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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...
Signs were erected on land on the west side of Studney Drive, near the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre, for the announcement in January of funding for a new fish plant in Hay River. NNSL file photo

More questions to answer about planned fish plant in Hay River

Not surprisingly, a lot of the discussion at the May 9 annual general meeting of the NWT Fishermen's Federation (NWTFF) focused on plans for a new fish plant in Hay River. And even though a...
Decades from now, this scene from 2016 - the demolition of the old Rec Centre - may repeat itself in Hay River, and town council is planning ahead to pay for replacing the still-new Rec Centre. NNSL file photo

Fee for the future in Hay River

A special rider charged by the Town of Hay River on recreation fees appears to not be going anywhere anytime soon. At its April 29 meeting, town council passed first and second reading of a...
Yellowknife lawyer Larry Innes represented K'atlodeeche First Nation before the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Economic Development and the Environment when it held an April 25 public meeting on the Hay River Reserve to gather feedback on three proposed bills. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Mixed reviews as MLAs come calling for public meetings on proposed acts in Hay...

A group of MLAs heard mixed reviews on three proposed bills when it recently visited for public meetings in Hay River and on the Hay River Reserve. The Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Economic Development...

A day to honour our mothers

We'll take a break this week from commenting on our usual issues – most likely municipal or territorial politics – and focus on one of the really important things in the world. With the approach...
Keira Coakwell, left, of the Stittsville Hay River girls' team chases the ball during the Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. The team finished second in its division. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Stittsville Hay River claims silver at Junior Super Soccer

A team of Grade 6 and Grade 7 girls from Hay River claimed a silver medal at the recent Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife. But because the schools in the South Slave were on...
The new executive and board of directors of the Hay River Museum Society includes, front, left to right, vice-chair Bonnie Crowther, chair Tom Lakusta and secretary Sheila Cook; and board members, back row, left to right, Mattie McNeill, Randy West-Pratt, Judy West-Pratt and Peter Osted. Missing from the photo are treasurer Linda Carter and board member Vicky Latour. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River Museum Society chooses leadership for coming year

The Hay River Museum Society has chosen its new leadership group for the coming year. Tom Lakusta is back as chair for his second year. "It's wonderful," Lakusta said of serving as chair of the society,...
Members of the Hay River Canadian Ranger Patrol,– including Master Corporal Kevin Lafferty, left, and Corporal Kayla Hoff, right, – have received the new C-19 Ranger Rifle to replace the Lee-Enfield Mark 4 Rifle, which Canadian Rangers have used since 1947. In the background is Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Halfkenny of Yellowknife, the commanding officer of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River Canadian Rangers finally get new rifles

The Hay River Canadian Ranger Patrol has received its long-awaited new rifles. The C-19 Ranger Rifles were presented during training and shooting practice from May 2-6. The new rifles will replace the .303-calibre Lee-Enfield Mark 4...
Nancy Makepeace, left, and Bonnie Crowther kicked of Women of Wheels in Hay River with a bike ride on May 1. Women on Wheels is set for each Wednesday of May. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Women on Wheels starts to roll in Hay River

A new biking group called Women on Wheels started a roll with just two riders on May 1. However, the low number of participants did not bother organizer Nancy Makepeace, who attributed the turnout to...
The Hay River Medical Clinic is coping with a shortage of physicians. NNSL file photo

Hay River clinic hours should be back to normal by May 13

It appears things will be back to normal at the Hay River Medical Clinic by May 13. Since April 23, the clinic has been experiencing reduced hours because of a shortage of physicians. "It looks like...
The Town of Hay River is applying to the GNWT for help to pay for fighting the recent landfill fire under its Disaster Assistance Policy. NNSL file photo

Cabinet will decide on Hay River’s application for help to pay for dump fire

A GNWT official is not saying one way or the other whether it is likely that the Town of Hay River will receive help to pay for fighting the recent landfill fire under the...
Large sections of both ice and open water could be seen in the Hay River in front of Chamber Park on April 18, just a few days before the ice cleared out of the river for spring break-up. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River breaks up early, maybe earlier than ever

The spring break-up of the Hay River happened on April 21, possibly the earliest ever. At least it was the earliest every seen by Ross Potter, the director of protective services with the Town of...
This is the logo for Team North, which is actually two teams - male and female - that will represent the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut at the upcoming National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. Image courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT

Five Hay River players looking forward to National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

Hay River will be well represented at the upcoming National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), which are set for May 6-14 in Whitehorse. Five young people from the community will be playing with Team North, which...

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...
Hay River's April Glaicar explores the hills above Ulukhaktok on Victoria Island in July 2017 during phase one of her art project called 'Our True North', which features Ulukhaktok and Sachs Harbour. The results of that project - photos and glass art - will be presented to residents of Hay River on May 6. Photo courtesy of April Glaicar

Hay River artist looks to the North

A Hay River artist has been working for two years on a project to give Canadians a look at Northern life that most may never have seen before. The project by April Glaicar is called...
The Medical Clinic in the Hay River Regional Health Centre is coping with a temporary shortage of physicians. NNSL file photo

Lack of part-time docs forces clinic to reduce hours

The reduced hours at the Hay River Medical Clinic, which began on April 23 and will run to May 17, have been caused by two locums physicians who could not make their planned trips...

