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Soccer camp gaining steam

The Challenger Soccer Camp – perhaps better known as British soccer camp – was back in Hay River for another year last week, drawing record numbers. “It’s just growing and growing,” said Michelle Staszuk, organizer for the newly revitalized Elks soccer program. “This seems to have been the highest turnout so far.” With approximately 60 […]

‘No threat to Hay River,’ says fire chief

With the territory experiencing the worst wildfire season in decades, some residents are growing concerned with the safety of the community as well as the plans to deal with the situation if the fires reach Hay River. But director of protective services Ross Potter said unequivocally that there is no danger to Hay River at […]

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Hay Days inspires band

After some down-time Hay River’s alternative-rock favourite, Trash the Monument, is looking to step up their game and step back into the limelight. The group – Jesse McCordic, Kyle Camsell, Patrick McNeely and Dalton Dryneck – played the Hay Days art and music festival this year and has been re-energized by the experience. “It was […]

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Manners Lady touches down at reserve

Children’s entertainer and motivational speaker Judi Vankevich, known as Judi the Manners Lady, paid a visit to the Hay River Reserve last week, touching down at the Chief Lamalice Complex to teach children about the importance of respect and being polite. “It was a last minute sort of thing, but it’s been good,” said April […]

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Food bank suspended for summer

This is not the first time Laura Rose, operator of the Hay River Soup Kitchen, has had to stop food bank service for the summer, but it is the first time she has seen so many people walking through her doors. “In the summer, the need is still there but people just don’t think about […]

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Team NWT heads to games

Nearly two dozen young athletes from Hay River will be travelling to Regina later this month to take part in the North American Indigenous Games, where they will meet and test themselves against aboriginal athletes from all over the continent. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for them to learn about other aboriginal cultures […]

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Town hall shut down

Town hall shut down last week after white mould was found in the ventilation system, forcing employees to relocate for the foreseeable future. “Once they discovered it, our first priority, obviously, was the health and safety of our people,” said Mayor Andrew Cassidy. “It was found in the morning, and right away, we sent everyone […]

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Hay Days hits the beach

Following time and effort, organizers are calling this year’s Hay Days the best so far. “After last year’s smaller festival, we’re really trying to get back to our roots and grow the event in the new location,” said co-organizer Jared Monkman. “Being here at the beach has been great.” Hundreds of people turned out for […]

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Legion to celebrate 65th anniversary

Hay River’s Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 250 – is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year and the people in charge say there aren’t any plans to slow down any time soon. “One of the things we’d like to bring to light is how much this branch has given back to the community over the […]

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Kakisa residents head back home

More than a week after being evacuated, Kakisa residents returned home on Saturday to a town saved from flames. The wildfire, first reported at the beginning of June, spread down the road to the community, but jumped the road twice – once avoiding the cemetery and once avoiding the village itself – before crossing the […]

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