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COVID Weekly: Nipisi rig outbreak

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader On May 11, an outbreak at Tamarack Valley Energy Drilling Rig Nipisi was added to the list on alberta.ca. This means that this workplace had 10 or more cases. Outbreaks remain on the lists for four weeks…
Video – Historic 2011 Wildfires

The M.D. of Lesser Slave River, Town of Slave Lake, and Sawridge First Nation has updated the 2011 Slave Lake wildfire video to mark the 10th anniversary on May 14 and 15.
Ten years ago this week

Ten years ago this week, two separate fires swept into Slave Lake and the south shore communities of Widewater and Canyon Creek. When the smoke cleared, something like 400 homes were charred ruins, along with a church, a library, the…
Bird report: Study aims to learn more about bird parasites

Sachi SchottFor the Lakeside Leader Birds were counted in the droves at the LSLBO this week. Between recording 26,544 greater white-fronted geese, 12,972 lesser snow geese, and 4,339 American robins, there were also a handful of blackbirds, tree swallows, orange-crowned…
Albertans 12 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Leader staff As of May 10, 2021, all Albertans 12 and older are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine. Midweek last week, the provincial government announced that on May 6 Albertans 30 or older (born in 1991 or earlier) could…
Regional tri-council: Notebook

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The regional tri-council (Town of Slave Lake, M.D. of Lesser Slave River, Sawridge First Nation) got together on April 23 for its first meeting in many months. The main purpose of the meeting was to give the…
No curriculum pilot project for HPSD

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader High Prairie School Division has declined to take part in a pilot project for the draft updated K-6 school curriculum in 2021-22. Both the pilot project and draft curriculum have drawn concern from teachers, parents…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 50: It’s bedtime! Part 2 Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts Are you doing more activities now that we have longer days? The weather is getting nicer and sometimes we want to stay outside longer. In some places…
Icedogs take two of three to end regular season

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Slave Lake’s junior hockey team closed out its 2020/21 regular season last week with three games – one against the Northern Alberta Tomahawks (Enoch) and a pair against the Fox Creek Ice Kings. They won two of…
Homeless Coalition continues without chair for now

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Late last month, Barb Courtorielle stepped down as chair of the Homeless Coalition in Slave Lake. On April 29, the coalition met and decided to focus on formulating a vision and terms of reference. Also, to reach…
The Sky was on Fire

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “Shortly after the fire, people started sharing their stories,” says Nicola Ramsey, one of the four people who wrote The Sky was on Fire: Slave Lake’s Story of Disaster, Exodus, and New Beginnings. “I do know there…