Jan. 8 papers through the years

Northland Free Press, the precursor of the Lakeside Leader, vol. 3 no. 2 January 8, 1974 (Tuesday).

On January 1, 1974, the New Year’s Baby was born to Barbara and Ray L’Heureux of Summit Lake, BC. Barbara was in Slave Lake visiting her parents. The day before another woman not from Slave Lake had a baby boy.

Another front page news item was ‘Snowmobile clinic here’. It was to be at Roland Michener High School with “films and slides, and practical work”.

Mr. Bartlett (Harry Bartlett) hosted a Grade 9 curling bonspiel in Widewater. It was a fundraiser for a spring “field excursion.”

E.G. Wahlstrom bingo had nine $2 winners and a blackout prize of $5 to Freda Adams.

In 1986, January 8 was a Wednesday. The Lakeside Leader existed, but it’s in a gap in the Leader’s archive.

The New Year’s baby, Clayton August Cardinal, shared the cover with ‘Six arrests solve two years of theft: RCMP unravel 30 B&E cases’ The arrest of a 27 year old Canyon Creek man led to his caches of stolen property going back to crimes committed in 1989.

Two articles and the court report included a rash of people shooting animals and leaving the meat to rot. In the court report, a treaty youth was fined for shooting and leaving nine deer in the fall of 1991.

Winnie Lehman, registered nurse, was recognized for 20 years of service.

In Spotlight, Joe McWilliams interviewed Leo and William Giroux, residents of Eating Creek Lane, on the ‘whetigo’ legend which was the source of its and nearby Mitsue’s names.

The Northwest Winter Games, were planned for February 7 to 9 in Slave Lake. Events included alpine skiing, boxing, tae kwon do and table tennis.

Tanya Marie Radar, of Smith was the 1997 New Years baby, born on January 2 at 1:05 a.m. Other front page news was the death of former town councillor Ron Walker, an introduction to a new Slave Lake RCMP officer Const. Greg Crook, and a woman charged with attempted murder for a shooting incident in Smith on Christmas Day.

The Spotlight cover featured area ski hills. The Grizzly Ridge ski hill was 20 kilometres outside of Slave Lake and Smoky River was 30 km south of the Donnelly corner. Smoky River had nine runs and a half pipe for the new sport of snowboarding.

Ethan Jonah Twin was the Slave Lake New Year’s baby. He arrived at 9:45 a.m. on January 1. In other health news, the health centre closed a few beds. Other cover news was that a famous speaker was coming to Slave Lake to talk about bullying.

The Grinch was busy during Christmas 2002. Out of town and local residents stole quads and snowmobiles, and a water main break was quickly dealt with by Town of Slave Lake crews.

Spotlight cover and second page had to do with the lake. One article entitled ‘Lesser Slave Lake Watershed committee warn government officials – weir must be raised’.

A feature article was entitled ‘When the Germans came to Fawcett Lake’.

Snowshoer Megan Monaghan of Slave Lake earned a spot on Team Alberta North in the Arctic Winter Games snowshoe trials. Respected community elder Henry Sinclair, 85, died. A Slave Lake New Year’s Eve party stabbing resulted in charges. Six people were injured, including the stabber.

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