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Esso bomb threat false: police

A call threatening a bomb at the Hay River Esso service station turned out to be a false alarm last week. According to the Hay River RCMP, the threat was received by the business just before noon on Nov. 29. After a thorough search, RCMP said no explosive device was found and expressed confidence the […]

Jingle Bells on handbells

Each Thursday since late October, a group of seniors has been joining a class at Diamond Jenness Secondary School to learn how to play handbells. On Nov. 17, the group from the Fort Smith Seniors’ Society was learning to play Jingle Bells, which they will perform at a school event in December. FOR MORE PHOTOS, […]

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Education council wins national honour

The South Slave Divisional Education Council has been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards an education body in Canada can win – the Indigenous Organization Award presented by Indspire, the largest funder of indigenous education aside from the federal government. A group of South Slave delegates were on hand during the Nov. 4 […]

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Online auction underway

A seventh-annual online auction is currently underway to raise money for medical equipment in Hay River. The auction – which began on Nov. 14 and will run to Nov. 28 – is being presented by the Hay River Hospital Foundation in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise. Heather Coakwell, the chair of […]

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Apprentices awarded ceremoniously

A new crop of entrants into the trades was recognized in Hay River on Nov. 4. The Hay River Apprenticeship and Occupational Awards were handed out at a ceremony at The Ptarmigan Inn. “We are here to celebrate the successes of the NWT apprenticeship and occupational training programs for the 2015-2016 academic year,” said Lionel […]

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Chief Sunrise students win book-writing contest

The students of Chief Sunrise Education Centre on the Hay River Reserve have won the children’s category in a book-writing competition. On Oct. 25, the South Slave Divisional Education Council announced the winners of its Aboriginal Children’s Book Writing Contest. The students of Chief Sunrise, led by teacher Diane Tourangeau, were recognized for turning an […]

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Regional recycling pitch attracts interest

It seems there are a lot of people interested in Ecology North’s idea of establishing a regional waste transfer station in the South Slave, possibly in Enterprise. An Oct. 19 public meeting in Enterprise on the idea attracted 17 people from the region. “I’m really impressed with the turnout,” said Marissa Oteiza, the manager of […]

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Pumpkin-carving time

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s that time of year to get jack-o’-lanterns ready. So Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre invited people to an afternoon of pumpkin-carving on Oct. 22. As appropriate music played, such as The Monster Mash, families practised how to turn a pumpkin into the classic symbol of Halloween. FOR MORE PHOTOS, CHECK OUT […]

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Tourism season stats look good

The GNWT has released very positive tourism numbers for 2015/2016. According to the statistics released on Oct. 7, visitation numbers matched the highest-ever achieved, and expenditures were the largest ever recorded in the NWT. For 2015/2016, the total number of visitors was 93,910, an 11 per cent increase from the 84,810 visitors in 2014/2015. Visitor […]

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Health minister questioned over Woodland Manor injury

A violent altercation last month between two residents at Woodland Manor was among the first issues raised as the new session of the legislative assembly began on Oct. 13. Hay River North MLA Rocky (RJ) Simpson told the legislature the incident, which he said caused a fairly significant injury, is an ongoing concern at the […]

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