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Susan Thompson South Peace News The Town of Peace River has passed their annual budget but is still looking for ways to ease the tax burden on residents in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. After six public meetings of deliberations,…
McLennan byelection may be postponed

Richard Froese South Peace News A byelection in the Town of McLennan in mid-April to fill a vacant councillor seat may likely be postponed over the COVID-19 pandemic. McLennan voters were scheduled to go to the polls April 20. “Two…
March 26 statement by MP Viersen on COVID-19

COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020 Earlier this week, Conservatives asked the government to significantly increase the wage subsidy, to provide help with the GST remittance, and to backstop banks that extend loans to small businesses. I have been hearing from…
PR’s ‘Iceman’ completes 100th dip

“It feels incredible,” Earle says Susan Thompson South Peace News Peace River’s Iceman has completed his goal of taking 100 consecutive ice water dips. John Mark Earle has been cutting holes in the ice of the Peace River and other…
Girl takes to the slopes to hone her craft

McLennan’s Nora Dubrule had qualified for Arctic Winter Games in snowboarding Chris Clegg South Peace News A McLennan area girl has lost her chance to compete at the Arctic Winter Games in a sport not too many dare take on…
Grouard man dies from COVID-19

Shawn Auger proudly poses with his two girls, Neriah, left, and Shealynn, right, after winning the Alberta Atom Female Native Provincial title in 2016. Auger had a great love for hockey which he shared with his family. Chris Clegg South…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The number of COVID-19 cases in the Falher region is reported to be five. Statistics from Alberta Health Services released March 28 confirm the cases. Following are the numbers of cases nearby including Falher: 8…
First Case of COVID-19 in Peace River area.

The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Peace River area. The Town of Peace River says the information is direct from Alberta Health Services (AHS). AHS defines the Peace River area as including the towns of Peace…

SPN Staff Some municipal services in the M.D. of Smoky River have been revised to protect people in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Information was provided on the Smoky River website on March 23. Landfill Operations To protect our employees and…

Richard Froese South Peace News Municipalities in the Smoky River region have closed or minimized public access to their administrative offices to control the spread of COVID-19. M.D. of Smoky River: The Municipal District of Smoky River is modifying operations…

Richard Froese South Peace News More help is available to support people in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Smoky River Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) extends its hands for people in Falher, McLennan, Donnelly, Girouxville and the M.D.…

SPN Staff Alberta Health Services updated the COVID-19 pandemic situation on March 24 at 3:30 p.m. “Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19,” says Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of staff. All Albertans…
Peace River still serving the homeless, hungry

Susan Thompson South Peace News Two organizations serving the most vulnerable members of the community are finding ways to help despite the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Peace River Out of the Cold Shelter is continuing to operate for now. “We…

Pearl Lorentzen For South Peace News Dr. Kathryn Koliaska is a medical officer of health in the Alberta Health Services Health Zone. In a phone interview on March 18, she spoke about COVID-19. “The virus doesn’t pick and choose,” Dr.…