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Forklift destroyed by fire inside building

A fire broke out in the early afternoon on July 23 in a building at Concept Energy Services Ltd. While the building itself escaped structural damage, a forklift inside was destroyed. “It appears there was a fire that started from possibly some welding that was going on earlier on in the day, got into the […]

Golf club hit by two break-ins

The Hay River Golf Club was recently the victim of break and enter, not once but twice. Security images from the scene show two disguised persons in the club during both break-ins. The first break-in happened at about 3:13 a.m. on July 16, according to an RCMP news release. “At that time two unknown individuals entered […]

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Oreos make it to the final

A Hay River team made it to the final game of the 34th annual Coors Mixed Slo-Pitch tournament over the weekend. The Oreos came that close but lost 15-5 in the final to the Dettah Devils. “We got second place and we were all pretty pleased with it,” said Brian (Chabby) Morin, the player/coach and […]

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WSCC investigating gas leak

As of late last week, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) was still investigating the ammonia leak on July 18 during demolition of the old rec centre. “We are currently completing an inspection at the site of the old recreation centre in Hay River to ensure compliance with our legislation, the Safety Act and […]

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Historic church gets touchups

An ongoing initiative is still underway to renovate St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in the Old Village of the Hay River Reserve. The work actually began in 2014 and may even continue into next year on the church, which was built in 1895 by Oblate missionaries. Father Don Flumerfelt explained the improvements to the church […]

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Gravel portion of Highway 5 set to be chipsealed in two years

The last section of gravel road on Highway 5 is going to be chipsealed. The plans for the 64 km of the highway – a section that runs through Wood Buffalo National Park – were announced in Yellowknife on July 12 by federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, who is also responsible for […]

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Canadian Forces learn on water

Operation Nunakput 2016 was in Hay River last week, bringing together various maritime patrols to use the local waters for training. The operation ran from July 5 to 20, using the waters off Yellowknife, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Hay River and Fort Providence. Participating in the operation were the Canadian Army, the Navy, the Air […]

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KFN hosts Mackenzie Youth Summer Games for first time

For the first time ever, the Hay River Reserve has played host to the Mackenzie Youth Summer Games. The event, which was held over three days from July 5 to 7, attracted 63 participants from several communities. The games for children aged eight to 14 years were organized by Sharon Pekok, the recreation director with […]

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Efforts combine to host fiddlers

Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre now has a partner to help present The Biggest Fiddling and Jigging Championship North of 60. On July 15, the Friendship Centre announced it has entered into an agreement with the Hay River Metis Government Council to stage the event which is set for Sept. 2 and 3. “We’ve been talking […]

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Construction may mean 25 jobs

In what may be the beginning of a new industry in Hay River, the GNWT has awarded a contract to have modular homes built in the community. Concept Energy Services Ltd. won the contract to construct 19 duplexes, which will then be shipped to various communities. The project, which could begin gearing up as early […]

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