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Jeff Burgar The Alberta town of Claresholm is getting new people. Claresholm, like several other communities, is placing immigrant workers in local jobs that can’t, or won’t, be filled by Claresholm folks. Small towns everywhere should take a look at…
Bissell’s point is well taken

Enilda – Big Meadow Councillor Donald Bissell said something very interesting at Big Lakes County council’s July 24 meeting. “Anytime anyone gets a fine they should get the appeal process,” said Bissell. “Sometimes someone gets a fine and they don’t…

Jeff Burgar Several good people in Driftpile took exception to an RCMP news release last week that, probably unwittingly, besmirched their fine community. So, not only did they barrage this newspaper, they also overwhelmed social media in the best manner…

Jeff Burgar Our bright and shiny new Alberta government is hard at work. Mostly it seems, figuring out exactly what those nasty New Democrats were up to the past four years. Premier Jason Kenney and his UCP were able to…
Waste of time or worthwhile venture?

Eighteen! Twenty-five! Thirty-seven! And it went on and on and on! Years ago, Town of High Prairie Councillor Wayne Forrester used to keep track of the number of proclamations and/or declarations council made each year. For the most part, Forrester…

Jeff Burgar Most of us are thankful having local businesses we can “tap” for a donation for our favourite club. Businesses donating didn’t used to mind. It was part of being in, and being a part of, the community. It’s…

Pearl Lorentzen Like many people who grew up in rural Alberta, I am a monolingual English speaker. Also, like many Canadians, I know very little about the cultures or languages of my ancestors. A few spoke English before coming to…

The Conservative Party of Canada believes strongly in transparency, accountability and protecting the integrity of our democratic institutions. Canadians who work hard, pay their taxes, and play by the rules want accountability from their political leaders. This week, Canadians were…
Big on talk, short on action

Do you know what happened one year ago today? It was the day High Prairie town council decided written reports were no longer required at regular meetings. July 24, 2018 council amended its procedural bylaw which allowed for written and/or…

Jeff Burgar Well, boo hoo, sob sob, cry a river of tears! Please, pass the Kleenex to mop up the drops. Better yet, maybe a real mop. There is just no end to the moaning groaning, and crying. To be…

Chris Clegg I never knew I was so lovable! It is truly an effort to remain humble. If you had access to my email account, you would know why. In just one day last week I was avalanched with offers…
Perhaps it’s time to play hardball

Each year the Big Lakes Charity Golf Tournament raises tens of thousands of dollars for local and provincial charities. Needless to say, the county is to be commended for stepping forward to organize such a successful event. Gold stars to…

Does TV influence how you think of things? Do the folks at the coffee shop, curling club, or the arena or swimming pool? One of the other clubs where you chit-chat with people? Maybe it’s a whole combination of things,…

Joe McWilliams The other night as your reporter should have been sleeping an idea for a story occurred. It had to do with some of the strange and sometimes funny incidents that come up from time to time in this…