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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 […]

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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Rec Centre reflections

As work has started to tear down and then rebuild the Don Stewart Rec Centre, many people – both current and former residents of Hay River – are reminiscing about a building that was a big part of their lives. Among those reminiscing is Ron Cook, who was the recreation director with the Town of […]

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50 years of service marked

Sister Maggie Beaudette celebrated 50 years of religious dedication on June 26 at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church with a few surprises to thank her for her life of service. Letters and speeches poured in from Bishop Mark Hagemoen, members of the Catholic Women’s League, MLAs Wally Schumann and R.J. Simpson, Mayor Brad Mapes, […]

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Culture camp gets sporty for the summer

Culture is actually right there in the name of the Summer Culture Camp 2015 but sports will also be a big component of the activities being offered for youngsters by Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre. The camp, which starts on July 4 and runs to Aug. 26, will feature numerous sports. “We go swimming twice a […]

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Ravens disperse for spring and summer

There are fewer ravens in Hay River at this time of year. But ravens don’t migrate, so where do they go, and why? It is all related to the supply of food and the nesting habits of the iconic birds of the North. “What happens every spring is the ravens leave the inhabited areas, and […]

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