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One thing about former Slave Lake Mayor Peter Moore that was appreciated by local reporters: he made short speeches. You could always count on mayor Moore to keep his remarks short and to the point. That may not sound like…

Every week at The Leader we get one or two missing persons reports from the RCMP in Alberta. Often these are rescinded within a day or two. The person has turned up, safe and sound. Or at least turned up.…

People are scared, worried, fed up, frustrated – all of the above when it comes to the epidemic of theft in the Slave Lake area. But if they are placing their hopes in a big provincial response – sending in…

Probably nobody thinks much about elections in the month of January. But here we are with a byelection happening in the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River. Or were, until only one person applied for the job. Is it important?…

Energy companies are beefing up their environmental file, along with engagement with Indigenous groups. The writing is on the wall and they are responding. The message seems to be if you want to survive and prosper in the resource industry…

So……….. newspaper readers. What can we say about the new year that hasn’t already been said? Our focus is local, so we’ll continue to mostly ignore what’s going on provincially and nationally. In fact we’ve found, over the years, that…

Calcium chloride may be like democracy: a terrible system, but better than all the others. A lot of people don’t like what it does to their vehicles and are not shy about saying so, in coffee shops and elsewhere. It’s…

People seem to like a good crime story above any other type. Well, disaster news is probably right up there too. Once this would only have been speculation. Now, we’ve got online ‘clicks’ to prove it. Or more or less…

Your community newspaper likes to attend Christmas concerts and feature pictures of the kids performing. There’s a long tradition of doing it and we think it goes over pretty well. At least going by all the clippings from The Leader…

This ‘brave new world’ we are creating for ourselves includes lots of opportunities. Once upon a time our options – most of us, that is – would have been strictly limited by our social status. Children of peasants were destined…

The way automated teller machines are being stolen, you have to wonder if it’s even worth having them. Somebody is apparently making a good living at stealing them, and last week’s smash and dash at the multi-rec centre in Slave…

You have to hope like hell the Kenney government has the best of intentions. In this space we’ve spoken up for giving a new government the benefit of the doubt, not to mention a hard-to-get-hold-of MLA. Give it some time.…

You’ve probably heard this one already. Some unnamed firefighter in Slave Lake, asked by his chief to order pizzas for the whole crew, somehow ended up calling ‘Alamo Pizza’ in San Antonio Texas, instead of ‘Alimo’s Pizzeria’ in Slave Lake.…

Robotics clubs are popular in schools these days. There’s one at E.G. Wahlstrom School in Slave Lake, for example, that meets over lunch one day a week. It might be just good fun for its own sake, but there’s more…

We don’t want to pour cold water on something before it has a chance to prove itself…..but. Well, let’s just say it will take some convincing that money committed by a municipality on economic development is well spent. The arguments…