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Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs   Nomination day for municipal elections in Alberta was Sept. 18, and two elections will be held within the Smoky River region on Oct. 16. Two wards in the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130…

Spotlight Staff Consultations have been launched with school boards and parents by the provincial government to discuss transportation, fees and other issues to help protect and improve education. Alberta Education kicked off the engagement sessions in Red Deer to review…
How susceptible are jackpines to the pine beetle?

Experiment by Hwy. 2 hopes to find out Joe McWilliams For Spotlight Mountain pine beetle has started making its way into the jackpines of northern Alberta. But it’s far from clear how susceptible the jackpine is, compared to its mountain…

RCMP News release   Grande Prairie, Alberta – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15 year old Charys DUCHARME. She was reported missing on September 22, 2017 and was heard from by a family member on September 19th, 2017.   Charys DUCHARME is described…

RCMP News release   High Prairie, Alberta – On September 14th, 2017 the High Prairie Integrated Drug Unit and members of the High Prairie RCMP Detachment conducted a Search Warrant on a residence in High Prairie. Four Individuals from High…
Ecole Routhier holds welcome back barbecue for families

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs Kids and their parents lined up for a big meal, courtesy of the teachers and support staff. Ecole Routhier held a welcome back barbecue in the evening of Sept. 14. Hamburgers, juice and healthy snacks…
Peerless Lake teacher receives Edwin Parr Award

Spotlight Staff A Peerless Lake School teacher is this year’s Alberta School Boards Association Zone 1 Edwin Parr Teacher Award winner. “As soon as they announced [Northland School Division] it didn’t really register at first; but then Lois [Official Trustee…

To the Editor: You need to be aware of the drastic income tax reforms being proposed by the Liberal Federal government. These complicated tax reforms will negatively impact all farms and small businesses across Canada. The government wants to implement…

Joe McWilliams It’s always good fun watching a city and a sports team duking it out in public over a stadium. That’s what happened last week ago in Calgary when negotiations broke down between the Flames and the City of…