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It looks as though Hellfire Heroes, the Canadian Discovery Channel show based on the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service will be aired in the spring of 2018. Ten episodes of 60 minutes apiece, according to an online article in Real Screen. No further details were offered, so we’ll just have to wait and see what those camera crews were up to over the past three months or so.
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We were asked about this and so we asked ATCO Electric about local hiring on the big powerline project running through the area on its way to Fort McMurray. Here’s what we got from an ATCO spokesperson:
“Construction on the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project will start this summer. Individuals interested in employment can apply online at www.valard.com/careers. For companies or contractors seeking business opportunities, they can send their inquiries to wfmac-opp@valard.com. We have already hired local contractors, including from the Slave Lake area, for various contract services, and we will continue to do so over the course of the project.”
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Grey Cup pool tickets are selling briskly in early trading, we hear from the Slave Lake Ticket Exchange, otherwise known as Harry Bartlett. Two bucks a piece or five for 10 dollars, is what we hear. Get ‘em at Business Factory, Eiserman Meats or from Harry himself. He may or may not be set up at the following locations at various times: Sobey’s, WalMart, Canadian Tire and No Frills.
Why are the Grey Cup tickets going on sale so early? To clear the decks for the Rotary’s big 50/50 Christmas cash raffle.
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Apologies once again to local sports fans, for not having the long weekend sports news in this week’s Leader. In order to give the hard-working staff here the Monday off, we wrap up the paper on Friday, which means news of two provincial championship baseball tournaments has to wait another week. The Bantam Heat and Junior Heat teams from Slave Lake were playing in those tournaments – one in Strathmore (or near Strathmore) and the other in Edmonton.
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Did you hear the one about the bear that walked into a campsite the other day? It wasn’t a joke, apparently, but nothing much happened. The bear walked away and didn’t cause any trouble.
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Interesting story out of the M.D. office. A resident of one of the hamlets in – shall we say – the eastern part of the M.D., frustrated at the lack of telephone service (or perhaps the phone company’s response to his complaints about it) ‘sat in’ at the M.D. office, refusing to leave until something was done.
“He wasn’t going!” said the M.D. official who told The Leader about it.
So a couple of M.D. staffers got on the case, tracked down the appropriate people and apparently got the ball rolling on it.
This all led, we’re told to a message to MP Arnold Viersen’s office to ‘get on’ the issue of communications system improvements in the north.
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Mr. Viersen, by the way, was in the area last week meeting with forest industry types on the softwood lumber agreement – or disagreement – with the U.S. At least we heard he was; we do not have a confirmed sighting.
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We’re always apologizing around here, because we’re always making mistakes. This time it was a crossword puzzle without numbers! We’d like to say it’ll never happen again…. But that would be irresponsible.
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Big news from the world of local cribbage last week – Donnie Dietz got a 29 hand down at the A&W. Congratulations! A lot of people go their entire crib-playing lives without seeing one of those, let alone getting one dealt to them.

Three fives and the Jack of clubs in the hand; five of clubs cut.

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What else is going on? Well, pelicans are swimming around. See below.

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