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Town warns it may withdraw rescue services from highways

The Town of Hay River says it doesn’t want to do it but it is prepared to withdraw rescue services from highways outside of its boundaries. That’s if a funding arrangement for operation and maintenance of the service can’t be reached with the GNWT. Town council called a public meeting on Nov. 22 to advise […]

NWT cabinet invades Ottawa

Premier Bob McLeod and his whole cabinet dropped into Ottawa last week for a visit. And McLeod described the trip as a success in making the NWT’s concerns known at the highest levels of the federal government. “We felt this was timely for the premier and cabinet to travel to Ottawa to meet with federal […]

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Bailey acclaimed to new term as president of Metis Nation

Garry Bailey of Fort Resolution has been acclaimed to another term as president of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation at its annual general meeting in Fort Smith. The organization’s biannual elections took place on Nov. 20. Following his return to the presidency, Bailey said the Metis nation is moving toward a deal with the federal […]

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Room for recreation

Much of the concern over the rebuilding of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre has focused on the temporary absence of the arena and curling rink. However, the rebuild means two other important spaces for recreational activities are gone – the Community Hall and the smaller Doug Weiterman Hall. That has left the town’s recreation department […]

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Bomb threat reported

A reported bomb threat is prompting the Hay River Mayor to issue a warning. “Residents of Hay River, RCMP and Emergency Response are asking for your co-operation to please stay away from the Hay River Esso, Aurora Ford and school areas. There has been a bomb threat called in to the Hay River Esso that […]

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New campaign launched against youth addictions

In just one day last week, a youth addictions awareness campaign was created at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. The campaign emerged on Nov. 15 from the new Beneficial Exploration of Ambition and Resourcefulness (BEAR) program. “This was outside of what we were going to do in our program,” said BEAR instructor Nicole Klause of […]

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Jingle Bells on handbells

Each Thursday since late October, a group of seniors has been joining a class at Diamond Jenness Secondary School to learn how to play handbells. On Nov. 17, the group from the Fort Smith Seniors’ Society was learning to play Jingle Bells, which they will perform at a school event in December. FOR MORE PHOTOS, […]

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Ice road crossing on Hay River may be open by end of month

The ice road across the Hay River – connecting the town and the reserve – is expected to be open before the end of November. “We started flooding so that we’re hoping to have the ice crossing for cars and light traffic open by the end of the month, which is about normal,” said Peter […]

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‘Welcome to climate change’

Doug Swallow is again noticing a worrying trend as the skiing and snowshoeing season gets underway. As in recent years, the president of the Hay River Ski Club is seeing snow arriving later. “Welcome to climate change,” he said. And Swallow said this year is particularly unusual. “I have lived in Hay River for 27 […]

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Clerk offered armed and masked robber a corndog

A clerk at The Rooster convenience store was back at work just two days after facing an armed robber last week. And despite the serious situation he had found himself in, William Delorme recounts the robbery with a mixture of wry jokes. The 31-year-old said he was working the nightshift in the early morning of […]

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