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M.D. of Big Lakes supports plan to move ski hill access road

A plan to move the Smoky River Ski Hill access road has garnered full support from the M.D. of Big Lakes.
M.D. of Smoky River Couns. Louis Tokarz and Rich Aubin attended Big Lakes meeting June 28 asking for support for the project.
Alberta Infrastructure has told the ski hill they are closing the access road by the bridge for safety reasons and to avoid a serious potential accident. In turn, Infrastructure will pay the entire cost for a new access road at the top of the hill.
However, that means the chalet must be moved from the bottom of the hill, where it now exists, to the top. Infrastructure is also paying for that move.
“I feel you should be informed as to what is happening,” Tokarz said in explaining the situation.
“There is no way the (bridge) access will ever be used again,” he added. “It is too

Arches may be moving out and heaters warming up Falher Memorial Arena

All things seem to come in threes.
One councillor openly condemned the future of the town’s ice arena.
Another councillor adamantly supported further funding for heating.
And council as a whole received the first of a dozen reports on the movement of the arch supports, which could one day show the need to condemn the building.
Falher town council had ordered public works to measure the arches supporting the bowl area above the ice surface and the first results were reported at the Dec. 3 regular council meeting.
One of the 22 arches was out as much as 4 mm, which public works speculates may be due to frost.
“There’s very minimal change,” said director of public works Ernie Marchildon, adding that the Oct. 1 and Nov. 29 readings provide a baseline for future measurements.
“Now we have something to compare to,” he said. “If the numbers jump up significantly,

Women’s rec volley league a team effort

The pilot project this fall was a success and the Smoky River Women’s Volleyball League is a go for a second season to begin Jan. 9 and extend for a full three months.
“It’s been great and there’s quite a bit of interest by other teams,” said Shelley Lauzé, a team captain and co-organizer of the league originally intended to give local teams regular practice before going to recreational tourneys in Fairview, Peace River and Grande Prairie.
In addition to the four teams from the fall and the occasional participation of the two high school girls teams, there are teams from High Prairie and Peace River interested in joining the upcoming season. A group of G.P. Vanier girls also wants to enter a team to play regularly on the Sundays & Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Heritage’s gym.
“We have fun and get in shape at the same time,” Lauzé

McLennan school gets a facelift

École Providence school in McLennan, part of the Holy Family C.R.D. No. 37, has some “big time stuff” happening over the summer according to Bill Wallace, school principal.
The school is having a facelift over the summer including a new horticulture lab that Wallace says will be built within the building with a lot of glass.
“It (the greenhouse) will be for the Career Technology Study program, brand new, we’ll also be upgrading the science lab and placing a computer annex between the science lab and the library,” says Wallace.
According to Wallace, the school will also be getting a brand new CTS cooking lab and renovations done to the front office space including the office manager’s space, the principal’s office and the councilor’s office.
“We’re really pleased the board decided to spend this money on us which is a tremendous amount of money for a small school,” says Wallace

Mill rate drops for 2001 in Town of McLennan

The Town of McLennan’s distinction for having the highest mill rate in the province won’t be changing any time soon.
“Our municipal mill rate has decreased just over two mills from 30.95 in 2000 to 28.29 this year,” said municipal administrator Janet Bayers last week after councillors put their stamp of approval on this year’s operating budget.
Council met for its regular meeting May 14, eventually passing an operating budget which carried a bottom line surplus of roughly $32,000.
Mayor Ron Faulkner said that while it was good news to see the mill rate drop this year, individual taxes may still be affected by the assessment values.
“Some assessments in town went up a bit this year while others went down,” he said, adding that taxes will fluctuate this year for residents, depending on which side of the fence they’re on.
“Basically, as far as we’re concerned, there’s no increase

Fires at dump result of lacking public awareness

Fires at the Girouxville garbage dump have to stop and to make them stop it is up to the people who use the garbage dump to be aware of what they are doing.
This is the message that the municipality of Girouxville and regional fire chief, Denis Hamel would like to promote before anymore, unnecessary fires have to be extinguished.
Hamel says that they do not believe the three fires this year were set on purpose but are probably caused from burning barrels and smoldering ashes being dumped into the pit.
“It also might just be old ways of lighting garbage on fire once it’s in the pit,” says Hamel.
According to Estelle Girard, municipal administrator of Girouxville, the village can, and will file a civil suit to recoup the cost of putting out the fire.
“The village council would like it to be known they will file. Our budget

V-ball tourney no one-hit wonder

There won’t be any monkey business going on in Falher next weekend when 12 mixed volleyball teams are expected to literally go bananas over the return of the 7th Annual Guy-Rillas Tournament Of The Apes.
“It’s a really intense and awesome tournament which often attracts former college and university volleyball players,” says Joline Maisonneuve, tournament organizer.
The Jan. 19 to 20 tournament is expected to draw a virtual smorgasbord of talent with the majority of clubs originating outside of the Smoky River region.
That includes two squads from Grande Prairie, Spirit River and Edmonton as well as one team from High Prairie, High Level and Peace River in addition to two local clubs.
And while the chemistry of these clubs may differ slightly from one team to another on paper, the one trait they all share is a common desire for competitive fun and a willingness to win – two

Agricore takes heat over loss of Nampa grain elevators

The recent demolition of a pair of grain terminals in Nampa by Agricore proved to be a hot topic at the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130’s regular council meeting last Wednesday.
Leading the discussion for the municipality was Councillor Louis Tokarz who wanted answers from Agricore officials in attendance regarding the rumoured sale of the elevators to Great Northern Grain prior to their demolition.
“I guess what I’d like to know is this, was there any attempt to sell thse two elevators in Nampa?” he asked.
Geoff Ludkin, member and crop services representative for Agricore, confirmed that Great Northern Grain did submit a proposal to purchase the elevators, but added that due to confidentiality, he could not go into great detail about the offer.
That sparked a reaction by Councillor Victor Begin, who questioned why Agricore would decline an offer to make money as opposed to shouldering the costs

Zephyrs fall to Isotopes, Sanders

ALBUQUERQUE – Center fielder Gerald Williams hit for the cycle in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ 7-4 win against the New Orleans Zephyrs Thursday. Albuquerque earned a series split with the win.

Williams bunted for a single in the bottom of the eighth to complete the cycle. He led off the first inning with a double, hit a triple in the second and ran around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the fourth. He was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Former Nicholls State University standout Scott Sanders became the first Isotopes pitcher to hit a home run this season, driving the ball over the left-field fence to tie the game at 4 in the fourth inning.

Williams followed the Sanders shot with a hit to the center field fence. The ball took a funny bounce off the wall, forcing the left fielder to make the play. Albuquerque’s

Getting back into economic ball game


Trying to get the city back into the economic development game after a decade of being on the sidelines, Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration wants to use this week’s free-trade talks in New Orleans as a jump start.

When the city learned that negotiators for the Central American Free Trade Agreement were shopping for a site to talk turkey, the city raised $150,000 from private sources to get the meeting.

CAFTA would lift tariffs and other trade barriers between the United States and Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador for goods, agriculture, services and investments in the same way that NAFTA lifted barriers between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

So far, details are secret and it’s likely the potential economic ramifications won’t be known until President Bush sends the agreement over to Congress. The administration wants to have a final agreement in January, exactly a year after