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August 1, 2007
Truck Stole, Set Ablaze
This truck was hot in more than one way—RCMP say the vehicle was first stolen and then lit on fire. Marvin Haroldson who was working in a field about 17 kilometers west of Provost and a half kilometer north said that he noticed smoke nearby at around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, July 26. Provost firemen put out the blaze. Police are investigating. ©Provost News Photo.
West Nile Virus Found in Provost Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes that were recently found at Provost are among Alberta’s first confirmed evidence of the West Nile virus this year.

Mosquito pools positive for the virus were collected in Provost, Taber, Raymond, Calgary, Brooks and Burdet surveillance stations.

Warm weather conditions have been ideal for the development of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, which commonly carry the virus. Culex tarsalis numbers are increasing from the eastern border of the province across to the foothills, and positive pools are likely to be found in more northern areas including Edmonton. These mosquitoes are expected to reach the peak of their reproductive and biting activity during the first two weeks of August.

“Although we have no reported human cases of West Nile virus infection yet (this year) Albertans, especially in the south, should now be taking precautions” says Dr. Shainoor Virani, acting deputy chief medical officer of health.
Virani went on to say “the most effective means of reducing the risk of infection is to take simple personal precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as using a mosquito repellent containing DEET.”

Other ways to protect oneself include avoiding outdoor activities as much as possible at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks and/or netted protective clothing.

Now in its fifth year, Alberta’s mosquito surveillance program is run by participating municipal authorities and overseen by Alberta Environment. Since June 19 when this year's monitoring began, over 40,000 mosquitoes have been captured, sorted and tested.

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High Winds Tear Roof Off Shop in Night
Three windstorms that ripped though a farmer’s yard left a large shop with only half of its roof intact the night of July 19. Myron and Irene Ganser live six kilometers south of Provost where the lightning-filled storm hit just south of their house—at exactly the same place a tornado destroyed their barn and shed 21 years ago.
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Blooming Judges Eye Community
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This week we ask : "Why Do You Support Communities in Bloom?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Kay Nish, Sheila Hauck, Brad Wagner, Linda Peereboom, and Agnes Whiting.
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