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Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) says it will continue work toward a new high school north of Grande Prairie even though funds were not included in this spring’s provincial budget.  PWPSD was awarded funding for planning the new facility in 2023 but design funding was not included in the current budget. The division said […]

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The province is putting $224.8 million into physician training at Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) and the University of Lethbridge.  Operating expenses will receive $55.6 million; $126 million is tagged for physician training expansion. Just over $43 million in capital funding will go to a training facility at the University of Lethbridge.  “Anything that we can do […]

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A mysterious figure has joined one of the Peace region’s famous landmarks.  East of Grande Prairie along Hwy. 43 has sat a large rock painted in white with text that reads “Elevation 2429 790M.” A grain elevator is depicted beside it. In October, a figure of a person standing next to the locally famous rock […]

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County of Grande Prairie council approved $425,000 to have rural fire stations manned around the clock this season. County regional fire service fire chief Trevor Grant said the funding will see firefighters installed at volunteer stations during times of high fire risk. During conditions of a fire ban, temperatures above 20C and winds in excess […]

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The Grande Prairie Regional Airshow is gearing up for its first flight this summer. City council approved a $50,000 large-scale tourism grant to the show, that is also being used as a fundraiser to support the renovations and expansion of the D Company (D Coy) Armouries building. “We've got a fully booked show,” said Bruce […]

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Local committee looks to ensure regions medical future

The South Peace Professional Attraction and Retention Committee (SPPARC) is busy ensuring medical professionals consider the Peace a place to practice and live. Kate Potter, SPPARC chair, said the committee has been busy ensuring any nurses or University of Alberta residents coming to the area feel comfortable in the region.  “The reality is that people […]

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Former hospital's future still in the works 

The Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital served the Grande Prairie area for over 36 years until it was relieved of many of its duties as the region’s primary hospital in 2021.  The opening of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital left the QEII open for ambulatory healthcare services including dialysis, community-based rehabilitation services and Mackenzie Place […]

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Axed stormwater utility may result in tax increase for Grande Prairie residents 

City residents may face a 5.74 per cent property tax increase instead of the 3.28 announced after budget deliberations in November.  The 2024 budget has a deficit of more than $3 million after council decided to scrap its stormwater utility. “Council decided not to continue with the utility model for funding the city's stormwater operations […]

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