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Changing the conversation

  A varied group of businesspeople and government officials have informally joined forces to accentuate the positive in Hay River. The group, which calls itself Change the Conversation, is the brainchild of Tom Colosimo, the regional superintendent with the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, and Donna Lee Jungkind, the town’s deputy mayor. “Part of […]

Bumpy ride for paving work

  Much like drivers on the street under discussion, a paving project experienced a bumpy ride before being approved by town council. The $471,251 project to pave the so-called Super A service road was approved by council on Aug. 17 by a vote of four to three. Work began almost immediately on the half-kilometre stretch […]

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Soccer fun at camp

  A group of young people in Hay River honed their skills in the beautiful game of soccer last week, all while being encouraged to have fun. They were participating in a camp called British Soccer Hay River. “A camp that’s a week long for kids changes their skill set,” said Shelley Maher, treasurer of […]

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Bears with us

  Many people believe there are more bears in and around Hay River this summer. One of those people is Albert Bourque, and he should know. Bourque is the regional environmental co-ordinator with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), and has been dealing with bears for decades. There won’t be an exact total […]

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NACC announces lineup

A famed bluesman, storytellers, a classical ensemble and children’s performers make up the eclectic mix of artists who will visit Hay River as part of the annual tour of communities by the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, better known as NACC. The lineup of performers to visit the communities, along with Yellowknife, was announced online […]

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Blooming honours

  Lilia Alexander has come a long way since she first started gardening in Hay River. “I started when I planted plastic flowers,” she recalled with a laugh. “That was my first one. And people said, ‘I love your flowers,’ and I kept washing it because of the dust.” In her third year as a […]

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Children’s Christmas book illustrated with eye to sky

Even though it is the dog days of summer, a Hay River man has just released a Christmas book for children. The book by Brian Willows is called Aurora Borealis Christmas. “It started off as a little story I wrote for my grandkids a couple of years ago that I’d read to them on Christmas […]

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Tourney comes home

A slo-pitch team from Fort Smith hosted a tournament over the weekend. That would not be unusual except for the location – Hay River. The first-ever Ann’s Angels Annual Grand Slam Ball Tournament was held in Hay River after the team could not reach an arrangement with the Town of Fort Smith on changing an […]

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Getting ready to go to work

A new program will begin next month at Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre to get young people prepared for the workforce. The Young Eagles Work Readiness Program is targeted at youth aged 15 to 25 years old and will be offered from Sept. 8 to March 18. The program has been created by Yvonne Hopkins, the […]

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Prime minister campaigns in Hub

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a campaign stop in Hay River last week. But it was Fort Smith that was the target of promised federal largesse. Harper, who was making his second visit to Hay River as prime minister on Aug. 14, announced a plan to finish chipsealing Highway 5 to Fort Smith. However, Mayor […]

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