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Chris Clegg Where does Alberta’s United Conservative Party go from here?Premier Jason Kenney announced May 18 he was stepping down after receiving a paltry 51.4 per cent of party faithful’s votes during a review. Technically, if you believe in the…

Richard Froese Weather is warming up and another school year is winding down.Students will soon be out of class. High school graduation ceremonies will be back under the public spotlight after official full-scale celebrations the past two years were cancelled…

Jeff Burgar Last week, May 10, in the space of about three hours, I got three fake phone calls from scammers.Well, to be honest, if I had to bet my life on them being scams, I wouldn’t take the bet.But,…

Richard Froese Many small businesses have struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have closed or become home-based businesses.Business owners are looking for innovative ways to lure and attract customers to boost their business. One local municipality has started a program…

Pat Rehn,MLA,Lesser Slave Lake I hope the month of May thus far has been an exciting, happy and productive one for everyone in Lesser Slave Lake. Very soon will be the onset of summer and no doubt everyone in our…

Dr. Robin Laughlin and his staff want to thank everyone who phoned and emailed Minister of Health Jason Copping, Premier Jason Kenney, Alberta Health Services [AHS] officials; and offered their support to the High Prairie Medical Clinic [HPMC] over the…

How conservative is too conservative is something we must think about as the world seems intent on sliding into full blown fascist authoritarian chaos. People go around frothing at the mouth over what the “ship disturbers” have chosen as a…

Pearl Lorentzen When people say there’s nothing to do in Slave Lake, I get very irritated.I’m tempted to put up a booth on Main Street called ‘Stump A Reporter.’ I’d ask people for three interests. I’m 99 per cent certain,…

To: Big Lakes County councillors:I was talking with firefighters and found out that the County does not have drive over hose protectors for firefighter trucks.I think this should be standard equipment in these trucks as fires do not always happen…

Chris Clegg To the best knowledge of this newspaper, we do not know of one local politician who attended the Community Leaders Camp 2022 at Jasper Park Lodge April 25-28.Good! If the tax paying public has any right to be…

Chris Clegg Ever wonder how Edmonton was chosen as the capital city of Alberta?Apparently, the decision came down to one man; George H.V. Bulyea, a long-time politician.On the advice of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Bulyea was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of…

Joe McWilliams I was interested to see an ad in the paper showing a craft brewer. It was ATB, featuring one of its customers – a guy named Hans, of Blindman Brewing of Lacombe Alberta.“Aha!” I thought. “I know Blindman!”I…

Richard Froese Volunteers serve vital roles in any and every community.Throughout the year, volunteers do so much to help support people and their communities as individuals or as part of a variety of countless organizations.Once again it’s time to honour…

Jeff Burgar Reports from the inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting continue. There are lessons to be learned.One is the common mass delusion among leadership bad news cannot be shared. This delusion comes from the idea the public will…

Richard Froese Solid and sustainable communities are based on strong and committed organizations and volunteers and leaders.Small and rural areas need those strong pillars to build those communities, especially as the rural population declines.A chamber of commerce serves a valuable…

Chris Clegg If anyone ever needed some magic to make his troubles disappear, it’s Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.Barring a miracle the next few weeks, his days are numbered.Kenney’s popularity is dropping faster than flies at the North Pole in January.…