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COVID-19 UPDATE – May 26, 2020

As of May 26 Alberta Health has confirmed 22 new cases in Alberta in the last 24 hours. There are 0 new cases in the North Zone in the last 24 hours. There has been 1 death recorded in the…
Unemployment rate double last year’s

SPN Staff In March and April, the unemployment rate across western Alberta, including Slave Lake, High Prairie, and Peace River, increased by 3.3 per cent to 10.1. It is almost double [1.87 times] the unemployment rate last year at the…
PICs – Looking good!

Major outside work is scheduled to start in June as construction continues to build the new Northern Lakes College campus in High Prairie. Crews are scheduled to start work on the parking lot and sidewalks in June, says an e-mail…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County heard a clear message from Alberta Health Services [AHS] about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our priority is to have good communications with communities, municipalities and stakeholders,” says Gregory Cummings, chief zone…
PICs – ‘We miss our students, we love our students’

Teachers and staff of St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie lined up behind the school May 22 to reconnect in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have been closed since March 16 although students are learning online at home. Grade…
Exhibit marks anniversary of Chuckegg Creek fire

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Many people from all over Alberta answered the call for help one year ago during the Chuckegg Creek wildfire. Now they have a chance to remember their contributions and relive the memories as the Town of…

SPN Staff High Prairie School Division continues to provide food to its students while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remaining funds from the provincial School Nutrition Program grant support students and families, says a news release from HPSD…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is re-opening its offices to the public as part of its operational re-launch plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.After being closed since March 17, the main county office in High Prairie re-opened May 19.Many…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Penalties are back for Big Lakes County water and sewer users who don’t pay their bills by the deadline. At its regular meeting May 13, council defeated a recommendation to continue to waive penalties for the…
Enter for your chance to win

HPE Staff High Prairie Elementary School staff wanted to continue to let our community know what we are up to with our students. Grade 4S is teaming up with Grade 4D this week for an online Soil and Erosion presentation…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Times for school zones in Big Lakes County will extend to a full school day. But not until fall. At its regular meeting May 13, council adopted a bylaw to expand the time for school zones…
Pratt artists add colour to life

Colourful art work from art students at High Prairie E.W. Pratt High School shows the skill of the senior high school students. Art and photography teacher Rhonda Lund inspired her students to create images to brighten up the lives of…
Fire Bans lifted

Campers and just about everybody looking to enjoy outdoor activites have been wondering when exactly somebody in authority will allow some kind of outdoor campfires. This, particularly with the rains the past weeks. As of Tuesday, May 26, limited campfires…
HP RCMP respond to male with gunshot wound

Chris Clegg South Peace News High Prairie RCMP is investigating a shooting incident at Peavine Metis Settlement May 23. Cpl. Ronald Bumbry, RCMP Media Relations Group, says police responded to a report of a male being injured outside a residence at…