COVID impact on HP businesses planned in study

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on businesses in the Town of High Prairie may be examined in a regional study. At its regular meeting July 28, town council approved a request from Community Futures…
HP council studies broadband options

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Town of High Prairie council remains committed to improve broadband services in the community. Now the town is considering a project of its own. At its regular meeting July 28, council directed staff to schedule a…
Golden Walleye Classic cancelled

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Anyone wanting to participate in the 32nd annual Golden Walleye Classic at Shaw’s Point Resort near High Prairie will have to wait for 2021. Organizers have called off the event planned for the Labour Day weekend,…
New college campus in High Prairie in final stages

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Northern Lakes College is just weeks away from putting final touches on its new $24 million campus building in High Prairie. “We’re very pleased with the progress,” says board chair Daniel Vandermeulen, of High Prairie. “The…
Back to classes with COVID-19 precautions

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Classrooms will open when students go back to school in September as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. Schools will be ready to welcome students under near-normal daily operations with health measures, announced by the government July…
NADC advocates for broadband in the north

Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News The Northern Alberta Development Council 2018-19 annual report says it advocated for more broadband internet in the north; released a report of types of flax which will grow in the area (a food and fiber…
Tax break for Tolko continues

County honouring agreement Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is honouring its commitment to Tolko Industries by providing a tax break in 2020. While it may look bad in some resident’s eyes, especially since council raised taxes at a…
Efforts continue to demolish old hospital

Chris CleggSouth Peace News So far, no luck, but there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Efforts by local authorities to have the old High Prairie Hospital demolished continued at a conference call meeting July 14 which included…
Effort to save buildings at Police Point renewed

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The historic buildings at Police Point are up for discussion. Big Lakes County discussed the buildings after receiving a development permit from the landowner to move a manufactured home onto the property. In short, current bylaws…
Historic machinery finds new home at Kinosayo Museum

Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News As early as 1983, people started donating machinery to the Kinosayo Museum in Kinuso. However, until this summer there was no place to display them. Board president Jennifer Churchill says the museum has wanted to…
Western Alberta region’s unemployment is rising

Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News The June unemployment rate in western Alberta set a new record. This region includes Lesser Slave Lake region, Peace, and several others. In one year, Alberta went from having the lowest [5.7] unemployment rate in…
Windstorm rips Spruce Point Park

Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News On the evening of Saturday, July 11, a windstorm tore through the campsites at Spruce Point Park. Park manager, Fred Cornelssen, says the storm came in about 8:30 p.m. and lasted maybe 10 minutes. Four…
Strawberry Service owner asks for tax break

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The owner of Strawberry Service is looking for a little help from Big Lakes County as he attempts to re-open his business. Imtiaz Akhtar attended the county meeting July 8 asking council to reduce his 2019…
County fire chief Sturgeon resigns

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is losing its fire chief. David Sturgeon is leaving to take on “another opportunity” at the Peace River Regional District, B.C. “Everyone at the County and Town have been great to work with…
High Praire Fire Department presents 2019 awards

The High Prairie Fire Department held its annual awards ceremony in Town of High Prairie council chambers July 14. The awards are usually presented at the annual ball but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see additional…
Addition planned for Pleasantview

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News More seniors’ housing in High Prairie is part of a plan by Heart River Housing. Heart River plans to add 20 units at Pleasantview Lodge and relocate its offices from Pleasantview to the old RCMP building,…