Caleb Swan, left, and Jack Pettipas of Princess Alexandra School joined forces to play in the Scott McAdam Badminton Tournament in Hay River on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Badminton tournament gets bigger in Hay River

The Scott McAdam Badminton Tournament – an annual event in Hay River – saw a big increase in the number of participants when it was held on Dec. 7 & 8. That's because a new...
Jeff Ashby participated in a 'Try-It Day' event presented in Hay River on Dec. 8 by NWT Special Olympics. The demonstrations included rhythmic gymnastics and swimming. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Special Olympics looking at Hay River

Special Olympics NWT has tested the waters in Hay River with an eye to possibly offering some programming in the community. That was the objective of a 'Try-It Day' on Dec. 8, although nothing is...
Jacqueline Boyce, the executive assistant with the Hay River Chamber of Commerce, displays some of the prizes in the organization's new Christmas contest called Santa's Sleigh of Surprises. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Santa’s Sleigh of Surprises coming to Hay River

The Hay River Chamber of Commerce has launched a new contest, which will be awarding a big prize – or more accurately an impressive collection of prizes – to one lucky shopper just before...
The top NWT apprentices in Hay River for the past academic year were recognized at a Nov. 8 ceremony hosted by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. The award-winning apprentices included, left to right, Cory John Tybring, Christopher Michael Shaw and Zackary Wyatt Bonnetrouge. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Top NWT apprentices honoured in Hay River

The top NWT apprentices in Hay River have been recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE). On Nov. 8, the five apprentices were honoured with NWT Apprenticeship Awards for the 2017-2018 academic...
Kandis Jameson, right, was sworn in Nov. 6 as the new mayor of the Town of Hay River. Conducting the ceremony was Sgt. Brandon Humbke of the RCMP. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New Hay River mayor and council sworn in

The new leadership of the Town of Hay River was officially sworn in on Nov. 6 and Kandis Jameson, the new mayor, is optimistic about the upcoming term of council. "I'm super excited about what's...
Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy, front, along with Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli, join a drum dance Nov. 7 on the Hay River Reserve at the close of a two-day Anti-Poverty Roundtable. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Anti-poverty on the table in Hay River

The sixth-annual Anti-Poverty Roundtable was hosted last week by the GNWT in Hay River and on the Hay River Reserve. The event, held on Nov. 6 and 7, brought together GNWT officials, non-governmental organizations, MLAs,...
Brian Willows, centre, has released a second children's book called 'Winter's Angels'. To celebrate, he donated five copies to Chris Aitken, left, for Critical Literacy, and another five copies to Christine Gyapay for NWT Centennial Library. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River’s Brian Willows releases second children’s book

A Hay River writer has just released his second illustrated children's book. Brian Willows has written Winter's Angels as a follow-up to his book called Aurora Borealis Christmas in 2015. Willows said people encouraged him to...
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,...
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...
Christine Gyapay is the head librarian at NWT Centennial Library in Hay River. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Library seeks increased financial support from Town of Hay River

The Hay River Library Committee is looking for more financial support from the Town of Hay River. Anne Boden, the chairperson of the committee, appeared before council on Nov. 26 to request an increase in...
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...
Linda Duford's dream came true last month when she opened The Purple Pick Studio, where the well-known musician will teach young and old how to play several instruments. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Cooking up some music in Hay River

You could say that Linda Duford is now in her element – surrounded by musical instruments and teaching young and old how to play them. Duford – best known in Hay River as a fiddler...
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...

City could hit debt limit with water intake replacement, new pool

The city will be precariously close to its debt limit if it bears the full cost of a replacement water intake pipe from the Yellowknife River and a new aquatic centre, city council was...

Woman pleads guilty to trafficking cocaine in Hay River

A 25-year-old woman arrested in 2017 after Mounties infiltrated a Hay River slo-pitch tournament has pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine. Starr Martel appeared before NWT Supreme Court Justice Andrew Mahar in a Yellowknife courtroom Tuesday....
Alec Sunrise, left, a former chief of K'athlodeeche First Nation (KFN), chats with Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia. Louie was the keynote speaker at the KFN Mining Symposium held in Hay River on Nov. 14 & 15. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Making the case in favour of money

Hay River heard a decidedly pro-business message last week from a well-known Aboriginal leader from British Columbia. Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band – which he has led for over 30 years to...
Superior Sound - a family business in Hay River - was founded 40 years ago this month. Brian Kovatch, right, was one of the founders, while his son Craig Kovatch now manages the store. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River’s Superior Sound hits 40 years

