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August 26, 2009

Ten year old rider Devan Bailey of St. Paul got more than he bargained for as this wild pony named Blue showed just how high his spirit can reach during a practice session north of Provost. The animal is among several dozen unbroken miniature ponies owned by Mel Lawes who was operating a school before a competition. Lawes says the wild pony event is the “hottest thing in rodeo” and he did nine performances at this summer’s Calgary Stampede where, he added it was voted by fans as the most popular event after the chuckwagons. The “rough and tumble” sport features one boy or girl holding a pony’s head while another hangs onto the shank and a third competitor jumps on. More pictures in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.

Composting With Gypsum Economical for Local Farmer
“We used to think we composted,” rancher Chuck Swanson said as a massive piece of equipment roared down a row of manure and gypsum on his family farm.

A composter mows through about 100 metres of manure, piled about six feet high to help Swanson get better bang for his buck.

Composting “is just starting to become economical” to use as fertilizer on his fields Swanson said. The rising price of commercial fertilizers is making this more appealing. Not only that, it’s recycling, in more ways than one.

The large composter does nothing more than basically till the manure and ignite an aerobic process that kills pathogens, such as E. Coli and Salmonella, in addition to eliminating the odour itself. The temperature of the inside of the pile is estimated to reach at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Garth Burnett of Eckville, who helped bring the composter from Lacombe to Swanson’s ranch one mile east and six miles north of Provost, said after a few “turns” of the manure the final product will be much like peat moss— relatively odourless, black, and have a shelf life of years, unlike regular manure that loses nutrients as long as it’s exposed to the air.

The smell of manure is the methane being released into the air. Swanson combats this by mixing in gypsum, which comes from unused drywall for housing projects in Edmonton and Red Deer.

“For every three homes built, a fourth one is wasted (in terms of drywall),” said Swanson. But not anymore, as he looked towards his freshly churned row of manure and could spot tiny fragments of gypsum. The gypsum helps control the methane release.

Complete story and photos in August 26 edition of The Provost News.
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Potash Development Near Sask. Border ‘Could be New Major Industry for Alberta’
A mining company is continuing its search for what it believes will be extensive finds of potash along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

Grizzly Diamonds Ltd. president Brian (Grizz) Testo was reached by The Provost News while he was working on a gold project near Greenwood, B.C.

Full story and photos in August 26 edition of The Provost News.
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M.D. Considers Building New Shop Here
Full story in August 26 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask : "School Starts Soon. What Do You Want to Do Before Summer’s Over?"
. . . and we heard answers from Violet Franklin, Rogan Cofffey, Kennedy Waehrer, Oakley Youse and Lainey Sware. Check out the August 26 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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