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Everything has its pros and its cons. For example there has to be a down side to a big crowd of people getting together in one place, no matter what the occasion. But where the Riverboat Daze Block Party is…

It’s impossible, these days, to not think about drugs and their corrosive influence on society. Or more generally about addiction and the human tendency to fall into it. If it’s not one crippling dependency, it’s another. The misery caused by…

People are agitating online (and elsewhere) for an end to herbicide spraying in the forest. This is a tough one for the forest companies, which rely on such treatments to meet their reforestation targets. Simply put, the conifer seedlings don’t…

Here’s an example of how we shouldn’t be taking things for granted. It is very much in human nature to do that, in spite of the frequent reminders that it is unwise to do so. Being constantly on edge because…

About that weird crime phenomenon that’s been noted in Slave Lake by the RCMP and others recently: apparently it’s happening elsewhere too. Searching online, if you can manage to get past all the articles on the 1948 Italian movie, news…

There’s a bit of talk around the area these days about the Women’s World Cup of Soccer, which is going on in France. Canada is a contender and as of this writing at won its first two games, pretty much…

Two fires two weeks apart in the same spot south of Widewater? How does that happen? Three possibilities come to mind: one is that it’s a coincidence. You have to allow for it. Another is that the last fire wasn’t…

People tout tourism as ‘the future’ of the Lesser Slave Lake area. These are generally folks who look at the horizon and see the oil and gas industry in continued decline and are worried about what happens then. Tourism has…

Prices at the pump in Slave Lake were making people mad last week. Who knows, maybe it continues this week. That’s not new – people are always unhappy that we pay more for a litre of regular than they do…

There are stories floating around the world of business news in which the name ‘Marten Hills’ comes up. That’s because it has seen quite a bit of drilling for oil lately, with companies such as Cenovus, Spur Energy and Deltastream…

Meanwhile….. the debate rages as to whether the above sort of item is good news or bad news. Depending on your point of view, it will be one or the other, or even some of both. A reasonable person today,…

It’s not every week that firefighters show up at a wildfire and find a dead body. It’s understandable that people want answers to the obvious questions, such as how did it happen and why. The ‘who’ we know. Darren Dawson,…

If it bleeds, it leads. That’s the maxim from the heyday of daily newspapers. Desperate for any edge over the other guy, big city papers would go for the gore wherever possible, on the theory that the more shocking it…

So why was Slave Lake chosen as a reception centre for evacuees from High Level? Somebody asked us that question. Probably because it’s the first town of any size on the evacuation route that’s capable of fulfilling such a role.…

There’s often a reasonable explanation for things; usually you just have to ask the right people. For example: the other morning after the big fire north of the Wabasca highway blew up and ran wild, it was calm and no…

It’s been stated plainly and often why the town can’t just make unsightly premises disappear. Even if certain legal obligations weren’t in play (they are), the cost can’t be taken lightly. Say it costs the town $50,000 to clear up…