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…
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…
Investigation deems fire ‘accidental’

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A fire at a local restaurant first deemed to be suspicious is now termed accidental and the investigation closed. Big Lakes County fire chief David Sturgeon investigated the April 20 blaze which destroyed the Strawberry Service…
Staff sends special message to Grade 12 students

Schools still hoping to have ceremonies Richard FroeseSouth Peace News More that 70 graduating students of E.W. Pratt School were centre stage in front the High Prairie high school on the Mother’s Day weekend. A special display of photos of…
Big Lakes launches ALUS

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has launched a new program to improve the environment and farmland. The County was awarded $148,700 from the Alberta government’s Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program, says a county news release May 11. Funding…
Crews douse fire in truck on highway

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Fire crews quickly doused a fire in a truck travelling east of Faust on May 7. “It was a mechanical fire,” High Prairie RCMP S/Sgt. Warren Wright says. Police did not respond to the scene on…
Triangle cancels mud bogs, Canada Day, Hoedown Jamboree

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Three major summer events at Triangle have been dropped over restrictions and risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The eighth annual Triangle Hoedown Jamboree scheduled for July 23-26 was scrapped by the Pioneer Threshermans Association at a…
PRJH expands awards presentations

PRJH Staff The past few weeks have been a bit out of the usual for not only us but students across the world. The staff at Prairie River Junior High School in High Prairie have been continually impressed by how…
Donation ensures NSD students have proper learning equipment

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Learning just got a lot easier for almost 200 Metis students in Northland School Division. The Métis Nation of Alberta [MNA] and Rupertsland Institute [RLI] donated 175 Chromebooks to support online learning for Metis students in…
Cougars select Shantz in WHL Bantam Draft

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It is the dream of most Canadian born boys to play in the NHL. High Prairie’s Zack Shantz, 15, has taken that first step. Shantz was drafted in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on April…
Fire hazard rises to high in Peace

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Warmer weather has raised the wildfire danger to high in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Fire bans remain in effect until further notice, say news release May 6 from wildfire information officers Leah Lovequist for Slave…
Demand for hampers has ‘skyrocketed’ – food bank

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Demand for food hampers has skyrocketed at the High Prairie and District Food Bank since the COVID-19 pandemic was first announced March 11. Volunteers remain busy at the food bank, which serves residents in the High…
2020 HP Elks Pro Rodeo Cancelled

Chris Clegg South Peace News It was probably inevitable. The High Prairie Elks have announced with regret their decision to cancel the 2020 Elks Pro Rodeo. This year’s event July 28-29 would have marked the 60th anniversary of High Prairie’s…
Accident near Faust results in flames

On May 7, a vehicle accident occurred just east of Faust. A truck ended up in flames and fire crews from Faust, Kinuso and Enilda extinguished the fire. SPN has contacted the police and will post more details as they…
Councillor asks colleague for apology

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A Town of High Prairie councillor wants a fellow colleague to apologize “like a grown adult” for a remark made at their budget meeting April 14. The matter arose at council’s April 28. The meeting was…
Show officially cancelled

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The 19th annual High Prairie Gun and Sportsman Show planned for June 13-14 has been called off over restrictions and concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We officially cancelled the show for 2020,” says Darrell Basarab, who…