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September 23, 2009

This is one of two turkey vultures that are roosting at an abandoned farm site north of Provost that is drawing the interest of an area biologist, Dave Moore of Vermilion because so little is known of the birds. The protected animals, though rare are not endangered and there may be only 200 pair in the province “but we just don’t know” says Moore. This bird and another—both atop an old farmhouse were born this spring and have a wingspan of approximately six feet. The biologist has been banding some of the birds in east central Alberta and planned to make a trip here to see these. The birds—though not aggressive to people will hiss and even try to vomit on someone who gets close to them. Grown turkey vultures—though large—weigh under 10 pounds and use their hooked beak to rip into dead cows, deer and other animals. This bird has likely been flying only since the end of August or early September and it’s likely parents are living nearby. Although it’s not confirmed the vultures may head to the southern U.S., Central or even the northern part of South America for the winter though some have been spotted in Alberta during the winter. When Fish and Wildlife officer Lee Robley first came to this area about a decade ago he saw a turkey vulture and wondered what it was. Since that time there have been reports of sightings near Metiskow and at Dilberry Lake. With more wing banding it is hoped the birds can be tracked to find out where they fly to, the end of next month or in early November. No one seems to know at what age the birds begin to breed. ©Provost News Photo.

Skateboard Park Unlocked
The skateboard park in Provost that became off limits to everyone September 10 because of excessive vandalism has re-opened.

It had been locked but was open again on Thursday, September 17 after “Someone came forward and admitted to having done the damage” according to town administrator Judy Larson.

RCMP Sgt. Terry Wickett said that a young offender came to his office saying that he damaged a new safety sign.

Police say the matter is still under investigation.

A by-law to address the situation was discussed by town council on September 15 but it was tabled, pending more information and to gather research about what other communities are doing to combat vandalism.

Larson said that “This’ll show what can happen” when there is vandalism (locking the facility).

The skateboard park “opened as soon as we could . . . it opened in the afternoon” of September 17.

The new sign that was put up to promote the use of helmets was damaged beyond repair only days after having been installed at the facility (see PN Sept. 16 and Sept. 9).
There has also been graffiti painted on ramps and concrete at the skateboard park.

Complete interview and photo in September 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Coyote Captured in Town
. . . School Students Kept Inside While Chase on
A young coyote was captured after a chase from near the Provost Public School grounds and then further west along Main Street in Provost on Thursday morning, September 17.

The animal was finally cornered at approximately 10:30 a.m. after it ran into the backyard of Halo Hair Salon where it encountered a fence.

Rest of story in September 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Light Agenda for M.D. Over Two Meetings
Full story in September 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Do You Have Fitness or Health Related Goals to Achieve This Fall or Winter?"
. . . and we heard answers from Judy Becker, Kim Mohr, Krystal Becker and Savanna Harden. Check out the September 23 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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