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Chase for the Ace going strong

It seems Hay River has a new favourite game – chasing one elusive card. The Chase the Ace fundraiser, which was launched in January by the Hay River Curling Club, is still going strong, and creating more excitement each Friday evening as the main jackpot and weekly prizes keep climbing. On Aug. 19, the holder […]

Book ready for Northern colours

An artist has branched out into a new creative endeavour. Jessica Latour has just released her first colouring book, featuring images with a distinctively Northern theme. The colouring book is called Northern Zentangle, and is both for children and the growing number of adults who enjoy colouring. “A zentangle I guess you could say is […]

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Reserve cuts apart junior kindergarten

The concept of junior kindergarten – which is back on the agenda of the GNWT – has been criticized on the Hay River Reserve as a threat to the Aboriginal Head Start program. Rene Squirrel, the co-ordinator and teacher with Aboriginal Head Start at Chief Sunrise Education Centre, made that perfectly clear in an Aug. […]

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NTCL issues layoff notices

Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL) sent out seasonal layoff notices on Aug. 18. The financially-troubled company says that’s nothing unusual but the union representing some of the workers is worried by one aspect of the notice – a request that employees remove personal items from the workplace. “The correspondence NTCL sent to employees earlier today […]

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NACC to present four shows

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) will be bringing four shows to Hay River this year as part of its annual season of travelling performances. “We try to bring some diversity to Hay River as much as we do in Yellowknife,” said Marie Coderre, the executive and artistic director of NACC. The first performer […]

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Crosswalk gets rainbow flag paint job

Hay River now has a crosswalk painted in the colours of the LGBTQ rainbow flag. Mayor Brad Mapes and a small group of volunteers, including some members of his family, painted the crosswalk the evening of Aug. 5. “I think it looks pretty sharp,” he said of the finished product on Woodland Drive in front […]

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Rainbow crosswalk OK’d

A crosswalk in the colours of the rainbow flag – a symbol of the LGBTQ community – will soon be spanning Woodland Drive in front of the public library. Town council approved the idea at its meeting on July 25. It had been suggested to council by Hay River Pride, which noted that rainbow flag […]

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NTCL tug runs aground near Lutsel K’e

A tugboat owned by Northern Transportation Company Limited (NTCL) ran aground near Lutsel K’e on July 26, and as of late last week efforts were underway to free the vessel. “We can confirm that on the night of July 26 the Kelly Ovayuak tug went aground approximately two-three miles outside Lutsel K’e,” stated Nathan Graham, […]

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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 […]

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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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