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Spotlight Staff Alberta employers looking to hire students for the summer can now apply for the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP). Recent improvements to the application process makes it easier than ever to apply for STEP, says a news release…
PICs – A stitch in time makes lots of quilts

High Prairie Quilt Guild held its Quilt-Till-U-Wilt event on Jan. 21. About 12 women were busy making about 20 quilts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., says president Marla Willier. “We make comfort quilt tops for community members who are…

Chris Clegg Richard Froese South Peace News High Prairie RCMP have arrested a second man involved in the Atikameg homicide investigation. Blake Anderson, 21, of Slave Lake, was arrested without incident Jan. 25, in Edmonton and charged with the second-degree…
Real estate market shows optimistic signs

Richard Froese South Peace News Local realtors predict a rise in population and housing sales when Tolko Industries restarts its High Prairie plant. “When Tolko re-opens, I would expect to see substantial increase in housing sales,” says Gord Olson, realtor-owner…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce is under fire from town council with at least two councillors calling the organization’s efforts a failure. Councillor Donna Deynaka said at council’s Jan. 24 meeting that…
Students learn importance of farm safety

Mac Olsen Spotlight Name three pieces of equipment where the one-seat, one rider rule would reduce risk. Answer: a combine, quad and a tractor. This is one of the questions that students at Ecole Routhier in Falher had to answer…

On Jan. 7, McLennan RCMP responded to a complaint of a break and enter at the public works yard in Falher. Further investigation shows that three sheds were broken into between the night of Jan. 6-7. On Jan. 7, police…
Tape for Tyra raises $3,500+

St. Andrew’s family rallies to aid of student with rare blood infection Richard Froese South Peace News A young student with a blood infection was supported by her school mates with a special fundraiser Jan. 20. Grade 7 student Tyra…
Happy 150th birthday, Canada!

Residents at Pleasantview Lodge celebrated the 150th anniversary of Canada with special cupcakes on Jan. 24 hosted by the High Prairie Royal Purple Elks. Past Honoured Royal Lady Colleen Greer honoured and thanked the seniors for their contributions to make…

Spotlight Staff The Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP)helps seniors update their homes so they can maintain their independence and stay in their communities close to friends and family. “Seniors built this province and they deserve to retire in…

Richard Froese Spotlight A provincial program to recruit healthcare professionals in rural areas is growing and invites ideas from citizens on how to better serve their health needs. For a quarter of a century, the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan…
Joussard School – students enter poetry contest

Ralph Giroux Joussard Reporter Greetings from Joussard School! This is Ralph Giroux bringing you the news again. Our kindergarten students have certainly been enjoying the warm weather and the soft snow that is just perfect for making things. They are…
HPE – Grade 5 students carve soapstone

Liam Bilyk Joshua Strebchuk HPE Reporters Hi! This is Liam Bilyk and Joshua Strebchuk from High Prairie Elementary School with this week’s South Peace News report. In Science, Grade 6M has been learning about our sky. They created great Google…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County will file a submission to the Alberta Electoral Boun- daries Commission. At its regular meeting Jan. 11, council approved a staff recommendation to send a written submission to the commission. Reeve Ken…

Richard Froese South Peace News The High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly meeting Feb. 1 at noon at the town office. “We’ll update members on our search for a part-time executive director,” president Tracy Sherkawi says.…