The official opening of Setsi'e Frederick Daycare in the former Hay River Playschool building took place on Oct. 2. Wanda Beaulieu, centre, cut the ribbon to open the daycare named in honour of her late husband Frederick Beaulieu. Trevor Beck, left, president of the Hay River Metis Government Council, holds one end of the ribbon, while Kaylee McKinney, right, the former president of the closed Hay River Playschool, holds the other end. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Former Hay River playschool turns into daycare

Hay River's newest – and only – daycare officially opened on Oct. 2. It is the Setsi'e Frederick Daycare, which has been launched by the Hay River Metis Government Council in the former Hay River...
Don Olds, one of the founders of Hay River's first newspaper The Mackenzie Press in the early 1960s, was in the community last month and donated a collection of copies to the Hay River Heritage Centre on Sept. 23. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Copies of town’s first newspaper donated to Hay River Heritage Centre

After 54 years, Don Olds is back in the news in Hay River. On Sept. 23, Olds – one of the founders of the community's first newspaper The Mackenzie Press – donated a collection of...

Town backs new strategy to get more funding for highway rescue

Town council has agreed on a new strategy to try to get more GNWT funding to pay for operation and maintenance expenses for highway rescue and ground ambulance services outside municipal boundaries. At council's April...

Taltson hydro shutdown set

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced a shutdown of the Taltson hydro power plant. According the power corp., the shutdown is planned to begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 and end at...

Hay River seniors’ society gets eight for board

A new leadership group has been selected for the Hay River Seniors' Society at its annual general meeting on April 7. Eight members were nominated and accepted to sit on the organization's board of directors. The...

LOOKING BACK: Sod turned for Woodland Manor

40 years ago Archdeacon Turq. McCollum greeted members of the Hay River Volunteer Fire Brigade following Thanksgiving services on Sunday morning. A large number of firemen turned out to join in the special service as...

NEWS BRIEFS: Two readings for writers’ festival

Two readings will take place at NWT Centennial Library on May 31 as part of the 13th-annual NorthWords Writers Festival. The readings will be by Raymond Yakeleya, an award-winning Dene television producer, director and writer...

River breakup getting closer

As of April 30, the spring breakup of the Hay River had still not happened, although it was getting closer Fire Chief Ross Potter, who is also the director of protective services with the Town...
The RCMP Musical Ride - seen here in Yellowknife in 2003 - will be visiting Hay River for a performance on Aug. 25. NNSL file photo

RCMP Musical Ride to visit Hay River

The RCMP Musical Ride is to perform in Hay River on Aug. 25. Peter Magill, the tourism and economic development co-ordinator with the Town of Hay River, said the visit is very exciting for the...

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,...

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...

Man pleads guilty to firearm charges

A Yellowknife man arrested last year after a traffic stop near Enterprise yielded restricted guns has pleaded guilty to firearm-related offences in NWT Supreme Court in Yellowknife. Michael Taylor, 28, pleaded guilty on May 28...

Metis applicants must re-submit to be beneficiaries

Metis with ancestral ties to the South Slave must apply or in some cases - re-apply - to become beneficiaries in an ongoing negotiations process. Fort Smith's Jason Lepine, manager of the registries division with...

Housing Corp. cancels contracts with Hay River company after delays

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation has cancelled contracts with a Hay River company to build modular homes for communities around the territory. The move came after Concept Energy Services Ltd. fell far behind on the...

Itsago dog sled races held in Enterprise

The 14th-annual Itsago dog sled races were held earlier this month in Enterprise. And Chaal Cadieux, one of the organizers, said it was an "awesome" event again this year. "We always have a lot of fun,"...

NEWS BRIEFS: Clinic appointment changes delayed

Changes have been delayed to the walk-in appointment system at the Hay River Medical Clinic. "We continue to work with our partners to ensure all technological and staffing requirements are in place," reads a March...

Random draw determines final Hay River town councillor

It took a recount – and a random draw – for the makeup of Hay River's new town council to be finalized. When all was said and down, Joe Melanson claimed the final seat on...

News briefs: Jungkind returned as deputy mayor, legislative assembly to reconvene

Donna Lee Jungkind was re-elected as deputy mayor on Jan. 30. Jungkind and Coun. Vince McKay both put their names forward to serve as deputy mayor. A vote by all six councillors resulted in a tie. The...
On Nov. 22 of last year, Garry Bailey, the president of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, stands in front of a welcome sign the organization erected at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 2. NNSL file photo

KFN raises safety objections to Metis Nation welcome sign

A welcome sign erected late last year by the Northwest Territory Metis Nation is being called a safety hazard. In a Jan. 29 news release, K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) outlined its concerns about the sign,...

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...

Ladies Night at museum

The Hay River Museum Society will be hosting its annual Ladies Night on Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. This will be the third Ladies Night, at which many women wear big hats, furs and...

More gold for Hay River girls at WickFest

Three girls from Hay River recently helped a team from Yellowknife capture gold at a prestigious hockey tournament in Calgary. The young players – Jenna Demarcke and sisters Chandelle Leonard and Layne Leonard – are...
Ben Ferreira, an Edmonton-based figure skater who once represented Canada at the world championships, uses video replay to coach young skaters like Daphnee Babiuk at a skating clinic on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Catching up on ice in Hay River

The Hay River Figure Skating Club has helped its young members catch up a bit with a training session from a former world-class skater after being out of the arena for two years. Of course,...

NWT Fishermen’s Federation to meet

The annual fall meeting of the NWT Fishermen's Federation will take place on Nov. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Hay River Metis Government Council. Topics to be discussed include bylaw changes for the...

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...

EDITORIAL: Let’s get up to highway speed

We should start by saying we're not in favour of speeding on any of the NWT's highways. However, it's sometimes difficult to avoid, because at least one highway has an inappropriately low speed limit. Therefore, we...
The Town of Hay River will be leasing new office space in the Wright Centre. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Hay River to lease more office space

The Town of Hay River has found more office space. It will be leasing 1,589 square feet at the Wright Centre in space once occupied by Norland Insurance Agencies and most recently by the organizers...
As he always does, nine-year-old Brody Humbke was wearing a helmet and facemask on Dec. 1, the date when new safety standards came into effect for ice users at the Rec Centre. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New rules aim to keep people safer on ice in Hay River

New safety rules took effect on Dec. 1 for people using the arena ice surface and outdoor rinks operated by the Town of Hay River. Glenn Smith, acting director of recreation, said the new rules...

Diamond Jenness boys bring home Senior Super Soccer banner

Teams from Diamond Jenness Secondary School made their presence known at the recent Senior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. DJ's Under-19 boys' team won the A division, while two other teams from the school made...

Hay River makes additions to Team NT

Twenty young athletes from Hay River have qualified to represent the NWT in the upcoming 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. Sport North announced the complete list of team members late last week, following territorial...
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