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Submitted The Alberta Forest Products Association has some issues and wants provincial political candidates to know about them. To that end, it recently released Help Alberta’s Forest Industry Thrive. The document outlines actions that government can take to ensure a…
Derelict motel now a pile of rubble: who cleans it up?

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Lakeside Motor Inn is one of a couple of ‘eyesore’ properties in Slave Lake. The Town of Slave Lake (and others) has been wishing for some time the owners would do something about it. Maybe…
Business thrives at Heavy Equipment Repair

Local company bucking the trend Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader There’s a bewildering array of shops and equipment over at Heavy Equipment Repair (HER) in Slave Lake. Owner Herb Gehrling leads the way on a tour of the property, from the…

No actions required by the M.D. at this point Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The M.D. of Lesser Slave River has been happy enough letting its urban neighbours deal with issues arising from the legalization of cannabis last year. But it…

Leader staff One of the accused in the Nicole Robar murder case has been convicted and sentenced. Warren Kyle Warren of Spruce Grove received a life sentence in prison. Warren is one of three accused in the murder and subsequent…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Prepare to be counted. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River plans to do its own census this spring. An amount of $25,000 has been budgeted for it. The census is to run from May 1 to…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County Fire Services will get two new trucks by the end of the year. Council approved $800,000 for the vehicles at its Jan. 23 meeting. One – budgeted at $495,000 – is…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A broadband pilot led by Big Lakes County will start under a regional authority. At its Feb. 13 meeting, county council approved the organizing structure for what is to be called the ‘Big-Net’ project.…

Police suspect opioids; waiting for confirmation Submitted RCMP in Slave Lake are issuing a warning after two suspected opioid overdoses in a period of five days. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, police and EMS reported to a residence in Slave Lake…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake will get two more years of automated traffic enforcement. Town council voted in favour of the contract extension with Global Traffic Services at its March 5 meeting. Councillor Shawn Gramlich was the only councillor…