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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 […]

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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Firefighter of the Year named

Ian Flood has been honoured as the Firefighter of the Year with the Hay River Fire Department. Flood, who has been a member of the department for just over three years, received the award on Dec. 10 at the annual Firefighters’ Ball. “I was really surprised, a bit shocked, I guess,” he said of his […]

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GNWT buys assets of NTCL

The GNWT has purchased assets of the financially-troubled Northern Transportation Company Limited (NTCL). Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod confirmed the $7.5-million purchase in a Dec. 16 news release. The government took the action to protect the petroleum product supply chain through barging for isolated communities along the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast, which do not […]

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Christmas Bird Count set to run

The annual Christmas Bird Count – one of the best examples of citizen science in the world – is set for Dec. 17 in the Hay River area. Gary Vizniowski, a local birder and the organizer of the local count, explained the international event is a chance to estimate the number of birds in the […]

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Education council wins national honour

The South Slave Divisional Education Council has been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards an education body in Canada can win – the Indigenous Organization Award presented by Indspire, the largest funder of indigenous education aside from the federal government. A group of South Slave delegates were on hand during the Nov. 4 […]

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