HP man facing second-murder charge

A High Prairie man is facing a second-degree murder charge after an incident in Slave Lake May 17.
RCMP Major Crimes Unit charged Vernon Wayne Laboucan after the death of Christopher Valiquette, 34, of Swan River First Nation, says Cpl. Ronald Bumbry, media relations officer.


Bee bylaw closer to reality

The process to allow anyone wanting to keep bees or chickens in High Prairie inches closer to reality.
High Prairie town council agreed at its May 26 meeting to ask its bylaw review committee to draft a bylaw to allow the insects and foul within its boundaries, but at first on a two- or three-year pilot project.


Smoother highways in High Prairie region

Driving on highways in the High Prairie region will be smoother in the coming months as improvement projects have started.
Alberta Transportation has announced several upgrades on provincial highways, says a Big Lakes County news released dated May 29.


Rain brings relief, campfire bans eased

Campfires are now allowed in the Peace River and Slave Lake forest areas, say news releases May 26.
Due to reduced wildfire hazard, advanced operational preparedness, and favourable weather conditions in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area dropped to a fire advisory from a fire ban.