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,…
Arnold’s 6 simple questions

On July 8, Arnold Viersen, MP for Peace River – Westlock was in Ottawa to take part in the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Viersen asked the Liberals six simple questions on Alberta’s economic and financial place within Canada…
Woman turns passion into HP’s newest business

Chris CleggSouth Peace News If you don’t know exactly what bubble tea is, give it a try at High Prairie’s newest business. You are surely in for a pleasant surprise! Jessica Villa opened Jessthetics June 26. She specializes in making…
No space, no problem, says Grammer

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Space is the last thing that will keep Helen Grammer from enjoying her true passion: flowers and gardening! Grammer lives in a small apartment in High Prairie with no front yard and back yard. To enjoy…
Red Wings prepare for ‘stronger’ season

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The High Prairie Red Wings are gearing up for their second season in the West Division of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League. Training camps for the teams are set to start in September, says Derek…
Plenty of space for more RVs, says council

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is giving a second look at a bylaw to allow property owners to host up to four recreational vehicles on their property. At its regular meeting July 8, council directed administration to prepare…
Proposed family campground denied

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Faust residents have spoken. Letters from more than 30 residents opposed to a proposed private 10-unit family campground in a residential area of Faust helped Big Lakes County council put an end to the plan. At…