Driftpile youth strike it big with Blue Jays

Richard Froese South Peace News The spirit of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team was in the area as Driftpile Cree Nation welcomed the Jays Care Foundation for a day camp for youth Aug. 7-10. Driftpile Right to Play youth…

Richard Froese South Peace News Two fire halls in Big Lakes County are getting new boilers. At its regular meeting July 25, council approved a staff recommendation to replace the two boilers in the Faust and Grouard fire halls. “The…
PIC – Bissell honoured for long service

A councillor for Big Lakes County has been specially recognized for service to the fire service on Aug. 8. Enilda – Big Meadow Councillor Donald Bissell received a medal and certificate for more than 40 years of fire service in…

Richard Froese South Peace News Efforts to create a new official regional economic development alliance for the High Prairie and Slave Lake area are moving ahead with an optimistic outlook. Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews reported on a meeting…
PICs – Lots of fun at the 25th Annual Penny Carnival

Children were busy and excited at the 25th annual Penny Carnival at High Prairie Municipal Library on Aug. 9. About 240 people enjoyed a variety of games and activities at 20 stations, supported by 47 volunteers Children were eager to…

Richard Froese South Peace News Steps to create a government required inter-municipal development plan for Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie will start to take shape. At its regular meeting July 25, county council awarded a contract…
Good times draw patrons to jamboree

Chris Clegg South Peace News It just keeps getting bigger and better. If you don’t think so, just ask several of the acts and patrons attending the annual Hoedown Jamboree. “It’s one of the better ones,” says musician Wesley Mapp,…
Sports Palace parking lot gets new surface

Chris Clegg South Peace News The parking lot at the Sports Palace is getting a new surface. Paving of the lot, which began last week, is costing $331,000 with a $20,000 contingency. Council decided to proceed with the project at…
The Page – August 15, 2018

That great big orange circle in the sky? Yes indeed, that’s our Sun. As seen of course, through hundreds of miles of atmospheric smoke haze. That’s the circumstance of massive forest fires in our neighbouring province of British Columbia. By…

Tom Henihan Banks never make mistakes benefiting the customer but they often make mistakes benefiting the institution. It is usually the case that these mistakes, persist until someone outside the institution discovers them and only then is the bank prompted…

Jeff Burgar Late July, early and mid-August are the best days of summer. Sitting in the backyard in late afternoon. Watching the garden and grass grow. Sipping a cool beverage. Thinking casual thoughts. Thoughts like – What’s a good book…

Richard Froese South Peace News Gift Lake Metis Settlement has received a few thousand dollars to host a traditional supper for Culture Days. “We got $3,000,” says settlement administrator Tammy Anderson. “It’s always great to get funding for cultural events…

Water connection fees equal across county Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has expanded its rural water policy that was adopted last spring. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, council rescinded the old policy and replaced it with…
PIC – Mearon’s right on!

Jamie Mearon, of Peavine, sits in the new ATV he won in the 2018 High Prairie Elks Pick Your ATV Raffle. On the right he accepts his 2018 Honda Pioneer 700 4 Deluxe ATV valued at about $19,000. Presenting the…
Water council clarifies drinking water okay

Richard Froese South Peace News High levels of fecal coliforms in Prairie River reported in early June pose no risk to human consumption. “High levels of fecal coliforms in the West Prairie River did not contaminate municipal drinking water,” assures…
County establishes protocol with LSWC

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has been assured by the Lesser Slave Watershed Council that the county will be notified of concerned results of surface water testing. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, county council was told…