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How to improve your chances of landing government jobs is the topic of an information session coming in Slave Lake on May 31. Government contracts, that is. Apparently some contractors are not that familiar with the process and miss opportunities…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader A worn-out waterline in the north end of Slave Lake will be replaced this year, but only partly. After the M.D. of Lesser Slave River council turned down a request from the town to fund a…

Alexia For the Lakeside Leader Good morning everyone! Welcome back from the May Long weekend! We hope everyone had a great time and got to sharpen their saws! This is Alexia and here is this week’s Kids’ News. This week…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Murphy brought town council up to date last week on some of the latest news from the detachment. “This is the year of transition,” Murphy said, adding that three transferred officers have…
Exhibitor numbers up at 2017 Chamber of Commerce trade show

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader As promised in last week’s edition of The Leader, here’s a recap of the Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual spring trade show. “I think it went great!” says Chamber president Brittany Giesbrecht. “The…
Battle between north and south birders this month

Nicole Krikun For the Lakeside Leader Migration really picked-up over the past week. Every day we are counting hundreds of birds of an increasing number of species. Myrtle warbler, American robin and blackbirds have had daily observation totals in the…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A grant of more than $180,000 has been awarded to Big Lakes County to spearhead a study on broadband services in the region. The funding comes via the Alberta Community Partnerships program. The money…

Alexia and Lucas For the Lakeside Leader Good morning everyone! This is Alexia and Lucas reporting from Smith School with Kids’ News! There will be an archery practice after school this Monday. This week is a short week! There is…
Close call

For everyone wondering what happened near the Cornerstone Shopping Plaza last week on May 11 – a child fell off of a cliff overtop of the Sawridge Creek. Various emergency agencies were on scene as so was The Leader. Const.…
New 2 U also new 2 her

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The New 2 U thrift store re-opened for business in Slave Lake last week, with a new owner and a totally new look. Stacy George is now the proprietor, having taken over from Joyce Kern on…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A new municipal development plan and updated land-use bylaw for Big Lakes County is a reality after nearly two years of community consultation. At its Apr. 26 meeting, county council adopted the bylaws for…

Leader staff Well known teacher and community activist Florence Gladue has been honoured with the 2017 Esquao Award in Lifetime Achievement. The award was presented April 28 at a ceremony in Edmonton. Here’s (part of) what the announcement by the…

Three ODs in three days have police alarmed Leader staff Police suspect a series of dangerous overdoses in a three -day period last week are the result of opioid drugs. One of them was fatal. RCMP issued a warning about…

Fallout continues from Poplar Lane debacle Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Reps from the engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler spoke with M.D. council last week about the project everybody would rather forget – the Poplar Lane rebuild. Glen Newman did most…
Hazard climbs

Yes, it really is that time of year again, when two or three days of warm, dry weather can push the fire hazard into the ‘high’ range. When every spark from every ATV muffler, every cigarette tossed carelessly out of…