‘Drive-in’ concert to feature Bamford

Canadian country music star Gord Bamford will be lighting it up at Sunset Place in Slave Lake on Aug. 22. That’s the answer to the teaser town councillor Shawn Gramlich dropped at a council meeting a few weeks ago. ‘Something big’ was about all he would say at the time.
On July 28 Gramlich let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. He – or to be more accurate, the Slave Lake Regional Tourism Society – announced Bamford would play a ‘drive-in concert,’ for 170 vehicles at a time.


New man at the top at the Town of Slave Lake

Here’s a question: Why swap Cranbrook B.C. for Slave Lake Alberta? For David Kim, the new Town of Slave Lake Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the answer was a desire to return to Alberta.
“I feel at home here,” he says.
That’s despite Slave Lake being further from the family home base in Calgary than Cranbrook is. Not to mention being quite different than Cowtown.


Forest products booming at the moment

Hundreds of log trucks on the highways isn’t necessarily a sign that times are good in the forest products industry. But as it happens…
“Things are going very well,” says Ken Vanderwell, general manager of Vanderwell Contractors. “The lumber forest-sector ‘cylinder’ of the Alberta economy is firing strong!”


Long road from Gilgit to Slave Lake RBC

Saad Mir is the affable business account manager at Slave Lake’s RBC, since March of this year. That was just in time for the COVID crisis to hit, so he’s been working from home without much chance to engage with the community, outside the contacts he has by phone or email (or texting, which he tried unsuccessfully to do with The Leader!).


2nd annual volleyball camp coming to Slave Lake

Right after the August long weekend, there will be a volleyball camp in Slave Lake. This will be the second year that H.I.T.T. Volleyball, from Calgary, holds a camp here.
H.I.T.T owner Carsten Stanjeck is looking forward to returning to Slave Lake and encourages parents to register their kids as soon as possible.


Man runs over young man multiple times

On July 20th, 2020 at 6:40 p.m., the Slave Lake RCMP responded to a report of a man being assaulted by a motor vehicle. Eye witnesses report that the driver of the vehicle ran over the victim multiple times in the southwest quadrant of town. The victim, a man in his 20’s collapsed to the ground behind the Multi Recreation Center.


Second Helping under new ownership

‘Ready-to-heat’ meals was the big thing at Second Helping, the Slave Lake business founded and run the past two or three years by Alison Goyette. That and soup lunches with some baked stuff. Plus teas. Plus canning and probably a few other things.


New partner at a Slave Lake clothing store

Distractions is a clothing and gift store in Slave Lake. It’s been in business for 16 years. For the last 10, Kimberley Hughes has owned it. Starting early June, she has a new partner: Jodi Van Den Heuvel.
“It’s (the partnership has) worked out very well,” says Hughes, “and we’re just excited about all the possibilities.”