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Grads honoured at Aurora College

Students from Hay River and K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) were among those honoured on April 22 during the spring convocation at Aurora College’s Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith. Jack Jensen of Hay River received a diploma in environment and natural resources technology. KFN’s Diane Tourangeau was presented a certificate for completing the aboriginal language and […]

Fastpitch championships on the way

In late July, some of the best fastball players in Western Canada will be heading for Hay River. That’s because it was announced last week that the community will host the 2016 Western Canadian Masters Fastpitch Championships from July 28 to 31. That event is for men 40 years of age and older, although those […]

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MLAs visit to talk business

Jackie Milne was happy to have a chance to talk to members of the legislative assembly’s standing committee on economic development and environment during its visit to Hay River last week. Milne, president of the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI), said it was good to see the committee in town. “What I really noticed about […]

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Council wants young and old operating Visitor Info Centre

Town council has opted to try for a mixture of young and old to operate the Hay River Visitor Information Centre this summer. Council voted on April 11 to direct administration to continue hiring summer students to operate the centre and to explore the possibility of using Hay River Seniors’ Society volunteers on an honorarium […]

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Vale Island fire hall not for sale

Town council has rejected the idea of selling the Old Town fire hall building which is no longer being used for that purpose but mainly for storage. The idea was to sell the building to raise money to help purchase items in the capital budget. Deputy mayor Donna Lee Jungkind was a strong supporter of […]

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ENR expert doesn’t expect big forest fires this summer

At the moment, things are looking pretty good for the upcoming forest fire season in the Hay River area. That’s according to Daniel Allaire, the regional forests manager with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Fort Smith. Allaire, who was speaking at a public meeting in Hay River on April 15, pointed to […]

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Hay River Lions Club folds

The Hay River Lions Club is no more. The service club came to an end in March, after existing in the community since 1974. Sisters Pat Burnstad and Shari Burnstad were both involved with the Lions for the past decade. “Every year our membership would go down,” said Shari. “So we said, that’s it, we […]

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Game puts town on the board

It’s time to bring back the tradition of family game night, now that Hay River has its own board game. Hay Riveropoly is the result of a year of hard work by the Shop Local Committee of the Hay River Chamber of Commerce. Dayna King, the chair of the committee, said the new board game […]

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Dynamic duo named Citizens of the Year

For the first time ever, two people have been jointly named Hay River Citizen of the Year. This year’s winners are Linda Carter and Sheila Cook, two longtime friends who have joined forces on many worthy projects, and also worked separately for various causes and events. Mayor Brad Mapes called them a “dynamic duo” in […]

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Fire chief ‘worrying’ about recruitment

Fire Chief Ross Potter is concerned about the number of volunteers with the Hay River Fire Department. During a presentation to town council on March 29, he was asked how many volunteers are currently on the department. “We’re down to about 25 right now,” said Potter, noting that a normal number would be about 30. […]

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