Superior Sound – an electronics store in Hay River – is celebrating 40 years in business. And in those four decades, the family-owned business has undergone many changes and seen continuous advances in the electronics field. Brian...
A Hay River Snowmobile Club is in the process of being created. Among the founders are, left to right, David Scheller, Darryl Buhler and Tyler Townend. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Snowmobilers unite in Hay River

A club for snowmobilers is being created in Hay River. According to its founders, the club will have a number of goals – safe and enjoyable snowmobiling, and the related goal of maintaining trails. "We kind...
Dayna King, left, and Nikki Ashton - the co-owners of La Dee Dah Boutique in Hay River - are about to expand the business with a store in Yellowknife. The sisters are aiming to open the Yellowknife store on Nov. 23. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River offers something different for Yellowknife

La Dee Dah Boutique is about to grow beyond Hay River. This month, the co-owners – sisters Dayna King and Nikki Ashton – will be opening a second La Dee Dah Boutique in Yellowknife. "We've had...
A Hay River Community Choir has been reorganized for two performances this Christmastime after an absence of about 25 years. The choir will be directed by Lynne Ashton, centre, and will include singers Barry Ashton, left, and Marj Whiting. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

A Christmas gift of song in Hay River

It's been about 25 years since the united voices of a community choir have sung out in Hay River. But that is going to change this Christmastime. A community choir has been organized – and has...
Jeff Hussey, president and CEO of Osisko Metals, holds a piece of rock from the company's Pine Point exploration property at the K'atlodeeche First Nation Mining Symposium, held on Nov. 14 & 15 in Hay River. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River minds turn to mining

While a mining conference was held last week in Hay River, everyone's thoughts were squarely on a site about 70 km to the east. That would be Pine Point, where Osisko Metals is exploring the...
April Martel, left, is sworn in Nov. 7 as the new chief of K'atlodeeche First Nation by outgoing Chief Roy Fabian. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

KFN elects first female chief

K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) has elected its first female chief. April Martel, 38, was chosen to lead the band on Nov. 6 from a field of seven candidates. "That means a lot to not only me...
The Grades 6/7 Girls volleyball team (PA White) from Princess Alexandra School won a bronze medal at the Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith. The team consisted of, front, Zoe Cross; and back, left to right, Jill McMeekin, Teagan Lefebvre, Ava Pokiak, Laney McPhee, Alanna Klause, Marie Buggins, Esha O'Brien and Tara Boudreau. Photo courtesy of Paulette West.

Volleyball teams from Hay River schools claim six medals in Fort Smith

Teams from Hay River made an impact at the annual Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith. Six teams from Hay River won medals at the school tournament, held from Oct. 18-21. Heather Coakwell was...

Shattering glass a problem at Hay River arena

The Town of Hay River is considering a change at the new arena because of a problem with glass around the ice surface shattering. "I think we've had three pieces of glass around the arena...

NEWS BRIEFS: $129,600 in cannabis sales in first four days

In the first four days of legal cannabis, sales in the NWT totalled approximately $129,600. When cannabis was legalized across Canada on Oct. 17, it became available through five NWT liquor stores (Yellowknife, Hay River,...
At the time of this photo from 2010, Mike Labine was one of three co-ordinators of Santa Sleigh, a Christmastime tradition in Fort Smith. NNSL file photo.

NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Organizer of Fort Smith’s Santa Sleigh seeks replacement

Thebacha/Fort Smith Mike Labine, the organizer of the Santa Sleigh in Fort Smith, is looking for someone to replace him. In an Oct. 27 posting on Facebook, Labine stated that, after several years of running the...

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...

LOOKING BACK: Matrimony and minimum wage

40 years ago Territorial Council gave the third reading to amendments to the Marriage and Labor Standards ordinances during the opening days of the 66th session. The former ensured the validity of marriage ceremonies in cases...
A sign on Highway 5 just outside Hay River indicates the 90 km/h speed limit all the way to Fort Smith. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Hay River council doesn’t support idea of raising speed limit on Highway 5

Hay River Town Council has rejected joining in a call to raise the speed limit on Highway 5. Ken Hudson, president of the Fort Smith Metis Council, wants to see the speed limit go from...
K'atlodeeche First Nation will be electing a new chief on Nov. 6. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Seven candidates for KFN chief state their cases

The seven hopefuls to be the next chief of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) gathered for a candidates' forum on Oct. 23. And about 60 members of the First Nation came to the forum to hear...
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