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Pearl Lorentzen The second weekend in September, I had a booth at two events in Slave Lake. The first was as a volunteer with the Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network and the second as the leader of the…

Chris Clegg It is said if you want something done, find a busy person to do it.As ironic as it may be, it is generally true.There is a growing concern in this nation regarding volunteering. Statistics clearly show the volunteer…

Pat Rehn,MLA,Lesser Slave Lake Hello, Lesser Slave Lake! I hope September is being kind so far to everyone in the constituency!This article begins on a sad note, as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Sept. 8 leaving behind…

The Fraser Institute bills itself a conservative/libertarian organization and that is all anyone needs to know. They should not be given any consideration. They are so far out there they will break anything that smacks of the common good.After the…

Chris Clegg In days long ago, Dag and Zonk had to forage for food. They left the cave each day to hunt. Romantic legend depicted in cartoons has them hunting for dinosaurs (not true!) with sabre-toothed tigers around them. A…

Richard Froese One down, one to go!Pierre Poilievre was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada – in a landslide!It was simply no contest.Will it be similar for the Alberta United Conservative Party when a new leader…

I can die now! I have heard everything three times! There must be some ultra-right, fascist, libertarian double speak school they send these guys to.I first heard the idea they didn’t want to give people raises because they would just…

Jeff Burgar Small town mayors in British Columbia hope to join hands. They want to develop solutions and draw attention to what they are calling the ‘health care crisis’ in their communities.Among these communities are Port McNeill on Vancouver Island,…

Joe McWilliams How many meanings does the word ‘like’ have?Once upon a time, when the world was a saner place, it had perhaps two meanings. That might have been a bit inconvenient, but certainly manageable. Lots of words in this…

Richard Froese Summer is over and it’s back to school for students across Alberta.As a news reporter, the summer of 2022 was busier than the two years when the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions were still hanging over like a cloud.Community…

Chris Clegg It is no secret a few municipalities in Alberta are filthy rich while others struggle. Refinery Row in Sherwood Park nets huge taxation as does the oilsands at Fort McMurray. Still near the top are the oil-rich M.D.…

Pat Rehn,MLA,Lesser Slave Lake Hello everyone, I hope the month of August and nearing the end of summer has been an action-packed and fun one for everyone in Lesser Slave Lake.“The first news to start off with is some of…

Jeff Burgar In over 50 years of various businesses in all kinds of communities, I can honestly say that not once did myself or any staff ever get a visit from anybody on any kind of economic development office.I was…

I was looking at MSN news and there was a piece about Danielle Smith and her wanting sovereignty like Quebec.We need to forget about Quebec.It’s a trigger and won’t make us any better off.The google short explanation is that their…

Richard Froese Who says small rural northern towns can’t host Canadian sports championships.Just ask people in the High Prairie region and those who competed in the Canadian Horseshoe Pitching Championships from Aug. 17-20.Horseshoe Canada and the Alberta Horseshoe Pitching Association…

To: Big Lakes County councillors: I was wondering if the county would be interested in donating land around the High Prairie area to build an RC airport, and RC dirt track, with one runway for land planes, and one runway…