Business owners have their say in downtown planning

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The real challenge, said consultant Dnyanesh Deshpande at last month’s Main Street planning workshop, “is how to achieve vibrancy in the downtown core.” Probably nobody disagreed with that. Achieving a vibrant downtown may not have been…
Filipino Heritage Month proclaimed

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee was joined on July 3 by Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, to celebrate the first-ever Philippine Heritage Month in Alberta. Jenny Konopka of the Filipino Community Association of…
Motel fire deemed ‘suspicious in nature’

Leader staff More than just fireworks were going off in Slave Lake as Canada Day drew to a close. Shortly before midnight, a call came in that the Highway Motor Inn was on fire. According to RCMP Staff Sgt. John…
Minister announces anti-racism funding in Slave Lake

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader As part of government efforts to address racism, Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda unveiled details of a new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program on July 3 at the Native Friendship Centre in Slave Lake. The grants…
ARC Pet of the Week

Kessel is a two-year- old Rottweiler pitbull cross He is neutered and has all his shots. Kessel lives at the Animal Rescue Committee shelter. Kessel is a sweet boy who walks great on a leash, loves to play, knows sit,…
Around the world in however many days

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader David Birt and Carol Darwin’s home on wheels attracted some notice when it stopped in Slave Lake last month. A purpose-built camper of sorts, it looked ready to head off-road if necessary. Thanks to a tip…
Thieves take ATM, beauty products

Leader staff Slave Lake RCMP reported separate incidents of theft last week. One was of an ATM from the Petro Can station; the other was of “travel-sized” beauty products from the No Frills store. The Max Fuels ATM grab happened…
Aiden Blocka

Aiden Blocka of the Slave Lake Heat dances out of the way of a low pitch from Trevor Vance of the Dirt Bags in Southshore Men’s League action on June 28. The Bags won the game 5 – 4. Blocka…
North Country Fair 2018

Lesser Slave Lake North Country Community Association hosted its 40th Annual North Country Fair from June 22 to 24, 2018. North Country Fair is an all-genre music and camping festival held in celebration of the summer solstice. Pictured above is…
Big mess

June 27 at approximately 2:15 p.m. the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service received a call for assistance out on Highway 88, 30 kilometers past Slave Lake. Upon arrival the fire service found a semi truck rolled over with its load…
Alimo baba’s and the 40 pizza lovers

Alimo’s Pizzaria was very busy treating youngsters from EG Wahlstrom School to pizza on their last day of school on June 27. It seemed to go over quite well, but they had to do a bit of work for it.…
FireSmart clean-up for Canyon is just the first of many

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Canyon Creek Recreation Association (CCRA) got into the FireSmart act last month, teaming up with the regional FireSmart team and others for a community clean-up event. A group of 17 community members, plus seven from…
Off the rails

A CN tanker car derailed in Smith on June 26, just west of the main road through town. From what we know, CN handled the situation on its own, without involving municipal emergency responders. Photo courtesy Cassie Pearce