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April 7, 2010
This oil drilling rig has had a variety of staff and others contributing to its operation 24 hours a day for quite a few days and nights—in walking distance of Provost. The operation has been taking place just north of Highway 13 on the east edge of town—and in this picture as darkness appears, street lights and businesses can be seen nearby in the background. Royalties from oil and gas production are key to Alberta’s public finances and recently the province announced that it plans to backtrack on a controversial royalty regime that has been in place. ©Provost News Photo.

Mayor to Run Again, . . . Reeve Won’t
Mayor Ken Knox says that he will run again for Mayor of Provost this fall in municipal elections.

Knox, when contacted by The News said that “I’m thinking of it, yes.” He is finishing up 23 consecutive years as mayor this fall (just over seven terms), taking over from Mayor Aubrey Drynan in April 1987 who left office partway through a term.

Other current members serving on council also indicated their intentions:

Councillor Mike Dennehy says “the plan is to run.” He is finishing up his fourth term, or 12 years.

Dwayne Chopek said he has full intentions of one more term adding that he didn’t want to walk away from the new recreation facility project now under construction. But he says his wife told him he is done on council. Chopek says he recently had eight town meetings in one week. He is finishing up nine years (three terms).

Betty Varty says “I’m not running.” She is finishing up nine years (three terms on council). “I’ll miss it.” She says she’s never missed any kind of town related meeting that she was to be at.

Peggy McFadyen says that she is leaning towards running again. “So far I am planning to.” She’s finishing up six years (two terms).

Dale Gregory replied that “at the present time yes” he is running. He is completing 15 years (five terms). “I want to see this new recreation building through (construction). It’s easy to say let’s build it and and (then) leave and that’s not right, I don’t think.”

Neil Whiting: “I hadn’t made any decision yet.” He is completing 21 years (seven terms) as councillor.

At the last election held in October 2007 all of town council including the mayor was elected by acclamation.

Councillors serving on the M.D. Provost No. 52 council were also polled to see if they are planning to run for public office again this fall.
Reeve Allan Murray: stated that “No, I need a watch (what some people get when they retire).” He has served Division 2 for nine years with five of those years as reeve.

Darryl Motley (for Division 6) says “I sure do.” He is completing three years on council (one term).

Tom Schneider replied “not at this time.” He said that he was finishing up about 18 years on council and is also a past reeve. He has represented Division 1.

Len Kjos says it’s “very likely” he will run again. He is completing 12 years (four terms) representing Division 3.

Fritz Crone says “ No, I am retiring. Old Father Time has caught up to me. I’ve enjoyed it.” He also served for four years as reeve in the early 2000s. Crone is finishing up 18 years (six terms) representing Division 7.

Complete story in April 7 edition of The Provost News.
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Hughenden Midgets Win Silver at Provincial Hockey Finals
Submitted by Bev Jones
The Hughenden Midget Jets hockey club have earned second place—or a silver medal at this year’s provincial D hockey tournament at Smoky Lake.

After finishing league play with an impressive 18-0-0 record the Hughenden Midget Jets hockey club went on to a 26-0-0 combined league and playoff record to win the NEAHL Tier II title. On March 26 – 28, the Jets traveled to Smoky Lake to battle for gold.

Complete story in April 7 edition of The Provost News.
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Blades’ Attempt to Repeat as Provincial Champions Thwarted by Familiar Foe
Photos and complete story in April 7 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What’s the Most Powerful Gun You Have Fired?"
. . . and we heard answers from John Claydon, Shena Garton, Ray Laitila and Cliff Healy. Check out the April 7 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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