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Jeff Burgar There might be something special about blue. Or rather, something very “unspecial”. Whatever it is about a certain, particular shade of blue, it causes things of that colour to fade into the woodwork. To disappear, in ways that…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News I took this stand a few years ago and wrote a column on the matter. This week, I do the same. Last week, Councillor Brian Gilroy asked if I would sign his nomination papers…

Jeff Burgar Those of us who grew up in a small town have heard the story many times: “I can’t wait to be old enough to get out of this town.” Now you may think this is just particular to…

Jeff Burgar How does one decide what to put in a time capsule? A few days ago, about 150 (a fitting number, it being Canada’s 150th anniversary) watched excitedly as the High Prairie time capsule, was cracked open. The actually…

Jeff Burgar There is something in government that makes most things take forever. Plus add at least a few months, to whatever schedule one has to get things. It is a simple fact of life. American president Donald Trump bemoans…

Katrina Owens For petes sake ladies and gentlemen, please teach your kids that shoe laces do not (and should not) count as leashes for dogs or cats. If I have to hear about one more preventable canine or feline death…

Jeff Burgar If you went to the High Prairie Elk’s Rodeo this year, you enjoyed a good show. The usual rodeo folks were being bucked from horses and bulls. Kids were having a fine time chasing calves. The midway had…

Commentary by Chris Clegg “It’s not summer if your tongue isn’t purple!” – Calvin The cartoon character of Calvin and Hobbes fame isn’t too far off the mark. He made the remark after climbing a chair and looking into a…

Joe McWilliams Something I wrote 22 years ago and stumbled upon recently seems to resonate with present circumstances in the north and Canada generally. It was called ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’, and was a reflection on Rudy Wiebe’s historical novel…

Jeff Burgar Continued from last week… It seems, in most Alberta communities, adults and youth are mostly left to their own devices when it comes to organized sports in summer. For most communities, with the exception of swimming and perhaps…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News On July 10, Stacey L. Cunningham was fined $600 in High Prairie provincial court after pleading guilty to a Town of High Prairie bylaw. Her sin was allowing her dog to have the run…

Richard Froese Canada Day on July 1 has come and gone for another year. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, the day was probably bigger and more memorable than in many years or decades. Canada Day suitably fell…

Jeff Burgar It’s often said by politicians everywhere there is no such thing as a wasted dollar when it comes to spending taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars on recreation. To paraphrase one local person, “You have a choice. Spend money on sports…