Voters will help decide fate of PR Airport

Susan Thompson South Peace News Residents of Peace River are getting the chance to have their say on the future of the Peace River Regional Airport. In October 2019, council opened a Request for Proposals [RFP] for someone else to…
Peace team wins gold in Austria

Susan Thompson South Peace News The Peace region is now home to a gold medal hockey team. The Peace Country Canadians won women’s hockey gold in their final game against EC Icemice Telfs – Tiroler Madln [IMT] at the 2020…
Realtors optimistic market will rebound

Richard Froese South Peace News Housing and property sales in the Peace region are showing signs of steady growth for 2020 as business started picking up in 2019. Peace River realtor Layne Gardner says the market is slowly rising. “The…
Excessive idling not good for buses or air

Joe McWilliams For South Peace News Here’s a question: is there a good reason to run school buses [or any vehicle, for that matter] for hours before it gets used? That’s what one Slave Lake resident [who asked not to…
Northland hires superintendent

SPN Staff The board of trustees of Northland School Division is delighted to announce that Nancy Spencer-Poitras has been appointed as the new superintendent of schools and chief executive officer effective Feb. 1, 2020. “Our Canada-wide advertising resulted in a…
The ‘Iceman of Peace River’

Susan Thompson South Peace News While most of Alberta shivers in the grip of extreme cold warnings, one man is facing winter – and his own limits – by plunging into the icy Peace River. John Mark Earle says he…
Deputy PM visits Peace River

Susan Thompson South Peace News Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to her hometown of Peace River Jan. 8 to build some bridges not only with prominent members of the community, but also between Alberta and the rest of Canada.…
Barkwell named to 4-H Hall of Fame

Richard Froese South Peace News A longtime 4-H leader from Peace River will be inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame in the spring. Sally Barkwell was named as one of two recipients announced by Agriculture and Forestry Minister…
Une autre belle réussite pour le CAFE Nord-Ouest

Geneviève Bousquet For South Peace News Encore une fois cette année, le CAFE Nord-Ouest a reçu en grand, la population du Nord de la province pour son brunch au Centre Chevalier de Falher. On y retrouvait des gens de tous…
New OT rules ire staff

Susan Thompson South Peace News A letter obtained by the South Peace News, posted to everyone in the Alberta Health Services North Zone and dated Dec. 18 in handwriting, announces changes to overtime approval for front-line workers such as nurses.…
Small governments are about to pay

Susan Thompson South Peace News Municipalities across the region will begin paying for policing under a new police costing model announced by the provincial government on Dec. 4. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer announced 300 more police officers and 200 more…
Northern Air ends service in Peace River

Susan Thompson South Peace News Northern Air will be ending its scheduled passenger flights to Edmonton as of Jan. 1, effectively ending all passenger flights to and from Peace River. The company already ended its scheduled flights to Calgary in…
‘Unto us, a Saviour is born!’

Chris Clegg South Peace News The Live Nativity play held at Falher Dec. 19 attracted about 150 people, many who put aside their time during Falher’s late night shopping to attend the event. It’s the third year the play has…
Vouchers, quilts bring warm Christmas cheer

Richard Froese South Peace News More than 50 families in the Falher nad McLennan areas will have a special Christmas with support from their community. A total of 54 families and individuals received a food voucher from the Smoky River…
Northern Sunrise cancels over $2M in taxes

Oil & gas companies score win in Supreme Court Susan Thompson South Peace News Bankrupt oil and gas companies who have stopped paying their property taxes have become a major problem for Northern Sunrise County. But a recent Supreme Court…