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Jeff Burgar Big deals come. Big deals go. So, is this a deal that “came and went?” Perhaps not. We thought so at first. Maybe we are wrong. This is not the first time this newspaper was mistaken. There are…
Take a well-deserved bow, everyone!

After watching another High Prairie Royal Purple Elks Pro Rodeo Parade July 31, someone said to me, “That was a pretty good parade for a town our size.” I could not disagree more. Rather, it is a pretty good parade…

Mac Olsen The Alberta Government intends to develop a rural broadband network strategy, or find ways to improve Internet service to rural Albertans. But the telecommunication companies must be mandated to improve their services, not just pay lip service to…

Jeff Burgar Last week and the week before, Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee wrote in her regular column in our local newspapers. She talked about what she called “Alberta’s Best Kept Secret.” Long-time residents will recall Larivee’s forerunner as…
Home is where your heart is

If you are reading this column on Aug. 1, it marks the 30th anniversary of my first day working at South Peace News. Thirty years! I was actually young when I arrived here but my caricature hasn’t changed a bit!…

Callie Hermanson Summer is here! But rather than giving me a sunny disposition, I’m at work contemplating long days of staring out the office window. Or in my case, staring at white walls since the windows are only at the…

To Richard Kemp: you appear to be a man cut from the ‘like to shoot off my mouth, don’t bother with facts’ cloth. The government did at one point want the money they doled out in income supports back. In…

Jeff Burgar As near as can be found, there is no longer interest in building any sort of “integrated high school-college” in High Prairie. The idea was, local schools, both private and public, would share space with Northern Lakes College,…
High Prairie’s forgotten victims

If anyone thought there was true justice in this world, they had better think twice. Three ongoing cases in High Prairie provincial court should sound alarm bells to how inefficient and a colossal waste of money the legal system is…

Please have mercy on your readers! Is Eva Sartorius the only person who bothers to write a letter to the editor? By now we all know her opinion on every subject from here to the moon. High Prairie would be…

Chris Clegg “It isn’t summer if your tongue isn’t purple!” – Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes. That, ladies and gentleman, is what summer is all about, especially for a six-year-old! A time of play, eating ice cream and popsicles, and…

Jeff Burgar No doubt you’ve seen or read at least one news story which goes along the lines of: “Teen charged with multiple crimes after attacking customers and staff at convenience store.” Change the age of the teen. Make him…
‘Cross your heart and hope to die’

It is not the norm where something good can come from a crime, but sometimes that is exactly the case. About one year ago, a woman was a victim of a crime investigated by Lakeshore Regional Police Service. Being the…

Joe McWilliams This will sound corny, but there’s something inspiring about a trail through the bush. A trail through open country is just fine. A trail in an urban setting is a lot better than a sidewalk and a sidewalk…

Jeff Burgar That is as good a description as any of the High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board. At least, that’s one conclusion one could draw from the normal give and take of one of the region’s biggest government…
We’re playing the waiting game

It was almost 35 years ago on July 23, 1983 when the Government of Alberta made the citizens of our fine area a promise. Alberta Recreation and Parks Minister Peter Trynchy attended the grand opening of Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park.…