Donna Bieder

Donna Bieder


On Friday, July 20, roadwork on 116 Street between 68 Avenue and the south City limits is scheduled to begin, weather permitting.

The public is advised that traffic will be reduced to one lane, controlled by construction crews, at different times during construction and speed limits will be reduced.

The contractor will be completing warranty work as part of the 116 Street Overlay Program.

For more information on construction, please visit:



Grande Prairie Forest Area: Wildfire danger now LOW- July 19, 2018


The wildfire hazard for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is now LOW. There are currently no fire advisories, restrictions or fire bans in place.  Please continue to exercise caution and if you spot a wildfire or see smoke in a forested area please call 310-FIRE immediately to ensure that crews and resources are able to respond as soon as possible.

This wildfire season the Grande Prairie Forest Area has had 33 wildfires, burning more than 13 hectares. Each of these fire has been extinguished.  Only six of these fires are a result of lightning, all others were human caused and 100 percent preventable. Please do your part to prevent wildfires.

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Whenever possible use an existing campfire facility such as stoves, rings and pits for your campfire. These facilities are available in many campgrounds and recreation area and are designed to help contain a fire and prevent it from spreading. If no campfire facilities are available there are some easy steps you can take to help ensure your campfire is safe:

  • Find a suitable spot not under a tree.
  • Dig or scrape a pit down to mineral soil.
  • Surround the pit with rocks, gravel or sand.
  • Remove any vegetation or flammable materials surrounding the pit.
  • Ensure you have water on hand or nearby.
  • Build up slowly with kindling.
  • Add wood carefully, being careful not to stir up embers or sparks.
  • Keep your fire small.

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. Learn more about updates to the act and fine amounts here.



  • Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire.
  • you can find out more about how to determine if your home is FireSmart and some actions you can take to protect your home on the FireSmart Canada website.


  • Fire permits are free and you can get more information or request a fire permit by calling our Grande Prairie Fire Center office.
  • However any requests for burning of heavy fuels will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. For more information on fire permits or to obtain one call the Grande Prairie office at (780) 538-5560.
  • Call our office in advance of when you would like to burn in order to give our staff time to make arrangements to come out to your site and issue your permit.
  • Remember that you must evaluate the weather at your specific location and follow the conditions stated on your permit. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area.
  • All permits must be completely extinguished before they expire.
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Single Life Workshop


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Faith Lutheran Church Ordination Poster


Starting on Monday, July 23, contractors will begin work to install the Hawker Waterline along part of 156 Avenue in Clairmont in the Crossroads South area.

The installation of the waterline will result in intermittent and partial road closures, lane reductions and speed reductions between 97 Street and Range Road 55. The anticipated completion date of the project is late October.

The work will be completed and traffic impacts will be in sections on 156 Avenue, starting at 97 St and heading east. Once one section is complete, contractors will move onto the next section. During the following segmented traffic disruptions, the detour routes are as follows:

 Section #1 (97 St to 94 St): Use 96 St, 158 Ave, 94 St and 154 Ave
 Section #2 (94 St to 92 St): Use 94 St, 158 Ave, 92 St and 154 Ave
 Section #3 (91 St to 89 St): Use 91 St, 158 Ave, 89 St and 154 Ave
 Section #4 (89 St to Rge Rd 55): No detour routes. Speed reduction only

Motorists are advised to obey all signs, flag persons, follow detour routes, exercise extreme caution when travelling through the site and near crews and equipment, and allow extra time for travel.

Please note that all start and completion dates are weather dependent.

Please see the attached project maps. The red lines indicates the road closure and the green lines indicate the detour routes.

The County has invested $2.5 million in the Hawker Waterline, which will service industrial development in the east section of the County north and south of Highway 43 from Crossroads Industrial Park to the Richie Brothers area.

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Beaverlodge, Alberta – Charges have been laid against a Grande Prairie man in relation to a shooting on the Horse Lake First Nation on June 9, 2018.

