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Ice resurfacer hits outdoor rinks

Effective Jan. 17, the town maintenance staff has begun using an ice resurfacer on the Ray Benoit Outdoor Rink in 553. According to a news release from Ruth Boden, the town’s acting senior administrative officer, staff will continue to use the ice resurfacer with a daily flood around 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday unless the […]

Tennis players play to a beat

Some students in Hay River learned how to practise and play table tennis to music last week. The unique way to learn the sport was brought to Hay River by Steve Rowe of England. “The reason I’m here is I’m the founder of the worldwide fitness program called Aerobic Table Tennis,” he said. “Aerobic Table […]

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New rec centre will soon rise

The construction site of the new rec centre is in for a very noticeable change soon. “It will seem like visual progress here right away,” said Coun. Jason Coakwell, the chair of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre Build Committee. “The steel will start going up very quickly here. So there will be some visual changes […]

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Heading back to nationals

The Zoey Walsh junior women’s curling team from Hay River will once again represent the NWT at the national championships. And that is despite not having anywhere to practise or play in Hay River because of the ongoing reconstruction of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. “It was kind of challenging as we didn’t really have […]

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Double gold for Kyzer Hehn

Mason Bruneau is the best judoka to come out of Hay River in recent times. Kyzer Hehn, though, has his eyes set on becoming the next best judoka to come out of Hay River. The nine-year-old was the lone judoka from the town at the second annual Arctic Open tournament in Yellowknife last weekend and […]

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Badminton tournament grows

The number of competitors in an annual badminton tournament in Hay River has made a dramatic leap upwards. This year’s event – held from Dec. 1 to 3 at Diamond Jenness Secondary School – attracted an estimated 149 players from Grade 7 up to an open division including adults, according to organizer Kelly Webster. That […]

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Room for recreation

Much of the concern over the rebuilding of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre has focused on the temporary absence of the arena and curling rink. However, the rebuild means two other important spaces for recreational activities are gone – the Community Hall and the smaller Doug Weiterman Hall. That has left the town’s recreation department […]

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‘Welcome to climate change’

Doug Swallow is again noticing a worrying trend as the skiing and snowshoeing season gets underway. As in recent years, the president of the Hay River Ski Club is seeing snow arriving later. “Welcome to climate change,” he said. And Swallow said this year is particularly unusual. “I have lived in Hay River for 27 […]

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U15 boys claim Spike It! banner

A volleyball team from Hay River has made an impact at Senior Spike It!, the territorial championships in Yellowknife. The under-15 boys team from Diamond Jenness Secondary School walked away from the Nov. 4 to 6 competition with a first-place banner. “We finished number one,” said Kelvin Yee, who is in his second year as […]

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Hockey dream chased

Abby Webster is determined to reach her hockey goal. “I’m really looking into playing university hockey, Division 1 hopefully,” said the 16-year-old, referring to the top ranks of university sports in the United States. Making it to an American university team might also mean an athletic scholarship. It’s a lofty goal but Webster is doing […]

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