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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 […]

Ammonia leak forces evacuation

A section of the downtown core was cordoned off and evacuated the morning of July 18 due to an ammonia leak in the old recreation centre, currently being town down to make way for a new one. The ammonia was being allowed to dissipate into the air. “We can’t do anything with it,” said Fire […]

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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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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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On the money

A Hay River artist’s work will soon be featured in coin collections across the country. Nature photographer Adam Hill recently received word that one of his images would be featured on a $10 coin celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. The image was taken in Fort Simpson on the Mackenzie River with Simpson Air float planes under […]

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Festival draws artists to Inuvik

Hay River will be well-represented at this month’s Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik. April Glaicar, who makes jewelry, and Jennifer Buckley, who creates fish-scale art, will be travelling north. Both artists said the festival will offer an opportunity for networking. “I’m excited to meet new artists,” said Buckley. “Every artist has a different eye […]

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Ambulance cost set to double

The cost of a trip to hospital by ambulance is set to double for some residents. Town council gave first and second reading June 27 to a bylaw changing the fees users of the emergency medical service. It’s expected to give third and final reading at its next council meeting. “As a town, we need […]

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Lack of volunteers shutters Hay Days

Hay River’s arts and music festival has been cancelled for summer 2016. The Hay Days Festival is usually held in the beginning of July, with musicians and artisans showcasing their creations for the weekend. However, this year the festival has been cancelled due to a shortage of volunteers. Ken Latour has been chair of the […]

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