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Somebody has come up with a list of ‘The Top 10 Things To Do in the Slave Lake Region.’ That ‘Somebody’ being the Slave Lake Region Tourism Society. The list starts with ‘The Lake & Beaches’ and ends with ‘Town…

Things do not appear to be calming down in High Prairie. Some people, no doubt, wish they would. Others, apparently, don’t think they are stirred up enough and the latest evidence is a petition calling for the resignation of Mayor…

Somebody’s going to have to organize a clean-up of Sawridge Creek. It’s not clear at this point who is responsible for such things, but the five propane tanks somebody tossed onto the creek ice a couple of weeks ago should…

The government seems to enjoy stressing out nonprofits, community groups and municipalities. It seems that the normal timeline for a one-off grant is about one month. That is not enough time to read the grant application, decide if you have…

What to do about housing? If it’s true nobody (or almost nobody) is building in Slave Lake because it’s just too expensive, a couple of questions arise. One is how the community is supposed to grow, if nobody can afford…

Rumours were swirling last week about the Town of Slave Lake cutting one of its two peace officer positions. The resulting chatter gave the impression it was a done deal. Not so. Nothing is final until the town’s 2024 budget…

It’s probably fair to say the Lakeside Leader isn’t the only one wondering what’s going on with the affordable housing project at the Northern Star Hotel. All signs are it has been going nowhere, for quite some time. Nobody is…

As a rule, The Leader steers clear of international politics; even the Canadian federal scene seems too remote to deal with much. Our reasons are perhaps not that sound, but why spend time fussing over things that are largely unpleasant,…

Apparently, the fact a certain hockey tournament is being held in Slave Lake is bad news for High Prairie. The Treaty 8 First Nations Cup will be held for the second year in a row in Slave Lake, in late…

Okay, what about this apparent breakthrough on Hwy. 88? On Jan. 6, CBC News in Edmonton comes out with a story, quoting a government official, about construction starting on a Hwy. 88 rehabilitation project in 2024. We’ll just say that…

Good luck to the RCMP in their ‘Operation Cold Start’ campaign. They’ll need lots of it to get through to most drivers in northern Alberta, who like nothing better than to warm up their rigs for up to half an…

Accidents happen, and no amount of caution and preparation will ever eliminate them. It’s true that many – maybe even most – traffic accidents could be avoided. That’s why officials have moved away from the term ‘accident,’ in favour of…

One thing that is happening a lot lately – daily, in fact – is the mention of Jeffrey Dupres in missing persons reports online. Google alerts us to it every time it shows up, so that’s how we know about…

People aren’t betting money on the survival of newspapers from one year to the next. But here we are, launched into 2024, which if we’re doing the arithmetic correctly is the 52nd year this paper has been serving the community.…

Everybody’s a fiscal conservative until it comes to something that directly affects them. At that point, most of us turn into enthusiastic promoters of government spending. Or at least very willing participants in the system that produces big deficits. For…

The unemployment rate in the western zone of Alberta was 4.4 per cent, as of the mid-December update from Alberta Jobs, Economy and Trade. That was third lowest of the seven regions, but only a tenth of a point behind…