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Here’s something we didn’t know until a couple of weeks ago. If you happen to be looking out at the ocean, watching ships go by and wondering what they are and where they’re going …… there’s an app for that! Well, at least a website that shows the position and whatever details are available on every ship that participates in something called the automatic identification system. So for example, as we were writing this, the Ace Triumph was steaming toward Mazatlan, Mexico at 13.6 knots with a load of automobiles.
Meanwhile, off the southeast tip of Nova Scotia, a cluster of fishing boats were out, with names such as ‘Daddy’s Lil’ Monster,’ ‘A Salt Weapon,’ ‘A Frayed Knot’ and ‘Keepin’ Busy.’ A few days later, they were not there.
This probably isn’t all that useful or relevant in landlocked Alberta, but it is interesting!
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Dec. 17 was quite a long time ago, as far as news goes. But we’ll mention this here anyway. Slave Lake RCMP reported on that day that and “unknown male” wandered into a house in Slave Lake and lay down on the couch. The only person at home called 911; police arrived and arrested the 60-year-old intruder, who faces charges.
A day later, the local RCMP reported break-ins to storage lockers at an unspecified location in Slave Lake. They asked for information. Stolen items include firearms.
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High Prairie town council is frustrated, says a story in the Dec. 20 South Peace News. Why? Because getting their beloved Tim Hortons franchise is proving to be difficult, and expensive. The story by Chris Clegg reports that Alberta Transportation has ruled that a Tim’s at the proposed location would trigger the need for a $700,000 intersection upgrade. Who’s going to pay for that?
It’s the familiar dilemma. The town wants the development very badly. But at what price? Every community faces such questions. It’s easy enough to say ‘development should pay for development,’ but when it comes right down to it, taxpayers usually end up shelling out plenty.
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The return of actual winter just before Christmas was greeted with much moaning, but really, it was just normal weather. Of coursewhat followed was a bit nippy, we have to admit. But it was well within the normal range for this part of the world .
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Fans of blues music will be happy to know that Jesse Roper of Victoria is playing in Slave Lake at the Legacy Centre on Jan. 20. Next up after that in the Stage North concert series is the Christopher Hall Comic Orchestra. Then in March comes Black Umfolosi, a dance group from Zimbabwe. The series finishes off in April with Union Duke, a folk-rock band from Toronto.
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It’s funny to think about Canada being considered an underdog in any international tournament of ice hockey, but they might be at the World Juniors this year. Good start as of this writing, but you look at all the really big guns playing this year and they belong to other nations. Sort of like the 1948 Olympics, when a ragtag RCAF crew went into the tournament in St. Moritz Switzerland on a losing streak (they’d gotten blown out 7 – 0 by McGill University a couple of weeks earlier), turned it around and won the gold. One really strange fact about that squad is not one of them followed up with NHL careers. Goalie Murray Dowey had five shutouts in the tournament! He got lots of offers to turn pro, but turned them all down.
There’s a new book about it, called ‘Against the Odds’, by P.J. Naworynski. Unfortunately, although the story is a good one, the writing isn’t. Naworynski either doesn’t know hockey very well, or just plain doesn’t know how to write about it. Plus he makes some really dumb mistakes. Oh well…. You can’t win ‘em all.
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Not-so-good news out of Swan Hills, where the Grizzly Gazette is on its last legs. The community newspaper is likely done for, according to an editorial in the last issue of 2017 by editor Carol Webster. Clearly frustrated, Webster lays it out there, lamenting the apparent lack of interest, government policies and various other factors. She seems to leave the door open for continuing, but not without a big (and quick) change from the way things have been going. It doesn’t seem very likely to happen. Webster has been publishing the Gazette since 1990.

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