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Health authority concerned about staff

  At the beginning of October, a move is set to begin into the new health centre, but a warning has been sounded that the facility may not be getting enough new staff members. According to Al Woods, the CEO of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, his organization and the Department of […]

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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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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Town workers back to work

Town council has ratified a new contract with its unionized workers, which will finally end a nearly six-month strike. However, councillors were less than enthusiastic – or unanimous – in approving the new deal at an Aug. 5 special meeting. One by one they criticized the wage increases as unsustainable. Coun. Jason Coakwell, one of […]

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Crowdfunding effort takes aim at indoor playground for youth

A Hay River woman has launched a crowdfunding initiative with the goal of creating an indoor playground for young children. “I’ve had the idea since she was big enough to crawl around and get into trouble,” said Dejah Kathleen Clarke, pointing to her now three-year-old daughter playing in an outdoor park. “I’ve been thinking about […]

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Metis make milestone

A milestone has been reached by the Metis of the South Slave, including Hay River. On July 31, a land and resources agreement-in-principle was signed between the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, the federal government and the GNWT. The three sides began negotiating almost 20 years ago. “We’ve been doing this since 1996,” said Fort Resolution’s […]

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