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Colette Langlois is the NWT's first ombud, and she officially started in that role on April 8. Photo courtesy of Colette Langlois / Photo by Tara Marchiori

Colette Langlois begins role as NWT’s first ombud

As of April 8, the NWT officially has an ombud to help people deal with disputes with the territorial government. The NWT's first ombud is Colette Langlois, who will be establishing an office in Hay...
Pickleball, which features elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton, will be introduced to Hay River this spring at the Rec Centre. The game has been growing in popularity elsewhere, especially among older adults. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Pickleball coming to Hay River

A different kind of sport – with definitely a different kind of name – is coming to Hay River. It's called pickleball. That is a combination of tennis, table tennis and badminton, which was invented in...
Kleo Skavinski, front left, and Elli Cunningham, front right, are among 13 students at Diamond Jenness Secondary School participating in this year's Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. The program is being promoted by Yellowknife's Sophie Kirby, back left, the award's program officer for the NWT and Nunavut, and Kim King, the career advisor at Diamond Jenness. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Thirteen students at DJ working towards Duke of Edinburgh International Award

For what is believed to be the first time, an opportunity to earn the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is available at a Hay River school. Thirteen students in Grade 8 to Grade 12...
Rev. Francis Delaplain of St. Andrew's Anglican Church will be overseeing the distribution of money raised to help people displaced by the March 15 fire in the Mackenzie Place apartment building. Delaplain is pictured with boxes of children's clothing donated to the church's Georgina's Place Thrift Store to help the displaced residents of the highrise. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

The minister of finance behind fundraising initiative in Hay River

With its long-running thrift store, St. Andrew's Anglican Church is known in Hay River as a place that helps the needy in the community. And that thrift store was one of the main reasons that...
The Mackenzie Place highrise remains empty of tenants following a fire on the 11th floor on March 15. NNSL file photo

Tenants get another chance to remove belongings from fire-damaged highrise

The NWT fire marshal has approved an access plan to allow displaced residents of the Mackenzie Place highrise to enter the fire-damaged building for a second time to retrieve their belongings. And according to information...
Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann, left, and Pat Williams, the assistant director of marine maintenance with Marine Transportation Services (MTS), inspect work on the tugboat Jock McNiven during a tour of the MTS Shipyard in Hay River on March 22. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Shipyard, not a junkyard

The shipyard in Hay River is a busy – and changing – place these days. Not only is there a lot of work underway, but an ongoing clean-up is improving the look and functionality of...
The fire at the Hay River landfill site, which began on March 3, was still burning as of March 16. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Public health advisory lifted in Hay River

A precautionary public health advisory issued after the Hay River landfill fire has now been lifted. The original advisory was issued for the town of Hay River on March 11 due to concerns that smoke from...
Stephane Millette is the recreation director with the Town Hay River. NNSL file photo

Ice season at Hay River Rec Centre nears end

There are just a few more days to enjoy the ice at the Rec Centre. At a March 25 meeting of town council, Stephane Millette, the recreation director for the town, said the curling ice...
The Radium Franklin is being donated to the Hay River Museum Society by the GNWT's Department of Infrastructure. Standing in front of the vessel at the Marine Transportation Services Shipyard in Hay River on March 22 are, left to right, John Vandenberg, the assistant deputy minister of Infrastructure; Pat Williams, the assistant director of Marine Transportation Services; and Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Old tugboat going to museum in Hay River

The Hay River Heritage Centre is getting a new exhibit, one that will require a whole new piece of land to display. The new exhibit is the Radium Franklin, one of the old tugs at...
Garrett Gregory, a country performer from Alberta, will be the headliner at this year's Hay Days Festival in July. Photo courtesy of the Sakamoto Agency

Headliner named for Hay Days Festival in Hay River

A headliner has been announced for this year's Hay Days Festival in July. It will be Alberta's Garrett Gregory, an up-and-comer on the Canadian country music scene. "We're very excited," said April Glaicar, co-ordinator of the...

The extreme chutzpah of Harry Satdeo

No matter what you think of Harry Satdeo – the owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – there's no denying that he has chutzpah. When contacted by The Hub about the March 15 fire that...
The superstructure of the Pine Point Bridge has been removed in the reconstruction of the span across the Hay River. Traffic is crossing the river on an old railway bridge. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Minister addresses concerns about jobs for Pine Point Bridge project

Some concerns have been raised in Hay River about local employment on the $12.8-million project to replace the Pine Point Bridge. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson has heard those concerns. "I think the GNWT definitely...
The now extinuished fire at the landfill site will be costly for the Town of Hay River. The expenses - like for this excavator working on the almost-extinguished fire on March 22 - may approach $400,000. NNSL file photo

Dump fire might cost Hay River about $400,000

The fire at the Hay River landfill site is out, but now comes the search for how to pay for the almost month-long battle to put out the blaze. The fire, which was first spotted...
The Mackenzie Place highrise remains empty of tenants following a fire on the 11th floor on March 15. NNSL file photo

A ‘brutally honest’ opinion of highrise landlord

Wally Schumann is not impressed with the idea of providing government money to the owner of Mackenzie Place highrise to help repair damage from a March 15 fire that has displaced about 130 residents. The...
Seven-year-old Kaislea King participates in Making Waves, which were two days of activities last week at the swimming pool sponsored by the Mackenzie Recreation Association. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Synchro and safety in the water in Hay River

Making Waves – a program of the Mackenzie Recreation Association – made its first-ever appearance in Hay River last week. Ashley Coombs, the aquatics supervisor for the Town of Hay River, explained that Making Waves...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...

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...
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...
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 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...