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Prime minister invited to AWG

A pitch was made last week to attract some serious political star power to next year’s Arctic Winter Games. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was invited to attend the games during his stop in Yellowknife on Feb. 10. The invitation was personally extended by Hay River Mayor Brad Mapes, Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley and Greg […]

Library gets dozen free laptops

The Hay River public library’s ability to teach people about computers recently got a big helping hand. At the end of January, NWT Centennial Library received a shipment of a dozen free laptop computers from a not-for-profit organization in Yellowknife called the Smart Communities Society. “We’re going to be using them mostly for technology classes,” […]

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What’s in a street name?

Town council is going to have its policy committee look into the idea of renaming streets in honour of longtime residents and families in Hay River. Mayor Brad Mapes proposed the concept, which has been previously discussed over the years, at the Feb. 6 meeting of council. “It’s a way to showcase our community and […]

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DaRosa Cup on the way

A new indoor soccer tournament – for the futsal version of the game – will be held in Hay River in May. But it’s not just another tournament. There are a couple of things that make the Elks Futsal DaRosa Cup very special. First of all, it’s a test tournament for next year’s Arctic Winter […]

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MLA grills minister about no pedestrian crossing to hospital

The lack of a pedestrian crossing on Highway 2 in front of the new Hay River Regional Health Centre has been raised in the legislative assembly but cabinet says a solution is on the agenda. Hay River North MLA Rocky (R.J.) Simpson told the legislature on Feb. 7 that the health centre was built with […]

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PA’s Got Talent for helping

A group of youngsters in Hay River – a Grade 5 class at Princess Alexandra School – has taken it upon themselves to raise money for a community development project in Africa. The class has started to raise what it hopes will be $2,000 to dig a community well in the country of Burkino Faso, […]

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Old fire line upgraded

Hay River is now a bit more protected from wildfire. That’s thanks to a project over the past couple of weeks to re-cut and straighten an old fire line that had grown over. The upgraded line runs about 3.5 kilometres from the ballpark on the ILS Road all the way to the clearing for the […]

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GNWT aims to operate barge business

The GNWT owns the assets of the defunct Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL), and it now plans to operate those assets at least for this coming shipping season. The Department of Public Works and Services (PWS) made that announcement on Feb. 2 at a public meeting of the legislative assembly’s Standing Committee on Priorities and […]

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Curling on the river

It can no longer be said that there has been no curling in Hay River this winter. With the curling rink part of the ongoing rebuild of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre, there still has been no indoor curling in the traditional sense. However on Feb. 4, curling was taken outdoors onto the Hay River. […]

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Major hire for town

Later this month, Jim Darby will officially assume a new title as director of recreation and community services with the Town of Hay River. And until April he will have another title – or more accurately rank – as a major in the British Army. Darby explained that he served in the Royal Army Physical […]

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