By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Local restaurant staff are doing their part to reduce food waste and support agriculture by turning kitchen and table scraps into chicken feed. Sou Boss, owner of Thai Orchid Room in Medicine Hat, proposed…

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Southeast Region and South Country Co-op are teaming up to support local mental health initiatives through the ‘Share the Wealth for Mental Health’ contact-less pay campaign. Shoppers at…

By Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For more than 11 years, Jenna McGrath has been assisting families as a doula with the birth of their children. This work is an extension of McGrath’s other chosen paths as a registered massage…

By Gillian Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter With population decline affecting many small Alberta municipalities, local governments and policymakers are putting their heads together to come up with a plan to make rural living more attractive for immigrants and Canadians from…

By Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Alberta government is hoping to spur growth in rural communities through two new immigration streams announced during the Premier’s Summit on Fairness for Newcomers on Wednesday, February 16.  Through the Rural Renewal and…

By Anna Smith, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A lack of willing hands and empty bottles may spell dire straits for independent brewers and distillers across Alberta. The number one issue has been getting or keeping staff, said John Warlow, owner of…

By LAUREN THOMSON, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Kara and Kristian Dunroth had a vision of a year-round, indoor, local shopping space, and that dream is coming to fruition with today’s grand opening of Homestead Market. Located in the building that was…

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As Medicine Hat and area dips in and out of extreme cold spells, the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association is sharing tips on how to best care for and protect livestock in frigid weather.…

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The province is making changes to license plate renewal it says will accelerate auto theft investigations.  As of Wednesday this week, motorists are required to report lost or stolen license plates before requesting a…

By John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Strathmore Municipal Library is eliminating membership card fees and overdue fines following a funding contribution from the Town of Strathmore. Beginning this year, library users will no longer have to pay for membership,…

By Tyler Waugh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Frontline staff at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre will again be called upon to screen for the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) effective Dec. 28 after Town council decided Dec. 21 to not allocate…
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…

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…

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…