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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 […]

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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Four outdoor rinks for winter

The town will likely have four outdoor rinks for the coming winter to fill in while the recreation centre is being rebuilt. That’s according to an Oct. 24 update for town council delivered by Gloria Murdock-Smith, the town’s senior administrative officer. She said the plans are for rinks in 553, Old Town, near the fire […]

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Volleyball teams medal up

Teams from Hay River made their presence known at the recent ninth-annual Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith. Teams from Diamond Jenness Secondary School (DJSS), Princess Alexandra (PA) School and Ecole Boreale were at the Oct. 14 to 16 tournament. Diamond Jenness had 10 teams entered. Three teams finished with silver medals – […]

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Reserve pushes for online support

K’atlodeeche First Nation has entered a national competition to try to win more funding to help build an arena on the Hay River Reserve. The competition involves projects from across Canada seeking to obtain online votes and possibly money from the Aviva Community Fund, which was created seven years ago by the Aviva Canada insurance […]

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Curlers hit bowling lanes

Now that curling is no longer a sports option this coming winter in Hay River, some people have turned to bowling. Angela Carter can’t say for sure that she wouldn’t be on a bowling team if curling was still available this year. However, she said, “Four of our five players are curlers.” And it’s been […]

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Ice rink tent nixed

There will be no covered ice surface in Hay River this coming winter. That’s because plans have fallen through to put a natural-ice rink inside a large tent owned by Aurora Ford. Fire Chief Ross Potter said the tent doesn’t meet code to be used for assembly occupancy. “It’s just the fact that structurally it’s […]

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