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April 11, 2007
Bad Feather Day
Fearsome predator or really just a chicken? The answer is chicken, when the wind wasn’t blowing things up on this small animal—but an exotic one among dozens being tended to by Nancy Tirk and her family at the farm 30 kms. east of Macklin. There are over 200 unusual birds including black African geese, Belgian bearded quail, Danish brown leghorn, speckled Sussex, broad breasted and bronze breasted turkeys and more. If one of their chickens was to be plucked bare, blue skin would be discovered. More pictures including several coloured eggs inside. ©Provost News Photo.
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U of A Hires Full Time Archaeologist to Oversee Bodo Dig
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta says that a new permanent position called the “Northern Plains Archaeologist” has been created by the Faculty of Arts to support the Bodo dig site program.

Acting chair of the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Ray LeBlanc told The Provost News in a telephone interview that Dr. Jack Ives of Edmonton has been hired to fill that position.

Ives will be responsible for developing the evolving program, will recruit graduate students and make teaching plans for archeology at the Bodo site.

His new position begins in August.

LeBlanc said Ives comes from the provincial government where he has been an archeologist for many years and has “an intimate knowledge of the plains and Alberta archeology so we are very happy to have attracted him to our program.” The professor will likely be at Bodo during the dig operations and will work on the development of a research design for the field school.

In a related issue, a submission was made nearly 20 months ago to the Alberta government stating the desire for a proposed Institute of Prairie Archaeology. “We have yet to receive a response to that” says LeBlanc but hinted that now with the hiring of Ives, it shows the government is interested in “rural engagement.”
The Dean of Arts apparently believes that the new Institute of Prairie Archaeology will eventually be developed ads LeBlanc. That institute would support the actual research and teaching program including a public outreach component to help with cataloguing and reports. He said currently there is a five year backlog of reports and “we have to get this stuff under control.”

LeBlanc adds that his position that he held since July 1, 2006 ends on June 30 and a new person will take his position soon.

Meanwhile Beth Mann, who has spent several seasons working at the Bodo dig site told The News that she has been named by the U of A as the “Bodo Project Archeologist” for the next year and a half and will head the teaching school starting next month.

She will have two teaching assistants and has 16 students registered at the Bodo dig site for May 28 to July 6. She added that if other things need to be done, she would be available. “It’s an evolving situation.”

She will be working “exclusively” on the Bodo project and says “it’s excellent . . it’s a good chance to work on everything.”

• Bodo Site to be Topic at Provincial and National Conventions
In related archaeological developments, Mann and others are preparing talks about research at the Bodo archaeological site. One address will be at the Archaeological Society of Alberta annual general meeting and conference May 4-6 in Calgary. On May 5 there will be a series of guest speaker talks, and she was invited to give a presentation on Bodo and will speak on pottery that has been found at the site.

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Consultants Still Studying Proposed Rec. Facility
• More Talks Planned
No decision has yet been made about the future of a proposed multi-recreational complex in Provost.

Studies however are on-going by a firm hired to look into the town’s existing and possible future recreational facilities.

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Teachers, Board Close to Agreement
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Are You Concerned That Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer May be Spreading Here?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Leo Lerre, George Bonnet, Betty Hollman, Dennis Knox, and Charlie Rajotte.
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