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We hear the town has been getting lots of questions about that pile of birch logs out on the old road west of town. Word is they belong to the sub-contractor on the regional water line project that is looking after clearing and brushing. That’s M&M Logging. What their plans are we don’t know, but we did have the impression the pile had gotten smaller between the Thursday we first saw it and the following Monday.
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So…. what caused that big power outage on the morning of Feb. 12? It didn’t last long, thank goodness, but apparently it was widespread, affecting part of Slave Lake, Smith and reaching all the way to Wabasca. So we heard, anyway.
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We also heard Slave Lake’s own ‘boreal blues’ band, the Jackpines, had a successful and fun gig at the Arcadia pub in Edmonton on Feb. 10. People who have not heard them may wonder what boreal blues is. People who have heard them may wonder as well. Who knows – they could be creating an entirely new category of music. It’s original stuff, we know that. With a bit of punk sensibility. And a lot of harmonica.
The Jackpines hope to have some local gigs organized pretty soon, so we’ll pass on that information as we get it.
Oh, and this just in – the Arcadia is the only pub in Edmonton (so far) to serve Dog Island Brewing Co. beer!
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A new angle on the debate about managing Alberta’s sport fishing stocks comes courtesy of a letter to the editor of the Lac La Biche Post. Letter writer David Gale has been doing some calculating and he figures birds catch 40,000 fish per day in Lac La Biche. He goes on to say that the province of Ontario has taken steps to control cormorant populations and apparently it has worked. Gale’s unspoken question: ‘If it’s done in Ontario, why not here?’
Gale’s letter followed a fisheries management open house in Lac La Biche, presumably similar to the one in Slave Lake that was reported on in this paper. The outlook for sport fishing in some lakes in that region is pretty gloomy. According to Gale’s letter, a pickerel (walleye) catch for LLB is “not even up for discussion. For pike, there might be a limit of one, but most likely it will be catch and release or perhaps draw.” That was his launching point for the notion of bird control as a way of helping fish populations.
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M.D. of Lesser Slave River council spent a good two hours on Valentine’s Day getting to know Glen van Dijken, the MLA whose district takes in the southern part of the M.D. We’d love to tell you what they talked about, but it was behind closed doors. But judging by the mood of at least some of the councillors when the doors were opened, it was a bit of a love-in. If we had to guess, we’d say van Dijken (he’s a UCP man) talked lots about how much better off the M.D. will be served when his party sweeps to power in the next provincial election. But as we say, we were not privy to any of the chit-chat. All we have to show for it is this photo, provided courtesy of the cell phone of CAO Allan Winarski.

Happy together

Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Glen van Dijken, left, with M.D. councillors.

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