GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2012
January 2012: Woody's RV World is opening their 4th location in Alberta, right here in Grande Prairie. They have purchased Leisureland Camper Village with the change over expected February 1st.
January 2012: Dogs Billiards and Service has closed its doors at 10015-100 Avenue Grande Prairie. Everything was sold off at a receivership auction. (enlarge picture)
January 2012: First it was a Liquor Store, then a Liquidation World Store, and now this building located next to the Curling Rink on 99 Avenue Grande Prairie has been renovated and has become the offices of Dr Senekal, eye specialist.
January 2012: Aquatera Head Office has moved to 11101-104 Avenue, just east of Home Depot. The billing department that was at City Hall is now at this new location.
February 2012: The Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce gave out the following awards: The Dan H. Minchin award for long-term business achievement was awarded to Crouse's Cleaners. Above and Beyond award to Trenton Perrott, Business Citizen of the year went to Dr. Brenda Millar, The Clem E. Collins award went to Greg Podmore.
February 2012: County of Grande Prairie Reeve, Everett McDonald won the PC nomination for the GP-Smoky riding. Replaces Mel Knight who retired.
February 2012: The Stonebridge Hotels and Grande Prairie Inn has just sold to the Pomeroy Group who have a number of hotels in Grande Prairie, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Grimshaw, and Manning. The Stonebridge has hotels in Grande Prairie, Fort St John and Fort McMurray.
February 2012: City of Grande Prairie now officially has a population of over 55,000. That is a 16.8% increase over 2006.
February 2012: One of Grande Prairie's Landmarks on 100 avenue, the Gaiety Theatre, has been demolished. It operated from 1950 to 1991 as a 500 seat movie theatre.
March 2012: The Grande Prairie Dream Home is under construction. 10632-158 Ave, north Grande Prairie. You can Win a Dream Home by purchasing a ticket. Photos, prize list: Click here for more. (enlarge picture)
March 2012: Wild Bills is closing after 33 years. Bill Lilge says, his son Michael, who owns Fourward, will be moving from downtown Grande Prairie to take this spot later this summer.
March 2012: Falher Pirates won the 7th game final in Grande Prairie on March 25, 2012 against the Grande Prairie Athletics (NPHL).
Falher PARADES THE CUP View VIDEO>
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March 2012: Valhala Pure Outfitters store, downtown Grande Prairie is closing their store. The Franchise has 16 locations in Alberta and BC.
March 2012: After so little snow and warm temperatures, mother nature gave the Peace Country a dump of snow just days before the official first day of spring. Compare last years snow and the Spring of 2011. View VIDEO of Spring 2011 (1:15 min)
March 2012: Hollywood Video will be opening soon in the former Rogers Video location on 100 Street Grande Prairie. It will have around 8,000 videos for rent.
March 2012: Frontier Bus Lines will be discontinuing its schedule between Grande Prairie, Valleyview, Fox Creek, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and Edmonton effective March 31, 2012.
March 2012: The Grande Prairie Multiplex will now be called the Eastlink Centre after Eastlink has agreed to a 10-year commitment worth $3million in sponsorship to the facility.
April 2012: The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Grande Prairie will be closing May 19th because of financial difficulties. They have already stopped taking all dropped off donated items.
April 2012: An All-Candidates Provincial Election Forum for the GP-Smoky and GP-Wapiti will be held at the Grande Prairie College, April 18th, starting at 6:30pm
April 2012: Another RV dealer has come to Grande Prairie. Western RV Country is now open near McGoverns RV along 100 Street north Grande Prairie.
April 2012: Wiebo Ludwig, known for his confrontations with the oil companies, died at his home at Trickle Creek near Hythe, at the age of 70. He had become known world-wide for his opinions on sour gas wells.
