Dubai trip opens markets for county

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Three agricultural producers promoted Big Lakes County at the world’s largest international food trade show to expand markets. The trio attended the 24th annual Gulfood Food and Beverage Trade Exhibition, Feb. 17-21 in Dubai, United Arab…

Jeff Burgar Can anything be done about High Prairie’s ‘Bridge Crew?’ The short answer, at least as far as police chit-chatting with the High Prairie Chamber of Commerce recently, is, “Not really. Not unless they are doing something against the…

Jeff Burgar There are so many exciting things these days. Outraged folks will picket a shop because they don’t like a sign in the window. Meanwhile, I’m wondering where the outrage is over one of our favourite country singers, Shania…

I will start out by saying that I am not anti-gun . If I had been in the possession of one a couple of years ago I would have blown that bear off my porch. I had been woke up…

What do the mayors of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie all have in common? Are they concerned, like so many of our northern neighbours, by ridiculously high gasoline prices? Do they want more rail cars to ship…

When it comes to tourism, development, perhaps even agriculture, our federal government is about to make big splashes. It isn’t just with hipwaders, clipboards and measuring tubes. There is more. Add new laws and rules that for all purposes, look…

Osoyoos First Nation Chief Clarence Louie gave a good speech at the recent High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week Gala. For those who may not know, Osoyoos is now considered one of the most successful First…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The High Prairie Regals have made their application to rejoin the North Peace Hockey League for the coming season. The club met Sept. 18 and decided to proceed in organizing a team. The filed a…

Richard Froese South Peace News All nine members of Big Lakes County council are seeking re-election in the municipal elections as nomination day approaches on Sept. 18. Reeve Ken Matthews indicates he will be in the running. “Yes, I am…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News I took this stand a few years ago and wrote a column on the matter. This week, I do the same. Last week, Councillor Brian Gilroy asked if I would sign his nomination papers…

Jeff Burgar How does one decide what to put in a time capsule? A few days ago, about 150 (a fitting number, it being Canada’s 150th anniversary) watched excitedly as the High Prairie time capsule, was cracked open. The actually…
Cameras help traffic flow in High Prairie

Richard Froese South Peace News Special cameras are up and operating at two major High Prairie highway intersections to improve traffic flow. Cameras were installed Aug. 23 on Highway Two at the intersections of Secondary Highway 749 and at 50…

Richard Froese South Peace News An unusual odor in drinking water in High Prairie late last week caused some concern for residents. People were being advised the water was still safe to consume, despite the odor. “It’s still drinkable, it…

Joe McWilliams From Slave Lake Lakeside Leader   After some vigorous discussion, Slave Lake town council has pretty much decided to give back yard chickens a try. It’ll be a small number, for a trial period, but it’s a definite…

Normand Boulet, CCA Agricultural Fieldman M.D. of Smoky River   It’s not that I want to try and make it sound like weed and pest inspectors are important, at best I expect most people consider them to be a necessary…

Georgia Dubois Director Smoky River Family and Community Support Services   Standard Teen Triple P Program Does this sound like your situation? You never imagined things would get this way. Life with your teenager may have turned into a constant struggle.…

Dan Dibbelt Smoky River Regional Economic Development   A couple of weeks ago Smoky River Regional Economic Development (SRRED) partnered with the Peace Region Economic Development Alliance to host the minister of Environment, Shannon Phillips and the Minister of Energy…

Commentary by Jeff Burgar   Crime in the streets. Roving gangs threatening and robbing tourists. A strange mosquito virus causing babies to be born with shrunken heads. A horde of doped up atheletes coming to town to beat the pants…

Commentary by Chris Clegg   Reading and hearing of the megabucks earned by movie stars and athletes truly makes the mind boggle. Basketball and baseball players are signing $100 million plus contracts. Hockey and football players are not as fortunate.…

by Jeff Burgar High Prairie South Peace News Communities served by two busy hospitals in Northern Alberta are wondering why Alberta Hospital Services is fighting against them as they try to attract new doctors. The two communities, the Smoky River…