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Hay River woman elected national youth rep with Native Women’s Association of Canada

A young woman from Hay River has been elected the national representative for youth on the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Jaylene Delorme-Buggins was elected to the position at the organization’s annual general assembly in Edmonton on July 15. “I am the first person in the North to be the national youth rep,” she noted....

Licence for new Chase the Ace expected to be issued this week

A licence for a new Chase the Ace is expected to be issued this week by the Town of Hay River. That’s according to Judy Goucher, the town’s senior administrative officer (SAO). Speaking late last week, Goucher explained the town has had two licence applications on file since last year. She said the town was...

Fibre workshops beginning at NFTI

The first in a series of fibre workshops using local sheep’s wool is set for Aug. 25 at the Northern Farm Training Institute. The initial workshop is about washing and preparing raw wool. Throughout the fall and winter, other workshops will focus on carding, spinning, dying and craft making.

Wild Berry Festival at Heritage Centre

The third-annual Wild Berry Festival will take place Aug. 27 at the Hay River Heritage Centre. The event is presented by the Hay River Museum Society, and features pies, jams, music and more.

Board recommends $100,000 compensation to Carter family

The owners of a fishing lodge on Nonacho Lake – the Carter family of Hay River – has once again not gotten the result they were hoping for from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board. On Aug. 10, the board recommended the family be compensated for environmental impacts on its lodge by the Taltson...

Town looking at year-round Visitor Information Centre

The town has a new vision for the Visitor Information Centre. “We’re hoping to have this open all year round,” said Jim Darby, the director of recreation and community services with the Town of Hay River, while being interviewed at the Visitor Information Centre, also known as the VIC. Right now, it’s an idea, which...

Report positive on accepting evacuees

Town council was updated on Aug. 15 about a week-long study by the Canadian Armed Forces in July on whether the town could support 420 persons for 72 hours in the event of an evacuation from a neighbouring town. “The final report was very positive and we only showed a few weaknesses,” noted Ross Potter,...

Learning the beautiful game

British Soccer was back in Hay River for the sixth year last week. It meant another week of instruction for young players. The instruction was provided by representatives of U.S.-based Challenger Sports, the number one youth soccer coaching program in North America. It was brought to town from Aug. 14 to 18 by the recreation...

Propane leak suspected in Hay River house fire

A residence in Old Town was seriously damaged by fire on the evening of Aug. 16 in a blaze that is believed to have been caused by a propane leak. Fire Chief Ross Potter said the house – a building onto which numerous additions were made over the years – is a “complete loss.” After...

Kayaker has greatest experience of his life on the Mackenzie River

A Chicago man who paddled away from Hay River on June 15 has successfully completed an “amazing” solo journey of the Mackenzie River. “I would say this trip was the greatest experience in my life. It really was,” said David Yanowski. “It couldn’t have been more perfect.” Yanowski contacted The Hub last week to update...

Biggest Fiddling & Jigging Championship North of 60 cancelled for year due to funding...

The Biggest Fiddling & Jigging Championship North of 60 – a very popular annual event in Hay River – has been cancelled for this year by the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. Shari Caudron, executive director at Soaring Eagle, explained the cancellation is largely due to funding issues. “This year because we’ve taken on some other...

Pool’s annual shutdown will be first in three years

Jim Darby says the town’s swimming pool is in need of a shutdown for maintenance. In fact, Darby, the director of recreation and community services with the Town of Hay River, said such a shutdown – what should be an annual event – has not happened for about three years. “There’s been a bit of...

Charges laid under Safety Act over accident at Rec Centre demolition

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) has filed six charges in Territorial Court in relation to a July 26, 2016, incident in which a worker was injured during demolition of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. The charges were filed on July 25 under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act, and announced in an Aug. 11...

Literacy Society chooses leadership

The Hay River Literacy Society has agreed on its leadership for the coming year. And the new executive is very much like that of the past 12 months following the group’s annual general meeting on Aug. 10. Marissa Oteiza is returning for her second year as president. Rosie Wallington is also back as vice-president and...

Chipsealing Highway 5 through September

Chipsealing is rolling through the final 64 kilometre gravel stretch of Highway 5 through Wood Buffalo National Park. In fact, as of Aug. 11, chipseal has already covered much of that stretch of highway. “At this point, we hope it will be completed in September, but weather will begin to play a factor in the...

