GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2007 ARCHIVED Jenny Craig opens, 96.3 Shine FM Starts broadcasting.
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Jan 2007- There are rumors that there have been hundreds of foreclosures in Grande Prairie which have been confirmed as a false rumor. House prices are still regarded as quite high and the rental market is very tight with few rentals available. -Ovations Dinner Theatre will be opening in February in the former Triples nightclub location in the Grande Prairie Inn. The owners of Subway have recently purchased Taco Time in Grande Prairie.

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Jan 2007 -Jenny Craig is opening in Grande Prairie on February 1st, at the Gateway Power Centre on the west side of Grande Prairie. 103, 10915-104A Avenue. - Grande Prairie is planning another census in the spring. Some anticipate it will show the population to be over 50,000.

Feb 19, 2007- THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA HAS BEEN PUT ON NOTICE of Copyright Infringement by Stemp & Company, a copyright law firm from Calgary specializing in copyrights and representing DiscoverThePeaceCountryLtd. 15 pages on a website overseen by the Province of Alberta and the municipalities, were found to contain images taken from this website, The infringing website claimed the pictures photographed by Ken Connors as their own. Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, Ron Stevens Minister of Justice plus many other Ministers have been notified of this infringement including Alberta Economic Development, Travel Alberta, MP's MLA's, the Liberal Party, NDP party, the Media including W-FIVE.

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Feb 2007- Peace Farm Power has moved into their new building north on 100 Street at 15102-101 Street across from Happy Trails. - Grande Prairie will host the 2010 Arctic Games that will attract 2,000 athletes and coaches from areas north of the 55th parallel. - The Ken and Teresa Sargent Family Foundation donated one million dollars towards the construction of the 47,000 square foot Grande Prairie library/art gallery.

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The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce awarded the Business Citizen of the Year to Menzies Printers (Grant Menzies), The Clem E. Collins award recognized lawyer Lyle Carlstrom. Aron Services won the Dan H. Minchim award.

March 2007 - The annual average snowfall for Grande Prairie is 158.6 cm. From October to March in 2007, the snow totaled more than 216 cm. This is the most snow this area has seen for many years. - Big news for country fans. Recording artist Willie Nelson is coming to Grande Prairie to do a Concert on June 25th. -Centre West Business Park (west of Costco, 116 street , along 100 Avenue) is selling many lots. More hotels will be constructed in this area along with a Furniture Store.

March 2007 -Englander Furniture Store located downtown Grande Prairie will be closing its doors. There are rumors that BAMA Furniture will be moving to this location. - Arnie, Lila, Troy and Craig Kjemhus of GP Nissan (formerly GP Carland) are saying "Good-Bye" after serving customers for 37 years in Grande Prairie. They have sold their business to Canada One Auto Group which also owns GP Chrysler, GP Subaru and GP Hyundai.



March 19, 2007 - Heavy snow takes its toll on one of the oldest buildings in Grande Prairie located at 10209-99 Street. The Prairie Art Gallery received extensive damage when its roof collapsed. At 8:30am, a beam was noticed broken and all the art was moved from that area. The building was evacuated. At 10am, the roof collapsed. The Prairie Art Gallery was built in 1929 and has been allocated a Provincial Heritage Building. Originally it was the Grande Prairie High School. (enlarge photo)

March 2007 - A new weekly newspaper called Grande Prairie INK will come out on Saturday mornings starting March 17th. It will be a Free newspaper distributed only in Grande Prairie and will be an extension of the Daily Herald Tribune and the Peace Country SUN . -Gord Gauvin has become the General Manager/Sales Manager of Vista Radio, CFRI FM, one of the new radio stations soon to be on air in Grande Prairie.

April 2007- It has been confirmed, Grande Prairie will get its new hospital. $250 million in funding for the project was approved. Surprise to all, the new highway by-pass did not get any Government funding and is still not in the current 3 year plan. - Don Gnatiuk has been appointed the new president of the Grande Prairie Regional College. He comes directly from the Vermilion Lakeland College.

