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“The county is in good financial shape and we have some aggressive capital projects” Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County expects a good year in 2018 after passing an interim operating budget. Council approved the $32.199,025 budget…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Town of Slave Lake’s Naming Committee has been formed – make that ‘re-formed’ – as of Dec. 21. With one town councillor and four members at large from the community, its job is to make…

Francesca Giroux, CPA For the Lakeside Leader 2017 T4s, T5s and the applicable summaries are due to be filed by February 28, 2018. In order to complete these you will require your payroll records, T4 Electronic Web Access Code if…
Year in Review (2017)

January The lead story of the first 2017 edition of the Lakeside Leader had to do with town council voting against the approval of a back-yard poultry experiment. It was one of those rare issues that split council right down…

Among other economic development ideas Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A hemp processing plant is one of the business ideas being tossed around over in Big Lakes County. The Big Lakes County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is also talking…

Here’s something we didn’t know until a couple of weeks ago. If you happen to be looking out at the ocean, watching ships go by and wondering what they are and where they’re going …… there’s an app for that!…

Leader staff One of the more interesting displays in the lobby of the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake was entitled ‘Memories of Fire.’ Behind glass were several fire-damaged items found in the wreckage of homes burned in the 2011 wildfire…

Dec. 19, 2017 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Excellent interviews CAO Brian Vance informed council the hiring process for two vacant management positions was going well. “We’ve had excellent interviews for manager of facilities and parks,” he said. Interviews for…
Christmas Bird Count turns up a few that refuse to migrate

Submitted The Christmas Bird Count is an annual citizen science project completed all over North America on one day between December 14 and January 5. Groups from over 2,000 localities traverse their given zone with binoculars and clipboard in hand…

Leader staff Slave Lake RCMP are looking for help in identifying the person who picked up a dropped wallet in the Slave Lake Walmart store on Dec. 19 and walked off with it. Police have a rough idea what the…
Helping out

The Route 88 Rods and Customs car club donated $600 to the Slave Lake Army Cadets. The money was raised through the club car show and drive-in theatre held earlier this year. This was one of seven cheques handed out…