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Faust councillor granted leave by county council

Richard Froese South Peace News A second Big Lakes County councillor has been granted a short-term leave. At its regular meeting June 27, council accepted a request from Faust Councillor Robert Nygaard to be excused from all council meetings from…

Editor’s note: The following is the letter read by Gay Olanski to High Prairie town council at its meeting June 26. Dear council, I have been asked to come and speak to town council on behalf of our Aqua Fit…

Richard Froese South Peace News -Economic Development Big Lakes County continues to progress on plans to form a new and official regional economic development alliance (REDA) for the local area. Plans were discussed at the regular county council meeting June…

Richard Froese South Peace News More drinking water will be flowing into Joussard in the coming months. Work to upgrade the Joussard water treatment plant and reservoir will start soon after a contractor was confirmed. At its regular meeting June…

Chris Clegg South Peace News In the end, council met halfway. A proposal to cancel two Town of High Prairie council meetings over the summer was denied by council at its June 12 meeting. However, after a short debate it…
Local Metis leader supports training

Knowledge is key, says Gerald Cunningham SPN Staff A local Metis leader is giving top marks to the provincial government for taking steps to train all employees in the Indigenous culture. “Knowledge is the bridge to understanding and, in the…

Richard Froese South Peace News Could the High Prairie region soon have two regional economic development authorities? While staff at Big Lakes County has initiated steps to create a new REDA, the reeve said at council’s June 13 meeting he…
Doerksen, Sware honoured

Richard Froese South Peace News Two women were honoured by Big Lakes County with their names added to the Wall of Fame. Dianne Doerksen and Stella Sware were recognized for their service in a brief ceremony during the county barbecue…

Chris Clegg South Peace News If anyone was expecting a raucous to erupt at the town hall meeting on cannabis laws June 19, they were disappointed. A very civil and frank discussion of the issues occurred with few concerns over…
Upgrades ready to take off

Richard Froese South Peace News More and larger aircraft at the High Prairie Airport is expected, thanks to upgrades funded by the provincial government. Up to $720,695 for a new overlay of the runway was announced June 4 for Big…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has officially launched a business retention and expansion survey. The county wants to better understand the future plans and needs of local businesses and how business owners and managers view the community…

Site near Santa’s Workshop chosen over other locations Chris Clegg South Peace News A clock will be erected in the Civic Square in front of Santa’s Workshop later this year. Council decided on the location at its May 24 special…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Citizens of High Prairie and area are invited to the Citizen’s Barbecue June 29 from 11-2 p.m. Council discussed at length details of the event at a special meeting May 24. Debate centred around whether…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County appears to be ready to lead the charge to promote and develop tourism in the region. At its regular meeting May 23, council opened the door to be the leader under the…

Richard Froese South Peace News A preferred alignment for a proposed new waterline and truck fill for the Prairie Echo area has been determined by Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting May 23, council supported a recommendation by administration…