April 2007 - The official opening of the Trade Exhibition Convention Centre at Evergreen Park will open May 10th, just in time for the Northern Alberta Forestry Show. - The radio wars has started with 104.7 Free FM (CFRI) on the air as well as 98.9, Q99 (CIKT). Also competing for almost the same market is the former SUN FM now known as Rock 97.7. Grande Prairie has never had so many choices before.

May 2007- Vistos Bistro closed a few months ago at the corner of 100 street and 101 Avenue, and will soon be opening with new owners and a slightly newer name of Tito's Bistro & Cafe. - Housing starts recently released show that Grande Prairie is ahead of the national average with an increase of 8.5 per cent over last year.

Dream Home Opens
May 2007- The Dream Home is now open located near the 4 mile corner north of Grande Prairie in the new West Lake Village subdivision. 15718-104 street. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold for a chance to win the Dream Home as well as over 630 other prizes.

The Draw will be made June 27.

May 2007 - Head coach and general manager of the Grande Prairie Storm, Fran Gow, decided to step down from his duties after seven years with the team. - More changes downtown. Alberta Computer has moved into the old Common Wealth Credit Union building 9905-100 Avenue.

June 2007 - New Head Coach and General Manager of the Grande Prairie Storm is Mike Vandekamp. - Boston Pizza opens its 2nd location on the west side of Grande Prairie next to the Brick. - Royal Oaks North Subdivision gets approval on the north part of the city. There are plans for 2500 new lots in this subdivision, and eventually 2 schools. - By the end of this year, almost 400 km will be twinned from Edmonton to Grande Prairie. 18 km of Highway 43 between Mayerthorpe and Sangudo will be twinned as well as another 20 km between Fox Creek and Valleyview.

June 2007- Grande Prairie will get funding for a new Highway Bypass. It will begin with the completion of the overpass at the four mile corner, then paving a highway west to 116 Street that will join 100 Avenue near Costco.

New Hotel Opens in Grande Prairie
June 2007 - The new Podollan Hotel is now open east of the Holiday Inn and East Side Marios, along 100 Avenue near Highway 40. -Dwight Logan will challenge Wayne Ayling for Mayor of Grande Prairie at the next Municipal Election to be held October 15. - Canfor mills in Grande Prairie, Chetwynd, and Fort. St. John have shut down for 3 months (June-August) because of continuing poor market conditions.

July 2007- Winner of the QEII Foundation Dream Home, $1.1 million prize this year was a couple from Valleyview, Pauline Gladue-Island and Robert Gladue. - Over $350,000 was raised with the Cash and Camping Super Lottery. A 5th Wheel, Riverboat, Holiday Trailers, Ski Boat, Quads and Motor Bikes were just some of the prizes given away. Some of the big winners were J.P. Gagnon of Grande Prairie, Lydon Sawchuck of Fairview, Pat Dodds of Worsley, Gary Fournier of Clairmont, Lola Bennett of Peace River, Rick Campbell of Grande Prairie.

July 2007- A 12-storey building is planned to be constructed at the existing Northern Bottling building along 102 Street north of 100 Avenue. It will be similar size to 214 Place. Rumors have also surfaced that the twin of 214 place will eventually be built on the parking lot just south of 214 Place. (Grande Prairie's Twin Towers) - Hamerhead Bar & Grill is changing its name to The Shark Club - Grande Prairie.

August 2007- Grande Prairie's population is now over 50,000. Recent census puts the number at 50,227. In 2008 it will also mark the 50th Anniversary of the City of Grande Prairie.

August 2007- Gravity Mountain Mike Park opened at the Nitehawk Ski Area which utilizes the lift. -The Quality Inn has been sold to a BC Investment Management Corporation. -The construction of the new Derek Taylor School in Mission heights is a little bit behind schedule but will be open September 4, 2007.

