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L.A.C.E. UP! discourages vehicle use to boost health, environment

Residents of Hay River can get active throughout November with an initiative of the Mackenzie Recreation Association (MRA). The initiative is called L.A.C.E UP!, which has existed for about three years. The L.A.C.E. stands for Live...

Speaker Freddy Blake Jr. says Facebook furor all a big misunderstanding

Frederick Blake Jr., the newly acclaimed Speaker of the legislative assembly, says a vague Facebook apology he posted Nov. 1 was in response to a misunderstanding that blew out of proportion on social media. In...

Steve Bassett marks 30 years since founding Bassett Petroleum

Steve Bassett has reached a business milestone in Hay River. On Oct. 18, Bassett Petroleum – a trucking company specializing in moving fuel – marked its 30th anniversary. However, Bassett, the company's president and co-owner, is...

Appeal for nature over development in Hay River

People in favour of preserving a small wooded area – an area they call Hay River Nature Park – made their case before town council on Oct. 29. A delegation from Healthy Habitat for Hay...

A pie in the hand is worth two in the sky

Having 200 priorities is a lot like having no priorities. It pushes accountability into the ether. It's much harder to track progress, to question a politician on the status of a given file, to figure...

EXCLUSIVE: A woman’s quest to find her grandfather’s grave

Marie Speakman was five years old when her grandfather hugged and kissed her for the last time. After boarding a plane in Deline, 72-year-old Augustine Sewi was flown to Edmonton’s Charles Camsell Hospital for tuberculosis...

SPORTS TALK: Congrats, Washington Nationals … now do something in Montreal

On y va les Nationales! So the Washington Nationals are your 2019 World Series champions. Amazing little series where the road team won every game but Game 7 was always one Washington was going to...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: Taking pride in who we are

There’s a difference between bragging and pride. Last week I had the opportunity of sitting in a sharing circle where the class had to talk about why we were in law school and what led...

EXCLUSIVE: Former manager says Housing Corp ignored rules with Concept contract

A former NWT Housing Corporation construction manager says the government agency bowed to political pressure and ignored numerous red flags when it awarded more than a dozen modular home contracts to an ill-equipped and...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: It’s time to rename Franklin Avenue

Have you ever wondered why main street in Yellowknife is called Franklin Avenue? Well, apparently, Sir John Franklin went through this area once almost 200 years ago. Two. Hundred. Years. Ago. This guy did...

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Tsiigehtchic inches closer to hamlet status

A petition to change the charter community of Tsiigehtchic to a hamlet is picking up steam. On Oct. 29 a representative from the department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) presented an information session to...

Pay It Forward NWT to distribute harvested meat

Renee Sanderson has always been involved in giving back to her community. This has manifested in many ways for Sanderson, but for the past seven years she has been running Pay It Forward NWT. After...

Receive mystery money this morning? It’s the carbon tax offset

The Government of the Northwest Territories made a payment out to residents this morning through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a part of its cost of living offset related to the carbon tax. These...

Almost a dozen NWT employers offer certified living wage: Alternatives North

Just under a dozen of NWT's employers credit themselves with paying staff a living wage, according to an Alternatives North news release last Wednesday. The release of the list was timed with small business week...

Blizzard closes Ulukhaktok airport for seven hours

Heavy snowfall across the Beaufort Sea Oct. 28 and 29 closed Ulukhaktok Airport for seven hours. The storm system triggered three blizzard warnings, with Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk and Sachs Harbour taking the brunt of the snowfall. Environment...

Some friendly advice to Wexiteers

It's been just over a week since the federal election and the reverberations are still being felt across the country. In case you have not heard, many Albertans are not happy with the election results....

Cochrane hires Shaleen Woodward for principal secretary

Premier Caroline Cochrane has hired longtime territorial government bureaucrat Shaleen Woodward as her principal secretary, the GNWT announced Tuesday. Woodward was formerly the deputy secretary of Indigenous and Intergovernmental Affairs. "She has extensive experience in self-government...

Diane Thom looks forward to seeing other side of table in NWT cabinet

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Diane Thom. Fresh off her election as MLA for Inuvik-Boot Lake, Thom was elected to the executive of the legislative assembly Oct 24 following two rounds of...

Volleyball banner shared by Hay River teams

School teams from Hay River returned with a banner and all colours of medals from the Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament, held from Oct. 17-20 in Fort Smith. The banner was actually claimed by two...

Fort Good Hope man faces child pornography charges

A Fort Good Hope man is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 11 to answer to child pornography charges. According to the RCMP, Kenny Shae Jr., 21, was charged with one count each of making...

Searches end for missing fishermen

Still no sign has been found of four fishermen who went missing on Great Slave Lake on Sept. 29. And the family members – who had travelled to Hay River to join in the searching...

Blizzard warning issued for Beaufort Delta communities

Blizzard conditions that have developed in Paulatuk are expected to spread throughout the Beaufort Delta region Monday. According to Environment Canada, blizzard conditions with poor visibility in snow and blowing snow are expected. "A strong low...

Highrise owner predicts fire-damaged building in Hay River could be reopened by Dec. 1

Harry Satdeo, the owner of the fire-damaged Mackenzie Place highrise apartment building in Hay River, is still hoping that it will soon reopen. In a telephone interview on Oct. 25, Satdeo said he is looking...

Six NWT community leaders take home Wise Women award

Six NWT women are being celebrated as community leaders and for improving the the lives of those around them with the annual Wise Women awards on Oct. 25. All from different regions of the territory,...

Carters’ Haunted Halloween is back in Hay River

Hundreds of people are expected at Carters' Haunted Halloween in Hay River on Oct. 31. The Hay River tradition – presented every second year – features a trailer converted to a haunted house, a garden...

Trial begins for Fort Good Hope man accused of murder

The second-degree murder trial of a Fort Good Hope man began in Yellowknife Monday. Twenty-six-year-old Colten McNeely is accused of killing Lloyd Edgi, 28, in the early hours of Sept. 3, 2017 in the Sahtu...

Northland Utilities hopes new cabinet will reconsider Hay River purchase

Northland Utilities (NWT) Ltd. is holding out hope that the new territorial government may halt the Town of Hay River's long-running efforts to purchase the assets of its electricity franchise. The town launched a process...

Hay River’s R.J. Simpson elected to cabinet

For the second Legislative Assembly in a row, Hay River will be represented in the territorial cabinet. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson was elected to cabinet by other MLAs on Oct. 24 and sworn...
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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Now for the new!

Friends, one of the things you have to keep in mind is that in order to find out what you are good at, you have to at the very least try your hand at...