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Caudron nominated for top principal in Canada

Spotlight Staff Joussard School principal Heather Caudron has been nominated by High Prairie School Division for the 2017 Canada’s Outstanding Principal Awards. The program sponsored by The Learning Partnership recognizes outstanding contributions of principals in publicly-funded schools, who demonstrate innovation,…

Updated January 20, 2017   Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen was turned away from a meeting in Slave Lake last week between municipal councillors and a visiting federal minister. This was after Viersen had been invited by Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s…
Eating just got a little more expensive

Richard Froese South Peace News Putting food on the dinner table and going out to dine will cost a little more after the new provincial carbon tax went into effect Jan. 1. “Our prices have already gone up by three…
PIC – How was your day?

A truck sinks in the icy waters of Lesser Slave Lake by Shaw’s Point on Jan. 15. The owner of the truck is unknown. Please take care while ice fishing this winter. Photo courtesy of William Olansky.

Richard Froese South Peace News Plans to upgrade water reservoirs in Joussard, Grouard and Enilda have been supported by Big Lakes County council. At its regular meeting Jan. 11, county council approved a staff recommendation to call for requests for…
Driftpile band council submits to voluntary drug testing

Chris Clegg South Peace News Trying to set a new standard and gaining the trust of its membership are the main reasons the newly-elected Driftpile First Nations band council submitted to drug testing in early January. “We’re trying to set…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County councillors will not be taking Cree language lesson on the county’s cash. At its regular meeting Jan. 11, council rejected a staff recommendation for the county to pay any interested council members…
Dogs trained to detect cancer

Richard Froese Spotlight Dogs have proven to be more accurate to detect cancer in humans. Yet, with a lack of dog trainers in the province, a call has been made by a Langdon woman who will soon become a certified…

Richard Froese South Peace News Expanded broadband service to the High Prairie region could come sooner than expected after a recent announcement by the CRTC Dec. 21. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission declared that broadband access high-speed Internet service…
Knights still winless after another tough loss

Chris Clegg South Peace News The visiting Kinuso Knights remain the only winless team in the Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League Boy’s Division after a 41-33 loss to the Donnelly G. P. Vanier Vipers Jan. 4. The Knights…

Linda Cox, Mayor, Town of High Prairie Following is a portion of Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox’s report to council for Dec. 7-31: Heart River Housing Dec. 15, I attended the regular meeting of Heart River Housing. The…

Richard Froese The new year 2017 marks a milestone for Canada as we celebrate 150 years as a nation, the sesquicentennial. Communities like High Prairie, Slave Lake, Falher and McLennan have planned events during the year, mostly focused on Canada…
Fieldman’s Files – Pesticide container collection

Normand Boulet, CCA Agricultural Fieldman M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 Have you ever wondered what becomes of empty pesticide containers? Or do you have empty pesticide containers and you’re wondering what you should do with them? The empty pesticide…
Joussard School – Explosions rock school

Don’t worry! Joussard students treated to experiment Ralph Giroux Joussard Reporter Happy New Year to everyone! My name is Ralph Giroux and I will be the reporter for our school this month. With a few exceptions, we are all very…
Saints march on

Paulino nets 24 in St. Andrew’s win Chris Clegg South Peace News The St. Andrew’s Saints remain the only undefeated team after a decisive 45-22 rout over the visiting Slave Lake St. Francis Falcons Jan. 4. Iver Paulino scored 24…

Amy Norland, Chair, Parish Council, High Prairie St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church “Amen, I say to you whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive and it shall be given to you, says the Lord.” [Mark 11: 24]…