The Corral Nightspot Closes
Sept 2007- The Corral nightspot, located north on 100 street is closing its doors. Rumors are that they will re-open after renovations and become a Rock party place. Also more rumors say Kelseys is closed for good (located west on 100 Avenue) and will reopen as a Swiss Chalet. - 102nd street will be extended to the Highway Bypass (113 Ave to 116 Ave) with completion expected in 2008.(enlarge photo)

Sept 2007- Victoria's Attic has moved to the downtown area from their Prairie Plaza location. They are now located next to the Jan Cinema along 100 Avenue. Also Tatoozz has opened in the former Alberta Computers location across from the Co-op. -Another Hotel is being built at the 4 mile corner, north of Grande Prairie. The Days Inn will be completed by mid 2008. -A new hotel (Wingate Inns) is planned to start construction in the spring of 2008 in the Town of Sexsmith.

Oct 2007- New construction along 100 Avenue on the far east of Grande Prairie a small mall is being developed. (Cobblestone area) Another Shoppers Drug Mart is planned as well as another TD Bank, Starbucks as well as a major grocery store in this mall. Yet another Shoppers Drug Mart is in the plans for another mall under construction on the southwest of Grande Prairie (along Highway 40 and 84 Avenue, Mission Heights area). This mall also has plans for a Starbucks, ATB, a restaurant, subway and gas bar, and possibly a major grocery store. -Trumpeter Hotel is now called The Stonebridge Hotel. -A new Fountain Tire is under construction near the 4-mile corner and downtown the old Brick location on 100 Avenue and 100 Street is getting a total make-over with a number of businesses ready to take possession. (Custom Communications, Digital Blues etc)

Oct 2007- The newly elected Mayor of Grande Prairie is Dwight Logan who defeated Wayne Ayling in the October election. City Aldermen elected now include newcomers Dan Wong, Lorne Radbourne, Alex Gustafson, Yad Minhas and Elroy Deimert and re-elected were Helen Rice, Bill Given and Gladys Blackmore. - A multi-million dollar multiplex gets the go-ahead for Grande Prairie. It would include an aquatics centre and triple-gymnasium field house and projected opening in 2011.

Oct 2007- The Annual Small Business Awards in Grande Prairie handed out the Above and Beyond Award to Canadian Tire. Small Business of the Year (under 10 employees) was won by Urban Home. Small Business of the Year (more than 10 employees) was won by Decca. Best New Business was Hermit-works Entertainment Corp, Employee of the Year was Jennifer Doucet of the Stanford Inn, and Young Entrepreneur was award to both FourWord and Velocity Video. - Fire destroyed the Oasis Mediterranean restaurant, located at the Royal Oaks Plaza. This new restaurant had been open for about a year.

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Nov 2007- Downtown is getting a new face-lift (old Brick location on 100th and 100th) Fourward is one of the first tenants. -Nevada Bobs has moved to their new location on the west side of the Brick. -Rock City opens its doors. (old Corral)

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Nov 2007-Construction continues on the new Library and Art Gallery just east of the Prairie Art Gallery.

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Nov 2007- Construction has begun on Grande Prairies Twin Tower, located south of 214 Place. Originally it was to be as tall as 214 place but now will only b 4 stories tall.

Nov 2007- Wayne Drysdale will replace retiring Gord Graydon of the Grande Prairie-Wapiti Constituency. Drysdale has been councilor for over 15 years serving the Municipal District of Greenview. -Michaels Flooring has moved to a new location, just behind Midas on 113 Avenue. -Ainsworth announced it is closing its High Level mill (jointly owned by Footner Forest Products) effective December 20, 2007. 150 employees will be layed off indefinitely. -Barda Equipment had its Grand Opening of their brand new building just west of their previous location in the County Industrial Park.

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Dec 2007- 96.3 Shine FM is the newest radio station to start broadcasting. (Dec 3) This station will feature Christian music. - Expert Mobile Extreme Country is the new name of the biggest summer country presentation in Grande Prairie scheduled for June 27-29. (formerly Telus Country Fever)

Dec 2007- Canfor announced it is closing its Chetwynd Mill indefinitely effective December 20th. 150 employees will be out of work. - Tab Pollock is the new chairman of the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce.

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