COVID Weekly: Big Lakes – 100+ new cases in seven days

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader From Jan. 8 to 14, Big Lakes County had 101 new COVID-19 cases. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River, including Slave Lake, had equal recoveries and new cases. More people recovered than got the virus in the…
Regional fire service sets a new record in 2020

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Records are made to be broken, but one the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Service would probably not want to break in 2021 is the number of calls for service it responded to in 2020. That…
Room for growth in micro-greens, says business owner

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader One of Slave Lake’s newer and more unusual business ventures is Flip Side’s micro-greens venture. Devon Phelps started growing greens in his basement in downtown Slave Lake in March or April of 2020. From germination to…
Lots of social distancing opportunities in ice fishing

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Sure enough, ice fishing shacks started showing up on Lesser Slave Lake not long after Christmas. This is about what was predicted early in December, when there was still open water visible in spots. By the…
Year in Review 2020: Oct. – Dec.

October A group out of Athabasca and Slave Lake circulated a petition to save three provincial recreation areas within the M.D. of Lesser Slave River – Chain Lakes, Lawrence Lake, and Fawcett Lake. One of the court report headlines was…
A record year for the Christmas Bird Count

Submitted The 26th Annual Slave Lake Christmas Bird Count looked a little different with the COVID-19 restrictions. Although indoor and outdoor social gatherings were not allowed this year, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of local birders for this popular event…
Santas Anonymous helps 30 more families than last year

Leader staff For Christmas 2020, 204 Slave Lake and area families received food hampers and presents for their kids. This is 30 more than in 2019. In 2019, 174 households received Christmas hampers, says a January 8, 2020 Leader article.…
New chapter in M.D. cat spat: ‘vigilante’ trapping

Leader staff Vigilante action will not be tolerated, says the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.This message appeared on its Facebook page, on Dec. 18, in response to somebody trapping a cat in a South Shore community. The cat in question…
Nearby caribou range plans don’t start until 2022

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader All caribou in Alberta are threatened, says the Agreement for the Conservation and Recovery of the Woodland Caribou in Alberta (2020) (Caribou Agreement). One tool for conservation is subregional land use plans. Writing the Nipisi, Slave…
The Page

Did you know the fee for leaving fluorescent light tubes at the regional landfill (the Lesser Slave Lake one, at least) is 40 cents per tube? That was news to us, until we called there recently to ask if they…
Year in Review 2020: Jan. – Mar.

January Muriel Jensen turned 100 on Jan. 5 and the first edition of the Lakeside Leader in 2021 featured a front-page photo of her holding a big bunch of roses on the occasion at the birthday party held at Vanderwell…
Year in Review 2020: Apr. – Jun.

On the ‘good news’ side of things, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River heard from its property value assessor that some new industrial property was helping make up for the loss of other taxable property during the previous year. ‘Compared…