Sights from Moonlight Madness, 2021

The Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce held its annual ‘kick-off to the Christmas season’ event on Friday, Nov. 19. Called Moonlight Madness, its chief feature is a Santa Claus Parade, followed by shopping in stores that participate by…
County goes for fire protection grant

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County is seeking FireSmart funding for a structure protection plan in four wildland areas. It hopes to get $40,000 for the project, from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA). The plan…
Big Lakes makes case for unpaid gas and oil taxes

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County is urging the provincial energy regulator (AER) to push oil and gas companies to pay outstanding property taxes. At its Nov. 10 meeting, county council approved a briefing document on the topic…
M.D. of Opportunity  Notebook

Nov. 10, 2021 meeting Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader A cottage owner in Calling Lake is using an M.D. easement as a private driveway, or beach access route or something along those lines. Councillor Cheri Courtorielle was very keen for the M.D.…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader M.D. of Opportunity council has decided to leave well enough alone, when it comes to the mill rate ratio between residential and non-residential classes of taxpayer. At council’s Nov. 22 meeting, chief financial officer Trina Mineault presented…

‘Offers little to fight inflation and restore jobs’ Leader staff Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen is not impressed with the Trudeau government’s recent Speech from the Throne. “With nothing new, it will only increase current problems,” Viersen predicted in a…

Leader staff Turning plastic waste into useful products is a nice idea. Some of it is going on, but in the opinion of an environmental group, more could and should be happening. That’s why REAC (Regional Environmental Action Committee) is…
M.D. of Opportunity Council notebook

Monday, Nov. 22 meeting Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Asset transfer Council approved the transfer of assets from the M.D. to the Wabasca-Desmarais Housing Authority. The Authority has already taken over management of 36 properties, but the actual title transfer hadn’t yet…
Icedogs come up empty

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Sunday’s Junior hockey game between the Slave Lake Icedogs and the Fox Creek Ice Kings could have gone either way. How it did go was in the Ice Kings’ favour, by a 10 – 8 score. That…
U18 Thunder step up against Athabasca and Barrhead

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Back when hockey was a more popular thing for kids than it is now, Slave Lake had two and even sometimes three Midget (U18) teams. This year there were only enough for one team and the range…

Snow, melt, freeze, snow, rain, melt, freeze, snow, wind, warmer, colder, warmer, colder. That’s our summary of the weather in the second half of November. We can’t wait to see what December brings! The Santa Claus Parade held in Slave…