Donna Bieder

Donna Bieder

Grande Prairie Forest Area Fire Danger Increases to Very High - May 23, 2018

Warmer weather and drying conditions have raised the wildfire danger to Very High. Since April 1, 2018 the Grande Prairie forest area has actioned 17 Wildfires all have been extinguished. The existing Fire Advisory will remain in place for our area.  Every precaution is needed to ensure no new wildfires are started placing additional strain on the province's firefighting resources.

Throughout the province of Alberta the 2018 wildfire season has seen 448 fires and burned a total of 3,748.69 hectares. See a current map of active wildfires here.

During the hot weather months the risk of wildfire is extremely high. Please refrain from riding in areas that have abundant grass and dry vegetation. Fire direction, intensity, and speed can change in an instant always be mindful of the weather and hazard conditions when in the forest.

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Check Alberta Fire Bans for the most up to date information on advisories, restrictions and bans in your area. The Forest and Prairie Protection Act include fines up to $287 for abandoning campfires as well as for using fireworks and exploding targets in forested areas. 

The Fire Advisory has been updated for the Grande Prairie Forest Area effective May 18, 2018.

  • No new fire permits will be issued.
  • Current permits remain valid, however please postpone any non-essential burning and follow the condition on the permit closely.
  • Safe campfires are allowed.

Farm Equipment Wildfire Images

Remember you must evaluate the weather at your specific location. Get a permit and follow the conditions. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area. If you live within the Forest Protection Area, please contact your local Forestry office to get a permit (780) 538-5560. Anyone living outside the Forest Protection Area can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements. Find more information on safe burning practices for brush piles and windrows here.


Samaritan’s Purse helping British Columbia flood victims

Christian relief agency sending specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit, recruiting clean-up volunteers


CALGARY, AB – May 23, 2018 — Samaritan’s Purse Canada is helping flood victims in the Grand Forks, B.C. region by sending one of its specially equipped Disaster Relief Units to the water-logged area, and recruiting volunteers to clean damaged homes.

Municipal leaders have welcomed the assistance, in response to record-high spring flood levels, and have put Samaritan’s Purse information on the Grand Forks town website.

“Many people in Grand Forks are really struggling, and we want to come alongside them,” said Tammy Suitor, Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s disaster relief manager. “Our field teams are assessing the situation and waiting for the water to recede so we can begin clean-up. We’re in contact with churches, municipal officials, and other non-government partners in the area to provide a coordinated response.”

High temperatures and rapid snow melt caused the Kettle and Granby rivers to spill their banks. As a result, hundreds of homes have been damaged in the area. Roads have also been flooded—leaving many homeowners isolated and fearful.

Anyone needing Samaritan’s Purse clean-up assistance can call 1-866-628-6565. Anyone who wants to volunteer to help clean out flooded homes should visit

Samaritan’s Purse has moved Calgary-based equipment, including a Disaster Relief Unit, to Grand Forks so staff with the Christian relief organization can meet with area homeowners and start recruiting and training volunteers.

Disaster Relief Units are tractor trailers outfitted with essential disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers. They also serve as volunteer coordination centers, and are equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies.

Samaritan’s Purse has two other Disaster Relief Units, based in Ontario. One of them is in New Brunswick, where volunteers are using it to help thousands of flooded residents in the Fredericton region.

In recent years, Samaritan’s Purse has helped victims of a wide variety of Canadian and international natural disasters including 2017 flooding in Vernon, B.C. and wildfires in Ashcroft and Williams Lake, B.C.; flooding in New Brunswick in 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008; the catastrophic 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta; and flooding in Quebec, Ontario, southern Alberta, and Nova Scotia.

Samaritan’s Purse’s “sister” organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, often helps by providing crisis-trained chaplains to comfort and pray with disaster victims. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains will be in Grand Forks.

Donations Needed

To support Samaritan’s Purse’s disaster relief efforts, please visit (click on “Donate”) or call 1-800-663-6500.


About Samaritan’s Purse Canada

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian relief and development organization that takes its name from Jesus Christ’s biblical story of the Good Samaritan. Like that Good Samaritan, who found a beaten man and helped restore him, we aid victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. Besides disaster relief, our work includes collecting and distributing gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, providing safe water, teaching vocational skills, and providing agricultural supplies and training to families in the developing world. Learn more at

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:17

City Wide Mexico Mission Trip


June 28:  Deadline for non-refundable depost of $600

September 6:  Balance due

Mexico Mission Trip Poster

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:52

Music In Musko Concert


Music In Musko Poster


A fundraiser is set for family of the May 15th Cobblestone House Fire. 

A portion of entry fee will to to the family.  Also, BBQ, Cotton Candy and other goodies by donation to the family.

