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September 17, 2008
Premier Meets Premier

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach (left) and Northwest Territories Premier Floyd Roland were both guest speakers at this year’s Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association convention in Calgary. Roland spoke on September 11 about economic opportunities and possible co-operation with Alberta while Stelmach (who attended with eight cabinet ministers) gave a talk and took some questions from editors and publishers on September 12. Stelmach was asked by The Provost News about possible encouragement of potash development in the Provost area and the premier replied that private enterprise would have to develop that resource. Part of Roland’s talk meanwhile is printed in this paper. ©Provost News Photo.

M.D., Town Councils Study Arena, Pool Project—But Await More Financial Information
Councillors who took part in a joint meeting of the Town of Provost and the M.D. 52 held in the Alberta Room on Tuesday, September 9 decided to continue studying a proposed arena and swimming pool project by all voting to meet again when more financial information is expected to be presented next month.

Figures show that now it will cost $13,423,640 to build a new arena and swimming pool.

No tender has yet been accepted to go ahead with the project.

The arena would be 44,585 square feet on the main floor and have 12,550 square feet on the upper level.

The Provost News had been informed by a councillor of the 3 p.m. meeting that same day, to be held in the Alberta Room but as soon as the session got underway the press was asked to leave the room at 3:15 p.m. so a more detailed account of the meeting is not available for this story. Three councillors voted against going “in camera” which meant only councillors and some staff were allowed to take in the meeting. One town councillor and two M.D. councillors were not at the September 9 meeting. The press was invited back at 4:40 p.m. and the meeting was over when The News returned to the building approximately five minutes later.

Paul Conrad of Paul Conrad and Associates had earlier asked Mayor Knox to call the meeting to an in camera status citing sensitive information regarding capital cost contributions that are expected. Conrad said he could not provide details at this time.

Knox answered some questions following the meeting and Conrad told The News later that based on the new financial information expected on October 7 that the two councils will then decide “whether to advance the tender to the public agenda for discussion of a resolution” (to go ahead or not with the project).

Full story in September 17 edition of The Provost News.
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News Editor Honoured by Peers
The 2008 recipient of the Bill Draayer Award presented annually to a weekly newspaper person for outstanding contribution to the progress and development of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association is Richard Holmes, publisher and editor of The Provost News.

The intent of the award, said those who established it, is “to recognize a member who has served the AWNA without thought of recognition or reward. The criteria to be used in our selection process was as follows: • Innovative development of a service policy that has proven beneficial to AWNA and its individual members. • Individual diligence in pursuit of a successful objective that enhances efficiency, profitability or public image of weekly newspapers in general and in AWNA in particular. • A member who has a record of reliability in performance of volunteer or assigned association projects vital to its present or future success.”

Holmes first joined the board of directors for the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association following his election in 1992, progressed through the chairs with the AWNA board and became president of the association for 1996-’97. After a brief absence following his term as past president, Holmes returned to the AWNA board in 2003 as one of the association’s representatives on the Canadian Community Newspapers Association board of directors. He served one three-year term and is now entering the final year of a second three-year term.

Print version in September 17 edition of The Provost News.
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N.W.T. Premier Wants Alberta Involved in Plans
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Did You Like About Swimming Lessons?"
. . . and we heard answers from Derek Voros, Cayce Guthrie, Ashton Morrow, Dustin Kirby, and Zowie Biever.
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