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Thanks to the firefighters of Hay River

We have to say ‘Thanks’ this week to the firefighters of Hay River. It would be negligent if we were to write about anything else. This month, our firefighters have shown their value to the community many times over. Not that anybody needs to be reminded of what has happened in March from a firefighting...
Hay River is still dealing with the aftermath of a March 15 fire on the 11th floor of the Mackenzie Place apartment building. No residents are currently living in the structure and it is uncertain when they may return. NNSL file photo

Owner plans to reopen fire-damaged highrise in Hay River

The owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – damaged by a fire on March 15 and now empty of tenants as a result – says he plans to repair and reopen the building. “We’re starting to repair it already,” said Harry Satdeo in a March 23 telephone interview with The Hay River Hub from his...
On March 24, Kathleen Groenewegen, the president of the Hay River Ski Club, stands in front of bare ground that would normally be completely covered by snow at this time of year. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Ptub Ski Races cancelled in Hay River

For the first time ever in its 35-year history, the Ptub Ski Races are not going ahead because of warm weather. “We are cancelling the Ptubs this year,” said Kathleen Groenewegen, the president of the Hay River Ski Club, speaking on March 22. “We don’t have enough snow and the little bits that are left...
Nicole Redvers, a former resident of Hay River, has written a book on bridging Indigenous medicine systems and modern scientific principles. Photo courtesy of Nicole Redvers

Former Hay River resident releases first book

A former resident of Hay River has just released her first book, and she will be returning to her hometown next month for the official launch. Dr. Nicole Redvers, a naturopathic doctor in Yellowknife, has written ‘The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles’. “The main goal of the...
The new board of directors and executive of the Hay River Chamber of Commerce include, front row, left to right, director Eileen Teng Gross, director Jennifer Grandguillot, president Joe Melanson, holding the declarations of the new board members, and director Anna Crosman, and back row, left to right, first vice-president Terry Rowe, treasurer Steve Anderson, director Joey Jung and director Donna Lee Jungkind. Missing from photo are directors Jane Groenewegen, Leah McFarlane and Jerine George. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River Chamber of Commerce selects executive and board of directors

The Hay River Chamber of Commerce has selected a new executive and board of directors. And this year’s executive is much the same as last year. Joe Melanson remains as president. Terry Rowe is also back as first vice-president, and Steve Anderson stays on as treasurer. Returning as directors are Joey Jung, Jane Groenewegen, Eileen...
By March 18 - when the temperature hit 13 degrees - the ice on the Hay River in front of Fisherman's Wharf was obviously in no condition for pond hockey. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Polar Pond Hockey nixed in Hay River

Polar Pond Hockey will not be going ahead this year. The annual and popular event – which had been set for March 22 to March 24 – has been nixed by unseasonably warm weather that made the ice on the Hay River basically puddles of water. Polar Pond Hockey organizers made the cancellation decision at...
Almost no smoke could be seen on March 22 from the fire at the Hay River landfill site. However, efforts continued to completely put out the fire that was first noticed on March 3. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Dump fire almost out in Hay River

The battle appears to be almost won to put out a fire at the Hay River landfill site. “We’re hoping we’re seeing the end of the tunnel here,” said Deputy-Mayor Robert Bouchard, the spokesperson on the fire for the Town of Hay River, on March 22. “We’re starting to put out some of the spot...
Brian Proctor is an Edmonton-based meteorologist with the Meteorological Service of Canada, a division of Environment and Climate Change Canada. Photo courtesy of Brian Proctor

Temperature records broken in Hay River

Four new records for maximum high daily temperatures were set last week in Hay River. More than that, some of the old records were smashed as a warm mass of air engulfed much of Western Canada. “The warm air really spread northwards from the Pacific coast of Washington and Oregon up through British Columbia, Alberta...
Dwayne Buhler opened a Chester's outlet in Hay River on March 18, and the chicken-to-go small business has been unable to keep up with the overwhelming demand for its food. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Crazy for chicken in Hay River

Apparently, Hay River residents love chicken, even more than anyone could have predicted. Dwayne Buhler is finding that out as the owner/manager of a Chester’s franchise, which opened on March 18. Since that date, Buhler has not been able to keep up with customers lining up outside his takeout in the Caribou Centre. “I can...

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...

Organizers cancel Hay River’s Polar Pond Hockey tournament

Polar Pond Hockey will not be going ahead this year. The annual and popular event – which had been set for March 22 to 24 – has been nixed by unseasonably warm weather that turned the ice on the Hay River into puddles of water. Polar Pond Hockey organizers made the cancellation decision at a...

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...
Caroline Cochrane, the minister of Education, Culture and Employment, has committed to supporting the Growing Together program for young children and their families in Hay River. NNSL file photo

Minister commits to preserve funding for Growing Together

It appears that Growing Together – a long-running program in Hay River for young children and their parents – has succeeded in convincing the GNWT not to reduce its funding over the next three years. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson put the funding question to Education, Culture and Employment Minister Caroline Cochrane on March...
Earl Ruttle of Hay River competes in the NWT Darts Territorials, held in Hay River from March 8-10. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River hosts territorial darts championships

Hay River will be well-represented at this year’s national darts championships. That follows the championships of the Territorial Darts Association held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Hay River from March 8-10. The territorial championships selected the top eight women and eight men, plus two alternates, to go to the nationals, which are set for...
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 for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, said the now vacant land where the so-called Disneyland housing once stood has been...
The fire at the Hay River landfill site, which began on March 3, was still burning as of March 16. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Dump fire still burning in Hay River