April 2012: The Alberta Provincial Election will be held April 23, 2012 and the candidates list has been finalized. Grande Prairie-Smoky: Wildrose-Todd Loewen, Conservatives-Everett McDonald, NDP-Mary Dahr, Liberals-Kevin McLean, Independent-Andrew Muise. Grande Prairie-Wapiti: Wildrose-Ethane Jarvis, Conservatives-Wayne Drysdale, NDP- Paul Anderson, Liberal-Alya Nazarali, Independent- Anthony Barendregt. In the Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley: Wildrose- Kelly Hudson, Conservatives- Hector Goudreau, NDP- Nathan Macklin, Liberal- Carole Carby. In Peace River: Wildrose- Alan Forsyth, Conservative- Frank Oberle, NDP - Wanda Laurin, and Liberals- Remi Tardif.
April 14, 2012: Snow Storm Hits the Peace Country. Many had put away their snow shovels and started booking their tee times at the local golf courses, but Mother Nature gave us another taste of winter. Highway conditions were slippery through-out the Province and a number of vehicles ended up in the ditch. Highway 43 from Whitecourt to Grande Prairie is featured in this video. View VIDEO>
April 2012: The Progressive Conservatives win the Alberta Provincial Election held April 23, 2012. In the Peace Country the Conservatives are elected , GP Smoky: Everett McDonald. GP Wapiti: Wayne Drysdale, Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley: Hector Goudreau , and Peace River: Frank Oberle.
May 2012: Alberta minimum wage is increasing to $9.75 per hour as of September 1, 2012.
May 2012: Tab Pollock, Grande Prairie Businessman, has been appointed as chairman of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce which includes 124 Chamber of Commerces across Alberta. In the past, Tab has been Director and Past Chair of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce.
May 2012: Menzies Printers (Menzies Graphics Group owned by Grant and Jamie Menzies) has been sold to a Vancouver company, Westkey Graphics. Westkey Graphics is based out of Vancouver, with additional offices in Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton and Calgary. Besides purchasing the Grande Prairie Menzies location, they also purchased the Menzies, Kamloops, Edmonton and Calgary locations as well. Westgate Fire Station is now open on the west side of Grande Prairie, near Future Shop. This will reduce response times to fires on the west side.
May 2012: Rock City in Grande Prairie changes its name again. The new name of Spurs Cookhouse and Dance Hall will return it to its country routes. At one time they were known as the Corral.
May 2012: A new Firehall on the west side of Grande Prairie (near Future Shop) will have its Grand Opening May 25, 2012.
May 2012: New name for the Prairie Art Gallery, renamed Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. Another downtown Grande Prairie Store is closing its doors. Celebrations, a ladies clothing store will close
May 2012: CASH & CAMPING LOTTERY The Swan City Rotary Club is hosting the Cash & Camping Lottery again this year with more than 600 prizes. Main prize is a 2012 Ford F-350 4x4 XLT. Final draw July 6, 2012.
May 2012: Kelseys Restaurant, west on 100 Avenue (near Staples) has been closed for a number of years but finally renovations have begun. It will open later this year as a Swiss Chalet.
June 2012: New information released by Statistics Canada indicates that Grande Prairie is the youngest city in Canada with the median age of 30.3 years old.
June 2012: A new Grande Prairie Care Centre officially opened, located at 97 Street and 94 Avenue. The facility has 60 beds for long term care.
June 2012: The QE2 Foundation received 3 million dollars from the estate of local auctioneer Robert Scott, the largest gift ever received by the Foundation.
June 2012: Winner of the Grande Prairie Dream Home Draw is Corrine McDonald and Wayne Petrowich of Grande Prairie who farms near Hines Creek. Winner of the 50-50 prize of $100,000 was David Holmes of Grande Prairie. See interior photos of the Dream Home. Click here for more.
July 2012: Grande Prairie STREET FESTIVAL. This 3-day event took place downtown Grande Prairie with over 20 acts providing entertainment for thousands of people. Wayne Ayling Co-Chairman of the Festival, talks about the event on this video.
July 2012: Over a hundred entries took part in this years Canada Day Parade. Thousands of people of all ages filled the streets to watch the parade which was about an hour long.
July 2012: Jim Hansen dies at the age of 78 years. Years ago, he was a Grande Prairie City Alderman, and owner of a number of Car Dealerships. (Trumpeter Pontiac, Hanson Ford). - Princess Auto had its Grand Opening of their new store on the west side of Grande Prairie. 99avenue and 120 Street, west of Peavey Mart.