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Mayor Donna Buchinski of Falher, left, and Glenda Farnden, the Senior Municipal Relations Liaison for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation in Grande Prairie. The mayor presented the town’s annual contribution of $2 per capita to Farnden on Feb.…

Tom Henihan Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs   Change to disconnection and reconnection water services fees Council has amended the disconnection and reconnection fee for water services. The fee for the period from April 1 to November 30 is now $125 reduced…

Commentary by Katrina Owens Recently I’ve been trying hard to make it a point to profile local painters, crafters, writers, fibre-artists and photographers in The Leader. I decided to create the series after realizing there are lots of talented people…

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs Smoky River Fire and Rescue will be getting an unmanned aerial vehicle for their operations after the council for the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 approved the purchase during their meeting on Feb. 10.…

Testing their speed and endurance, left-right are Lise Roby, the activities coordinator for the Villa Beausejour, and manager Aline Roy. Sitting on the log is Jean Lalonde, the maintence man for the Villa. Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs   Residents…

Richard Froese Spotlight Love and marriage go together when people celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. Vernon and Eileen Cox of Prairie Echo celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last November and know how to keep that special love in a…

Richard Froese Spotlight Plenty of local resources are available to farmers and landowners to enhance riparian areas and other components related to the watershed. Lesser Slave Watershed Council and Peace Country Beef and Forage Association can offer funding support and…

Gary Cotton 1963 – 2016 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Garry Cotton at the age of 52 years. He was born on July 9, 1963 in Spirit River, Alberta and passed away on January…

Georgia Dubois Director Smoky River FCSS   Community Volunteer Income Tax Program   Understanding your rights and responsibilities and the benefits of filing an income tax and benefit return is an important aspect of financial literacy. Did you know that…

Dan Dibbelt Smoky River Regional Economic Development   It may be time to spread the work around   It is an unusual time in Alberta. I have lived in Alberta for more than 40 years and pretty much during that…