New cenotaph unveiled

by Derek Cornet The unveiling of a cenotaph in Meadow Lake Oct. 3 will forever remind residents of the service veterans contributed to society. “We are finally at the completion of this project,” said zone commander Paulette Bement during the ceremony held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76. “It is the most exciting time for … Continue reading

New beginnings in Canada

by Phil Ambroziak Even the quaintness of northwestern Saskatchewan isn’t enough to ward off feelings of unrest caused by conflict half a world away. Originally from Syria, Hussein Hamud came to Meadow Lake close to a year ago. And, although he plans to make Canada his permanent home, he can’t help being affected by the … Continue reading

Communities declare states of emergency

By Phil Ambroziak Forest fires raging in Saskatchewan’s north required some fast action by the Keewatin Regional Health Authority recently. “Fourteen patients in acute care, long-term care and respite care were transferred from the La Loche Health Centre on Thursday evening (June 25) with the majority going to Meadow Lake,” explained Dale West, KYRHA director … Continue reading

Belanger to seek re-election

by Phil Ambroziak Buckley Belanger’s job isn’t finished yet. That’s how the veteran Athabasca NDP MLA feels about remaining in office if successful come the next provincial election. Belanger, who has served in the role since 1995, made the official announcement concerning his re-election bid today (Feb. 3) after several months of what he called … Continue reading

Dore Lake residents concerned about highway safety

by Phil Ambroziak A recent meeting to discuss future forestry operations in the Dore Lake area resulted in a dead end for residents who were more interested in the condition of a nearby provincial highway. Close to 50 residents and cabin owners attended the Jan. 19 meeting at the Dore Lake Hall which also included … Continue reading

MLA hosts meet and greet with newcomers to Saskatchewan

by Phil Ambroziak “We truly appreciate the contributions you bring to this province, to this country and to the community of Meadow Lake.” Those were the words of Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison when addressing the small crowd gathered at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 Dec. 11 for a special meet and greet featuring the … Continue reading

Clarke announces bid for re-election

by Phil Ambroziak It may be more than a year away, but it’s never too early to prepare for a federal election. Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke is only one of several candidates throughout Saskatchewan to announce plans to run in the October 2015 federal election. “I will be seeking re-election, but I’m still going … Continue reading

Track athletes advance to District meet

by Phil Ambroziak If anything, Carpenter High School track and field coach Cheyne Dallyn would describe last week’s divisional meet – held at Lions Park in Meadow Lake – as the calm before the storm. “There were about 70 athletes at that event,” he said. “Next time, there will be 200-250.” The “next time” Dallyn … Continue reading

Cougar caught in trapline to be on display

by Phil Ambroziak While he didn’t quite have a tiger by the tail, a trapper got a little more than he bargained for recently when he ventured into the wild to check one of his lines. According to Gary Provencher, a conservation officer with the provincial Ministry of Environment, a northern fur trapper – who … Continue reading

Budget benefits municipalities

by Phil Ambroziak Although he hasn’t had a chance to examine the entire contents of the 2014-15 provincial budget, Meadow Lake mayor Gary Vidal likes what he sees so far. Tabled by provincial finance minister Ken Krawetz March 19, the budget features a $71 million surplus, revenue of $14.07 billion and expenses of $14 billion. … Continue reading