Firefighters thanked for battle in Fort McMurray

Richard Froese Spotlight Local fire responders were given special thanks for assisting in the massive wildfire that swept the Fort McMurray area in May. Sucker Creek Fire Tack Crew received their medallions and certificates of thanks from the provincial government…

Chris Clegg South Peace News High Prairie town council is making a $500 contribution to one of the holiday season’s celebrations. Council agreed at its Nov. 8 meeting to give $500 for the popular High Prairie Native Friendship Centre’s Elder’s…

SPN Staff The Metis Settlements General Council Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing, in its entirety, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The assembly chose to make the endorsement during the Metis Week celebrations, demonstrating…

Richard Froese South Peace News A regional event to celebrate Canada Day on the nation’s 150th birthday next year is being planned by the county and town. At its regular meeting Nov. 23, Big Lakes County council supported an application…
PIC – Cadets serve McLennan

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron No. 539 of High Prairie participated in the Remembrance Day service in McLennan on Nov. 11. Left-right are Sgt. Robert BigCharles, Capt. Verna Ogg, McLennan Legion Branch No. 153 president Dave Champion, and AC…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The unsightly barricades on the north side of the High Prairie Post Office face an uncertain future. Some councillors want the barricades removed, and the sooner the better. Councillor Michael Long called the barricades “butt…
Anderson’s nets 44 but champs still lose

Chris Clegg South Peace News A near heroic 44-point effort from Kye Anderson was not enough for the defending league champion Gift Lake Hurricanes as they lost their season opener Nov. 23 in High Prairie against the Prairie River Junior…
‘Quiet’ library fills with holiday cheer

Record number of people attend annual party for second straight year Bigger and better! It’s the verdict delivered by the record number of people attending the High Prairie Municipal Library’s Christmas Party Nov. 18. This year, 195 people signed in…
PICs – Pratt students remember

E.W. Pratt High School in High Prairie marked Remembrance Day with an assembly on Nov. 9 with several members of the High Prairie Legion as special guests. Flags were carried by the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 539 High Prairie. Legion…

Jeff Burgar There once was a Grande Prairie county councillor who had an opinion about economic development. “You can’t do anything about economic development,” he would say. “It just happens.” In many ways, he was correct. So correct in fact,…
Hurricanes no match for Raiders in opener

Chris Clegg South Peace News Three players scored in double figures to lead the Prairie River Junior High School Raiders girl’s basketball team to an opening night 69-24 win over the visiting Gift Lake Hurricanes Nov. 23. Mackenzie Calhoon’s 19…
Residents weigh in on county development plans

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County presented its third draft land-use bylaw and municipal development plan during an open house Nov. 23 in Joussard. Ideas and concerns were shared as 18 citizens and property owners discussed the draft…

Richard Froese South Peace News Residents in the eastern part of Big Lakes County can have their say on concerns they may have about health effects of the Swan Hills hazardous treatment plant. That was outlined by Keepers of the…
PICs – Fall supper filling

High Prairie St. Mark’s Anglican Church hosted its annual fall supper at the Legion Hall on Nov. 15. Good, delicious home-cooked food was served and enjoyed by the large crowd from the church and the community. The fall supper has…

Richard Froese South Peace News High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly member meeting Dec. 7. Several issues will be shared at the meeting that will be held in the conference room of the Town of High…