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Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Crime prevention, traffic safety and reducing illegal drug activity are the top three priorities Big Lakes County has set for High Prairie RCMP and Faust RCMP. At its regular meeting Feb. 24, council set the priorities…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Students attending High Prairie schools may still be able to use the Sports Palace for skating. In an abrupt turn of events after terminating the Joint-Use Agreement with local school divisions, High Prairie town council decided…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County council is questioning the value as a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities [FCM]. At its regular meeting Feb. 10, council passed a motion to add its voice of concern about FCM…

Proposed fee hike to out-of-towners denied Chris CleggSouth Peace News A proposed Town of High Prairie fees bylaw was stopped dead in its tracks after a rousing debate on the fees for business licences. Council debated the issue at its…
‘The more the better’

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It was a tough question but one Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn did not dodge. “How strong is our voice,” asked Town of High Prairie Councillor Judy Stenhouse at council’s meeting Feb. 9, which Rehn…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has accepted an invitation to partner with three local governments in the Slave Lake region to promote economic development. At its regular meeting Feb. 17, Big Lakes council appointed Reeve Ken Matthews to…
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Chris CleggSouth Peace News Fireworks illegal in town Town of High Prairie fire chief Trevor Cisaroski reported he made a post on Facebook regarding the use of fireworks in town.Fact is, they are illegal.He said the post seemed to work.“The…

Request to remove dangerous trees refused by council Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County attempted to embark on a policy to remove dangerous trees on county property requested by residents. However, a draft policy recommended by administration was cut…
‘Ad nauseum’ debate ends

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Enough is enough! It is what High Prairie town council decided at its Jan. 26 meeting while updating its flag policy. “Don’t put it on [CAO Rod Risling’s] plate,” said Councillor Michael Long near the end…

. . .but they won’t get any help from the Town of High to form new organization Chris CleggSouth Peace News A strongly-worded letter from the M.D. of Bonnyville regarding the ineffectiveness of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities [FCM] is…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County will change the way it celebrates National Volunteer Week, scheduled for April 18-24, 2021. At its meeting Feb. 17, council agreed to hold one regional appreciation dinner for the annual event and rotate…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie town council is holding out hope that COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted in time to enjoy ice in one of its arenas before spring. Council agreed at its Feb. 9 meeting to remove the…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The ice is out in one High Prairie arena and the second rink may close for the winter season in the next few weeks. Ice was taken out of the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre upon a…
‘Lopsided’ joint-use agreement scrapped

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County council is ready to go back to square one to draft a new joint-use agreement with the Town of High Prairie and local school divisions. At its regular meeting Jan. 27, council approved…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Let’s do business! It’s what the Slave Lake Region Tri-Council wants to do with High Prairie town council. A letter sent to council Jan. 22 from Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman, M.D. of Lesser Slave River…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County plans to amend its land-use bylaw to meet updated regulations for storing pressure vessel containers. At its regular meeting Jan. 27, council gave first reading to Bylaw 02-2021 to amend the section related…