MLA gets update on seniors’ issues

The Hay River North MLA says he’ll heading back to the legislative assembly next month with an eye for keeping seniors in their homes – among a number of other issues he’s heard from senior constituents. “A lot of seniors want to stay in their own homes,” R.J. Simpson said. “Some want to move out...

Editorial: Hot stuff

Over the past couple of weeks, we have all faced the prospect of a second nuclear war on this planet. It’s been fascinating to see U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un trade ever-escalating threats. However, we are not really worried, and have been considering something completely different. As we see...

GNWT changes Vital Statistics Act

The GNWT announced on July 28 that it has introduced two changes to the Vital Statistics Act. NWT residents can now use single traditional names as their legal names, as long as the name is based on their traditional culture. The amendment to the act supports the efforts of NWT Indigenous people to reclaim their traditions and...

Soaring Eagle seeks youth for council

Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre is seeking youth to form a Soaring Eagle Youth Council. Interested youth must be aged from 15 to 29 years. They will be responsible for planning and facilitating fundraisers, activities and workshops to bring together youth in Hay River to learn, have fun and be in a safe place. Young people...

Trans Canada Trail celebration

A celebration of the Trans Canada Trail will take place in Hay River later this month. The Town of Hay River’s recreation and community services department will be hosting a bike and barbecue at 1 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Trans Canada Trail marker across the Mackenzie Highway from the airport.

Workshop on air monitoring sensors

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and SensorUp will be hosting a one-day workshop on how people can create their own sensors to monitor air quality in their own homes. The workshop is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Aurora College Community Learning Centre. It is part of a...

Coors tourney bigger than ever, hometown team take third place

Another year – this one the 35th – and another successful Coors Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament is in the books. The tournament, held on the Civic Holiday long weekend, attracted 18 teams to Hay River, which according to Chabby Morin was a record number of teams for the event. And Morin should know, since he has...

Police go undercover as ballplayers to launch drug raids during slo-pitch tournament, sources say

A major drug bust in Hay River resulting in the arrests of 11 people, and charges against nine of them last week may be connected to a slo-pitch softball tournament that took place around the same time. Between Aug. 4 and 7, the Hay River RCMP and the force’s ‘G’ Division Federal Investigations Unit conducted...

Playschool to hold its annual auction

The 24th-annual Hay River Playschool Auction and Dance will be held this coming weekend. The popular fundraising event will take place on the evening of May 6, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion. The theme for this year’s dance is the ’80s.

Midwifery program to mark two years

The midwifery program of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority will be marking its two years of existence on May 5, which is also the International Day of the Midwife. The midwifery program will be offering cake and refreshments from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on May 5 in the cafeteria of the Hay River Regional...

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 of Hay River, drove to Indian Cabins, Alta., on April 30 and reported the river was wide open in that...

Sudden death investigated

The RCMP and the NWT Coroner Service are investigating the sudden death of a 26-year-old male in Hay River in the evening hours of April 23. According to an RCMP news release, no foul play is suspected. The NWT Coroner Service ordered a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death. Cathy Menard, the chief...

Who’s less fortunate?

It was just a couple of words uttered in a national sports broadcast over the weekend, but they caught our attention.A Toronto-based sportscaster was introducing a supposedly heart-warming piece about a trip to Nunavut by some athletes – accompanied by the Stanley Cup – in what was obviously a public relations initiative by sponsoring companies....
Stacey Barnes, the executive assistant with the Town of Hay River, stands in front of the large photographs now adorning council chamber. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Council chamber gets makeover

The council chamber of the Town of Hay River has a new look. On April 24, four large photographs were added to the wall behind where councillors sit. Stacey Barnes, the executive assistant with the Town of Hay River, oversaw the changes at the request of council. “They wanted to dress the place up,” she...
Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

$16,450 random act of kindness

The Hay River Hospital Foundation has been the beneficiary of a very impressive random act of kindness. The foundation has received a donation of $16,450 from some employees of the Aurora Group’s Mining Division. A couple of months ago, the workers – 47 of them – each received $350 in the 2017 Random Acts of...