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‘Live at The Back Eddy’

On June 29, the family dining area of The Back Eddy Lounge and Restaurant was turned into a recording studio. The reason was to record a CD of mostly Christmas music – such as Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas – by the fiddle and guitar students of well-known musician Linda Duford. […]

Behchoko team takes big win from KFN handgames tourney

The Clarence Mackenzie team from Behchoko took the top prize in the third-annual handgames tournament held recently on the Hay River Reserve. There were big payouts for the top eight teams in the July 30 to Aug. 1 tournament, which featured $50,000 in prize money. K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) hosted the tournament, which attracted teams […]

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Crosswalk gets rainbow flag paint job

Hay River now has a crosswalk painted in the colours of the LGBTQ rainbow flag. Mayor Brad Mapes and a small group of volunteers, including some members of his family, painted the crosswalk the evening of Aug. 5. “I think it looks pretty sharp,” he said of the finished product on Woodland Drive in front […]

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Heat wins Western Canada title

The Hay River Heat can now claim the title of the best masters fastpitch team in all of Western Canada. That’s because the Heat won the 2016 Western Canadian Masters Fastpitch Championships over the weekend in Hay River. The final game saw the Heat dominate the CJC Peace Country Masters from Alberta by a score […]

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Historic church gets touchups

An ongoing initiative is still underway to renovate St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in the Old Village of the Hay River Reserve. The work actually began in 2014 and may even continue into next year on the church, which was built in 1895 by Oblate missionaries. Father Don Flumerfelt explained the improvements to the church […]

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KFN hosts Mackenzie Youth Summer Games for first time

For the first time ever, the Hay River Reserve has played host to the Mackenzie Youth Summer Games. The event, which was held over three days from July 5 to 7, attracted 63 participants from several communities. The games for children aged eight to 14 years were organized by Sharon Pekok, the recreation director with […]

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Construction may mean 25 jobs

In what may be the beginning of a new industry in Hay River, the GNWT has awarded a contract to have modular homes built in the community. Concept Energy Services Ltd. won the contract to construct 19 duplexes, which will then be shipped to various communities. The project, which could begin gearing up as early […]

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On the money

A Hay River artist’s work will soon be featured in coin collections across the country. Nature photographer Adam Hill recently received word that one of his images would be featured on a $10 coin celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. The image was taken in Fort Simpson on the Mackenzie River with Simpson Air float planes under […]

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Pine Point Bridge to get upgrade

The Pine Point Bridge across the Hay River will get a major upgrade beginning in 2018. That was one of 13 infrastructure projects announced July 7 by the federal government and the GNWT. “It’s in the planning stages already,” said Transportation Minister Wally Schumann of the work on the Pine Point Bridge. “It’s scheduled to […]

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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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