HP Zirkas delight Guy audience

Mac Olsen For South Peace News It was a big night for the High Prairie Zirka Dancers, from the youngest to the senior performers, with twists and spins to Ukrainian folk music. The Zirkas entertained guests at the Guy Community…
Pirates’ plans for victory scuttled

Chris Clegg South Peace News It is still a longshot, but not impossible. The High Prairie Regals whipped the visiting Falher Pirates 7-3 Jan. 16 to keep their slim hopes of first place in the NPHL’s East Division alive. More…
Latest book tells true story of life at residential schools

Chris Clegg Spotlight Award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie continues to leave a legacy after publishing another book posthumously honouring the fearless voices of residential school survivors. Two Plays About Residential School is edited by his long-time partner, Constance Brissenden. Loyie…
Triangle demo derby on shaky ground

Richard Froese South Peace News Triangle’s popular annual demolition derby and mud bog weekend has been ditched unless another organizer and more volunteers come forward. “We’re looking for someone else to take up the lead to organize it,” says Henry…
Tolko rated top story of 2017

The top stories of 2017? According to our South Peace News Reader’s Poll online at southpeacenews.com, the big story of 2017 is news that Tolko would be re-opening the big mill just west of High Prairie. The Tolko OSB mill…
School division feels crunch of carbon tax

Richard Froese Spotlight Now into the second year, the provincial carbon tax has cost education. High Prairie School Division officials say it’s the cost of a job in the classroom. “The increased cost is comparable to another teacher in our…
Arson charges expected today

Chris Clegg Richard Froese South Peace News Arson charges will be laid today [Jan. 24] in connection with the burning of two buildings in downtown High Prairie the morning of Aug. 15, 2017. High Prairie RCMP S/Sgt. Warren Wright delivered…
MP talks marijuana to county council

Richard Froese South Peace News Legalizing marijuana was a main issue Big Lakes County council heard from Peace River Westlock MP Arnold Viersen at its regular meeting Jan. 10. “Marijuana legalization seems to be one of the big issues in…
Business Support Network talks leadership Jan. 26

Richard Froese South Peace News High Prairie Business Support Network resumes its regular sessions on Jan. 26 as organizers seek to increase participation. Inclusive Leadership will be presented during the session at the Town of High Prairie council chambers at…
HP Sportsman Show scheduled for April 21-22

Mac Olsen Spotlight Hunters, recreational shooters and others should mark the weekend of April 21-22 on their calendars, as that is when the High Prairie Gun and Sportsman Show will be held. “We expect a sold-out show,” says chairperson Darrell…
Carbon tax takes big bite out of more business

Richard Froese South Peace News Some small business and food retailers say they have been bitten by the carbon in the first year and more on the way. High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce vice-president Tina Ostermeier says some…
County names McDermott new fire chief

Former HP firefighter is well-known in area Richard Froese South Peace News John McDermott has come full circle as the new fire chief for Big Lakes County. “This area is home for me,” says McDermott, who started the position on…
Split has Regals in hunt for second

Chris Clegg South Peace News Win one, lose one, win one, lose one. It’s an all too familiar pattern the High Prairie Regals have fallen into as the NPHL regular season comes to a close. The Regals rallied from a…
2017 Year in Review

JULY July 1-2, 2017: After an absence of about 20 years, the Spruce Point Park Canada Day Rodeo is revived. July 1, 2017: Kinuso Merchantile wins Best Business – Local Float at the Kinuso Canada Day Parade, which attracts 43…
Farmers say carbon tax driving agriculture out

Richard Froese South Peace News Local farmers say the provincial carbon tax has deeply hurt them and could drive agriculture out of business. “If these Canadian and provincial governments continue on this track, they will kill farming, ranching and small…