Dazzling sculptures highlight annual Carnaval

Artists brave cold to carve their entries Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News The annual St. Isidore Carnaval might have been cancelled this year, but the annual snow sculpture contest went ahead, despite both the pandemic and extreme cold warnings. The teams…
Regional chamber gaining support

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A proposed plan to amalgamate chambers of commerce based in Falher and McLennan is gaining support. Smoky River Regional Chamber of Commerce and McLennan and District Chamber of Commerce are working on a plan to amalgamate…
Alberta wildfire season opens March 1

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The wildfire season in Alberta starts March 1 despite piles of snow still on the ground. Fire permits will be required for any type of outdoor burning in the forest protection area from March 1 to…
MLA Loewen promotes regional COVID approach

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic were top of the order as Town of Falher council spoke with Central Peace – Notley MLA Todd Loewen at its regular meeting Feb. 8. “It’s a battle in the community…
Smoky River governments rowing in same financial boat

Chris CleggSouth Peace News As local governments prepare their final 2021 budgets, M.D. of Smoky River Reeve Robert Brochu had a message for McLennan town council. “We’re all in the same boat,” he said at the Feb. 8 meeting. ‘Same…
Taken for granted?

NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says government feels they don’t have to earn rural Alberta’s support Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley held a town hall meeting via Zoom Feb. 3 with residents of the Lesser…
Ayre-Jaschke winner of Livelong Achievement Award

Town of Peace River selects 2020 volunteer awards Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News After a record number of nominations, the Town of Peace River has announced the winners of the 2020 volunteer awards. Nominations for the volunteer awards were accepted in…
Hope for Mighty Max

Zolgensma funding announced by Province Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News Children with a rare genetic disorder including the Peace region’s own Mighty Max [Sych] have new hope for treatment after a provincial announcement they will be funded on a case-by-case basis.…
Falher, SL students studying bestseller

Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News On Feb. 2, there were robot pictures all over Slave Lake E.G. Wahlstrom Elementary School. “The buzz was everywhere,” says principal Kristoffer Herbert. On Feb. 8, a robot voice made an announcement on the loudspeaker…
Realtors optimistic for market in 2021

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Sales of real estate and property surged upward despite the economic downturn elevated by the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. Several realtors who serve the Peace River, Falher and High Prairie regions remain optimistic that the market will…
PR Chamber presents annual Davis Awards

During the week of Jan. 25-29, the Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Davis Awards. The chamber recognizes several businesses each year for excellence in several categories. Taking home the prestigious Presidents Award was Lyle’s Trucking.
Firemen battle fire for 5 hours

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News An investigation into the cause of a fire Jan. 28 at the Mighty Peace Chevrolet Buick GMC Dealership in Peace River is underway after firefighters spent over five hours battling the flames. Peace River and Weberville…
KKK-hood racism protest prompts response

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News A protest against racism has prompted a new statement from the Town of Grimshaw and also inspired a small follow-up protest. Jan. 25, local resident Natasha Negraiff staged her own protest at the post office, saying…
Whoa! Hold on there!

St. Isidore Carnaval snow sculpting proceeds Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News The St. Isidore Carnaval might be cancelled for 2021, but one of the most distinctive parts of the francophone festival is still going ahead. The snow sculpting competition will once…
Railway crossing not needed

Town of Falher incurring needless maintenance expense Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Town of Falher council wants CN Rail to remove a railway crossing on Main Street or the Town may have to continue to pay almost $300 a month for…