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What next on the regional waterline? That project has seen just about every delay you can imagine, and last week a young moose got stuck in the mud where some recent digging had been going on. Videos of the successful rescue operation were posted online. Doug Baird of the Town of Slave Lake was one of those on the scene. He told The Leader the moose was quite young, probably born earlier this spring and just ‘wandered into it.’ Six guys pulling on straps managed to get it free and it tottered off into the bush. Mama moose was not seen, but was probably not far off.
Baird says the site had just been dug up earlier in the week – part of the ongoing effort to get the waterline working. The contractor, or representatives thereof, was on the scene helping rescue the moose.

Speaking of that waterline, Baird said progress is definitely being made. ‘Pigging’ proceeds. Pigging is a process by which objects are forced through a pipe in order to clear it of obstructions. Why these objects are called pigs is unknown, at least to us. There are different stories. One is that early pigs produced a squealing sound, which some likened to a pig noise. We’ll go with that one.

‘Nope,’ says a grizzled local gent with an interest in politics. ‘I’ll just get mad if I go there.’ This was in answer to the question last Monday: ‘Are you going to the candidates’ forum tonight?’
He might end up getting mad anyway, if the election turns out the way he thinks it might. Of course this paper coming out on the day of the election (April 16), it will probably be over by the time you read this. But he had an interesting take on the possibilities provincially we think is worth mentioning. Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel, he says, could come out holding the balance of power in a minority government. He figures the NDP will take Edmonton, the UCP will wrap up everything outside of Edmonton and Calgary and…well, what about Cowtown? He thinks the Alberta Party might do quite well there.
Mandel with the balance of power would be a bad outcome, says our insider. Why? Because he sold out the north when he was mayor of Edmonton by shutting down the City Centre Airport. And his sweetheart deal with Oilers’ owner Darryl Katz has made him even more unpopular. Unpopular with one Slave Laker, at least.
But we have to admit, the Alberta Party having a share of power in the next government is a possibility we never thought about. Mr. Mandel has probably thought lots about it.

Did the driving range at Gilwood open on Friday? That was the rumour. We’ll have to check it out. Other news out of your favourite golf club; Thomas Spencer will be back for the summer. He’s the guy who ran the popular youth program last year. He has ambitions to be a golf pro.

The Rotary NHL Playoff Pool had 1,035 entries, we’re told. They are gradually being loaded onto the website (Be patient!).
Pool name: Rotary2019
Password: slavelake

A lot of people are trying to sell their houses in Slave Lake. It’s been observed that the market is slow. That should result in prices coming down. The Leader has noted that two homes on 10th Ave. SE have sold recently.
We were talking to an RCMP officer the other day who was transferred 18 months ago from Peace River to Edmonton and hasn’t been able to sell his house in Peace River in that period. Still trying. Prices may have to come down further.

Sheila Willis of Smith has been winning awards and otherwise getting lots of attention for her efforts to promote tourism in northern Alberta. That’s the impression we get from you-know-where, at any rate. It could all be clever campaign to make her History Check mobile app seem to be a bigger deal than it really is. But we don’t think so! One day we’ll get hold of her and get the lowdown on the project thus far.

Everyone you talk to touts tourism as a growth area for the future for this region. Political candidates were doing it at the forum, for example. Big potential, etc. Potential is one thing. Actually developing it into something profitable is another. Doing it in a way that doesn’t damage fish habitat (as one example) is yet another challenge.
Having good trail systems should be part of any plan to grow tourism. That’s pretty generally acknowledged as well. Trail systems are big quality-of-life enhancers and some areas are miles ahead of others in realizing this and doing something about it.
Slave Lake and the M.D. of Lesser Slave River could take a big step forward on this by extending the town’s trail system out to the Visitor Information Centre. It was acknowledged in the last municipal election. Councillor Brad Pearson even made a campaign commitment to work for it.

The annual spring community clean-up is coming early May. The dates hadn’t been solidified by press time, but don’t let that stop you from signing up to participate! The town provides garbage bags and tee shirts, and will assign areas to clean if you need one. The phone number to call is 780-849-8028. Oh, and June 1 is the date for the Devonshire Beach clean-up!

Here’s something you don’t like to hear: a fellow from Enilda had tickets to a show in Slave Lake on Saturday, April 6. At least that’s what it said on the tickets. He drove down and waited outside the Legacy Centre for an hour-and-a-half, he says, along with seven other ticket holders. These, it turned out, were the ones who hadn’t heard the date and location had both been changed. Now they’re having trouble getting hold of the promoter for a refund.
“Nobody told us,” says Don Gordon.
Good luck getting that refund.

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