GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2010
New Years Eve - Grande Prairie: PLAY VIDEO>
Many people braved the minus 30 degree temperature to watch the Fireworks to bring in the new year.
January 2010: The average home price in Grande Prairie is $269,000. The Real Estate market is improving as reported by Jamie Menzies, President of the GP and Area Association of Realtors, and Broker/Owner of Royal LePage, the Realty Group. 41% increase on unit sales and 11% increase of prices from a year ago.
January 2010: A recent survey done by the City of Edmonton, states that Grande Prairie has the highest taxes/utility bills in Alberta making it one of the most expensive in Canada. (Grande Prairie average home tax $1993/average utilities $2,232)
January 2010: Education Minister Dave Hancock and Infrastructure Minister Ray Danyluk visited the Peace Country for the grand opening of the Hythe Regional School. They also took part in the official opening of Mother Teresa Catholic School in Grande Prairie and the Alexander Forbes School renovation.
January 2010: DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com's Ken Connors talks with Duane Stevenson about what is happening now and in the future at the Ski Hill. PLAY VIDEO>
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January 2010: A short video featuring the NPHL ( North Peace Hockey League) Grande Prairie Athletics vs Hythe Mustangs: PLAY VIDEO>
January 2010: More pages have been added to DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com. A special page featuring the community of Grouard has been added to this website with photos and information.
January 2010: City Furniture will be moving its store to the old Midwest Furniture location on the Highway By-pass April 1st. (only a few doors down) This will make room for Ashley Furniture Home Store who will be coming to Grande Prairie late spring/early summer and to be located in the current City Furniture location. (Ashley Furniture will be operated by City Furniture)
January 2010: It has been announced that the Grande Prairie Inn On the corner of 100 Street and 116 Avenue) will be closing and turning into a Seniors Retirement Complex as of June 1, 2010. It will be called "The Grand."
January 2010: Dunvegan Gardens Teahouse, south of Grande Prairie, has closed its doors.
January 2010: The City of Grande Prairie has purchased the York Hotel located downtown for $1.1 million. The hotel will be demolished.
January 2010: Stojan's Power Sports (Sexsmith) is constructing a new building east along Highway 43 (east of 4 mile corner) They plan on moving in May of this year.
February 2010: Liquidation World in Grande Prairie will be closing its doors this spring. Previous to this it was the location of the only liquor store in Grande Prairie.
February 2010: Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce hands out their awards. Business Citizen of the year was Stewart Wilson of GPR Industries, the Clem C. Collins Award went to Vince Vavrek of Fletcher Mudryk and Chartered Accountants, The Dan H. Minching Award went to Prairie Coast Equipment (Peace Farm Power), and Victoria's Attic received the Above and Beyond Award.
February 2010: After 35 years in radio, Gord Sharp has retired. Curtis Galbraith will take over his duties as news director at Big Country XX 93.1 FM in Grande Prairie.
February 2010: Felix Seller, Grande Prairie's Community Services Director is returning to the hospitality business and becoming the Manager For PACRIM Hospitality services. (PACRIM Hotels in Grande Prairie include the Holiday Inn, Super 8, Pomeroy Inn, Best Western.)
March 2010: Tickets for the QEll Foundation Dream Home Lottery are now on sale. The 2010 Grande Prairie Dream Home is still under construction located near the entrance of Taylor Estates (southeast of Grande Prairie east on 68 Avenue, not far from last years Dream Home). The Grande Prairie Dream Home is expected to be open for viewing in April 30, 2010. (view larger picture - prize information)
March 2010: A new restaurant will be opening soon in Grande Prairie. Renovations are taking place at the old East Side Mario's location (next to the Holiday Inn) in preparations for Ric's Grill Steak Seafood & Chop House. This franchise has 7 locations in Alberta and another 9 locations in B-C.
March 2010: Another long term radio news announcer leaves the Grande Prairie air-waves. Daryl Major has decided to leave Rock 97.7 FM to go Nanaimo BC radio station. He had been on Rock 97.7 for 7 years.
March 2010: The 2010 ARCTIC WINTER GAMES were held in Grande Prairie, Alberta
March 6-13, 2010. Included competition in Hockey, Alpine Skating, Arctic Sports, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Gymnastics, Curling, Volleyball, Wrestling, Badminton, Basketball, Soccer and a lot more.
As part of the Celebrations of the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, the lighting of the cauldron took place right after the Opening Ceremonies down at Muskoseepi Park. Hundreds of people watched as Grande Prairie athlete Shelby Gitzel, was lifted up to light the flame. Play Video>
March 2010: County councilor and museum society chair Jack O'Toole, announced the location for the River of Death Discovery Dinosaur Museum. It will be built east of the Wembley entrance along Highway 43 at a cost of over 26 million dollars.
March 2010: San Francisco (retail store) has moved from the Prairie Mall to a location along 100 Street, (11032-100 Street. previous location of Horangi Taekwondo)
March 2010: The Grande Prairie Athletics are the winners of the 2009-2010 North Peace Hockey League Championships (NPHL) as they defeated the Lakeland Eagles from McLennan in the bet-of-five 3 games to 2.
