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“Our biggest concern is the water”

Group looking out for the LSL watershed Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Doris Courtoreille from Swan River First Nation shared about water and Indigenous Peoples at the Lesser Slave Watershed Council annual general meeting on June 20. The meeting was her…

Leader staff For a small place, Calling Lake is in the news a lot. RCMP issued two news releases last week on busts in the community. Between May 31 and June 8, various RCMP units converged on Calling Lake, arresting…
De-mob underway on Fire #49

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On June 25, the plan was to start scaling back the resources expended on Fire #49, Matt Bell, outgoing McMillan Complex information officer, says. With the rain and cooler weather, Fire #49 has minimal fire activity…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Juan Mauricio ‘Mo’ Pugliese is the Town of Slave Lake’s health and safety coordinator. He’s been in that position since September of last year, making things healthier and safer at town workplaces. “A lot has been…

Leader staff The two vehicles lying in the Hwy. 2 ditch west of Kinuso on June 23 were pretty badly smashed up. But it turned out the drivers were not too badly injured. According to Cpl. Alex MacDonald of the…

M.D. talks rural crime with Westlock RCMP Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader “We have 11 members, including myself,” said Westlock RCMP Staff Sgt. Al Baird. “I don’t have enough guys to have people working 24 hours. There’s just not.” Baird was…

Leader staff An adult male has been arrested and charged after a deadly early morning collision on Monday, June 17. At approximately 4 a.m. on that date, High Prairie RCMP responded to a single vehicle roll-over on Highway 750, 100…

Leader staff A request for letters of support went out last week to members of the Homelessness Coalition in Slave Lake. It says the letters would support an application for five years of funding, “towards a plan that I am…
Wendy Cahill joins SLAEC team

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Wendy Cahill from Fresh Water on Bell Island in Newfoundland is the new Programs Coordinator with the Slave Lake Adult Education Committee. Her last name is not pronounced the way Albertans expect. It is shorter, only…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader People at the June 15 Green Party nomination meeting in Slave Lake received bumper stickers, but joked about the risk of putting them on their cars. “Environmentalists aren’t the enemy,” says event co-organizer Jule Asterisk. “Actually,…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Upgrades to the airport and other projects top the Big Lakes County $24 million capital budget for 2019. The airport work and upgrades to the Joussard water treatment plant and reservoir are the big…

15-year-old facing charges Submitted A fire in April that resulted in the death of a Swan River First Nation woman was no accident. RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit announced last week it was arson. Deliberately set, in other words. The April…
South shore wildfire forces brief evacuation

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On Monday June 17, a fire, called fire 114, sprang up by the gravel pit 2 km south of Widewater. At 2:04 p.m., an evacuation order was posted for Widewater. “When we first pulled up, we…
Fire update: a few new starts, but progress made

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Forests north and east of Slave Lake continued to smoulder and occasionally flare up last week. But generally speaking, suppression efforts gained the upper hand – this despite a few new starts due to lightning. Flare-ups…