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Running for fun

October 16, 2017

Runners and would-be runners will have a chance later this month to run just for fun.

A Halloween 5K Fun Run is set for Oct. 28. Read More

Proposed facility could see 60 positions

October 15, 2017

The minister of Health and Social Services has provided an estimate of how many jobs might be created in Hay River from a proposed 48-bed long-term care facility.

Speaking in the territorial legislature on Sept. 26, Glen Abernethy said it’s a little early to give definitive numbers, but he could give some rough numbers. Read More

Airline assists relief efforts

October 15, 2017

Canadian North had positioned a Boeing 737-200 Combi aircraft and 12 crew members on the U.S. Virgin Island of Saint Croix in the Caribbean to assist in hurricane relief efforts.

The team planned to spend 10 days in that location, operating charter flights on behalf of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and assisting with the urgent movement of passengers and goods between Saint Croix and Saint Thomas, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico. Canadian North was tentatively scheduled to remain in the Caribbean until Oct. 8.

Getting youth back on the right track

October 14, 2017

A program like Northern Youth Abroad may at first seem like an opportunity only for those who excel in class or are already on a solid track, but organizers especially encourage youth who may be struggling a bit more to apply. Read More

No ice, no problem

October 14, 2017

Even the lack of ice could not stop a group of young hockey enthusiasts in Hay River from celebrating World Girls’ Hockey Weekend. Read More

First Air gets a makeover

October 13, 2017

First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff.

After 71 years in business, the arctic’s flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red background. Read More

Nominations open for Deh Gah Got’ie election

October 13, 2017

Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation is gearing up for a Nov. 20 election.

Nominations for a chief and seven councillors opened Oct. 2 and will close Oct. 27. Prior to the election, two advance polls will take place Nov. 6 and Nov. 10. Read More

Mounties say Sir John Franklin threat not legit

October 13, 2017

RCMP says that after an investigation they have determined that a perceived threat against Sir John Franklin School in Yellowknife posted on social media was not credible.

Officers received a complaint about the threat on Oct. 12 and immediately started an investigation, stated a news release.

Police stated they worked with the school and located the threat source.

“At no time were students at risk,” RCMP stated.

They added threats of any nature are not a prank or hoax and can carry serious consequences. Police did not reveal any specific details on the nature of the threat.

142 hit the ice

October 13, 2017

A swelling cohort of new hockey players has the Inuvik Minor Hockey Association buzzing this season. Read More

Outstanding SAO recognized

October 13, 2017

Sambaa K’e’s Ruby Jumbo was named 2017’s Outstanding SAO of the Year by the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) at the organization’s annual general meeting on Oct. 5 in Yellowknife. Read More

Town staff must remain unbiased

October 12, 2017

Sticking out in the crowd of recreation initiatives and public service announcements on the Town of Inuvik’s Facebook page was a politically charged suggestion early Saturday, Oct. 7. Read More

GNWT honours long-service employees

October 9, 2017

The GNWT has recognized some of its long-service employees in the Hay River area.

At an annual ceremony on Oct. 4, workers who had reached five-year milestones – up to 30 years of service – were honoured. Read More

Editorial: The faces of Canada

October 9, 2017

Maybe we shouldn’t admit it, but we watch a lot of television.

And television can be – depending on what you are watching, of course – educational or just a complete waste of time. But that is just taking into account the TV programs you are watching. Read More

Behchoko dangerous driver gets 10 months in jail

October 9, 2017

A Behchoko man has been sentenced to 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing bodily harm following a hit and run crash in July 2016. Samuel Simpson smiled at supporters and appeared relieved after he was sentenced by judge Karan Shaner in Supreme Court in Yellowknife on Oct. 11. Read More

Dene welcome governor general

October 9, 2017

The Dene Nation has welcomed Canada’s new Governor General.

The Dene Nation extends its wholehearted congratulations to Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette for taking the formal oath of office as Canada’s 29th Governor General. We wish Her Excellency every success in representing the Queen,” stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in an Oct. 2 news release, adding Dene leaders look forward to meeting Payette to discuss treaty and Aboriginal rights. Read More

Soup Kitchen plans fundraiser

October 9, 2017

The Hay River Soup Kitchen is planning a fundraiser called A Taste of Soup on Oct. 28.

