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Health authority team honoured with Premier’s Award

A team from the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority was recognized for helping people displaced by the March 15 fire at the Mackenzie Place highrise. The team received a Premier's Award for Excellence...

As Indian Cabins residents evacuate, GNWT could close southbound traffic on Highway 1

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents of Indian Cabins and its surrounding areas Monday as out-of-control wildfires continue to burn in northern Alberta. Residents were ordered to leave immediately and travel north, to...

Opening of new Hay River fish plant estimated for fall of 2020

A new fish plant in Hay River is expected to be operational by the fall of next year, not the summer of 2020 as initially predicted. Drew Williams, the manager of public affairs with the...

First-ever fire-feeding ceremony in Hay River for Coast Guard vessel

For the first time ever, a fire-feeding ceremony has been held as a traditional blessing for safety and a good season for a Canadian Coast Guard vessel about to begin its work on Great...

Hay River Rec Centre grand opening set for June 15

A grand opening has been set for the Hay River Recreation Centre. A ribbon-cutting and other special activities to mark the grand opening will take place on June 15. Construction of the Rec Centre actually finished...

Scotty Edgerton remembered

Scotty Edgerton, who once described himself as a 'fixer' of local governments in financial trouble, died on June 3. Edgerton, was in his late 70s. Over his many years in the North, the Hay River resident...

Hay River welcomes about 1,100 athletes for track and field

For the 29th year, a celebration of track and field has been held in Hay River. The annual NWT Track and Field Championships, which took place from June 5 to June 7, attracted about 1,100...

NWT’s first Manufacturing Strategy released

The territorial government has released the NWT's first Manufacturing Strategy. The launch took place on June 3 in Hay River. "We have a document now that I think we're going to use to be able to...

Keeper of the NWT Track and Field Championships torches

When the NWT Track and Field Championships came to Hay River in 1991, Peter Osted felt something special was needed to light a flame during the opening ceremonies. "I thought it would be a good...

Over 1,100 athletes to compete in NWT Track and Field Championships

As of late last week, 30 teams were registered for this year's NWT Track and Field Championships, set for June 5 to 7 in Hay River. Marilyn Marshall, the administrator for the event, said that...

NWT Track and Field Championships slowly grew over decades

Many people are often impressed, even amazed, that a small town such as Hay River can successfully host a large sporting event like the NWT Track and Field Championships year after year. Tim Borchuk, one...

No medals, but Team NWT building experience for Skills Canada nationals in Vancouver next...

Of the 21 Team NWT participants at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax this week, many went up against the best in the country for the first time. "This year we were a large number of...

Special Olympics still seeks volunteers in Hay River

Special Olympics NWT has had no luck in finding new volunteers to help set up programs in Hay River, except for interest from one person who may be leaving town by the fall. For the...

Max Hyde takes on heavy equipment at Skills Canada nationals

Max Hyde knows heavy-duty industrial trucks. Large tracked vehicles, like the D3G dozer, are not so familiar. When he had to inspect the dozer's undercarriage at Skills Canada nationals on Tuesday morning, it was a...

Five organizations in Hay River and area supported by Anti-Poverty Fund of the GNWT

Five organizations in Hay River and area have received financial support from the GNWT's Anti-Poverty Fund for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The five organizations – four in Hay River and one on the Hay River...

NorthWords Writers Festival to offer presentations in Hay River by writers and storyteller

The NorthWords Writers Festival is giving Hay River a chance to hear about the creative process. On May 31, it will offer free presentations by a filmmaker/storyteller and two writers working on a book. Fran Hurcomb...

‘Worsening’ health hazards keep tenants from fire-damaged highrise

An order has been issued to prevent public access to the Mackenzie Place highrise, still suffering the effects of a fire on March 15. The order was issued on May 15 by Peter Workman, the...

