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Leader staff Several days after a body was found at the site of a wildfire near Widewater, police passed on the first bit of information from the investigation. In short, the death of Darren Dawson, 30, was not an accident.…

Leader staff A former Slave Lake RCMP officer has been charged with assault, following an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). The incident in question happened in Slave Lake in September of 2017. Const. Licio Soares had…

Stone weapons found on sandy ridge by Athabasca River in wake of wind storm Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Within a 50 km circle outside of the Town of Slave Lake, there are over 300 archaeological sites, says Brian Leslie, archeologist…

Leader staff On May 27 at 3:00 AM, RCMP members were conducting patrols through the southwest quadrant of town when they noticed an individual unloading a side-by-side ATV from a trailer in Fournier Place. Members approached the individual who fled…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Construction on the new Northern Lakes College campus in High Prairie is set to start in days. Clark Builders, of Edmonton, was awarded the contract by the NLC board, says board chair Daniel Vandermeulen.…
Close call at the beach: fire blows up by Devonshire

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader “It came right up to the road,” says Ken Carpenter of Devonshire Lane. Carpenter is speaking of a wildfire that broke out on the evening of May 21, while he was at a town council meeting.…
Slave Lake steps up to help High Level evacuees

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Town of Slave Lake was not surprised to be asked to help evacuated residents from High Level last week. Plans for operating an evacuation centre were already in place, and when the call came for…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Theft in the Flatbush area has gotten so bad lately, councillor Robert Esau asked to have it added as an agenda item for discussion at M.D. council’s May 22 meeting. It’s been a problem for the…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader “Anybody can shoot,” Jacquie Labrie of Victim Services says, as long as they can hold a gun and do not have a court order against firing a weapon. ‘Clays 2 Raise’ is the inaugural family fun…
Twenty years after Taber shooting, Slave Lake signs a VTRA

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Acronyms seep into every part of life, but are especially prevalent in government and official circles. This week Slave Lake and area governing bodies, schools boards and other groups signed a VTRA. Pronounced ‘vee-tra’. It stands…