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Review to begin on MLA compensation

Three members have been appointed to an independent commission to review MLAs' compensation and benefits. Norman Yakeleya of Tulita was appointed chair of the commission, while John Hazenberg and Donna Allen, both of Yellowknife, have...

GNWT increases support payments

The GNWT recently made increases in two of its income security programs. The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit will improve support for seniors, while the NWT Child Benefit is better supporting families with children. Senior citizens who...

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...

Volleyball league wraps up season in Hay River

The Hay River Volleyball Club held its year-end tournament this past weekend. Porta Potties emerged as the winning team, followed by Classics in second place. In all, nine teams participated. Ashley Mckay, the president of the Hay...

Idea for please-join-me cards imported from Australia

An idea from Down Under has been imported to Hay River to make the community more sociable. During a trip in December, Nancy Makepeace saw cards marked “please join me.” "We were travelling in Australia with...

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....

DEA election set in Fort Resolution

An election for members of the Deninu School District Education Authority in Fort Resolution will take place on Dec. 13. Seven seats will be filled on the board of directors.
Pat Martel, a band councillor with K'atlodeeche First Nation, points out aspects its traditional territory during a news conference on Nov. 30. KFN held the news conference to state its opposition to including any of its traditional territory in a land claims settlement for the Northwest Territory Metis Nation. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

KFN follows the way of the ancestors

The leaders of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) have decided to stick to the important things, instead of being distracted by a controversial sign recently erected by the Northwest Territory Metis Nation. That was the main...

Chipsealing Highway 5 through September

Chipsealing is rolling through the final 64 kilometre gravel stretch of Highway 5 through Wood Buffalo National Park. In fact, as of Aug. 11, chipseal has already covered much of that stretch of highway. "At this...

EDITORIAL: Women are the champion volunteers

Sometimes it's good to stop and consider something that might just be taken for granted. So this week we are going to do exactly that. We would like to make the following observation and pose the...

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...

Metis Nation, GNWT renew agreement

The Northwest Territory Metis Nation renewed its memorandum of understanding with the GNWT on Dec. 14. The agreement, originally signed in 2012, focuses on a government-to-government relationship between the Metis Nation and the GNWT. Metis Nation...

Hay River council rejects changes at landfill

Town council has rejected a recommendation from municipal administration for changes to the operation of the landfill site. The recommendation was to tender the solid waste collection services for 15 years and to prepare a...

Aiming to grow archery in Hay River

A two-day archery clinic was held late last week in Hay River with the goal of growing the traditional sport in the community. "Essentially, we're trying to revitalize archery across the NWT in as many...

No medals, but Team NWT building experience for Skills Canada nationals in Vancouver next...

Of the 21 Team NWT participants at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax this week, many went up against the best in the country for the first time. "This year we were a large number of...

EDITORIAL: Happy birthday, Hay River

Looks like our great idea from last year didn't catch on. Perhaps there are some Hub readers with exceptional memories who might recall that last summer we suggested Hay River should have a new observance. That...

Emergency exercise planned for Hay River airport

A chance to test the readiness for an emergency at Hay River Merlyn Carter Airport will take place on Sept. 13. The exercise is a regulatory requirement that has to take place every four years. "The...
The Riverview Lodge seniors' housing complex on Capital Drive will be rebuilt in the next five years at a new location. NNSL file photo

Riverview Lodge seniors’ complex may be replaced within five years

The territorial government is planning to replace the Riverview Lodge seniors' complex within the next five years, and building at a different site. In the Legislative Assembly on March 5, Alfred Moses, the minister responsible...

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...

Expanded daycare launched on Hay River reserve

An expanded daycare on the Hay River Reserve was launched with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 29. Work on the daycare expansion – officially called the K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) Early Learning...

Hay River company behind on modular home project for GNWT

A Hay River company is having difficulty fulfilling a contract for modular homes with the GNWT. The issue came up in the territorial legislature on Oct. 19 with questions to Caroline Cochrane, the minister responsible...
The presidents of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation and its community councils gathered on Nov. 22 to officially introduce a new sign at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 2 welcoming travellers to their traditional territory. The leaders are, left to right, Arthur Beck of the Fort Resolution Metis Council, Garry Bailey of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, Ken Hudson of the Fort Smith Metis Council and Trevor Beck of the Hay River Metis Government Council. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New welcome sign in Hay River sparks disagreement

A new welcome sign has been erected in Hay River, but it has resulted in anything but warm feelings among those on opposite sides of the political message it is sending. In fact, it has...

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,"...
Heather Coakwell Returning officer for the municipal elections on Oct. 15, 2018. Paul Bickford Northern News Services Ltd.

Everything you need to know to run in municipal election

Heather Coakwell is ready to offer information to would-be candidates for town council or the Hay River District Education Authority (DEA). Coakwell is the returning officer for the Oct. 15 elections for both organizations. Nominations opened...

AROUND THE SOUTH SLAVE: Circus camp planned in Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith A circus camp for children will be offered in Fort Smith early next month. The Flyin' Bob Circus Camp will take place from July 3 to July 6. There will be two age groups –...

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...

AWG organizers not worried about tight timeline for rec centre rebuild

The host society for the upcoming Arctic Winter Games (AWG) is not worried that Hay River's new Rec Centre won't be opening until mid-February – just a month before the start of the international...

Rotary event to celebrate beer

The Rotary Club has had success with its annual Wine Festival, and is now trying to duplicate that success with beer. It has an Oktoberfest planned for Nov. 4. "I think it's been an idea that's...
The Canada jay was among the 13 species of birds spotted in the Hay River area during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15. Photo courtesy of Gary Vizniowski

Thirteen species spotted in Christmas Bird Count in Hay River area

Thirteen species of birds were spotted in the Hay River area during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15. While that is a lower number of species than a year ago, Gary Vizniowski, the...