Fire Bans lifted

Campers and just about everybody looking to enjoy outdoor activites have been wondering when exactly somebody in authority will allow some kind of outdoor campfires. This, particularly with the rains the past weeks. As of Tuesday, May 26, limited campfires…
May 22 COVID-19 update

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of May 22, Slave Lake remains at five cases – all recovered. Over the last few days, Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in the AHS North Zone. The City of Grande Prairie…

Leader staff The OHV ban in the Slave Lake Forest Area has been lifted, says the May 22 Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire update. The fire danger is low. The Alberta-wide fire ban remains in effect. OHV riders should remember…
Gun ranges open to members, but cancel early summer events

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Slave Lake and Kinuso gun ranges are open to members only. Upcoming events are cancelled, postponed, or tentative. Being open to members and their guests only is typical for the ranges. However, in normal years both host…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson Week 5

Spring words – Part 2 Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts We are now enjoying sunny days and people are spending time outside. You can use the words learned from last week and add them to these expressions. Vamos…
County council assured contaminated site in Faust is safe

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Future use of a contaminated former wood-treatment site in Faust is under study as the site has been cleaned up. Big Lakes County council discussed potential plans for trails with Alberta Environment and Parks officials…
‘Misunderstanding’ about education, says HPSD chair

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Learning for High Prairie School Division students continues, despite schools being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s something the board chair made a point of emphasizing when the HPSD trustees met on April 15. “There…
Gardening: We ask, you answer

Responses to a Leader Facebook survey. Day 1“When do you plant your seeds?”With 25 responses, the most popular answer was “some time after May long weekend.”Tied for second place was “May long weekend, on the dot” and “they are already…
Two ‘Story Walks’ this year in Slave Lake

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library has two new “Story Walks” for non-technological outside reading fun. On May 15, the library launched its third annual Story Walk. This will only have one slight contactless change. Instead…
Slave Lake’s first fire chief passes

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader George Stanley (Stan) Pollard, formerly of Slave Lake, passed away recently at the age of 91 in Salmon Arm, B.C. He was a town councillor and fire chief in Slave Lake, as well as running a business…
Big Lakes County will maintain essential services despite cuts

County facing $8 million in bad debts Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County has cut some funding to neighbouring municipalities and called off cost of living and wage increases in its recently-approved $35 million 2020 operating budget. “This…
How’s your Internet? MP wants to know

Leader staff Last week, Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament for Peace River-Westlock, joined his Conservative colleagues to seek feedback on the issue of rural internet access. “I hear regularly from residents who know all too well the challenges to access…