Vigil remembers lives lost in residential schools

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Former students of Indian residential schools were remembered and honoured during a special memorial vigil June 8 in Joussard. About 200 people gathered on the site of the former St. Bruno’s Mission that operated from 1913-1969.…
5-month timeline given for new HP S/Sgt. to arrive

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It may take up to five months to find a new staff sergeant to lead the High Prairie RCMP detachment. Current S/Sgt. Warren Wright attended his last High Prairie town council meeting June 8 to bid…
The Fair Deal

Is Alberta getting a fair deal from the federal governnment in Confederation, especially regarding transfer payments? Alberta voters will decide in a referendum during the Oct. 18 municipal elections. Locally, three MLAs say Alberta is not. Kenney introduces referendum question…
Moore joins BLC as grants officer

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County welcomes Kim Moore as its new grants officer. She started June 7 in her role to find grants and support community organizations. “My husband and I recently moved to the High Prairie area…
It’s ‘Game On!’ at library!

Learning never stops Chris CleggSouth Peace News Jose Rainville comes by her passion for reading and children quite honestly. The Whitemud area woman wants to become a teacher so what better way to gain some experience than by leading the…
Kinuso Lakeside sweeps 4-H awards

Pearl LorentzenSouth Peace News In a normal year, Mirror Landing at Smith, Kinuso Lakeside, and Coyote Acres at High Prairie, all compete in the East Peace District 4-H competition and live auction. However, in 2021 it was a bit different.…
Walk remembers murdered children

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The news that horrified a nation brought people in the High Prairie region together in the spirit of recognition and reconciliation June 3 in the Civic Square. On June 1, it was reported that 215 children…
Upgrades planned for local housing

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Several seniors and family housing units in the High Prairie region and Falher will get upgrades with funding from the federal and provincial governments. Heart River Housing was allocated funding of $265,000, CAO Lindsay Pratt says.…
Anglican Church bells ring for COVID-19 victims

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Anglican churches in High Prairie and Peace River are paying special memory to those who die of COVID-19. Bells ring each Friday at noon at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in High Prairie and the Cathedral Parish…
BLC policy sets standards of service

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has updated its standards for the level of services for its fire department. At its regular meeting May 26, Big Lakes council adopted a policy to set the levels of service for Big…
Mills, Robinson win Larry Dahlgren Memorial

MLA’s intervention helped clear way for tournament to proceed Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News The story behind the story of the fourth annual Larry Dahlgren Memorial Walleye Tournament has to do with how the local MLA intervened to get a…
REAC calls for an end to clear-cut logging

Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News A Lesser Slave Lake-area environmental group is predicting disaster for the ecosystem if current forest harvest practices aren’t modified. The Regional Environmental Action Committee [REAC], in a letter sent out on May 21, called on…
Wetlands a vital component of forests

Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News Fires and floods are one of the dangers of summer in the boreal forest. Healthy wetlands can help with both and are very common. “There’s so many that you don’t realize how important they are,”…
5 volunteers log 230 combined years

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Five longtime volunteers at the High Prairie Health Complex were thanked for their dedicated service for 40 years or more. Alberta Health Services [AHS] honoured the volunteers May 19 at the hospital. AHS recognized Anne Porisky…
Woman pleas for abandoned cats

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A High Prairie woman is disgusted by the actions of people who drop off unwanted cats in places like the Jackpines just north of town. Linda Peard says she only wants people to have respect for…