Hay River dump fire confirmed the obvious

There are really no lessons the Town of Hay River can learn from last month's fire at the landfill site. That's because all the lessons – i.e. problems – have been well known for many...
Mark Lundbek, the manager of CKHR, has been remotely overseeing the community radio station from Super A grocery store. The station - located in the Mackenzie Place highrise building - has been largely inaccessible since a March 15 fire damaged the building. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

CKHR stays on air despite office being in fire-damaged highrise

Despite being located in the Mackenzie Place highrise, community radio station CKHR was only off air for short periods on the day of and the day after a fire on March 15. "For the entire...
Hay River's Jesse Mackie, right, is an amateur boxer now living in Grande Prairie, Alta. In March, he won his only bout at the Alberta Provincial Boxing Championships in Leduc. His opponent was Jerico Aringo of Slave Lake. Photo by Dean Rumpel

Hay River boxer Jesse Mackie trains in Alberta

A young man from Hay River is currently fighting to make a name for himself in the sport of boxing. Jesse Mackie, who lives in Grande Prairie, Alta., already has four amateur fights under his...
The new Auction for Education on May 4 will be replacing the Hay River Playschool annual auction, which was last held in May of 2017. At that auction, Norma Shaw helped display many of the items up for bids. The Hay River Playschool has since closed. NNSL file photo

Auction for Education set to go on May 4 in Hay River

For almost a quarter of a century, the Hay River Playschool Auction was very popular in the community and raised tens of thousands of dollars each year. However, that fundraising event was last held in...
The damage to the Mackenzie Place highrise from a March 15 fire on the 11th floor is apparent from the outside of the building. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Harry Satdeo seeks GNWT loan to repair fire-damaged highrise

Harry Satdeo – owner of the fire-damaged Mackenzie Place highrise – is still not sure how he will pay to repair the building. "I'm hoping to win the lottery," he said in an April 18...

What Hay River really needs is a brand

On April 8, town council passed a motion to spend $100,000 – that would be $20,000 from the town and a hoped-for $80,000 from Ottawa – on developing a tourism marketing strategy. Our initial reaction...

Party time for Growing Together

Growing Together hosted an Easter party on April 12 at the Rec Centre. The gathering – appropriately called Hoppy Easter Party – was for children aged one to five years, along with their parents or...
The cost of the landfill fire - which was first spotted on March 3 and burned until March 28 - continues to rise for the Town of Hay River. NNSL file photo

Cost of dump fire continues to climb in Hay River

The cost of the now-extinguished fire at the landfill site continues to rise for the Town of Hay River. At the April 8 meeting of council, Judy Goucher, the town's senior administrative officer, reported that...
The Town of Hay River is hoping to begin a one-year project to develop and implement a tourism marketing strategy. The town has allocated money to the project and is seeking other funding from the federal government. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River council backs $100,000 project for tourism marketing strategy

The Town of Hay River is hoping to develop and implement a tourism marketing strategy this year. Council passed a motion on April 8 to approve a one-year, $100,000 project to create the strategy and...
Sandy Little, left, a volunteer from Yellowknife, helps Jeff Ashby with swimming during a Special Olympics NWT 'Try-It Day' in Hay River on Dec. 8. Photo courtesy of Special Olympics NWT

Special Olympics seeks volunteers in Hay River

Special Olympics NWT is seeking volunteers to start programming in Hay River for the first time. This follows a successful Try-It Day on Dec. 8, when four local athletes showed up. "It was fantastic. We were...
A sure sign the spring break-up of the Hay River is not that far away is that Alexandra Falls - as seen on April 12 - is quickly becoming falling water instead of ice. Alexandra Falls is located about six km south of Enterprise. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River break-up on the way

The annual watch of the Hay River has begun in advance of spring break-up, which this year might be earlier than usual. Ross Potter, the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River,...
Mark Lundbek, the organizer of a GoFundMe initiative for Mackenzie Place residents displaced by a March 15 fire, is disappointed by the community's response to the fundraising effort. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Organizer disappointed with response to GoFundMe to help people displaced by fire

Mark Lundbek, the creator of a GoFundMe page on the Internet to raise money for people displaced by the Mackenzie Place highrise fire, is disappointed by the response from the community. Lundbek said some people...
In April of last year, Gavin Broadhead, a former resident of Hay River, won the Alberta regional final in RBC Training Ground, a sports talent identification program. Since then, he has begun training in his new sport of speed skating. Photo courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee / Photo by Kevin Light

Hay River’s Gavin Broadhead to begin full-time speed skating training in Calgary

Gavin Broadhead, a former resident of Hay River and one-time Junior A hockey player, is focusing on a new sport to see where it will take him. "I'm moving to Calgary in June to start...

Climate change is not coming… it’s here

The latest news about climate change in Canada should have been a bombshell that shook the country to its core. A report last week revealed the climate in Canada is warming about twice as fast...