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January 26, 2011
John Sieben leans into his chores to get rid of extra weight on his house though he didn’t bother with the roof above as he expects the snow to slide off by itself. It seems that most people get a pretty good workout lifting shovels full of snow so The News asked Jeff Kavanaugh who is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta just how heavy a single snowflake really is. The short answer: maybe 3/10,000 of an ounce per snowflake. The long answer is in this week's print edition of The Provost News ©Provost News Photo.
Provost Property Attracts Pacific Canada Potash Ltd. Interest
• Total Land Package Jumps to Over
2.34 Million Acres of Prospective Potash-Bearing Property

Grizzly Discoveries Inc. president Brian (Grizz) Testo confirmed that there have been more developments in his quest for developing potash along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

He was reached by The Provost News by phone on Friday as his plane touched down in Vancouver where he was taking in an industry show.
Testo says that numbers from old drilling data show that the most potash in Alberta appears to be in the Provost and Medicine Hat area.
Potash is used as a main component in the manufacture of fertilizer.

• Grizzly - Pacific 50-50 Jointly Owned Provost Permits
In a late December transaction, Grizzly in conjunction with Pacific Canada Potash Ltd. a separate arms length company, have staked an additional 458,000 acres in 21 metallic and industrial mineral (MAIM) permit applications centered around the town of Provost, west of the Alberta - Saskatchewan border.

The permit applications are to the Alberta Government totaling approximately 458,000 acres on the basis of a 50-50 ownership split.

This brings Grizzly's total MAIM permit land holdings for potash to more than 2.34 million acres.

When asked about the partner, Testo said that he wished he could say more however did not want to divulge further information about Pacific Canada Potash Ltd. at this time. But he adds that there “are big developments happening right now” in the potash industry.

Grizzly states that the permits are currently being processed and have not been granted yet. “The analysis of all the available geophysical logs for historic oil wells on the property has revealed a high probability of potash-bearing beds underlying the Provost potash property. More specifically, it appears the east-central and southeastern areas of the property have very high potential for economic-grade potash beds. Gamma-ray responses from historic oil and gas wells suggest that the grades of potash-bearing beds underlying the property could attain grades ranging from 15 percent to 25 percent K2O across thicknesses of 1 to 5 m (Klarenbach, P.Geol., 2009). These responses all occur at a depth of about 1,300 m in the uppermost 60 m of the Prairie Evaporite Formation, which is the main host to potash deposits in Saskatchewan (Holter, 1969).”

Complete story in January 26 edition of The Provost News.
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Traffic Diverted From Highway 13 For Eight Hours Following Crash
One man was taken to an Edmonton hospital after three trucks were involved in a collision on Highway 13 north east of Czar on Wednesday morning, January 19.

Provost RCMP report that they and Hughenden Fire and Ambulance were dispatched at 6 a.m. to a collision involving two transport trucks and a tow truck that took place in the dark.

Complete story in January 26 edition of The Provost News.
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Playing The Name Game
Comment by Don Thompson, President, Oil Sands Developers Group
 “It is ethical oil. It is regulated oil. And it's secure oil in a world where many of the free world's oil sources are somewhat less secure.”

 This is a statement by Canada’s new Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent, which managed to stir up controversy this past week. In speaking to the reporter, Mr. Kent stated that the oil sands are crucial to the well-being of the west and Canada and the oil sands are ethical because the industry and the profits are not produced in undemocratic or unethical ways.

Complete story in January 26 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask: "Why Do You Like Playing Hockey?"
. . . and we heard answers from Jack Schneider, Austin Deck, Lukas Greenwood and Noah Heinrich. Check out the January 26 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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