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June 18, 2008
Searching —and Finding
More Oil in Provost Fields
Oilpatch workers were on the job just a half mile straight west of town searching for oil at two sites near each other. The rig will likely be back next month to punch another hole. World crude oil prices have recently been setting all time highs with a barrel of crude reaching over $139 per barrel. Crude rose 697 percent since trading at $17.45 a barrel in November 2001. Local Provost fields meanwhile are a proven source of the liquid commodity. ©Provost News Photo.
‘Opportunity Knocking’—Assistant Deputy Tourism Minister
Changes are being made in Alberta the way tourism is to be handled says assistant deputy minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Bob Scott who was in Bodo on Wednesday evening, June 11.

He addressed a crowd of people in Bodo and said that a previous five percent hotel tax has been turned into a four percent tax that will be directed to tourism and marketing. That, Scott says will lead to the development of new products and will help combat “leakage” of tourists into British Columbia after they arrive into Alberta. He adds that the province is interested in developing tourism more in the eastern side of Alberta and said new areas like Aboriginal related themes can be developed.

The Bodo visitor added that:
• Alberta’s total overnight direct entries from the U.S. and overseas for the first three months of 2008 increased by over 2.4 percent, compared to the same time period in 2007.

• Overseas direct entries to Alberta continued to shine in March. The total number of overseas visitors to Alberta for the first three months of 2008 increased by over 11 percent compared to 2007. Nationally that figure was 2.7 percent. Direct overnight overseas entries into Alberta account for roughly 40 percent of the total overnight overseas entries.

• The average daily room rate in Alberta for the first three months of 2008 was $129 according to Pannell Kerr Forster Consulting.

• Air passengers at the Calgary International Airport for the first three months of 2008 saw 3.1 million passengers, up 6.8 percent. Edmonton International Airport saw 1.6 million passengers, an increase of 7.8 percent compared to 2007.

Complete story and photos in June 18 edition of The Provost News.
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Casey Lawes Wins Steer Wrestling Championship
— Advances to High School Finals in USA
Provost area resident 17 year old Casey Lawes won three main titles at the Alberta high school rodeo finals in Ponka from June 13 to 15.

He won the provincial championship in steer wrestling, provincial high point category and season leader for district two.

Lawes said that “I came into the finals sitting pretty good so it was a matter of staying solid through the competition.

Rest of story in June 18 edition of The Provost News.
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Taxpayer Asks, But Does Not Get Forecast of Revenues and
Expenses for Proposed $12.6 Million Recreation Building

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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: We ask "What Should You Not Do While Driving?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Stephanie Albrecht, Evan Miller, Dave Heimstra, Amanda van Delden, and Craig Stacey.
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