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Prime minister invited to AWG

A pitch was made last week to attract some serious political star power to next year’s Arctic Winter Games. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was invited to attend the games during his stop in Yellowknife on Feb. 10. The invitation was personally extended by Hay River Mayor Brad Mapes, Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley and Greg […]

GNWT aims to operate barge business

The GNWT owns the assets of the defunct Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL), and it now plans to operate those assets at least for this coming shipping season. The Department of Public Works and Services (PWS) made that announcement on Feb. 2 at a public meeting of the legislative assembly’s Standing Committee on Priorities and […]

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Constituents sound off

On Jan. 26, Hay River North MLA Rocky (RJ) Simpson held a wide-ranging discussion with a small group of community residents in advance of the new session of the legislative assembly. Simpson told the half-dozen people at the constituency meeting that he has heard the most concern about junior kindergarten. The MLA expressed support for […]

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No need to hibernate

The Winter Celebration is returning for a second year. And organizer Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, says the one day of events – set for Feb. 4 – definitely has more activities than its first appearance last year. Loutit said it’s an opportunity to get active and have fun […]

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Hay River and other communities to meet to discuss co-operation

A special meeting will be held in Hay River this month to discuss opportunities for the town and other communities to work together. The Jan. 20 meeting, which is the idea of Mayor Brad Mapes, is being organized by the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA). “I’ve asked the government to kind of push […]

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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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Helped by a stranger

A Hay River man is singing the praises of Northern hospitality after being offered help by a complete stranger at the Yellowknife Airport just after Christmas. Wayne Bennett said that he and his wife, Lenie, had landed in Yellowknife in the early morning hours of Dec. 28 on a flight from Calgary while returning from […]

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Long-time councillor resigns

After 16 years on town council, Mike Maher handed in his resignation on Dec. 28. “It’s been coming for a while and it just was a good decision for me at this point,” he told The Hub. Maher, who was the longest-serving member of the current council, explained his reasons for leaving are personal. However, […]

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New fire truck arrives

The Hay River Fire Department has itself a brand-new pumper truck. The truck – with a price tag of $438,961 – arrived on Dec. 11 and was expected to be ready for operation this past weekend. The last new pumper for the department was in 2004, said Fire Chief Ross Potter. “This is a long […]

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Warming trailer set up next to 553 outdoor rink

A warming trailer has been set up next to the Ray Benoit Outdoor Rink in the 553 area of the community. “So the trailer is here and it’s warm,” said Gloria Murdock-Smith, the senior administrative officer with the Town of Hay River. “Hopefully this will attract more people out to this beautiful rink.” Murdock-Smith and […]

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