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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 Jan. 19 and 20. “It was an awesome race,” Beaulieu said, as he received his award as the top finisher on...

Shattering glass a problem at Hay River arena

The Town of Hay River is considering a change at the new arena because of a problem with glass around the ice surface shattering. “I think we’ve had three pieces of glass around the arena system that have shattered for various reasons,” senior administrative officer Judy Goucher told an Oct. 23 meeting of town council....

Town website gets major overhaul

A major improvement is underway for the website of the Town of Hay River. Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer for the town, said it is still a work in progress. Goucher noted a soft launch of the new website took place in early October. “It’s still new,” she said. “We haven’t made a lot...
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 Winter Games (AWG) Host Society decided to conclude the game with 11 cards remaining, meaning 11 names were chosen by...

Agriculture conference called the first of its kind

An agriculture conference focusing on food growers and producers – believed to be the first of its kind ever in the NWT – was held at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre last weekend. A variety of sessions took place throughout the Oct. 13 to 15 conference with a central theme of helping farmers and producers...
Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann, left, and Pat Williams, the assistant director of marine maintenance with Marine Transportation Services (MTS), inspect work on the tugboat Jock McNiven during a tour of the MTS Shipyard in Hay River on March 22. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Shipyard, not a junkyard

The shipyard in Hay River is a busy – and changing – place these days. Not only is there a lot of work underway, but an ongoing clean-up is improving the look and functionality of the yard. John Vandenberg, the assistant deputy minister of Infrastructure, succinctly explained the reason for the clean-up during a tour...

The scandal that rocks the capital

There’s really only one thing to write about this week – the scandal rocking Ottawa. For those of you who have been on a month-long religious retreat, British Columbia Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould has alleged inappropriate political pressure on her when she was the minister of Justice and Attorney General. She claims Prime Minister Justin...

Chase the Ace off to solid start

Hay River’s second Chase the Ace lottery is off and running. Its first weekly draw was held on Sept. 15, and Kelsey Brown – a visitor from Winnipeg – won the right to draw from a deck of 52 cards. She drew the eight of spades, not the ace of spades which would have ended...

Hay River class recognized in Parks Canada contest

A Grade 9 class at Diamond Jenness Secondary School has earned an honourable mention in a country-wide contest by Parks Canada. Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest inspired the Grade 9 Social Studies class to show how nature and history are connected and inseparable. The students’ submission – a five-photo essay on their project called ‘A...

Online threat to South Slave schools

The RCMP has made an arrest in Fort Resolution involving an alleged threat on social media against schools in Hay River, Fort Resolution and Fort Smith. Fort Resolution RCMP received a complaint that a perceived threat was posted on social media the evening of Sept. 5. According to a Sept. 8 news release, the RCMP...

Osisko Metals completes acquisition of Pine Point

Osisko Metals Incorporated has completed its acquisition of Pine Point Mining Limited. “We are pleased to have concluded the transaction with Pine Point, allowing Osisko Metals to advance its goal of becoming a leading base metal mining company in Canada,” stated Jeff Hussey, president and chief executive officer of Osisko Metals, in a Feb. 23...

Playschool closes after 25 years

When the Hay River Playschool shut down on July 1, it closed the book on a quarter-century of providing Hay River children preschool education. For 25 years, the playschool ran programming for three- and four-year-olds, but the introduction of Junior Kindergarten two years ago sealed its fate. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment funds...

Exchange students explore Ontario

A dozen students from the Hay River Reserve returned home in late May from an exchange trip to Ontario with stories they will be telling for years. Among many other things, they went up the CN Tower, saw Niagara Falls, experienced the diverse cultures of Toronto, and visited the school that sent exchange students to...
Jeff Hussey, president and CEO of Osisko Metals, holds a piece of rock from the company's Pine Point exploration property at the K'atlodeeche First Nation Mining Symposium, held on Nov. 14 & 15 in Hay River. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River minds turn to mining

While a mining conference was held last week in Hay River, everyone’s thoughts were squarely on a site about 70 km to the east. That would be Pine Point, where Osisko Metals is exploring the viability of restarting a lead/zinc mining operation that closed in 1988. Jeff Hussey, president and CEO of Osisko Metals which...

