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Ammonia leak forces evacuation

A section of the downtown core was cordoned off and evacuated the morning of July 18 due to an ammonia leak in the old recreation centre, currently being town down to make way for a new one. The ammonia was being allowed to dissipate into the air. “We can’t do anything with it,” said Fire […]

Festival draws artists to Inuvik

Hay River will be well-represented at this month’s Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik. April Glaicar, who makes jewelry, and Jennifer Buckley, who creates fish-scale art, will be travelling north. Both artists said the festival will offer an opportunity for networking. “I’m excited to meet new artists,” said Buckley. “Every artist has a different eye […]

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Ballpark maintenance criticized

The maintenance of public green spaces and parks has become a hot topic for a few Hay River residents. John and Tracy Hill, who are involved in ball leagues, are asking questions about the standards set for the community’s image. They say the parks have been seeing decreased maintenance over the last few years, but […]

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Rebuilt recreation centre will cost $21.3 million plus

A new number has finally been put to the cost of rebuilding the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. At a special meeting on June 16, town council approved a motion to enter into a letter of acceptance with Clark Builders of Yellowknife to rebuild the centre for $21,310,717. While that will be the payment to the […]

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Sidewalk question posed to McBryan Drive residents

The Town of Hay River has agreed to give residents in the McBryan Drive area extra time to decide whether they want to help pay for a sidewalk. And the town will be providing accurate information on which to base that decision. Those were the main results of a June 9 public meeting called by […]

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Fire the real thing at training centre

Fire has destroyed two buildings at the Emergency Response Training Centre on Vale Island. Firefighters were called to the facility – where they do their training – just after 2 p.m. on May 22. Fire Chief Ross Potter said, when firefighters arrived, the deck between the smokehouse and the training room was fully engulfed, and […]

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Three proposals received for rec centre renovations

Three proposals have been received by the Town of Hay River on renovating the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. The town had issued a request for proposals on March 23 with an original closing date of April 27. That was later extended to May 6. The three proposals were to be examined by a committee – […]

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Safety takes spotlight

Workers from around the community gathered for a workshop on May 3 for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. The annual event brings attention to safety in the workplace, as well as in the community. Greg Whitlock, regional superintendent for the Department of Transportation, has been organizing events for the week for the past […]

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Fastpitch championships on the way

In late July, some of the best fastball players in Western Canada will be heading for Hay River. That’s because it was announced last week that the community will host the 2016 Western Canadian Masters Fastpitch Championships from July 28 to 31. That event is for men 40 years of age and older, although those […]

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Closed treatment centre could get more mileage

The territorial government has agreed to provide funding to put together a plan for alternative uses for the closed Nats’ejee K’eh Treatment Centre on the Hay River Reserve. The funding was discussed on March 21 when Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy visited the reserve to meet with the chief and council of K’atlodeeche […]

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