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Biggest Fiddling & Jigging Championship North of 60 cancelled for year due to funding issues

The Biggest Fiddling & Jigging Championship North of 60 – a very popular annual event in Hay River – has been cancelled for this year by the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. Shari Caudron, executive director at Soaring Eagle, explained the cancellation is largely due to funding issues. “This year because we’ve taken on some other […]

Chipsealing Highway 5

Chipsealing is rolling through the final 64 kilometre gravel stretch of Highway 5 through Wood Buffalo National Park. In fact, as of Aug. 11, chipseal has already covered much of that stretch of highway. “At this point, we hope it will be completed in September, but weather will begin to play a factor in the […]

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Charges laid over workplace accident

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) has filed six charges in territorial court in relation to a July 26, 2016, incident in which a worker was injured during demolition of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. The charges were filed on July 25 under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act, and announced in an Aug. 11 […]

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Coors tourney bigger than ever, hometown team take third place

Another year – this one the 35th – and another successful Coors Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament is in the books. The tournament, held on the Civic Holiday long weekend, attracted 18 teams to Hay River, which according to Chabby Morin was a record number of teams for the event. And Morin should know, since he has […]

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Enterprise hosts Gateway Jamboree

The population of Enterprise once again ballooned for a day on Aug. 12 for the annual Gateway Jamboree. The 19th version of the music festival attracted hundreds to the hamlet, which has a population just over 100, including many performers and participants from nearby Hay River. The Gateway Jamboree – a family-friendly day of music, […]

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Gateway Jamboree returns

The Enterprise Gateway Jamboree will be back for its 19th edition this coming weekend. And if recent years are any indication, the annual festival of music and more will continue to grow. “Every year it’s been getting bigger,” said Erin Porter, the community wellness and recreation co-ordinator with the Hamlet of Enterprise. In recent years, […]

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Pat Bobinski passes away

Tributes flowed from many directions following the passing of Hay River’s Pat Bobinski. The biathlon coach, volunteer and former justice of the peace – just to name a few of the longtime resident’s many involvements in the community – died on July 30 at the age of 77 following a brief illness. His impact was […]

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Let the handgames begin

K’atlodeeche First Nation hosted its fourth-annual handgames tournament over the long weekend. Eight teams participated with players from the Hay River Reserve, Hay River, Fort Smith and Whati, and the Alberta communities of Meander River, Bushe River and High Level. There were fewer teams at the Aug. 5-7 event than in previous years because it […]

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Paddling event evolves

Suddenly and somewhat surprisingly, kayaking on the Hay River appears to have become a popular thing to do this summer. In fact, a Town of Hay River recreation program had to be revamped because of a large increase in participation compared to last summer. Dale Loutit, the town’s recreation programmer, explained she began the summer […]

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Fire season relatively quiet

The Hay River area – from Fort Providence south to the NWT-Alberta border – has had a little bit below normal fire season, so far. That’s according to Richard Olsen, the manager of fire operations with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Fort Smith. Olsen nsaid there have been eight fires in the […]

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