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A pavement overlay on the trail running out to Devonshire Beach along Hwy. 88 started last week. It’s an M.D. of Lesser Slave River project, meaning it starts at the M.D./Town of Slave Lake boundary and goes north. It will…

Leader staff Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is getting some cash for maintenance and upgrades, the provincial government announced last week. It’s not for anything new or flashy – rather basic infrastructure stuff at a campground and the Boreal Centre.…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Dogs roaming in Big Lakes County and neighbouring First Nations communities could soon face stricter patrols. This after county council approved a recommendation on Aug. 9 to send letters to Kapawe’no and Swan River…
Slave Lake Parent Link moving into old family care clinic

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Slave Lake Parent Link began renovations inside its new base at the old family care clinic earlier in August. According to Chris Brown, Town of Slave Lake communications co-ordinator, Parent Link and the TOSL have partnered…

Police have charged two people in the death of 21-year-old Nicole Robar, whose body was recovered from the Lesser Slave Lake River on Saturday, August 5, 2017. One is a 34-year-old man from Slave Lake; the other a 27-year-old from…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Speed limits could soon be the same in all County of Big Lakes hamlets, which would mean a reduction in some. County council gave the first two readings to a bylaw that would make…

Leader staff Something was bound to give in the world of wildfires, and in the second week of August it did, with a string of starts across the northern part of Alberta. As of Monday, Aug. 14, eight fires were…
Politicans talk with Slave Lake FCSS and agencies about services

Local agencies share thoughts Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services along with Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services came to town and chatted with local agencies last week. The Leader had the…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader There’s an active Scouting group in Smith, and its Commissioner wouldn’t mind at all if it got a bit of publicity. “We do a lot of stuff,” says Michelle Sholtz. Such as? “In October we have…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader In case you haven’t found out yourself, there is an active warning for schistosome dermatitis (swimmer’s itch) at Devonshire Beach. According to swimmersitch.ca (an organization in partnership with Alberta Health Services), “Swimmer’s itch is the common…

Leader staff The body of a missing boater at the west end of Lesser Slave Lake was found on Aug. 9, three days after the man’s boat was reported capsized. RCMP have not identified the man. The initial release reported…

Leader staff A gruesome discovery by a recreational boater in Lesser Slave River turned out to be the body of a young woman from Spruce Grove. Nicole Brendan Robar, 21, had been reported missing on Aug. 1 from the city…
Update on hiring for Fort McMurray West powerline project

Leader staff A few weeks ago The Leader inquired about ‘local hiring’ practices, or intentions, of the Fort McMurray West high-voltage power line construction project. We received a brief reply at that time from an ATCO rep. Last week somebody…

Impersonator operated on Hwy. 44 between Westlock and Fawcett Leader staff Westlock RCMP has charged a St. Albert man with two counts of personation of a peace officer while the St. Albert RCMP, Detachment continues to investigate the same man…

Leader staff A woman who went for a stroll in a park in Athabasca earlier this month got more than she bargained for when a couple of bears started following her. But in the end no harm was done. According…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A Kinuso woman will spend another two months in jail after pleading guilty in High Prairie Provincial Court July 24 to fraud, assault, theft and mischief. Forty-year-old Victorine Lenora Twin was sentenced to 90…