By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Coronation man walked into a Calgary second hand store over 30 years ago, purchased some antique items that included a rare, 19th Century newspaper and has been wondering about the periodical ever since.…

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 KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Traffic safety in local school zones will be at the forefront of discussion this March as the Southeastern Albert Traffic Safety Coalition works to inform drivers about proper safety protocol when dropping off and…

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 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 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 Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – Moose Hide Campaign Day, which is intended to raise awareness for violence against Indigenous women and children, has been postponed to May 12, due to the significant health risks of the Omicron…

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 Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – The newly-released 2021 report from the National Advisory Council on Poverty shows a significant decrease in poverty rates, but the report cautions that this is based on data from 2015 – 2019…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County wants to encourage more physicians to serve the High Prairie region, male and female. At its regular meeting Aug. 11, council turned down a request from the Town of High Prairie for a…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A longtime High Prairie healthcare proponent is urging town council to lobby government to bring chemotherapy to the local region. George Keay spoke to Town of High Prairie council at its regular meeting Aug. 10 in…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Nurses at High Prairie Health Complex set up information pickets Aug. 11 to share concerns about government action with health care. Members of the United Nurses of Alberta held Day of Action across Alberta to send…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The owner of Shadow Creek Resort at Joussard is proposing to build a spray park. However, one local council supported the resort’s project while another did not. Big Lakes County agreed at its July 14 meeting…

MLA Rehn, Infrastructure minister hear local issues Chris CleggSouth Peace News There was no major announcement for the High Prairie region during a tour by provincial politicians July 30, but local politicians did get a chance to bend their ears…

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…

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…

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…

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…