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…

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.…

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…

HP town council worried about services offered Chris CleggSouth Peace News Some members of High Prairie town council are not happy with what the High Prairie Health Complex has become. “We also have a hospital issue,” said Councillor Donna Deynaka…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie RCMP are investigating an incident where it appears some culprits were helping themselves to some free steaks and hamburgers. RCMP received a report regarding the death of a cow located on the side of…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta are calling on the Government of Alberta to suspend new forestry legislation until concerns about impacts on inherent and Treaty rights are addressed. In December 2020, Alberta enacted Bill…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County continues to lobby the provincial government to protect land west of Grouard that has a long history of flooding. At its regular meeting March 24, council approved a letter to Environment and Parks…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie is losing its Agriculture Financial Services Corporation branch office. On April 30, the High Prairie branch will close and amalgamate with the Falher office. In a news release issued by Big Lakes County March…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Concerns about reduced services and a shortage of physicians and staff at the High Prairie Health Complex have become a priority for the provincial health minister. Big Lakes County council shared issues with Health Minister Tyler…

Over 100 attend rally that was held against Public Health Act guidelines Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News Despite being ticketed for contravening the Public Health Act, Benita Pedersen of Westlock is forging ahead with several more anti-COVID rallies. One such…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Plans for a new gated community for one-level homes for seniors proposed for High Prairie will be discussed at a meeting. Anyone interested is welcome to a meeting Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the St.…
Town of HP, county reach a compromise

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie have agreed to a smaller area for an inter-municipal development plan (IDP). At its regular meeting Sept. 11, county council approved a new revised map recommended…

UCP government in no hurry to fulfill commitment Chris Clegg South Peace News The new United Conservative Party government appears to be in no hurry to honour the previous government’s commitment for renal dialysis service in High Prairie. The news,…

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…