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Spotlight Staff Recruits to serve on a new Alberta Advisory Council on the Francophonie are being welcomed by the provincial government. The council will help ensure the Franco- phone community, in all its geographical, cultural and demographic diversity, is represented…

Richard Froese South Peace News Joussard water project grants total $5.5 million Grants of more than $5.5 million have been awarded to Big Lakes Country to cover some of the cost of a Joussard water project that have increased to…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has officially declared a position to protect the environment to combat the progress of climate change and global warming. Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting Nov. 8 to show its…
Reeve’s Message – County updating hamlet plans

Ken Matthews, Reeve, Big Lakes County As we move into the New Year, the county is excited to wrap up a few projects including the new Kinuso pumphouse. Alberco Construction and M2 Engineering are planning to finish the project this…

Chris Clegg South Peace News A proposal to use taxpayers’ money for downtown improvements is on ice. High Prairie town council denied the idea at its Jan. 30 meeting from Councillor Brian Gilroy to place $14,000 in a downtown improvement…

Chris Clegg South Peace News High Prairie town council may be ready to change its policy and send more councillors to a national conference, despite the opposition from one councillor to send anyone at all. Councillor Donna Deynaka moved to…
Municipal councils thanked for service

Richard Froese South Peace News Students at a High Prairie school have again expressed their appreciation to municipal councils. Big Lakes County councillors were thanked by Grade 6 students of St. Andrew’s School at its regular meeting Jan. 24. Kelly…

Richard Froese South Peace News Work progresses to remediate contaminated land in Faust previously operated by the Alberta Osmose Wood Preservers Ltd. Big Lakes County council was updated by Alberta Environment and Parks at its regular meeting Jan. 24. “I…
PIC – Major upgrade approved

High Prairie town council approved a $435,000 tender for the upgrade of the Evergreen Reservoir at its Jan. 23 meeting. Due to the importance of the reservoir, and its aging components, public works Supt. Vern Walker recommended proceeding. Council agreed,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Equipment for a major water treatment project in Joussard has been ordered by Big Lakes County. At its meeting Jan. 24, council approved a recommendation for the county to enter into two contracts for the…

Richard Froese South Peace News A youth summer culture camp planned by the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre is being supported by Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting Jan. 10, county council consented to submit a letter of support…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has turned down funding for a planned study of Lesser Slave Lake since most council members believe the results won’t hold much water. At its regular meeting Jan. 10, council received a…
MP talks marijuana to county council

Richard Froese South Peace News Legalizing marijuana was a main issue Big Lakes County council heard from Peace River Westlock MP Arnold Viersen at its regular meeting Jan. 10. “Marijuana legalization seems to be one of the big issues in…

Richard Froese South Peace News The fourth annual High Prairie Traditional Powwow has been set for May 5 and received support from Big Lakes County. At its meeting Jan. 10, council granted a sponsorship of $200 and items for a…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has unleashed a donation to In the Woods Animal Rescue Society that provides shelter for local stray dogs. At its regular meeting Jan. 10, council approved a 2017 donation of $5,000 to…

Richard Froese South Peace News A local program to teach youth about the risks of alcohol has been supported again by Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting Jan. 10, county council supported a sponsorship of $500 to the Preventing…