COVID-19 UPDATE – August 14, 2020

As of August 14, Alberta Health has confirmed 160 new cases in Alberta in the last 48 hours. August 13=76, August 14=84. There are 18 new cases in the North Zone over the last 48 hours. There have been 1…
Corvette crashes into Peace River home

by Susan Thompson “…he lost control, skidded across three lawns, came through his fence and yard and struck Blake’s neighbour’s house.” Rob Blake, Facebook to the Peace River General Forumgroup. Peace Regional RCMP announced Aug. 13 they have found the…
COVID-19 UPDATE – August 12, 2020

As of August 12, Alberta Health has confirmed 206 new cases in Alberta in the since August 10. August 11=85, August 12=121. There are 22 new cases in the North Zone over the last 48 hours. There have been 1…
PIC – Spin me ‘round!

Zane Letendre, 10, leaps into the air and spins his scooter July 26 at the Q Skate Plaza in High Prairie. The hot, sunny day brought many youth to the facility. Nice to see the helmet!

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Local rural communities could be short of physician locums under a plan to transfer the budget to Alberta Health Services (AHS) from the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) starting Sept. 1. That has longtime High Prairie physician…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News High Prairie town council is determined to persuade Big Lakes County council to provide a carryover grant of $407,000 from 2019 turned down by county council in 2020. After the county withheld the carryover amount at…
Power outages leave many in the dark

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News Residents in communities across the Peace were left without power after a severe electrical storm on the long weekend. Multiple power outages starting in the early hours of Monday Aug. 3 left short-handed crews scrambling as…
EW Pratt graduates on parade Aug. 15

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Graduating students of E.W. Pratt High School in High Prairie will be honoured at special celebrations Aug. 15. Graduates are organizing an unofficial ceremony featured by a parade scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. “Students came…
A&W Burgers to Beat MS Day returns Aug. 20

SPN Staff A battle against multiple sclerosis will be supported at the 12th annual A&W Burgers to Beat MS Day on Aug. 20. For every Teen Burger sold, A&W will donate $2 to the MS Society of Canada to help…
PIC – Hang on!

Daymond Tancowny, 13, was honing his scooter skills July 26 at the Q Skate Plaza in High Prairie. The hot, sunny day brought many youth to the facility. Nice to see the helmet!

Richard Froese Rural regions are dying for doctors. Areas around small communities like Falher, McLennan and High Prairie suffer from a severe shortage of physicians. The Smoky River region around Falher has a bare number of physicians. A story in…

Jeff Burgar It’s now about five months from the time most of the Western world really started taking notice of Covid-19. Besides the scramble to find vaccines and cures, there is a mad rush to take political advantage of this…

By Gwyn MorganContributorTroy Media Conflict of interest revelations surrounding the selection of WE Charity to administer the Canada Student Service Grant have dominated recent media coverage and led to investigations by parliamentary committees and the federal ethics commissioner. While getting…

SPN Staff Though summer activities have been a bit different this year given the ongoing pandemic, there are still a lot of drivers on Alberta roadways, many of whom are newly-licenced. Whether they hold a learner’s licence or recently received…

Pastor Brian Gilroy,High Prairie Church of the Nazarene As children, when we were caught red handed, many of us would still deny any involvement in wrongdoing. By the way, the origin of the phrase “red handed” is of Scottish origin…
The Page – August 12, 2020

Sturgeon Lake just west of Valleyview is one of the latest lakes to get a warning about blue- green algae blooms. Not only is there the toxic algae (cyanobacteria), there is also a warning about swimming at Williamson Provincial Park…