Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The old fire hall in Kinuso has been sold by Big Lakes County at a bargain price. At its regular meeting July 14, council approved a recommendation to sell the old fire hall for $1 to…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Treaty 8 First Nation chiefs and Elders from Treaty 8 communities met on July 11 at Willow Point near Sucker Creek First Nation to share their vision and ideas for the Treaty 8 Child Well Being…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Banished Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn is back in as a serving MLA for the United Conservative Party government. UCP caucus chair Nathan Neudorf made the announcement July 14. The UCP says since his removal…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader A Slave Lake house with a bad reputation got shut down by Alberta Sheriffs last week. Located on 3rd St. SW, the rented property was known for drug use and trafficking – it had also been the…

New position created Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A partnership to provide support for information technology [IT] for the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County has been initiated. At its regular meeting June 23, Big Lakes council approved an…

By Alexandre Massaux,Research Associate,Frontier Centre for Public Policy,Courtesy of Troy Media. The debt in Canada’s Prairie provinces has grown colossally during the COVID-19 pandemic, just as debt has in the rest of Canada and around the world. At the end…

Chris Clegg We should not begrudge our friends at the other end of the lake [Slave Lake] for lobbying to secure better health services. Whether you live in Slave Lake, High Prairie, McLennan, Donnelly, Falher or Peace River, it is…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The recently completed Canadian census is not drawing a very positive response from McLennan town council. “This damn census was a joke!” stated Councillor Sue Delaurier at council’s June 14 meeting. There was no objection from…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Triangle’s popular weekend of mud bog racing returns on the first weekend of July after being ditched in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Pioneer Threshermans Association will host the event July 3-4. “It’s a circuit,…

The following statement was released by the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta June 22: We, the sovereign chiefs of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, mourn the recent discovery of the mass grave of 215 children at the Kamloops…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team [ASIRT] has released details in the tragic incident that left a Gift Lake man and an RCMP Police Service Dog dead. On June 17, ASIRT was directed to investigate the…

By Alexandre Massaux,Research Associate,Frontier Centre for Public Policy,Courtesy of Troy Media. At the end of 2020, Alberta’s debt was estimated at $98 billion, Manitoba’s was $28.6 billion and Saskatchewan’s stood at $15 billion. These debts are lower than Quebec’s [$220…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A very happy High Prairie town council is still taking a cautious approach to information in a letter stating the old High Prairie Regional Health Complex will be demolished this year. “To me, it’s information but…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The police community and High Prairie RCMP detachment is in mourning after the local police dog Jago was shot and killed while in the line of duty. Jago was on duty June 17 while trying to…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The former principal at High Prairie E.W. Pratt High School is facing serious criminal charges. Yellowknife RCMP General Investigations Section [GIS] have laid charges of sexual assault and exploitation in a historical investigation against Neil Barry.…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The dust has settled on roads in Big Lakes County hamlets. Council revised the dust control policy for hamlets at its regular meeting May 12. Council changed the definition of dust control from cold mix to…

I have a friend who picks bottles in and around High Prairie. Because he is retired, his primary reason for doing so is to escape boredom. One day, I asked him how many bottles he picks are alcoholic versus non-alcoholic…

Richard Froese Are the new tightened health restrictions in Alberta working to stop the spike of COVID-19 cases in the third wave? Updated restrictions were announced May 4 by Premier Jason Kenney that many people say are too tight. Other…

Residents in communities across Canada are urged to get counted in the 2021 national census in May. Every five years, Canadians expect canvassers or a Statistics Canada envelope at their door. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has eliminated the door-to-door campaign…

Hardest hit will come from education, not municipal portion Chris CleggSouth Peace News Residents in High Prairie will be paying a bit more for taxes this year. Council passed its mill rate bylaw May 13 at a special meeting after…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Do you think your vehicle is bouncing its way over northern Alberta’s worst road? If you think so, the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association wants to hear from you! The association is launching a social…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It has taken well over a decade of lobbying, a plethora of setbacks and triumphs, but the end is near! Alberta Health Services announced May 7 that construction has started at the High Prairie Health Complex…

Joe McWilliamsSouth Peace News With a provincial election two years away, it seems unusually early to be running a candidate recruitment campaign. But that’s what the Lesser Slave Lake United Conservative Party [UCP] Constituency Association is doing. Ads inviting applications…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Five charges have been dropped against a man from the High Prairie area charged in connection with a major illegal fish-poaching operation. Charges for Louis Robert Bellrose were withdrawn in High Prairie provincial court May 17.…

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News No pharmacies north of Manning are currently offering COVID vaccinations, even as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mackenzie County, Alberta’s largest municipality. In La Crete, Fort Vermilion and High Level, vaccinations for COVID-19 are only…

Jeff Burgar People say this will be one great big driving and camping summer in Alberta. Backed up demand, people sick of being cooped up and isolated, and the issues surrounding travel out-of-province and out-of-country. It isn’t just in Alberta.…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A proper study needs to be done on the High Prairie Sports Palace and curling rink so council can plan for the future with the best information possible. It was the consensus after council approved to…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is not denying or confirming it may be closing the Enilda Fire Department. In a letter to the editor in South Peace News April 14, Eric Corbiere made the assertion council is “talking…