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Historic church gets touchups

An ongoing initiative is still underway to renovate St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in the Old Village of the Hay River Reserve. The work actually began in 2014 and may even continue into next year on the church, which was built in 1895 by Oblate missionaries. Father Don Flumerfelt explained the improvements to the church […]

Pine Point Bridge to get upgrade

The Pine Point Bridge across the Hay River will get a major upgrade beginning in 2018. That was one of 13 infrastructure projects announced July 7 by the federal government and the GNWT. “It’s in the planning stages already,” said Transportation Minister Wally Schumann of the work on the Pine Point Bridge. “It’s scheduled to […]

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Student thankful for teacher who opened path to sciences

Thirty students became Diamond Jenness Secondary School alumni last week, including Bret Allinott. For the 17-year-old, his plan to go on to post-secondary education in Alberta in the fall and become a dentist wasn’t always so clear. “I hadn’t really figured out what I wanted to do and I didn’t do so well in the […]

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Play teaches French through gestures

A different approach to learning language has resulted in a year-end play for youngsters studying the French language at Harry Camsell School. The Accelerative Integrated Method – AIM – bases its approach on using gestures to visually aid children in language retention. French-language teacher Marla Mateus worked with her students to create a theatrical presentation […]

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Sidewalk question posed to McBryan Drive residents

The Town of Hay River has agreed to give residents in the McBryan Drive area extra time to decide whether they want to help pay for a sidewalk. And the town will be providing accurate information on which to base that decision. Those were the main results of a June 9 public meeting called by […]

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Blooming on the reserve

K’atlodeeche First Nation is getting a dash of colour, thanks to a dedicated volunteer and her family. Irene Graham plans to fill her time this summer with tending to 10 garden planters in different spots around the Hay River Reserve, bringing her children along to help. The mother of five said the planter boxes have […]

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Schumann reports progress toward dredging of harbour

Fire Chief Ross Potter has updated town council on plans for a new firebreak. Potter, who is also the town’s director of protective services, has been working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on the proposal. “The old one that we have is angles and it’s just terrible,” he told council at its […]

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Pellet mill landed

On May 12, Brad Mapes got news he had been waiting to hear. Mapes, the proponent of a project to build a wood pellet mill in Enterprise, got an e-mail from his lawyers that his company has legal title to 3.2 square kilometres of land on which to build the project. “So Aurora Wood Pellets […]

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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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Seniors’ society may be without executive leadership for a while

The Hay River Seniors’ Society may be without an executive for a couple of months. At the organization’s annual general meeting on April 21, nine directors were chosen for the board. However, it appears the society will be without a president and other members of an executive until the new directors can get together and […]

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