Native plants: Fireweed

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Chamerion angustifolium, fireweed, grows in all parts of Canada, says the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Encyclopedia. “Fireweed became Yukon’s floral emblem in 1957 and was previously classified at epilobium angustifolium. This hardy plant can grow to…
M.D. of Lesser Slave River

Leader staff According to M.D. councillor Sandra Melzer, dealing with fusarium in the M.D. of LSR is now entirely up to the producer. That’s the result of the province backing away from any action on the disease. In any case,…
County prefers education on weeds

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County is taking steps to root out invasive species of plants. To that end, council amended its invasive species bylaw, at its June 23 meeting. Along those same lines, council adopted new policies…
Tolko co-op student wins Green Dream internship

Leader staff Ian Henry Penninga, at Tolko, is one of 15 winners of this year’s Green Dream Internship program, says a Forest Product Association of Canada (FPAC) news release. FPAC launched Green Dream in 2013. Winners receive a scholarship and…
Government eases COVID restrictions in continuing care

Two-step approach Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Slave Lake has three senior’s facilities which will be impacted by the provincial government easing COVID-19 restrictions. These are Points West Living, Vanderwell Heritage Place (aka. the lodge), and long-term care in the Slave Lake…
Order of the Bighorn returns, Slave Laker won in 1987

Leader staff In 1987, Reinhold Eben-Ebenau ‘Northshore Eben’ won the Order of the Bighorn. Also, the Athabasca Fish and Game Association won it in 1983. In 2021, the provincial government reintroduced the Order of the Bighorn to celebrate Environment and…
Early Pembina fish kills

Leader staff ‘Heat dome prompts early Alberta fish kill’ is a CBC News video from the first week of July. Fish kill is the death of fish from heat stress and low oxygen, says Michael Sullivan, Fisheries biologist, Alberta Environment…
Blue-Green algae in Cross Lake in southern part of M.D.

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader One lake in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River has blue-green algae blooms. This is Steele (Cross) Lake east of Flatbush.The warning says that areas of the lake without visible algae blooms can still be used. As…
Parents and teacher councils recruiting

Leader staff The provincial government is looking for 80 Albertans to be on either the Parent Advisory Council or Teacher Advisory Council, says a July 9 government of Alberta news release. The application is open until August 31. The councils…
U11 and Smith

Leader staff In other baseball news, Slave Lake Heat U11 won 25 to 12 in Athabasca, Thursday, July 8. The U11 has a provincial tournament on August long weekend – July 31 to August 2. Softball started in Smith on…
Heat win two baseball games; lose one in Bonnyville

Leader staff The U13 Slave Lake Heat played three baseball teams in Bonnyville the weekend of July 17 and 18. The Heat won the first game 19 to 8 against the Bonnyville Braves. “Evander Pawliw pitched five strong innings for…