Richard Froese What is fair and equitable representation for rural regions in the provincial legislature? Is fair and equitable representation important, valid, or essential in rural areas where the population is much more sparse and communities are smaller and farther…
2 HPSD drivers off to provincials

Richard Froese Spotlight Two bus drivers with High Prairie School Division are off to the provincial finals after finishing top in the second annual Zone 5 (northwest) School Bus Roadeo in High Prairie on May 27. Carmen Pelletier of Falher…

Following are the results of High Prairie Dolphins’ swimmers at the Beaverlodge Barracudas Swim Meet May 27: Swimmer     Event Time                     Fin Lexi Flett Girl’s 6 & under 25-M…

Jeff Burgar Any red-blooded farm boy or girl, townie in rural Alberta, First Nations or Metis, or even a person living in Grande Prairie or Lloydminster, would find their blood pressure popping their eyeballs, if they weren’t already having a…
PIC – That time of year

Town of High Prairie public works employee Joe Hyde hangs a flower basket by South Peace News. Staff were busy hanging the baskets on May 31. The baskets add a lot of colour to the town during the late spring,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County was awarded almost $2.1 million in funding from the provincial government May 31 to replace one bridge and three culverts. A total of $2,096,597 was approved under Alberta’s Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program…
HPSD new appointees

Richard Froese Spotlight Neil Barry has been appointed the new principal of E.W. Pratt High School in High Prairie. He will succeed Jamie Babcock, who will become the principal of Prairie View Outreach School in High Prairie, says a news…

My heartfelt thank you goes to Linda Williscroft, Ken Matthews, Nona Elliott and George Keay, members of the Health Foundation Committee of which I am not a member, for working extremely hard for many years raising funds with our community…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News A comment at a recent High Prairie town council meeting prompted me to do a little research. The results are fascinating. The comment made alluded to needing “new blood” serving on boards. That is,…

Richard Froese South Peace News A former High Prairie man set to be sentenced on robbery charges in August now has more freedom. Cole Harvey Hansen, who has since relocated to Wembley, Alta., was released on bail for $1,500, no…
PICs – Flower power takes root at MacIntyre Park

Colour was added to MacIntyre Park in downtown High Prairie with flowers planted by Grade 4 students of St. Andrew’s School and High Prairie Elementary School on June 1. Annuals such as petunias and geraniums were added as part of…

Richard Froese Spotlight High Prairie School Division has altered its school calendar for 2017-2018 to accommodate a new contract for teachers. At its monthly meeting May 17, the board of trustees reviewed required changes to the school year calendar as…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The Town of High Prairie and High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board’s free barbecue to celebrate the end of Senior’s Week will be held June 9 at Jaycee Park from 11 a.m. to 1…
Proposal sees little change for riding

Richard Froese South Peace News Lesser Slave Lake riding may be saved under the review of the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. An interim report indicates the commission has proposed to keep the Lesser Slave Lake riding along with the neighbouring…

Richard Froese South Peace News Funding of $4.6 million for three water projects in Big Lakes County has flowed from the provincial government. A grant of $3.6 million was approved to upgrade the Joussard water treatment plant for additional water…
PIC – Down and dirty

St. Andrew’s School students proved they were not afraid to get their hands dirty while planting flowers June 1. Students at St. Andrew’s School and High Prairie Elementary School helped the High Prairie Community Beautification Association beautify MacIntyre Park by…