March 2010: Jane Cada-Sharp, who has been with the City for 19 years and also in broadcasting, will be changing jobs taking on the position of Community Services Director. She will be replacing Felix Seiler.
March 2010: CBC Television show Dragons' Den production team will be coming to Grande Prairie on Saturday March 20. Open auditions will take place from noon-7pm at the Grande Prairie Regional College, room L106. (Pitch your business in under five minutes. You may be invited to face the Dragons in the upcoming season.
April 2010: The Downtown Association of Grande Prairie awards were presented and Rob McConkey of Milano for Men won the Art Ouellette Award while Grant Menzies (Menzies Printers) and Jamie Menzies (Royal LePage) were winners of the Downtowner of the Year Award. -
April 2010: The County of Grande Prairie is planning on spending $22 million this year on various construction projects. Roads, water and sewer, landfill, and the Rural Address Sign Project are are some of the major projects.
April 2010: The Cash & Camping Lottery is underway with $479,000 worth of Cash and Prizes to be given away. (RV's, ATVs, Truck, Trip Packages) The display is set up on the west side of Grande Prairie near Staples. Draw date is July 1, 2010.
April 2010: DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com has posted a flashback video of the 1990 O'Brien Park Flood. This video was salvaged from VHS tape and converted into a digital video format. PLAY VIDEO>
April 2010: InterSport will be opening a new store in Grande Prairie on the west side next to Best Buy. They already have 6 locations in Alberta as well as more in other parts of Canada. Their stores have sports equipment, apparel, footwear etc.
April 2010: Paris Jewelers is now open in the Prairie Mall, and Mac's opened a new location at 6801 Pinnacle Street, Grande Prairie.
April 2010 - No Frills Grocery Store is now open along Highway 40, 10718-83 Avenue in Grande Prairie. (Does not accept credit cards.) The store is a franchise of Loblaw Companies Limited (part of Superstore) which operates stores in Canada and the United States. Also a Real Canadian Liquor store opened next to No Frills Grocery Store and also a new Gas Bar has also been built.
April 2010: The Swan Festival is a sure sign of spring, as many gather at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park to see and learn more about the Trumpeter Swan. Interview with Margot Herview of Alberta Parks: Play VIDEO>
May 2010: Clairmont will be getting a new Sportsplex with completion expected in 2010. It will have 2 ice rinks and an indoor soccer pitch.
May 2010: After 35 years, Davco Solutions in the County Industrial Park has closed. It has put 24 employees out of work.
May 2010: Taco Time has moved into the Little Caesars location along the Highway Bypass, 11801- 100 Street, Grande Prairie.
May 2010: Spotlight on Grande Prairie Radio Stations: DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com does a special spotlight on all five Grande Prairie Radio Stations. The information shows which station has the most news, the most music, most advertising etc. Also listen to audio clips. Grande Prairie Radio Stations.
May 25, 2010: The Grande Prairie Stompede Parade took place in Downtown Grande Prairie to help kick of the 33rd Stompede. The Stompede takes place each year at Evergreen Park, south of Grande Prairie. One of the highlights of the parade was the Cattle Drive. You can watch the entire parade in a 4:20min VIDEO, a presentation of DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com. PLAY VIDEO >
May 2010: FISHING IN THE PEACE COUNTRY. Ken Connors of DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com takes you on a fishing trip to Snipe Lake, Alberta. (northeast of Valleyview). This video gives you some close ups of the Northern Pike that inhabit this lake. With the dry summer, the water levels of many of the lakes are quite a bit lower than usual making launching a boat a bit tricky. PLAY VIDEO>
May 2010: - GRANDE PRAIRIE DREAM HOME. You can now take a sneak peak at the inside of the 2010 Grande Prairie Dream Home. View PHOTOS>
The Dream Home is located near the entrance of Taylor Estates (southeast of Grande Prairie east on 68 Avenue, not far from last years Dream Home). Final Draw is June 29, 2010.
May 2010: The 84th Avenue Co-op Gas Bar at Patterson Village Shopping Centre closed after 25 years. The building was demolished.
June 2010: Grant and Shari Inman of Hythe are the winners of the 2010 Grande Prairie Dream Home. The draw was made June 29th. (last year the couple won the grand prize in the Cars for Christmas Lottery).
June 2010: The old Wapiti Dorm has been demolished. It was built in 1950 and has now been replaced with the new Rotary House, located south of City Hall.
June 2010: The Bear Creek pool will close for good after this summer ends. The pool was built in the 1960's and will be replaced with a water and spray park.
June 2010: Ric's Grill Steak Seafood & Chop House is now open in the old East Side Marios location on west side of Grande Prairie.
June 2010: Gladys Blackmore, City of Grande Prairie Alderman, has announced that she intends to run for Mayor in the next election.
June 2010: Twinning of Highway 43 from Edmonton to Grande Prairie is complete except for 36.5 km through the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Reserve, west of Valleyview. Work will begin on this last part later this summer.