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Leader staff The recent seeding by drone in a cutblock near Slave Lake is completed and now it’s a matter of waiting to see what happens. David Price of Natural Resources Canada says there were “some technical snags” during the…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The regional library board held a brainstorming session with community members earlier this month. According to librarian Kendra McRee it was “a great turnout,” with lots of interesting ideas put forward. The reason for holding it,…
Rocking at Billy & Bob’s

Slave Lake’s own Jackpines had the honour of being the first-ever live entertainment act booked at the new Billy & Bob’s Lounge at the Northern Star Hotel in Slave Lake. The band played a two-hour set, while patrons checking out…
Construction season is here

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader In an off-week for Town of Slave Lake news, we gave the town’s project manager Doug Baird a call. Not surprisingly, he had news. 5th and 5th NE – Rumours that the town is only doing…
‘Fam’ tour gets workers acquainted with local attractions

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader For three separate days last week the Slave Lake Region Tourism Society held its first Familiarization Tour. Familiarization Tours are a tool for tourism ambassadors to obtain knowledge of attractions and events in the area to…
MLA praises work of animal rescue group

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader Lesser Salve Lake MLA Danielle Larivee visited the Animal Rescue Committee (ARC) on May 23 for an updated tour of the shelter and to celebrate the work that has been done. Larivee said when people look…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The old sawmill yard in Smith caught fire at about 1:00 a.m. on May 23. RCMP consider it “suspicious,” but were not going as far as using the word ‘arson.’ Fire chief Jamie Coutts says firefighters…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It seems every week there’s a new use for drones nobody saw coming. Last week, for example, the Canadian Forest Service had one of the flying robots firing tree seeds from the air in an experiment…

Leader staff In news from the Slave Lake RCMP, a man is in custody after allegedly assaulting car wash staff with a lacrosse stick on May 23. According to the release from Staff Sgt. John Spaans, a report came in…

ATVs, campfires banned As of last Friday, the fire danger was rated ‘extreme’ for much of northern Alberta. The Slave Lake district had somehow managed to avoid any major outbreaks of wildfire, but several areas not too far away in…

No more slipping and false starts for the Slave Lake Sharks swim club. Thanks to community donations, the club was able to have new starting blocks installed at the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre in Slave Lake. According to Michelle Vekved…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader If you’re interested in helping out the Wounded Warriors Weekend project, mark June 2 on your calendar. That’s the date of a fundraiser for the Aug. long weekend event, which will see military veterans congregating in…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It’s quite possible there are several historical firsts involved in the recent ‘capping’ of Pastor Blessing Shambare of St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake. There’s no way of knowing it for sure, but we’ll go…

Leader staff A 23-year-old Slave Lake male was arrested on April 19 after he assaulted a store clerk. According to an RCMP news release, the suspect had attempted to purchase several items in the Slave Lake store and became angry…

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader Wildfire danger for the Slave Lake Forest Area has climbed to extreme. Rain last week only affected the southern part of the district. North of Lesser Slave Lake got nothing. Lots happened during the week, fire-wise,…

Leader staff Uneven crossings caused by rail line upgrades by CN last year have been a headache for drivers and the Town of Slave Lake for several months. Last week the news was good: CN’s contractor was about to get…