Evacuees from Alberta forest fire head north to find refuge

When a massive forest fire was approaching High Level and area early last week, some people headed north for safety. They included members of Dene Tha' First Nation from the communities of Bushe River, Meander...
Singer-songwriter Elijah Bekk of Faro, Yukon, performs on a stage set up for last year's Hay Days. The Town of Hay River is getting a portable stage. NNSL file photo

Hay River to get mobile event stage

The Town of Hay River is getting a mobile stage. At its May 14 meeting, council awarded a tender for the stage to Aurora Freightliner for a price not to exceed $130,000, excluding GST. The portable...

A ‘totally different’ approach to corrections

We've heard sentencing spiels from judges many times as they send offenders away to jail. There are several sentencing principles that judges often mention, including the concept of deterrence. It's the idea that incarcerating people...
Amy Gagnon, the coach of the new synchronized swimming club at the Hay River Aquatic Centre, shows her daughter Sophie Gagnon how to tighten her stomach muscles, a technique to help a swimmer remain flat on the surface of the water. Sophia Touesnard is also in the eight-member club. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

New Synchro Club making splash in Hay River

Hay River has something brand new at its pool – a synchronized swimming club. "I just called it Synchro Club because it's just kind of the start of something," said Ashley Coombs, the supervisor of...
Kim Rapati demonstrates the 'wheelchair' that she and her partner bought for their dog, Floyd, who was having difficulty moving around after his hind legs began to lose their strength. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Dog in Hay River gets wheelchair to help move around

Floyd the dog has gotten some extra special help from his owners to keep him mobile in his golden years. His owners have ordered a wheelchair – which could also be described as something akin...
The Emergency Response Training Centre's training room – destroyed by fire in 2016 – is expected to be rebuilt by the end of August. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

More money to rebuild training room at Emergency Response Training Centre in Hay River

Hay River town council has upped the amount of money to rebuild the training room at the Emergency Response Training Centre, which was hit by fire in 2016. However, the actual cost to the town...
Rev. Francis Delaplain of St. Andrew's Anglican Church says a fundraising effort has basically wrapped up for people displaced by the March 15 fire at the Mackenzie Place highrise. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Highrise fire fundraising in Hay River collects $9,400

A fundraising effort for people displaced by the March 15 fire at the Mackenzie Place highrise has basically wrapped up with a total of $9,400 having been collected. Rev. Francis Delaplain of St. Andrew's Anglican...

Raging wildfires force evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Raging wildfires near the town of High Level, Alta., are forcing residents to flee the community. The town, home to more than 3,000 people, issued an evacuation order at 4 p.m. Monday, telling residents...
Shane Thompson, the MLA for Nahendeh and the chair of the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Social Development, was in Hay River May 14 for a public hearing on two new bills. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

MLAs gather feedback on bills in Hay River

Hay River residents have had their chance to offer opinions on two new bills before the Legislative Assembly – the Corrections Act and the Post-Secondary Education Act. They had their say at a May 14...
Betty Robinson, an honourary board member of the Hay River Soup Kitchen, holds an empty box that would normally become a hamper filled with food for some needy individual or family. Because of higher demand for food and rising prices, the Soup Kitchen has decided to just continue offering lunches three times a week for the foreseeable future. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River Soup Kitchen forced to scale back services

The Hay River Soup Kitchen has decided to suspend distribution of food hampers. However, soup and sandwich lunches will continue to be offered three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Chris Aitken, the president...

Alberta wildfire smoke blows north

Smoke from fires raging near High Level, Alta., blew into the North on Sunday, according to FireSmoke Canada. Alberta Fire issued a wildfire alert on May 19 for High Level, advising residents to remain vigilant...

Careful Conservatives, you might blow it

It seems the federal election campaign has begun. That's because the Conservatives have stuck to their usual script of launching personal attack ads well before an election. They have done this before. Just ask former Liberal...
Jill Morse, an organizer of the new Auction for Education, displays a fiddle – one of the many items up for bids at the May 4 fundraising event. It was presented by the Parent Action Committees at the four schools in Hay River to replace the former Hay River Playschool Auction. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

First Auction for Education a ‘huge’ fundraising success in Hay River

The first-ever edition of the Auction for Education has exceeded organizers' expectations in the amount of money raised. "It was a huge success," said Jill Morse, one of the organizers of the May 4 event....

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