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That’s the Scoop – Plenty to do to wipe away winter blues

Richard Froese, Reporter, South Peace News January is almost over and – hopefully – the freezing temperatures are passing us, too. After a busy Christmas season in December with many community events, the schedule of events pretty well shuts down…
A single law makes much more sense

Anyone familiar with me knows I am leery of too much government interference in anything. I’d rather practice bleeding than have government interfere too much with my daily life. In the case of school zone speed limits in Alberta, however,…

Jeff Burgar The Alberta government says the number of doctors across Alberta doubled in the past 20 years. Also, even though the population of Alberta has grown, the number of doctors per 100,000 grew even more. In 2001, there were…

Joe McWilliams What’s the most tedious topic of all? The weather! It’s a safe one, though. Maybe not as safe as it once was, what with that pesky climate change thing going around. But at least it’s something we still…

Richard Froese, Reporter, South Peace News Local retail stores and businesses usually see slower volumes of shoppers after the rush of Christmas and the New Year’s holiday. During the current economic downturn in Alberta, businesses need and invite local shoppers…
Ain’t that a kick in the ass?

The ongoing saga of a helipad construction at the High Prairie Heath Complex goes on and on and no with no end in sight. And once again, the Alberta government is sticking it to small towns in Alberta where the…

Jeff Burgar Philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote in his mid-1800s book, Walden, that “97 per cent of businesses will fail.” He didn’t elaborate on any timeline for this failure statistic. A few months? A few years? Perhaps, like buggy whip…

Richard Froese Here it is, the start of a new year, a new decade. Will we have plenty in 2020? One thing is certain. The price of fuel went up, thanks to the new federal carbon tax imposed by Prime…
Revival of Regals seems unlikely

North Peace Hockey League president Jack McAvoy must feel like a firefighter. He always seems to be putting out fires. The future of the league he has presided over every year since 1979-80 [except for 1986-87 when High Prairie’s Wayne…

Jeff Burgar Usually at this time, columns and air space is filled with predictions for the coming 12 months. It’s often an easy task. We would like to predict things will be much improved in 2020. Energy prices will rebound.…

Jeff Burgar I look out my window at a frozen field, bare trees, and an ice covered roadway now being cloaked by falling powdery snow. My outside thermometre says the temperature is -2C. Hardly a blistering cold winter day. The…
The tastiest wine bore me not a drop

It was about 50 years ago when mom and dad announced one December afternoon they were going to town. This was rare because it left six little terrors at home with free will do to whatever they pleased. Give or…

Justin Trudeau, at a NATO summit, giggles like an 11-year-old school boy as he shares a story how “jaws dropped.” Why do so many feel that is the world today? Leaders tell us solemnly how things are. Then they loosen…

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen As a child, one of my favourite Christmas goodies was popcorn balls. One of my favourite pastimes was building jigsaw puzzles. The physical makeup of the two don’t mix. Popcorn balls are simple to make. Pop…

Jeff Burgar American President Donald Trump isn’t Time Magazine’s choice for Person-of-the-Year for 2019. Sixteen-year-old environment crusader Greta Thunberg now wears that crown. The Swedish youngster, sailing around the world with her father, is chastising adults everywhere for their lack…