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Library gets dozen free laptops

The Hay River public library’s ability to teach people about computers recently got a big helping hand. At the end of January, NWT Centennial Library received a shipment of a dozen free laptop computers from a not-for-profit organization in Yellowknife called the Smart Communities Society. “We’re going to be using them mostly for technology classes,” […]

What’s in a street name?

Town council is going to have its policy committee look into the idea of renaming streets in honour of longtime residents and families in Hay River. Mayor Brad Mapes proposed the concept, which has been previously discussed over the years, at the Feb. 6 meeting of council. “It’s a way to showcase our community and […]

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MLA grills minister about no pedestrian crossing to hospital

The lack of a pedestrian crossing on Highway 2 in front of the new Hay River Regional Health Centre has been raised in the legislative assembly but cabinet says a solution is on the agenda. Hay River North MLA Rocky (R.J.) Simpson told the legislature on Feb. 7 that the health centre was built with […]

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PA’s Got Talent for helping

A group of youngsters in Hay River – a Grade 5 class at Princess Alexandra School – has taken it upon themselves to raise money for a community development project in Africa. The class has started to raise what it hopes will be $2,000 to dig a community well in the country of Burkino Faso, […]

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Old fire line upgraded

Hay River is now a bit more protected from wildfire. That’s thanks to a project over the past couple of weeks to re-cut and straighten an old fire line that had grown over. The upgraded line runs about 3.5 kilometres from the ballpark on the ILS Road all the way to the clearing for the […]

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Race Hay River sets date for its big event

Race Hay River has set the dates for its main Weekend Warriors snowmobile, motorcycle and ATV event on the frozen Hay River. Kurtis King, vice-president of Race Hay River, said the event dates were set at the group’s annual general meeting on Jan. 25. “We’re going to be doing our big race March 18 and […]

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Community garden raises fees

Hay River Community Garden has decided to raise its fees for the coming season. “Normally we charge $20 for a plot if you get it before the end of March, and then $25,” said co-president Pat Burnstad. “This year, we’ve raised the price to $25 a plot, and $30 if you get it after March.” […]

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Rec centre project starts to go up

Town council got a generally positive update on the project to rebuild the Don Stewart Recreation Centre at its Jan. 16 meeting. “The project is going fairly well,” said Dale Johnson, project manager with Clark Builders. “Like any construction project, we had our hiccups. Our design is a bit behind where we’d like to see […]

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Going downhill fast for fun

There are apparently a large number of ways to go downhill on snow. On Jan. 21 at a Family Sliding Day at the Bob McMeekin Chamber Park, youngsters were using an array of contractions to zoom down the riverbank and out onto the ice of the Hay River. Inflatable inner tubes were provided by organizers, […]

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Canadian Rangers assessing interest on Hay River Reserve

There seems to be considerable interest in seeing the Canadian Rangers come to the Hay River Reserve. A Jan. 18 information meeting by the Canadian Rangers and K’atlodeeche First Nation attracted what was generally agreed to be a very good turnout of about 20 people. The concept is not to set up a new Canadian […]

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