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Filling vacant council seat a democratic conundrum

Earlier this year, Hay River's council dropped from eight members to seven. As it stands, council is divided on how to deal with the vacant seat, with three in favour of filling it, three...

Hay River athletes heading to Western Canada Summer Games

Hay River will make up a third of the track and field team as the NWT gets set to compete in the Western Canada Summer Games next month. A total of 24 athletes from around...
Zack Horton scored 100 per cent on his final exams in math this year, earning him the honour of being the top student in the territory in that subject. Cody Punter/NNSL photo

Hay River math whiz tops in the territory

A Grade 12 Hay River student scored 100 per cent on his final exams in math this year, earning him the honour of being the top student in the territory in his subject. “On the...
Candidates for council at an Oct. 10 all-candidates' forum – at which the legalization of cannabis was a prominent topic. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Hay River council mulls what to do with vacant seat

Council is currently considering what it should do with the council seat which has been vacant since earlier this year. The issue was raised at the end of the last council meeting on July 9....

SPORTS TALK: Thinking caps on, kids … time to save Team North

Alright, so the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT is no longer looking after the bill for Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. In all honesty, I don't blame them for going...
Northwestel customers in Yellowknife and surrounding areas had a 'major' disruption in services on May 8. NNSL file photo

Northwestel to bring high-speed Internet to Hay River

Hay River could soon have some of the best Internet service across Canada's three territories. Northwestel, one of the largest Internet providers in the North, is in the process of replacing ageing infrastructure with...

Hay River artists give feedback on new arts strategy

Artists from all walks of life had the chance to weigh in on the GNWT’s new arts strategy during a meeting in Hay River over the weekend. For the past month, the department of Industry,...

Clear Prairie wins Keith Broadhead Memorial Softball Tournament

Clear Prairie ended up taking home the Keith Broadhead Memorial tournament with a 14-3 win against the Hay River Pirates over the weekend. The final was a rematch of the semi-final between the two teams,...

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson to seek second term

R.J. Simpson has announced his intention to seek re-election as an MLA in the territorial vote this fall. The rookie MLA for Hay River North confirmed his plans to run again in an interview with...

Hay Days through the eyes of a visitor

Before last weekend, it had been at least five years since I'd been to Hay River. It was the fall of 2014 when I came down to do some work for News/North and I...

History is in the eye of the beholder

The coming demise of The Zoo got us to thinking about historic buildings. The Zoo, a complex of buildings from the 1950s, certainly has a long and colourful history, and some people consider it to...

Five students graduate at Ecole Boreale

Five bilingual young people graduated from Ecole Boreale on June 28. And the importance of being able to speak French was stressed by Harrison Tweedie-Pitre, the valedictorian of the graduating class. Tweedie-Pitre noted the graduates may...

Class of 2019 given send-off at Diamond Jenness

A graduating class of 30 students were sent off in style by Diamond Jenness Secondary School on June 27. Numerous speakers praised the graduates' determination in completing high school, and wished them the best as...

Former mayor argues for relocating airport in Hay River

A case was made for relocating the airport in Hay River at a recent public meeting. However, there was little to no enthusiasm for the move from a representative of the GNWT. The June 13 public...

Schumann not ruling out bid for premiership if re-elected

Wally Schumann is not ruling out a bid to become premier should he be re-elected in this fall's territorial election. "As far as the premiership goes, it's something that I've been asked by a number...

Hay River braves weather to celebrate Canada Day

Hay River braved the stormy weather to celebrate Canada Day with a parade through town on July 1. Crowds of people lined the streets with umbrellas in hand or parked in their cars as...

The Zoo complex to be dismantled in Hay River

One of the oldest and arguably most memory-filled buildings in Hay River is about to be removed. The Zoo – actually a complex of attached log buildings constructed in the 1950s – is being taken...

Hay River’s Fiona Huang on track at U of T

When Fiona Huang was in Grade 6, she told her father she wanted to participate in track and field. However, Dragon Huang recalled that he had his doubts about that idea. As he remembers it, his...

Hay Days standing on solid ground in Hay River

Except for the fact that Hay Days did not happen in 2016, this year would have seen the 10th edition of the music, arts and culture festival. Still, nine out of 10 years is not...

Reduced doctor availability coming in Hay River

There will be a reduced number of doctors in the community for a three-week period in July and a two-week period in August. Erin Griffiths, the chief executive officer for the Hay River Health and...

New workshops for children and youth at Hay Days Festival

April Glaicar is pleased with the evolution of the Hay Days Music, Arts & Culture Festival. Glaicar has been the event's co-ordinator since the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise began running it in 2017. "Overall,...

Hay Days Festival in Hay River gets good funding support

During Hay Days and leading up to it, there is a bit of an economic boon in Hay River from the significant amount of money involved in presenting the festival each summer. "The budget right...

Small wildfire erupts in Hay River

A small wildfire was spotted on June 19 on Vale Island, close to West Point First Nation and the West Channel residential area. The battle against the blaze was taken on by the Department of...

A big believer in Hay Days

Dian Papineau-Magill believes in the Hay Days Music, Arts & Culture Festival. You might expect that because Papineau-Magill is president of the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise, which organizes the annual event. But her belief...

Up-and-coming country artist to headline Hay Days Festival

Alberta's Garrett Gregory, an emerging artist on the Canadian country music scene, will headline the Hay Days Festival. Gregory, who is working on his first solo album in Nashville, is excited about the opportunity to...

Campaign rally breaks out at grand opening in Hay River

Everyone knows that politicians want to take credit for government funding that comes to their communities. In the process, if that claim wins a few votes, so much the better. However, perhaps there has never been...

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...

New Hay River eatery to offer Japanese cuisine

Hay River is getting a new restaurant, and this one will offer something completely new to the community. The restaurant – called Yuki – will feature Japanese cuisine. Appropriately, 'Yuki' is the Japanese word for snow,...

Hay River celebrates grand opening of Rec Centre

Fourteen months after the facility opened for business, the Town of Hay River has held a grand opening for the Rec Centre. The grand opening featured a ribbon-cutting, speeches, tours of the facility and live...

Kenny Cayen elected chief of West Point First Nation

Kenny Cayen has been elected the new chief of West Point First Nation. Cayen emerged the winner in a close race among three candidates for chief in a general election on June 11. The new chief...

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