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…
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…
Fall Parade of Programs a one-stop shopping opportunity

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs The Falher Curling Rink was the place to check out on Sept. 14, for available programs and services. The Fall Parade of Programs was held there in the afternoon, and various organizations participated. “It’s great…
NL College gets funds to aid mental health

Richard Froese Spotlight A government funding boost will help ensure Northern Lakes College students have access to quality mental health programs and care, says a government news release dated Sept. 8. The province has granted $290,000 each year for the…
New SARDA storage building almost complete

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs SARDA Ag Research in Falher will soon have a new storage building for their research equipment. Site preparation took place in July, construction began on Aug. 28 and was close to being finished late last…
Meet the new teachers at Ecole Routhier

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs Ecole Routhier has a new French monitor and three new teachers for the 2017/18 school year. Some have lived and worked in the Peace Country, while others are from elsewhere. What’s common is their desire…
Kinuso elevates community spirit at picnic

Richard Froese Spotlight Residents of Kinuso experienced a taste of the old times with a community picnic and open house at the United Grain Growers (UGG) elevator on Aug. 24. Kinosayo Museum hosted its second annual open house at the…
Egg-laying facility opens near Bonanza

Silver Valley Hutterite Colony accepts first chicks July 19 The population of Saddle Hills County jumped by about 16,000 on July 19, when the Silver Valley Hutterite Colony took delivery of the first batch of chicks at their egg layer…