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August 15, 2007
Let There Be Lights
The first house (not shown) in Provost’s newest subdivision straight east of the golf course and south of the CPR tracks is now going up as construction of the general area continues. Owner of the house, that will be 1,980 square feet, Kim Larson says because his lot was not yet subdivided he could not pay for it so far. He says that tradesmen found his site by using a satellite GPS (global positioning system). The town office says they are awaiting a registered plan from the Alberta Government. After power installation is complete street lights (above) will be erected. The price of lots in the new area range from $45,000 to $85,000. ©Provost News Photos.
More Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Showing Up in Local Traps
Two traps set up in the Provost area are showing a higher than normal incidence of the type of the mosquito species – Culex tarsalis, that is carrying the West Nile virus.

One of the traps is beside the Provost airport while the other is at the rural home of Jenny Ganser and husband Shane Kostiuk who live on the south side of Highway 13, just inside the Alberta border, east of Provost.

Ganser told The Provost News that she was recently told that they have a high number of the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes compared with the rest of Alberta and feels “not so good” about it. She says it would be different if it were just them on the farm, but points out they have horses to look after. She vaccinates her horses and gives them yearly boosters. Some of the horses are draped in sheets and although not 100 percent effective “I find it useful in keeping the bites off of them.”

A horse vaccine against West Nile virus has been licensed for use in Canada but so far no vaccine for West Nile virus has been approved for use in humans.

She and her husband spray themselves with insect repellent though not every time when they go outside “but we try to.” She urges others to be careful with mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is linked primarily to one mosquito species – Culex tarsalis – that lays its eggs and develops in shallow pools of warm, sunlit standing water.

No infections in humans have been reported in the Provost area this year.

Burt Forbes, who has been monitoring the two local traps says that the number of mosquitoes is now peaking.

Once a week he catches between 1200 and 2500 mosquitoes, usually alive and then freezes them for shipping to a laboratory in Edmonton for testing.

Carbon dioxide is pumped into a trap to attract the insects which are pulled in with a small fan.

According to recent data collected Provost is leading the province in the number of incidents of mosquitoes found with the West Nile virus.

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Dismissal of East Central Board “a Lost Opportunity’
Former East Central Health board member Ron Israelson of Provost on behalf of himself and other board members brought in a statement to The Provost News on August 9 that they wanted made public.
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Former Provost Residents Celebrate 67 Years Together
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Should You Watch Out for When Riding a Bike?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Eric Koch, Lauryn Heintz, Jessica Enzenauer, Dallyn Wirachowsky, and Jayden Kohlman.
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