A stubborn fire at the Hay River landfill site was still burning as of this past weekend. The fire was first noticed as smoke from underground on March 3, and flared up on March 9. “We’re making progress,” said Deputy Mayor Robert Bouchard, who is the spokesperson for the Town of Hay River on the...
A fire broke out in an apartment on the 11th floor of Hay River's Mackenzie Place - commonly referred to as the highrise - on the afternoon of March 15. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

125 people displaced by fire at the highrise in Hay River

The 125 residents of the highrise that caught fire in Hay River on Friday will have to wait until March 20, and possibly longer, before they can return to their homes. At a March 16 information meeting for evacuees, assistant fire Marshal Travis Wright told residents that they could not be allowed back into their...
A fire broke out in an apartment on the 11th floor of Hay River's Mackenzie Place - commonly referred to as the highrise - on the afternoon of March 15. Paul Bickford/NNSL photovideo

No serious injuries reported after Hay River highrise fire

An apartment on the 11th floor of the Hay River highrise erupted in flames on the afternoon of March 15. At about 2:30 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing from the north side of the 17-storey building, and eventually flames started to leap out the windows of the apartment, as broken glass fell to the...
Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer with the Town of Hay River, says there will be a significant increase in capital spending this year because funding is available. NNSL file photo

Hay River approves $13-million capital budget

If all goes well – meaning if all funding that has been applied for is received – just over $13 million will be spent on various projects this year by the Town of Hay River. Town council passed its 2019 capital budget on March 4. The total expenditure, if all funding applications are approved, will...
Hannah Duong opened a nail salon in Hay River at the beginning of February, and the new business has become very popular in a short period of time. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New nail salon in Hay River an instant hit

Vietnam is known around the world for having some of the best nail manicurists and artificial nail experts anywhere. And now Hay River has a nail manicurist and artificial nail technician from Vietnam – actually two of them – to call its very own. Hannah Duong opened Hannah’s Nail on Feb. 1, and the salon...

Seeing the light on Daylight Savings Time

It’s Saturday night and, while sane people are out somewhere having a drink or watching a movie or socializing with friends, we’re trying to come up with a topic for an editorial. This time, an editorial idea comes easy, because in less than four hours – at 2 a.m. on March 10 – Daylight Savings...
Roman Bittman, a one-time resident of Hay River who died in 2017, will be honoured with a posthumous award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Bittman, who lived in Hay River from the mid-1950s to 1960, went on to have a noted career in cinema and television. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Bittman

Former Hay River resident honoured for media work

A one-time resident of Hay River is to be posthumously honoured with a prestigious award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Roman Bittman, who lived in Hay River as a teenager from the mid-1950s to 1960 and went to high school in the community, will be awarded the Academy Board of Directors Tribute....
The staff at the Hay River Swimming Pool - including aquatics supervisor Ashley Coombs, left, and senior lifeguard Jesse Vogt - welcomed the reopening of the pool on March 9. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River swimming pool reopens

The town’s swimming pool reopened on March 9, after an extended closure because of a mechanical failure. The pool was closed on Jan. 29 after the main pool pump failed. The pump was then sent to Calgary, rebuilt by the supplier and sent back to Hay River. “The pump arrived on (March 5) and a...
Firefighters, excavators and water trucks battle a fire at the landfill in Hay River on the morning of March 11. The fire, which had been smouldering for almost a week, flared up on March 9. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River declares state of emergency over dump fire

An emergency has been declared in Hay River after a smouldering fire at the dump flared up on March 9. The Town of Hay River declared the local state of emergency at 3 p.m. on March 10. The Hay River Fire Department had been managing a subsurface fire at the landfill since March 3, before...
Devyn Bartlett has bowled the best game ever at Lizard's Lanes. On Feb. 22, he bowled 425, which topped the previous record of 409. A perfect game in five-pin bowling is 450. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Bartlett bowls almost perfectly

Devyn Bartlett has bowled the best game ever at the lanes in Hay River. On Feb. 22, he rolled 425, which is the highest score for five-pin bowling recorded at Lizard’s Lounge & Lanes since it opened in the mid-1980s. A perfect game would be 450, meaning 12 strikes in a row. “I got 10...
Dawn Loutit underwent double lung transplant surgery in Edmonton on Feb. 21. Photo courtesy of Dawn Loutit

Hay River woman has double lung transplant

  A Hay River woman has undergone transplant surgery for two lungs. Dawn Loutit had the surgery in Edmonton, beginning at about midnight on Feb. 21. Loutit, who is in her mid-50s, required a double lung transplant because she has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease since the mid-1990s. In a tearful post on...

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...
Former MLA and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Delorey, centre, was honoured as Hay River's Citizen of the Year on March 2. The award was presented by Glenn Smith, left, the assistant senior administrative officer with the Town of Hay River, and Coun. Steve Anderson. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Paul Delorey named Citizen of Year

  Paul Delorey has been named Hay River’s Citizen of the Year. Delorey was honoured for his many contributions to the community, most notably as an MLA and as a curling player, coach, volunteer and fundraiser. “I couldn’t be happier to be a member of this community,” he said as he accepted the award from...
Jacky Kruger is a funeral director in training in Hay River under an apprenticeship program with McKenna Funeral Home of Yellowknife. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Funeral director in training in Hay River

For the past few months, professional funeral services have been available in Hay River, as Jacky Kruger is now a funeral director in training. She is in an apprenticeship program with McKenna Funeral Home of Yellowknife and taking online courses from Mount Royal University in Calgary. “I just wanted to make it professional, because people...
Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized an activity leading up to International Women's Day on March 8. NNSL file photo

Selfies for equality in Hay River

On this International Women’s Day, March 8, residents of Hay River will be able to make statements in favour of gender equality. Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized an activity under the international Balance for Better initiative. “I’m going to do a selfie campaign,” she said. “The #BalanceforBetter...