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GNWT gets Hay River input on a new mineral resources act

The GNWT’s travelling consultation on a mineral resources act stopped down in Hay River on Sept. 11. But unlike consultations in other communities, this one was attended by Wally Schumann, MLA for Hay River South and the minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI). “This is the only one I’m participating in,” he said. “The […]

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Holiday in a hurricane

While people in Hay River watched on television as Hurricane Irma cut its destructive path through Florida, Tom and Donna Lakusta were in the path of the massive storm. The Hay River residents were on holiday and visiting their daughter Danielle Gillespie, who is a nurse in Tampa. They ended up among the millions fleeing […]

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No more gravel section on Hwy 5 through park

As of Sept. 15, the final section of gravel on Highway 5 through Wood Buffalo National Park has been covered by chipseal. “There are no longer any gravel stretches on the highway between Hay River and Fort Smith,” said Tim Gauthier, a spokesperson for Parks Canada. In a two-year project, Parks Canada spent $28 million […]

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Chase the Ace off to solid start

Hay River’s second Chase the Ace lottery is off and running. Its first weekly draw was held on Sept. 15, and Kelsey Brown – a visitor from Winnipeg – won the right to draw from a deck of 52 cards. She drew the eight of spades, not the ace of spades which would have ended […]

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Federal minister eyes farming in Hub

The Northern Farm Training Institute has garnered the attention of the federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. On Sept. 8, Lawrence MacAulay – accompanied by a delegation of municipal, territorial and federal politicians – toured the facility and the Polar Egg grading station. MacAulay appeared interested in what he saw while visiting NFTI, the first […]

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Minor hockey returning to floor ball while awaiting completion of arena

Hay River Minor Hockey will again turn to floor ball and hopefully some outdoor rinks as it awaits the opening of a new arena in the under-construction recreation centre. Pennie Pokiak, the president of Hay River Minor Hockey, said it is renting space for floor ball – also known as floor hockey – in the […]

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Birders spot rare find

A great blue heron recently made an extremely rare appearance in the West Channel area. The large bird, which was about 600 kilometres north of its range on the prairies, was spotted Gary Vizniowski, a birder in Hay River, said the bird was first noticed on Aug. 30 and word of the sighting quickly spread […]

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Community connections

Make the Connection Night was held Sept. 6 inside the Hay River Fire Hall. The annual event is an opportunity for community groups to let town residents know what they do, and to sign up participants and seek volunteers. Make the Connection Night is presented by the Town of Hay River’s recreation department. FOR MORE […]

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Lights On wins award

The Lights On program of Hay River was named one of two winners of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the South Slave Divisional Education Council on Aug. 25. “Lights On is a truly exceptional program in Hay River that is made possible with the support of well over a dozen outstanding community partners,” […]

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Stories about cancer get venue for sharing

A young woman is launching a Cancer Sharing Circle for Hay River. Kelsey McGinley said such a group would have helped her when she went through cancer treatment last year in Edmonton and afterward. “When I got home, I just kind of felt that there wasn’t much here as to support directly related to cancer,” […]

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