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February 27, 2008
This lunar eclipse shows the shadow of planet Earth move slowly across the face of the Moon on Wednesday evening, as shown in these pictures taken in the clear dark sky looking towards east of town. The Earth, Moon and Sun were perfectly aligned—a rare event since the orbits of the Moon and Earth are not on the same plane. The eclipse lasted for three hours and 26 minutes and was visible throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and Western Asia where there were clear skies. The next total lunar eclipse will be in 2010. The average distance between the centers of the Earth and the Moon is 385,000 kilometers. ©Provost News Photos.
Dilberry Park Left Out of Deer Cull;
• Some Landowners Reconsider Access Permission
A deer cull in Dilberry Lake Provincial Park has been stopped by the Alberta Government in addition to one planned for an ecological reserve (see PN Feb. 20) north of Metiskow.

Spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Dave Ealey told The Provost News in a telephone interview on February 21 from his Edmonton office that he didn’t think that any deer were shot in the park. He added that there are other areas to complete during a cull of deer in an attempt to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Parts of the Dilberry Lake park were recently restricted to the public as another mass deer slaughter was to get underway aided by a helicopter.

Ealey says that “by and large” the cull has been completed between Chauvin and Provost where an estimated 10 days was spent shooting deer.

He says there are other areas to complete adding there is at least one area, north towards Lloydminster. He said there is an area approximately 10 kms north of Provost near Highway 899 where shooting was to begin on Tuesday, February 26.

Ealey adds that they plan to reduce deer populations north of Chauvin and Edgerton and further south of Provost, adding that is a “matter of timing” and intends to talk to landowners south of town. He says that is where a case of CWD showed up in the fall so they will go into that area to shoot deer. Deer are being shot within 10 kilometer circles.
Heads of some shot deer have been sent to a laboratory for analysis. No results have been announced.

Carcasses of deer have been dumped into a pit north of Dilberry Lake (see photos PN Feb. 20).

When asked about meat being used for human consumption Ealey stated that it has “absolutely” been taken to food banks, but adds some meat has not been salvageable. He says that in 2005 they sent 485 deer to a couple of Native reserves, plus two Native friendship centres in Edmonton and 20 “need families” in the Edmonton area. In 2006 he says there were 886 deer shot and given to reserves (some were not able to be distributed but he did not know the number). He acknowledges that if it is a warm day they can not process the animals fast enough for safe human consumption. If the deer is infected with parasites or if bullets impact the animal in a negative way the deer can not be used. The Alberta Sustainable Resource Development spokesman adds that three Native reserves received some deer in 2006. He said he does not have an estimate on the percentage of deer meat saved or used. “We are challenged by the speed of the process, want to work quickly. We never said we would try to save everything, but think we are doing pretty darn good.”

The shot deer go into a nearby processing area the same day and “they have to move the deer through very quickly” and remove the hide, check animals for sign of disease or parasites, bag the meat and freeze it and put it in refrigerated trucks on site.

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Local Bowlers Advance
On the weekend of February 24,  the Men's Zone 7 National Classified bowling tournament was held in Vegreville. 
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Provost Pee Wee Hockey Club “C” Zone Champions
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Why Are Video Games Fun?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Nick Kemp, Kris Riseley, Matthew Harlowblair Fraser, and Tyler Mildenberger.
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