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Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie and area is doing its part to raise awareness in regard to water safety. The Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County are both proclaiming July 21-17 as National Drowning Prevention Week. Town…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Financial documents reveal that High Prairie town councillors claimed $4,378 less the last two years compared to Big Lakes County councillors, who increased their claims $143,101 during the same period. The numbers in recently released consolidated…

County listens to wishes of Enilda citizens Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The Enilda waste transfer station will remain open under current operations after plans by Big Lakes County to reduce hours were trashed by residents. At its regular meeting June…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Incentives to attract new businesses to High Prairie may get added support from the new provincial government. Town of High Prairie Mayor Brian Panasiuk lauds the new United Conservative Party government’s priority to create incentives. “One…
PICs – Town celebrates citizens, Canada

The Town of High Prairie hosted its second annual Citizen Appreciation Barbecue on June 28 in the Sports Palace. Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks were served. Council moved the event inside because of rainy weather. Marilyn Emter was honoured as the…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie’s peace officers may soon have another weapon to use at its discretion. Council is supporting a request from the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers to allow its officers to use tasers, also known…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News An inter-municipal development plan for Big Lakes County and the M.D. of Greenview is final. At its regular meeting June 26, county council adopted the IDP bylaw with Greenview. “We didn’t receive any oral or written…
Joussard student awarded county bursary

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County awarded its first Return of Service Bursary established in September 2018. Ashley Bell, of Joussard, received the $3,000 bursary, presented by Reeve Richard Simard during council’s regular meeting June 26. She will begin…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County councillors claimed $46,300 more in expenses in 2018 compared to 2017, a 12.36 per cent increase despite tough economic times. The county released its consolidated financial statements June 17. Numbers show claims exceeded…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie are another step closer to finalizing an inter-municipal development plan. At its regular meeting June 12, county council postponed second and final readings for the IDP until…
Shared plan for BLC, Smoky River presented

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A proposed inter-municipal development plan for Big Lakes County and the M.D. of Smoky River was presented at an open house June 18. However, just one citizen attended the event at Triangle Hall. “In creating the…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A proposed inter-municipal development plan for Big Lakes County and the M.D. of Greenview is ready for public comment. At its regular meeting, county council gave first reading to Bylaw 20-2019 and set a public hearing…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A push to re-open the CN rail line west of Falher is being supported by the M.D. of Smoky River council. Big Lakes County council received a letter at its regular meeting June 12. “The Municipal…
PICs – County serves at annual BBQ

Big Lakes County hosted its annual barbecue June 20 at the administration and operations centre. Rain or shine, the event has been held for well over a decade to allow the county to thank its residents, and give them a…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Funding for a new boiler in the Banana Belt Hall has been granted by Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting June 12, council approved emergency capital funding of $3,375 as requested by the Banana Belt…