. According to data released by the town on July 12, about 688 people stopped in at the Visitor Information Centre last month. That is more...

EDITORIAL: In failure, there are lessons not taught in school

In her commencement speech to Harvard University's graduating class of 2008, J.K. Rowling, renowned author of the Harry Potter series of novels, expounded on the benefits of what is a rare condition among the...
The top NWT apprentices in Hay River for the past academic year were recognized at a Nov. 8 ceremony hosted by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. The award-winning apprentices included, left to right, Cory John Tybring, Christopher Michael Shaw and Zackary Wyatt Bonnetrouge. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Top NWT apprentices honoured in Hay River

The top NWT apprentices in Hay River have been recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE). On Nov. 8, the five apprentices were honoured with NWT Apprenticeship Awards for the 2017-2018 academic...

NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Hamlet elections set for Dec. 10

South Slave Elections in nine hamlets around the NWT, including two in the South Slave, will be held on Dec. 10. In the South Slave, the municipal elections will be held in Enterprise and Fort Resolution. Votes...

Yellowknife women’s team takes slo-pitch title

Yellowknife's Gastown Golden Grills ended up beating the Dirty Divas during an intense and hotly contested final of the women's division during the Hay River Slo-pitch Invitational. The game featured several controversial and saw the...

Tourism boss sees branding potential

Peter Magill is settling into his new job as a tourism and economic development co-ordinator, which is also a new position with the Town of Hay River. Magill, who started work on Sept. 25, said...

Territory puts up cash for women’s shelter

The GNWT has committed to providing 25 per cent of the funding to build a new shelter for women and children in Hay River. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson raised the issue in the...

New public administrator named for Hay River health authority

A new public administrator has been named for the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. It is Brian Willows, a retired chief operating officer of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. "I guess I'm of the...

On the mural train

Hay River now has its own mural to celebrate Canada 150, and it's a piece of art that hundreds of residents had a hand in creating. Plus, it is also part of a symbolic train...

NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Spring Cleanup set in Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith The dates for Fort Smith's annual Residential Spring Cleanup have been set. The cleanup – promoted by the Town of Fort Smith – will begin on May 22 and conclude on June 2. Tipping fees...

Wild Berry Festival at Heritage Centre

The third-annual Wild Berry Festival will take place Aug. 27 at the Hay River Heritage Centre. The event is presented by the Hay River Museum Society, and features pies, jams, music and more.

EDITORIAL: Hay River an important hub for decentralization

Colette Langlois will be setting up an office in Hay River sometime this summer as the NWT's first ombud, which is an independent statutory officer of the Legislative Assembly. It's great that a new territorial...

O’Brien regional vice-president

Dawna O'Brien is the regional vice-president for Hay River on the new executive of the Union of Northern Workers following its 17th triennial convention in Yellowknife from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29. Other members of...

Multiple arrests made in ‘suspicious’ Hay River death

A "number of individuals" have been arrested in connection with a recent suspicious death in Hay River. Hay River RCMP and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes Unit confirmed "persons" are in custody following the discovery...

Lights On wins award

The Lights On program of Hay River was named one of two winners of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the South Slave Divisional Education Council on Aug. 25. "Lights On is a truly...
Riella Bordey of the U-19 girls' team from Diamond Jenness Secondary School competes against players from St. Patrick's High School during the recent Senior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

A banner performance for Diamond Jenness soccer teams

Four indoor soccer teams from Hay River had a very good weekend at the recent Senior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. Three of the teams from Diamond Jenness Secondary School claimed A division banners, while...

Yarn to dye for

The typical start-up origin story begins in a California garage. The story of Knit Free or Dye, Danielle Sachs's line of hand-dyed yarn, inspired by Northern life, starts at Hay River's Mackenzie Place, better known...

Culture camp in walking distance

Students in Hay River now don't have far to go for a culture camp. It's just a short walk away at the back of Harry Camsell School. The new culture camp, which as yet doesn't have...

NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Napier-Buckley re-elected mayor of Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley has been re-elected the mayor of the Town of Fort Smith. She faced two challengers in the Oct. 15 municipal elections. Napier-Buckley collected 437 votes, compared to 255 votes for Brad Brake,...

EDITORIAL: Dialysis service not a business to be studied

Maybe we're missing something. The case for expanding haemodialysis services in Hay River seems like an obvious slam dunk. By our admittedly amateur reckoning, it would provide better service in the South Slave, properly utilize equipment...
Hannah Duong opened a nail salon in Hay River at the beginning of February, and the new business has become very popular in a short period of time. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New nail salon in Hay River an instant hit

Vietnam is known around the world for having some of the best nail manicurists and artificial nail experts anywhere. And now Hay River has a nail manicurist and artificial nail technician from Vietnam – actually...

Info session held on oil and gas laws

A public engagement session was held in Hay River on April 12 on proposed changes to oil and gas legislation in the NWT. "We are basically here to share what we're thinking of doing or...

International media descend for AWG

There's really no way to know for sure, but the 2018 Arctic Winter Games may have just been one of the biggest media events ever in the South Slave. There were 58 accredited members of...
Kim Rapati demonstrates the 'wheelchair' that she and her partner bought for their dog, Floyd, who was having difficulty moving around after his hind legs began to lose their strength. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Dog in Hay River gets wheelchair to help move around

Floyd the dog has gotten some extra special help from his owners to keep him mobile in his golden years. His owners have ordered a wheelchair – which could also be described as something akin...

The eight-year-old Hay River record setter

An eight-year-old girl at Harry Camsell School was the only competitor from Hay River to set a new record at the recent NWT Track & Field Championships. Jersey Ashton set the record in standing long...