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Tom Henihan Smoky River Express We accept Labour Day as the official end of summer, especially with kids returning to school the Tuesday following that long weekend. While it may remain warm in September, the weather also possesses a discrete…

The news may be a bit stale by now, but a gas line rupture in the southeast part of Slave Lake on Aug. 25 caused a few households to be evacuated for several hours while the problem was fixed. According…

To the Editor: It’s been five years since the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) monopoly passed into history. Even so, according to the Edmonton Journal there are still some who long for the days when western farmers were required by law…

A lot of people got worked up over the total eclipse of the sun earlier this month. ‘Totality’ was the term, and people were saying it in awestruck tones, down there in Oregon, as reported on every television news program.…

Well, well. Sometimes you get the impression incumbent councillors are swamped with the work the job entails. And that after four years of it, or seven years, they would look forward to not having all that on their shoulders on…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express Until recently, I took it for granted that the discs I use in my coffee maker go right into the garbage and then into the landfill. But given a report I’ve seen about the calls…

In hockey you have the defending champion – that’s like the party in power. Trying to replace the champ is the opposition – much like the Opposition party or parties in politics. Like hockey, politics can get dirty. There are…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader For pete’s sake ladies and gentlemen, please teach your kids that shoe laces do not (and should not) count as leashes for dogs or cats. If I have to hear about one more preventable canine or…

Readers probably noticed last week a story on the front page of the Spotlight section about a novel called ‘Oil Change at Rath’s Garage.’ We’re hoping author Shari Narine will come through the area on a promotional tour one of…

Even non sports fans can appreciate and celebrate the accomplishments of local young men and women who do well at the provincial level. At least we hope so. You don’t have to be a lover of the game of baseball…

Chris Clegg South Peace News “It’s not summer if your tongue isn’t purple!” – Calvin The cartoon character of Calvin and Hobbes fame isn’t too far off the mark. He made the remark after climbing a chair and looking into…

Regarding the accusation (in a recent letter to the editor) that Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen doesn’t spend enough time in his riding: we’re not sure if he does or doesn’t. What we do know is he was here last…

It is a strange enough experience to see a senator advocating for state-sponsored and controlled injection sites for drug addicts. But B.C. Senator Larry Campbell goes a step further into radical territory, saying the government should even supply the drugs.…

The thing about disasters is you never know what the next one is going to be. Chances are it won’t be the same or even similar to the last one, but you never know. Fire? Flood? Dangerous goods spill during…

To the Editor: Riverboat Daze was really great this year. Friday evening was perfect! My family and I loved the parade full of people who love the community, giving candy to the kids, spending their own money to decorate floats…

The world is full of a number of things (as RL Stevenson is supposed to have said) and one of them is books. There are some very good ones by Canadian authors that deal with Canadian (even Western!) subjects. One…