The 26th Annual Slave Lake Christmas Bird Count looked a little different with the COVID-19 restrictions. Although indoor and outdoor social gatherings were not allowed this year, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of local birders for this popular event that took place on Saturday, December 19th.
With COVID-19 restrictions, Remembrance Day 2020 ceremonies were different, but Slave Lake, Smith, and Flatbush held a one.
Kinosayo Museum didn’t hold a ceremony in Kinuso this year, but a work experience student is digitizing photos for next year, says Kinosayo board president Jennifer Churchill.
Two local businesses issued a challenge last week to people in Slave Lake and surrounding area to find solutions to local homelessness.
“Spirit Bear and Intuit would like to challenge every business and resident to match us or beat us,” says Marilyn McRee, of Spirit Bear Supported Independent Living in Slave Lake.
In late spring, local engineer Chantel Goutier opened Comfe Coze – a homemade clothing company. She sells the clothes at Grateful Heart in downtown Slave Lake.
Two Slave Lake young men are making a living out of their love for fishing, hunting, and trapping.
Three or four years ago, Erik Labrie and Brody Teale started ‘Non-Typical Nation’ as a YouTube channel. In June 2020, the first season aired on the Sportsman Channel on satellite.
Last week 45 firefighters from Alberta were sent to help fight the wildfires in Oregon. Two of the firefighters are from the Slave Lake Forest Area. Shawna Lund of Slave Lake and Chris Carew of Wabasca are en route to Pendleton, Oregon
Organized by the Slave Lake Tourism Society, the Gord Bamford ‘Hang In There’ drive-in concert on Aug. 22 went better than expected, says town councillor Shawn Gramlich. Expecting to lose about $5,000 on it, they actually ended up a bit in the black.
“We got 100 per cent positive feedback,” says Sheila Willis, one of the organizers of Rumble Alberta North Poker Rally.
From concept to final prizes, Willis and her cohorts had 28 days to get together a poker rally with routes across Northern Alberta.
Slave Lake, Kinuso and Smith school offices will be re-opening this week, with classes starting this week (Aug. 31). However, the first week of classes will be a bit different than normal because not everyone will attend every day. Also, throughout the year, drop-off and pick-up times are staggered.
As reported earlier, renovations to the downtown mall in Slave Lake have (mostly) to do with two new tenants setting up shop there. One is Dollarama and the other is Pet Value. As of last week, the Dollarama site is finished on the outside; what’s left now – according to mall owner Matt Stokes – is for the tenant to fix up the internal space and open for business.