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Blooming honours

  Lilia Alexander has come a long way since she first started gardening in Hay River. “I started when I planted plastic flowers,” she recalled with a laugh. “That was my first one. And people said, ‘I love your flowers,’ and I kept washing it because of the dust.” In her third year as a […]

Children’s Christmas book illustrated with eye to sky

Even though it is the dog days of summer, a Hay River man has just released a Christmas book for children. The book by Brian Willows is called Aurora Borealis Christmas. “It started off as a little story I wrote for my grandkids a couple of years ago that I’d read to them on Christmas […]

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Tourney comes home

A slo-pitch team from Fort Smith hosted a tournament over the weekend. That would not be unusual except for the location – Hay River. The first-ever Ann’s Angels Annual Grand Slam Ball Tournament was held in Hay River after the team could not reach an arrangement with the Town of Fort Smith on changing an […]

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Getting ready to go to work

A new program will begin next month at Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre to get young people prepared for the workforce. The Young Eagles Work Readiness Program is targeted at youth aged 15 to 25 years old and will be offered from Sept. 8 to March 18. The program has been created by Yvonne Hopkins, the […]

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Prime minister campaigns in Hub

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a campaign stop in Hay River last week. But it was Fort Smith that was the target of promised federal largesse. Harper, who was making his second visit to Hay River as prime minister on Aug. 14, announced a plan to finish chipsealing Highway 5 to Fort Smith. However, Mayor […]

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Crowdfunding effort takes aim at indoor playground for youth

A Hay River woman has launched a crowdfunding initiative with the goal of creating an indoor playground for young children. “I’ve had the idea since she was big enough to crawl around and get into trouble,” said Dejah Kathleen Clarke, pointing to her now three-year-old daughter playing in an outdoor park. “I’ve been thinking about […]

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Big fires cool down

A large forest fire on the east side of the Hay River – near Paradise Valley and Enterprise – is not expected to cause any problems for the rest of the season. “The areas that are still smouldering, if we get a little bit of wind and it gets a little hotter, it will show […]

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Scary, but a lot of fun

Payton Magrum – a 14-year-old girl from the Hay River Reserve – is obviously ready for challenges. Among them? Kayaking through rapids. That’s exactly what she did for the first time as part of a group of teenage girls on a recent canoe trip on the Slave River with Northern Youth Leadership. Magrum said the […]

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Truck rolls over on reserve

A small truck went off the road and ended up on its side on the Hay River Reserve last week, but no one was seriously injured. According to the RCMP, the truck and its sole occupant went off the road at about 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. The police and emergency medical services from the […]

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Strike end in sight

Both town and union representatives are eager to end the labour dispute that has consumed the town for the past six months. “The offer was overwhelmingly accepted,” said Rachel Yee, who is one of the 31 town employees who have been on strike since Feb. 9. “We’re hoping to be able to return to work […]

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