Date:  May 27, 2018
Location:  Jumpyard (101, 10101 118 Street - GP)
Time:  12pm - 4pm

The family appreciates everything the community has done to support them during this difficult time.


Residents are to be advised that starting next Wednesday, May 23rd 2018 MPE Engineering will be driving around the town in a van similar to the one below, to start their sidewalk survey which is part of the Road Needs Study.  The Town of Beaverlodge received a grant from the tgovernment of Alberta to conduct this study, which is to clearly identify the current and future road construction of our Municipality.  It rates the general condition of the road system, by road section, including such factors as structural adequacy, drainage, and surface condition.  The road network is extensive and is critical to ensure an effective and efficient transportation grid is available to residents and businesses.  After the sidewalk survery, they will be returning at a later date to conduct the pavement inspection.  The results of the surveys will help the town identify and proactively manage which roads need upgrades.


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Annual Household Hazardous Waste Round-up At Demmitt Transfer Station This Saturday

The County, in partnership with the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta Recycling), will be hosting its Annual Household Hazardous Waste Roundup at the Demmitt Transfer Station this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can bring household hazardous waste, unwanted computer equipment, TVs and paint to the Demmitt Transfer Station to be correctly and safely disposed of, free-of-charge. As well, there will be prize giveaways including a barbecue and two home composting units. The Demmitt Transfer Station is located on NW-13-74-13-W6M. To get there from Demmitt, travel 1.5 km southeast to Range Road 131 and then 3.2 km south.

“The annual household hazardous waste roundup is an easy way for residents to be mindful of the environment while properly disposing of their household waste,” said Jennifer Besinger, County Technical Services Manager. The roundup also keeps harmful materials like electronics, old paint, and hazardous waste out of the landfills, and reminds residents that proper disposal is simple and easy.”

Disposing of hazardous waste through improper means like pouring paint down a drain or storm sewer or by throwing electronics into the garbage or landfill can lead to contamination of air, land and water. Once in the ecosystem, hazardous waste can be harmful to the environment and human health.

“Alberta Recycling is proud of our longstanding partnership with the County” noted Caroline McAuley, Alberta Recycling Chair “and the roundup on May 26th is another example of their commitment to the environment and community spirit.”

The leftover latex paint collected through the roundup is recycled into new paint; oil-based paint is used in fuel recovery. The computer equipment and TVs are taken apart and separated into metal, glass and plastic, then shipped to manufacturers for recycling into new products.
If residents can’t make it to the roundup, this service is available year-round at many of the County’s recycling and waste management facilities.

For more information on the County’s various recycling and waste management programs visit

For more information on Alberta’s Electronics, Paint and Tire Recycling Programs visit

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:11

New Parade Route For Canada Day 2018


The Canada Day parade is being temporarily re-routed for the 2018 celebrations.

To accommodate for construction on the Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes Project, the parade is moving along 108 Avenue, starting at Hillside School and moving along to the Leisure Centre.

Here is all the information residents need to know in preparation for the day:

Parade Schedule

  • 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 1, 2018

Parade Route

  • The parade begins at 94 Street and 108 Avenue and ends at 105 Street and 108 Avenue.

Loading/ Unloading Zones for Floats

  • The float staging area is located behind Hillside School along 94 Street from 101 Avenue to 107 Avenue
  • Buses will be picking up parade participants and taking them from the Leisure Centre to the parade site at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • The parade unloading zone will be at the Leisure Centre

Parking and Traffic

  • Hillside: Please do not park on the street. If this is not possible, please park on the south side of the avenues or the east side of the streets.
  • Leisure Centre area: Traffic congestion is anticipated in the area around 2:30 as the parade concludes. Please plan for minor delays and be patient if travelling during this time.
  • 108 Street: Please do not park on the street.
  • Barricading of the parade route normally commences a half an hour prior to the parade and is promptly removed after the parade concludes.
  • Grande Prairie Transit is announcing details on an accommodation strategy in the upcoming weeks.

We thank everyone for their co-operation in helping us organize the parade with as minimal disruption as possible. WWe hope to see you cheering on the parade on July 1, and encourage you to join us afterwards at Muskoseepi Park from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. for more celebrations including entertainment, cake, children’s activities, community displays and food vendors.

Full Canada Day celebration event details will be announced in the coming weeks. e appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 13:58

Vacation Bible School


Vacation Bible School Poster

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:28

Investors Group Walk For Alzheimer's


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June 16th, Make a difference in the lives of Canadians Living with Dementia, and participate in the Investor's Group Walk For Alzheimer's.

If you haven't signed up already, please consider it!  If you register before May 31st, you get a chance to win the Provincial Early Bird Prize ($100 Amazon Gift Card)!

  • Registration:  11am
  • Walk/Run:  12pm
  • BBQ to follow

Go to to register, and make memories matter.

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