“If you want us to pay, we should have a say”

Rural municipalities raising alarm over policing costs Susan Thompson South Peace News The new UCP government is considering new legislation to make rural municipalities start paying for policing. The change will affect Northern Sunrise County, the M.D. of Smoky River,…
Baird named acting VP at St. Andrew’s

Richard Froese South Peace News St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie welcomes Joanne Baird as acting vice-principal, starting Oct. 15. She fills the role after long-time vice-principal Karen Nielsen retired. Holy Family Catholic Separate School Division announced the appointment in…
Sisters in Spirit Walks held around region

Driftpile remembers Chris Clegg South Peace News Sadly, like many others, Laura Giroux knows first-hand the purpose of the Sisters in Spirit Walk. “That was my late sister,” she says referring to the name on a paper red dress she…
Star-Crossed Quilters show & sale Oct. 19-20

Chris Clegg South Peace News The High Prairie St. Andrew’s School gymnasium will showcase the region’s best quilters Oct. 19-20 at the High Prairie Quilt Guild’s 24th annual show and sale. This year’s theme, Star-Crossed Quilters, is encouraged in the…
Efforts to save Winagami wading pool continue

Richard Froese South Peace News The popular wading pool at Winagami Lake Provincial Park could be resuscitated. After it was closed by Alberta Environment and Parks in spring 2019, local municipalities lobbied the government to revive the pool. Village of…
Supper fundraiser helps feed HP food bank

Richard Froese South Peace News The High Prairie and District Food Bank is thankful for generous support from the community since a financial crunch in the spring. About $2,700 was raised at a dinner and silent auction Sept. 28, food…
Cisaroski steps up ladder to HP fire chief

Richard Froese South Peace News Trevor Cisaroski is the new fire chief for High Prairie Volunteer Fire Department. The longtime fire- fighter took over the role Aug. 26 to succeed Ken Melnyk who retired in June. “My passion is to…
High Prairie records higher calls and false alarms

Richard Froese South Peace News The High Prairie Volunteer Fire Department is keeping busy in 2019. Fire chief Trevor Cisaroski says the crew has responded to more than 100 calls. Those calls include a range from monitored alarms, motor vehicle…
Faust responds to more calls so far in 2019

Richard Froese South Peace News The Faust Fire District has responded to more calls to date in 2019 than last year. “We’ve been busier for motor vehicle collisions and fires,” deputy fire chief Robert Nygaard says. Firefighters have responded to…
Gift Lake firefighters busy at vehicle crashes

Richard Froese South Peace News The Gift Lake Metis Settlement Fire Department reports another quiet year for fire calls and other responses. “It’s been a slow year, we’ve had about 10 calls,” fire chief Gordon Belcourt says Gift Lake fire…
HPSD honours New Horizon Co-op

Richard Froese South Peace News A Falher business was rewarded by the High Prairie School Division for supporting students. New Horizon Co-op was named as the division’s recipient of the 2019 Alberta School Boards Association Friends of Education. Co-op manager…
New college campus in HP progresses

Richard Froese South Peace News Work to build a new Northern Lakes College campus in High Prairie moves forward one year after ground was broken. “Construction continues to progress on schedule and on budget,” says Paul Chaulk, NLC senior director…
‘Get Trudeau out,’ says MP Viersen

Richard Froese South Peace News Conservative candidate Arnold Viersen stopped in High Prairie on Sept. 23 on the federal election campaign trail. The serving MP for Peace River – Westlock shared his priorities and listened to voters. Opening oil lines…
Fire halls opening doors to residents

Richard Froese South Peace News Two fire halls in the High Prairie region will be open to the community to mark Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 6-12. High Prairie Volunteer Fire Department hosts an open house Oct. 9 from 5-7…
Fire ignites renewed plea to demolish old hospital

Richard Froese South Peace News A fire in the old High Prairie Health Complex has reignited steps to plea the provincial government to demolish the building. Crews from High Prairie Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 1:50 p.m.…