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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…

Richard Froese South Peace News A funding application to Big Lakes County has been turned down since it arrived after the prescribed deadline. At its regular meeting Jan. 10, council denied a request from the Big Meadow Community Hall Association…
County names McDermott new fire chief

Former HP firefighter is well-known in area Richard Froese South Peace News John McDermott has come full circle as the new fire chief for Big Lakes County. “This area is home for me,” says McDermott, who started the position on…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County is asking for money to develop an inter-municipal collaboration framework with neighbouring municipalities. At its regular meeting Dec. 13, council approved a staff recommendation to direct administration to apply for funding for…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County will gain just over $60,000 from an initiative by the provincial government that will provide a tax credit for uncollectable education property taxes on oil and gas properties. At its regular meeting…

Richard Froese South Peace News A hemp processing plant and action groups to develop and promote agriculture, the energy field and small business have been presented as top priorities to boost the economy in Big Lakes County in 2018. Big…

Council concerned over rising costs to operate facilites Chris Clegg South Peace News Closing the indoor pool for a few months each year and closing the second ice surface were suggestions made after the High Prairie and District Regional Recreation…

Richard Froese South Peace News A project to upgrade a cemetery in Prairie Echo is being supported by Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting Nov. 29, council consented to add a letter of support to St. Vladimir’s Cemetery Association…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County welcomes news that the provincial government will provide a tax credit for uncollectable education property taxes on oil and gas properties. “It’s very good that the government is going to do something…
County presents cheques from charity tournament

Richard Froese South Peace News Three cheques worth a total of $20,000 were handed out from the fourth annual Big Lakes County Charity Golf Tournament. The High Prairie and District Health Foundation received $10,000 during a reception Nov. 8, while…

Richard Froese South Peace News An aging bridge used heavily by people in the western part of Big Lakes County could be upgraded. At its regular meeting Oct. 25, council supported a recommendation to share 25 per cent of the…

Richard Froese South Peace News County council plans to raise the volume at its public meetings. But not until 2018. Big Lakes County council approved a recommendation by administration at its Oct. 25 meeting to reallocate up to $20,000 to…
County takes steps to protect lake

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County is supporting a provincial organization that helps protect bodies of water from invasive species. At its regular meeting Oct. 25, council approved a recommendation to sponsor $2,000 to the Alberta Invasive Species…