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Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader One of three Slave Lakers running for a vacant spot on the High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees is Sheri Smears. Mother of four, grandmother of five and 43-year resident of the area, Smears says she’s…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Everywhere you look these days, people are trying to do the same with less. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River is no exception. “We’re like everybody else,” Kerik tells The Leader. “Linear assessment has deteriorated; costs have…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The federal government has jurisdiction over harbours in Canyon Creek, Faust and Joussard. It wants to get rid of them, having no interest in recreational (as opposed to commercial) harbours. This is not news. It has been…

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader A longtime church-owned cemetery near Kinuso will become property of Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting Nov. 28, county council approved a recommendation by administration to take over the ownership of the Swan Valley…

Leader staff High Prairie School Division’s Board of Trustees adopted a three-year plan at its Nov. 21 meeting. Topics covered include such things as Engaged Governance, Inclusion, Learning Technology, Assessment, Numeracy and Literacy. Taking the last of those first, the…

Submitted On November 27, 2018 the Slave Lake RCMP began an investigation into a fraudulent use of a credit card. The complainant reported to the RCMP that they had lost their wallet and their bank cards had been used. At…
ATM bandits strike again; in Athabasca

Leader staff The ATM bandits were back at it just before Christmas – this time in Athabasca. And again, they appear to have gotten away with it. At about 5:40 a.m. on Dec. 24, police were called to Neighbours Pub.…

Leader staff RCMP in Athabasca is looking for help in solving a Boxing Day shooting in Calling Lake. According to a release from Const. S.D. Bereza, a report came in on Dec. 26 that a man had suffered a gunshot…

Suspects in custody Leader staff Several people from Slave Lake are facing serious charges in two December robberies – both alleged to have involved violence. The more recent of the two was a Dec. 22 armed robbery at a convenience…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Clara Moberly may have had the shortest reign in the history of the Bigstone Cree Nation. Elected in late October, she barely had time to get her feet wet before an arbitrator declared the election invalid and…

The pro-pipeline demonstration movement reaches Slave Lake this Sunday, on Jan. 6. Local ad hoc organizers started promoting the idea in the week before Christmas. After a few days of talk about it on social media, it became semi-official on…