PIC – MLA welcomes community

Lesser Slave Lake MLA and Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee hosted an open house Nov. 25 in her constituency office in the Town of High Prairie civic building. Left-right, are Larivee, Candice Maglione and Rod Chalifoux of Driftpile First Nation,…

SPN Staff Driftpile First Nation continues to provide education opportunities for its residents. The band’s education department recently unveiled its version of the Building Collaboration and Capacity in Education Grant Program. The initiative is a one-time conditional grant funding opportunity…

Richard Froese South Peace News Impacts of the new provincial carbon tax remain the big question as Big Lakes County prepares a new budget for 2017. At a budget meeting Dec. 5, council adopted an interim operating budget of $35.8…
PIC – Meaning of the season

St. Mark’s Anglican Church held its annual Nativity Celebration Dec. 2. The church strives to re-create the night of the birth of Jesus by using characters and costumes, complete with readings from the Bible telling of that miraculous night. Bishop’s…
HPSD hires new senior IT technician

Spotlight Staff High Prairie School Division has appointed Manuel Bulosan as senior information technology (IT) technician. He has been a computer technician for HPSD since October 2015. “We look forward to Manuel’s continued success in the technology department,” says Tammy…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Too much Iver Paulino. That was the story Dec. 7 as the visiting St. Andrew’s Saints defeated the Kinuso Knights 50-34 in Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League Boy’s Division action. Paulino scored 28…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Wins are rare for any Slave Lake team over Prairie River but that’s what happened Dec. 7 as the Slave Lake St. Francis Falcons defeated the Raiders 53-32. The win left both teams at 2-1…
PIC – Trustees meet the minister

High Prairie School Division welcomed Education Minister David Eggen, who visited High Prairie Elementary on Nov. 29. Left-right, are High Prairie Trustee Joyce Dvornek, Slave Lake Trustee Tracy Ottenbreit, board vice-chair Slave Lake Trustee Joy McGregor, Eggen, West End Trustee…
Cree Code Talker earns more top awards

Richard Froese Spotlight A short documentary film about a Grouard man’s unique role in the Second World War has won more awards. Cree Code Talker, co-produced by Alexandra Lazarowich and Cowboy Smithx, won a $1,000 cash award for best short…

Linda Cox, Mayor, Town of High Prairie Following is a portion of Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox’s report to council for Nov. 16 to Dec. 6: Lesser Slave Watershed Council Nov. 17, I attended regular meeting of the…

Jeff Burgar Going back to early days of this newspaper, we have always supported big ideas that would drive the regional economy. The ideas come from everywhere. Local citizens thinking there are alternatives to farming or cooking, outsiders looking for…

Richard Froese South Peace News The High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce continues to search for a part-time executive director. At its regular meeting Dec. 7, executive members discussed the vacancy. “We’ll advertise it again,” president Tracy Sherkawi says.…
PICs – Gingerbread, Jesus and celebration

Although the Miracle Club does not operate year-round any longer, they still hold their popular Christmas Party. This year, 92 children participated in activities at High Prairie Elementary School on Dec. 2. Children and parents, cousins and relatives enjoyed colouring,…

Christmas comes early for health foundation Chris Clegg South Peace News The Buchanan family continues to support High Prairie and area in a huge way. The Buchanan Family Foundation made a $350,000 donation to the High Prairie and District Community…
SARDA celebrating 30 Years

As SARDA’s logo has evolved and been refined, so has the organization. On April 29, 1986, SARDA was incorporated as a non-profit group directed by agricultural producers in the Municipal District of Smoky River. Their goal was to field test…