COVID weekly: Here we go again…

Surges in COVID cases prompts return to tighter restrictions Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “This wave is here,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in an April 6 press conference. The return to Step 1 of COVID-19 restrictions on April 7 is to…
Town pulls plug on spring ice: Icedogs to use HP rink

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Citing the high costs of maintaining ice in the arena for a single user group, the Town of Slave Lake has decided against an extended season. As a result, the Slave Lake Icedogs won’t be playing any…
Two people from the area reach the 103-year milestone

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader We’ve checked in with Mary Giroux of Slave Lake three times in the past four years upon her reaching milestone birthdays. Another one is coming up this week (April 6). She turns 103 and the folks at…
Cold weather in late winter/early spring is very welcome

(If you want the mountain pine beetle to be slowed down) Jennifer MacCormickFor the Lakeside Leader Mountain pine beetle (MPB) larvae spend the winter under the bark of pine trees. They are able to do this because they produce ‘antifreeze,’…
Lumber price triples

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader A lot of people are talking about the high price of lumber these days. It’s caused, apparently, by a pent-up demand for building products. People can’t do a lot of other things, so they are building. According…
COVID Weekly: Athabasca numbers jumps 101

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader From March 27 to April 1, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River had only three new COVID cases, but Athabasca County had a surge of new cases. By April 1, there were 105 active cases of…
Wellness event a success – more to come, says organizer

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Recent Slave Lake Community Helpers wellness event used elements of the medicine wheel and will likely pave the way for more online programming. Devin Bellerose runs Community Helpers out of the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. On…
Big Fish Bay resort forging ahead with expansion plans

More sites for sure, and the marina……? Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Alberta’s fastest-growing campground (not scientifically verified) is adding at least 130 new sites this summer. And it’s not stopping there. “We’re working on another hundred,” says Big Fish Bay owner…
Minister visits, announces ambulance funding

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Alberta’s Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro, visited Slave Lake on March 22 to announce funding for a new ambulance facility. Prior to and after the announcement Shandro met with local physicians, the mayor and town council (or…