The event will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, beginning at 6 p.m.

It will feature homemade soup and sandwiches, along with a silent auction, entertainment and door prizes.

Open house by fire department

October 9, 2017

The Hay River Fire Department will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Community residents are being invited to check out the department’s equipment – including the pumpers, tankers, ambulances and rescue units – and visit with firefighters.

The open house is part of Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8 to 14.

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.

No ice, no problem

October 9, 2017

Even the lack of ice could not stop a group of young hockey enthusiasts in Hay River from celebrating World Girls’ Hockey Weekend. Read More

Taltson hydro shutdown set

October 9, 2017

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced a shutdown of the Taltson hydro power plant.

According the power corp., the shutdown is planned to begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 and end at 6 p.m. that day so maintenance can be carried out on a transmission line.

During the shutdown, Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Resolution and Buffalo Junction will be run on diesel power.

Oct. 13 is an alternate day for the shutdown in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Good weather; bad news

October 8, 2017

The Lord has blessed us in the Sahtu region for the past two weeks with lovely weather. As I write this on Oct. 4, we usually have snow by this time. Read More

Panty thief exposed at Tundra Mine

October 8, 2017

Thefts of underwear and other clothing items from the women’s dorm at the Tundra Mine mine clean-up has sent a chill through the site’s small group of female employees, News/North has learned. Read More

Simple possibilities

October 8, 2017

Out here in Reliance we have most definitely moved from late summer to autumn, the chilly grey mornings slowly brightening to show the decks and rocks slick with lightly frozen dew. Read More

Behchoko dangerous driver gets 10 months in jail

October 8, 2017

A Behchoko man has been sentenced to 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing bodily harm following a hit and run crash in July 2016. Samuel Simpson smiled at supporters and appeared relieved after he was sentenced by judge Karan Shaner in Supreme Court in Yellowknife on Oct. 11. Read More

Murder in the high Arctic

October 8, 2017

Step back in time to a land of extremes, where men toiled to find the Northwest passage and murder in the high Arctic changed a culture forever. Read More

Dene invite new GG to the North

October 8, 2017

Dene leaders are looking forward to discussing treaty and Aboriginal rights with Canada’s new Governor General.

“As the new representative of the Crown, we encourage Governor General (Julie) Payette to come to the north,” stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in a news release Monday. He added that unlike many Canadians, who view the Governor General and Queen in a “symbolic way,” First Nations have a “direct legal relationship” with her. Payette was sworn in as the 29th Governor General of Canada on Monday.

Laughter is good medicine, eh 

October 8, 2017

One day last week Jean was telling me how excited she was to go see her family at Thanksgiving. She headed to the bedroom and said, “I need to go and crack my toes.” I’m laughing and ask her, why do you need to crack your toes? She yells from the bedroom. “Hello, clean your ears, I need to pack my clothes.” Hahaha! We both laughed and laughed. Read More

Doctored Smurf cartoon no laughing matter

October 7, 2017

A former senior employee of the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is owed $50,000 after his reputation was ruined by a co-worker in 2015 to the point he could no longer find work within the NWT. Read More

Stittco Energy up for sale

October 7, 2017

As the result of major corporate merger, Canada’s Competition Bureau is requiring Stittco Energy in Hay River, among other rural retail propane businesses, to be sold, according to a Sept. 27 release. Read More

Futsal camps come to a close

October 7, 2017

If the territory’s young futsal players were looking to make an impact ahead of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, late September was the time to do it. Read More

Bad flu season predicted

October 7, 2017

The flu season is getting an early start in the NWT, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, and it might be an indicator of a heavy season ahead. Read More

Ingenuity in Carcross sets example

October 6, 2017

One of the largest challenges Yukon deputy minister of Economic Development Justin Ferbey faced in developing tourism infrastructure for Carcross – including what has now become a successful series of mountain biking trails – was stepping on the toes of some of the area’s culture and history. Read More

MLA salary freeze may end next spring

October 5, 2017

A two-year freeze that temporarily halted cost of living adjustments to MLAs’ salaries is set to expire next year.

MLAs passed a bill in March 2016 that froze their salaries and benefits at 2015 levels for the years 2016 and 2017. Read More

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