Surprise invitation to play with Yk team at national soccer championships

A young soccer player from Hay River got to experience a national championship tournament earlier this month after a surprise invitation to compete with a team from Yellowknife. Fourteen-year-old Brianna Goodwin was asked to play with the Sundogs from the Yellowknife Bay Soccer Club at the Toyota U-17 Cup in Surrey, B.C., from Oct. 3...
Kevin Wallington is the manager of marketing and sales for Hay River Poultry Farms. NNSL file photo.

Town approves development permit for egg operation

Town council has approved a development permit which will see the modernization and expansion of the existing Hay River Poultry Farms facility on Wildrose Drive, on the southern side of the community. The company plans to replace its existing barn with a new 48×400-foot barn and a new 8,500-square-foot egg grading and processing facility. The...

Rotary Club delivers 750 free books to kids

For the 17th year, the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise has given books to hundreds of students. The annual initiative is called Books for Kids. This year, about 750 books were distributed to children from June 14 to June 19. Rotary member Michelle Schaub was among those bringing the books to students in up...

Confessions of a ‘Grammar Nazi’

We consider languages to be among the greatest creations in human history. Each language offers something unique to the world and is an expression of the people who created it. Unfortunately, the language you are now reading – English – is under attack from lazy speakers and a seemingly conscious effort by some to destroy...

Culture part of games showcase

The Arctic Winter Games is more than sports. It is also an opportunity to promote and share the cultures of the circumpolar world. And the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games is no different. There are many cultural aspects to this year’s games. For example, a South Slave Arctic Winter Games Marketplace will be held...

HUB NEWS BRIEFS: Woodland Manor work nearing end

The Department of Infrastructure expects the expansion project at Woodland Manor will be complete by mid-April at which time it will hand over the keys to the addition to the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. A spokesperson for the department said it will take some time afterwards for the addition to become operational....

Editorial: The faces of Canada

Maybe we shouldn’t admit it, but we watch a lot of television. And television can be – depending on what you are watching, of course – educational or just a complete waste of time. But that is just taking into account the TV programs you are watching. We watch the commercials as much as the...

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,...

Lawyer to file constitutional challenge

A lawyer says he will file a constitutional challenge to the mandatory minimum sentence of four years in jail for a crime committed while using a firearm. Peter Harte said he is filing the challenge on behalf of his client, Cameron Bernarde. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in May of robbing the Rooster convenience...

Communities association to draw cabinet to Hub

The Northwest Territories Association of Communities (NWTAC) will be holding its annual general meeting in Hay River this week. Sara Brown, CEO of the association, said typically 120 people attend the meeting, which this year is set from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18. “It’s actually one of the biggest political meetings in the territory every...

Fourth suspect charged in Hay River homicide investigation

A fourth person has been charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River. Tyler Cayen, 32, has been charged with murder and robbery related to the Dec. 28 discovery of a deceased male inside a vehicle near the Katl’odeeche Hay River Reserve, according to a release Wednesday from NWT RCMP. James George Thomas,...

Council may remove service road funding

Funding to move and improve a pedestrian walkway on the Super A service road may be removed from the town’s annual capital budget. That was the consensus among councillors at a Jan. 16 meeting, although a final vote on the capital budget is expected on Jan. 30. It has $180,000 allocated for the work. However,...

EDITORIAL: Oct. 17, 2018, is an historic day

It’s not often that you know that something truly historic is happening. Today – Oct. 17, 2018 – is one of those days. As of this date, cannabis has been legalized in Canada, just the second country in the world to do so. We welcome legalization. It has finally corrected an historic wrong that made...
The 2018 Hay River Fall Fair Committee consisted of front row, from left, Donna Dean, Paula Gour and Sheila Domingo; and back row, from left, Emily Chambers, Lynnette Walters and Jill Morse. Photo courtesy of Jill Morse; photo by Marilyn Marshall.

Hay River Fall Fair makes successful return

The Hay River Fall Fair made a successful return on Sept. 8 after a three-year absence. Jill Morse, one of the main organizers of the event, said the revival was really great. “Better than we expected,” she said. “Our entries weren’t off the charts like previous years because it had a lull for three years.”...

No show snow

It looked like Hay River was in for some serious snow on Nov. 23. As the day began and into that afternoon, there was a snowfall warning in effect. It said so in a serious-looking red banner on the Environment Canada’s weather page for Hay River. We were told that the community was going to...

NWT should get more agricultural funding

Percentages can be annoying things. Just when something sounds not too bad, you work out the percentages and things look completely different. That goes for many things – sports, for example. If someone who knows nothing about baseball is told the Toronto Blue Jays won 50 games in a year, that might sound impressive without...