Through the years: Baseball, baseball, beavers, and bears on beaches

Snippets from August 3 and 4 Lakeside Leaders


Riverboat Daze was a success. In the parade, the out-of-town trophy went to a band from Grande Prairie. There was a ‘Klondike’ themed fancy dress dance. The Angus River Paddlers won the Great Relay Race in Lesser Slave River. There was also a chainsaw contest, some powwow dancers, and other events.

The fastball tournament had 12 teams, one from as far away as Spruce Grove.

A Letter to the Editor asked why there wasn’t a ladies fastball tournament during Riverboat Daze, as there were five women’s teams in Slave Lake and up to 12 teams available when the surrounding communities were included.

There was a serious buyer interested in the Alberta Aspen Board plant in Mitsue. However, the buyer’s plan required coordination with the federal and provincial governments and Canadian Utilities. Whether anything would come of it, was up in the air.

The price of electricity was expected to increase in Alberta. For homes in Slave Lake, this would probably turn out to be $31.93 instead of $26.28 per month.

The Northstars, from Slave Lake, won the men’s All-Native Provincial Fastball in Enoch. The team was Joe Sinclair, Alex Courtorielle, Ricey Gullion, Bob MaCrae (spelling may be incorrect), Ed Merrier, Brian Sinclair, Walter Gambler, Doug Boisvert and Dale McGregor.

The Driftpile women’s team also won provincials All-Native Provincial Fastball.

‘One-man crime wave solved!’ was the headline of one article. Over three months, the man was charged with 15 counts of break and enter with intent to commit theft and one charge of possession of a narcotic (cannabis resin). He received concurrent sentences of two to three years for the ‘B and E’s and 50 days consecutive for the drugs.

A businessman in Slave Lake was building a Quonset on land which had been rezoned to residential. He started building even though a permit was refused and ignored stop-work orders. Town council was consulting with lawyers to figure out the next steps.

Dr. Terry Champion was the newest and only female doctor in Slave Lake. She had graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 1975.

One of the ads in the paper had to do with the Town of Slave Lake’s dog by-law. It started of “as it appears that many people are unaware or ignoring the By-Law for Dog Control, the following is a brief summary.”


Charges were pending against a man who punched another man in the face at Riverboat Daze beerfest. The man punched lost three teeth.

Something called ‘Summer Flare ’94’ was holding a windsurfing class at the Canyon Creek Hotel.

The first art exhibit at Unique Art Galleries in Slave Lake was going to feature Slave Lake photographer Karl Zielke (more commonly called KAZ) and oil paintings by his wife Cathy Lee.

The gallery had been open for two months, and the gallery owner, Herb Steffensen, was struck by how many talented artists lived in Slave Lake.

Les McTavish, from Slave Lake, received a certificate of merit from the Town of Slave Lake council.
McTavish was the youngest member of the Alberta baseball team at baseball nationals in Moncton, New Brunswick. He’d also been scouted by four major league teams: Atlanta, California, Florida, and Colorado.

Slave Lake Mosquito Exact won silver at AA baseball provincials.
The team consisted of Blair Sinclair, Jamie Leganchuk, Josh Hartman, Randy Beaver, Brent Blachford, Derek Boechler, Bradley Sinclair, Dalton Tallman, Jared Seatter, Scott Sinclair, Adam Carleton, and Bradley Ghostkeeper.

The Slave Lake Sharks took first place overall at a swim meet in Slave Lake. They were poised to be a favourite at regionals in Peace River.

Riverboat Daze made the Edmotnon Journal, but for some reason the Journal reporter called it ‘Aqua Days.’

Smoke in Slave Lake was likely from fires in northwestern Alberta, somewhere called the Footner Lake Forest.

One of the air tankers stationed in Slave Lake was sent there and the other to Prince George, BC.
In the Slave Lake Forest Area, there were a few fires in the Red Earth Creek area.

A bed and breakfast in Slave Lake was a hot debate. The first one ever was being proposed.
At an appeal against the business permit for the B and B, 15 residents spoke against it and around a dozen spoke for it. However, the appeal was not successful and the B and B was going to open in Slave Lake.


Slave Lake Sharks were hosting a regional qualifying swim meet. Around 250 swimmers were expected to compete.

Saskatoons had a bumper crop, which was causing lots of encounters between people and bears at both Devonshire and Marten Beaches. There were lots of sightings, but no reports of bears acting in a dangerous way. The bears were just busy eating their natural food, not destroying property or causing mischief. Berry pickers were told that if a bear comes into the area where you are picking, move on.

The M.D. of Lesser Slave River council set up policies to reflect a new approach for beavers. The new focus is “not control, but management,” said Russ Jassman, agricultural fieldman.

July Harlton, of Widewater, won bronze in mountain biking at the World Masters Games in Edmonton. A Slave Lake team called Exact Cardinals also did well at the Games. They won their first four out of five games, and had some games left to play. Harry Bartlett managed the team. Team members included: Alvin Anderson, Ken Olsen, Ken Carpenter, Albert Bellerieve, Elmer Kreutzer, and Leonard Sinclair.

The Slave Lake Storm, a ladies fastball team, won the first round of playoffs for the High Prairie Ladies’ Fastball League. They beat out High Prairie, and would face either Faust or Whitefish in the next round.


The M.D. of Lesser Slave River was pleased with the progress on temporary housing for the people in the M.D. whose homes were burnt in the Slave Lake wildfire. There were M.D. homes destroyed, with 20 definitely wanting temporary housing on their own property, two undecided, three needed temporary housing, but didn’t have room on their property, 19 had already made their own arrangements, 13 were ‘essential workers’ and already provided for by Alberta Housing, and one person the M.D. had not been able to contact.

There are trash racks upstream from Slave Lake on Sawridge Creek, which were built in the 1990s.
The Leader went out and took some photos of all the logs and other debris this was keeping from washing downstream into Slave Lake.

Wabasca Victim’s Services had some money left over from a fundraiser. It decided to donate it to the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. During the May evacuation of Slave Lake, 389 Marten Beach and a few Slave Lake residents fled northwards to Wabasca.

On July 23, the fourth flood of the season impacted the Slave Lake area. In this one, Eating Creek flooded parts of the Mitsue area in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.

Slave Lake Bantam Heat won Bantam Tier 3 Provincials in Carbon.

Two Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club members, Gord and Scott Iverson, bagged bronze medals at the Bill Bramley Challenge in Grande Prairie. Scott in the ‘AA’ class and Gord in the ‘D’ class.

The Lakeshore Motorsports demolition derby was coming up in Spruce Point Park west of Kinuso. Many other community events had been cancelled or postponed because of fires and floods.

The Mitsue Minnows were heading to regionals swim meet in Peace River.

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