GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2019
May 2019: Recycle Plus has opened just west of Save On Foods in Grande Prairie (10910-105a Ave) and is equipped with the newest equipment that includes conveyor belts, sorters and auto counters. The old Recycle Plus location at 105 st and 96 Ave has closed. more info
June 2019: Montana's BBQ & Bar is set to open mid August in Grande Prairie in the old Swiss Chalet Location near Staples.
(Update) Now open August 2019.
Intersport is closing their doors in Grande Prairie. They are located on the west side of the City near Best Buy.
The Peace Country has some big time recording artists. Grande Prairie's "Tennile Townes" has been nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter of the Year and Video of there Year. Her songs "Somebody's Daughter" and "White Horse" have been on the Top of the Country Charts for months. "Aaron Goodvin" who grew up in Spirit River has been nominated for Interactive Artist or Group of the Year. (He won Songwriter of the Year last year) La Crete artists "High Valley", are nominated for Group or Duo of the Year. The CCMAs will be held September 8th in Calgary.
July 2019: A new restaurant has opened in Grande Prairie next to the Holiday Inn. The Old Trappers Restaurant is now located in the former Tilted Kilt and Rics Grill location.
Hi-Tech Business Systems has moved to a new location: 10115-99 Avenue, Grande Prairie. They were located on 100 Avenue for many years beside the old Park Hotel.
A new Grande Prairie Co-op Food Store has opened on the north end of Grande Prairie. Just west of 100 Street along 132 Avenue.
Right next to is the Co-op Gas Bar, Confectionery and Liquor Store that opened a few months ago.
August 2019: Montana's BBQ & Bar has opened at 10820 100 Ave, Grande Prairie in the old Swiss Chalet location, near Staples.
August 2019: Bear Creek Pool has finally opened in Grande Prairie after many delays related to the wet summer. The $5 million renovation includes a water-slide.
August 2019: A sod turning event took place in the southwest part of Grande Prairie (O'Brien Lake) for a new 85,000 square foot Catholic School.
O'Brien Lake West School is slated to open in 2021, K- Grade 9 with a capacity of 900 students.
2019 will go down on record as a cool and rainy summer. According to Environment Canada, Grande Prairie had only 7 days above 25 degrees for all of June, July and August. In 2018 Grande Prairie had 27 days that were above 25 degrees.
Alberta's’s first geothermal power plant will be build in the MD of Greenview (Gold Greek area, south Grande Prairie). It will use steam from brine reservoirs underground and generate five megawatts of electricity a year which is enough to power close to 7,000 homes. The power plant may take up to 3 years to complete.
September 2019: Construction continues on the new building at the York Hotel site. It started in February of 2019 and once complete the first floor will be devoted to commercial purposes while the top three floors will be designated for residential use. Once complete a 2nd building will be built right next to it and a 3rd building will be built at the old Germain Park site along 100 avenue.
September 2019: The Servus Credit Union is closing one of there branches in Grande Prairie. The Grande Prairie Northgate branch will close effective October 25th, 2019 and customers have a choice to transfer their accounts to the Downtown or South 40 locations.
September 2019: Grande Prairie's Tenille Townes took home four awards in the Canadian Country Music Awards held in Calgary, Alberta. She won "Single of the Year" for her song "Somebody's Daughter". She also won "Female Artist of the Year", "Songwriter of the Year" and "Video of the Year."
September 2019: More construction is taking place on the north side of Grande Prairie (near the new Co-op Food Store) along 132 Avenue and 100 Street. It is rumoured that Popeye's Chicken, Starbucks and another Subway plus a few other businesses will be opening here.
September 2019: Longtime Grande Prairie Resident Roy Borstad passed away at the age of 87 years. He served as County Councilor for 15 years and 12 years as County of Grande Prairie Reeve. Over the years he also was involved with Senior Hockey, Softball and many other activities.
October 2019: The Federal Election will take place on October 21, 2019. Candidates in the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie are
Chris Warkentin of the Conservative Party of Canada, Doug Burchill of the People’s Party of Canada, Shelley Termuende represents the Green Party, Erin Alyward is from the NDP and Ken Munro is representing the Liberal Party.
October 2019: The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association has appointed a new Executive Director, Terry Dow. She has over 25 years experience in tourism, hospitality and sales working in Ontario and Saskatchewan. She replaces Jame Leppan who moved on to work with Travel Alberta.
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