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Slave Lake RCMP Investigate a series of thefts

Submitted The Slave Lake RCMP is seeking for information regarding the identity of a suspect male that is responsible for several thefts and acts of mischief over the last several days here in Slave Lake. He broke into a vehicle…
Do you recognize this man?

Submitted On Oct. 6, 2020 at approximately 11:55 a.m., while on her lunch break, a female youth was approached by an adult male as she walked between the Canadian Tire and Sobey’s grocery store at the Cornerstone Plaza in Slave…
Fewer trees killed by pine beetle this year than last

Leader staff There were 1,546 fewer trees killed by mountain pine beetles in the Slave Lake Forest Area in 2020 than in 2019, says an Alberta government news release. This year, 4,474 were killed and last year 6,020. The news…
Harvest ‘good enough to get us to next year’

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Harvest in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River is about 90 per cent done, says farmer and M.D. councillor Robert Esau. It is poor quality and there isn’t a lot of grain per acre. The harvest…
Holiday markets return in Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The All Season Market and Slave Lake Farmers Market have joined forces to offer some seasonal shopping in the Slave Lake Multi Rec Centre (MRC).Since 2013, Melissa Baxter and Chelsea Saluk have organized All Season Markets…
Arts council starting up monthly events once again

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Yesterday, October 20, the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (RAC) had its first event since the COVID-19 pandemic started. It also has one coming up on Sunday, Oct. 25 and one for Christmas at the…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 28 Latin American Heritage Month Literature Lili Normand Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts One of the best ways to learn a language is by reading it! Spanish literature is not only novels or poems in Spanish language. Every…
Lakeshore Police make another drug bust

Leader staff The region has one less drug trafficker in business, after a bust by Lakeshore Regional Police on Oct. 10. According to a release from that agency, a search of a residence in Driftpile resulted in the seizure of…
Have your say about Alberta’s 2021 budget

Submitted Albertans can share their views and priorities for the province in an online survey on the 2021 provincial budget and join telephone town halls with Finance Minister Travis Toews. “I’m looking forward to working with Albertans as we develop…
Thanksgiving weekend saw five traffic fatalities in Alberta

Submitted This past Thanksgiving long weekend, police forces across Canada led #OperationImpact2020, an initiative organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to encourage safe driving behaviours. Between Oct. 9-12, there were five fatalities and 305 motor vehicle collisions…
Man found guilty after threatening court officials, police

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A man convicted of threatening several police officers from the High Prairie area will be sentenced in mid-November. Amos Edwin McKechnie, 36, of Canyon Creek, was found guilty of uttering threats to cause death…
Employment rate improving in western Alberta

Leader staff In September, western Alberta’s unemployment rate dropped once again, says Alberta Labour Force Statistics. It was the second (best) lowest in the province, but still almost twice last year’s. For economic statistics, Slave Lake, Wabasca, High Prairie, and…
Coffee house date set for Dec. 5

Leader staff This just in from two community groups in Slave Lake: a Christmas ‘coffee house’ is being held on Dec. 5, to raise money for the local food bank. It’s a joint project by the Rotary Club and Stage…
Curling returns with     ‘physical distancing’ rules

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Slave Lake Curling Association is gearing up for another season of league play, with the occasional bonspiel on weekends. Thanks to COVID, things will look a bit different, but the game should be as fun…
Landfill has a new manager

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Barry Kolenosky of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (who is also the acting CAO), will serve as the manager of the Lesser Slave landfill. This news came at town council’s Oct. 13 meeting, via councillor…
Crime down in town

Submitted The Town of Slave Lake has seen a decrease of 23 per cent in crime over the last 12 months, say stats released by the Slave Lake RCMP. This includes a 31 per cent decrease in stolen vehicles, and…
Town of Slave Lake Council notebook

Oct. 13, 2020 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Councillor Joy McGregor followed up a question she’d asked at a previous meeting: What’s the story with recycling? Is the stuff residents submit for recycling just ending up in landfill? If so,…