Dustin MacAuley (30) of Grande Prairie has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Break & Enter
  • Discharge Firearm with Intent
  • Possess Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Wear Disguise with Intent to Commit an Offence

MacAuley has been remanded into custody and his next court appearance is set for July 30, 2018 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.

Two other suspects remain outstanding. If you have any information on this occurrence please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.


For Immediate Release

June 12, 2018

Beaverlodge RCMP investigate home invasion

Beaverlodge, Alberta – One male has been hospitalized after being shot during a violent home invasion on Saturday morning.

On June 9, 2018 just after midnight Beaverlodge RCMP responded to a shots fired complaint at a residence on the Horse Lake First Nation. On arrival it was determined the adult male victim had already been transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound.

Investigation determined that three unknown masked suspects entered the residence where the assault occurred and fled the scene. The victim is being treated for his injuries and is expected to survive.

Grande Prairie Forensic Identification Section and Grande Prairie GIS have been engaged in this investigation providing assistance to investigators from Beaverlodge Detachment.

RCMP advise this was a targeted attack and are seeking the public’s assistance to identify those responsible.

If you have any information on this occurrence please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


228 people experiencing homelessness were counted in Grande Prairie during the third province-wide Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of Homelessness.

PiT Counts serve two important functions: they provide a current snapshot of the demographics and number of people experiencing homelessness in the city and enable an examination of changes in homelessness over time.

Results Summary:
 63% male, 37% female
 8% dependants under 18, 14% independent youth between ages 13-24, 48% between the ages 25-44, 30% between the ages of 45-64.
 61% sleeping in an emergency shelter, 14% residential treatment, 10% motel/hotel (sponsored), 6% incarcerated/holding cell, 2% respondent doesn’t know, 3% other unsheltered location/public space, 2% transitional housing, 2% hospital.
 44% of those counted as experiencing homelessness were Indigenous
 54 people counted had been in Grande Prairie less than a year
 40 people were counted living in transitional housing programs
 53% of people counted were chronically homeless

“The PiT Count is an opportunity to gather city-specific data about emerging local trends”, says Forrest McGregor, Research and Evaluation Analyst. “Advocacy efforts remain focused on affordable housing, as well as permanently supported housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.”

A new route was added to capture people experiencing homelessness living in motels or staying with friends and family. This form of homelessness is hard to capture and often remains “hidden” because these individuals are not engaged in mainstream services.
2018 marks the first time Indigenous survey respondents were asked which nation or nations they identified with.

Over 50 volunteers were involved in the Count. Partnerships with local organizations, a community-based planning group and support from HIV North’s Street Outreach Team to cover priority areas were key to increasing the reach of the Count and deepening the understanding of homelessness in Grande Prairie.

See the entire 2018 Point in Time Count report on the City of Grande Prairie website:

The 2018 Count was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy as part of a national count. It was completed with the 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness. 5,735 people experiencing homelessness were counted in total across Alberta.

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Public Assistance in Theft Investigation

Grande Prairie, Alberta – On Wednesday July 11, 2018 Grande Prairie RCMP received a report from the City of Grande Prairie advising that bronze signs have been stolen from 11 local parks. Replacement costs are in excess of $17,000.

RCMP are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with information about these stolen signs to come forward and contact the Grande Prairie RCMP to provide a statement. Witnesses, or anybody with information about this incident, can speak with police by attending the detachment or calling 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at

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Grande Prairie, AB – More than 2,800 participants, their families and spectators are expected to attend the
2018 Alberta Summer Games, July 19 - 22 in Grande Prairie. The Games provide an opportunity for
Albertans 11 – 17 years of age to compete in a province-wide summer sports competition.

“The Alberta Summer Games is an important milestone in the careers of our amazing young athletes,” said
Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for sport. “Congratulations and best of luck
to all the Alberta Summer Games athletes over the next four days, and thank you to the volunteers,
organizers and the City and County of Grande Prairie for all the work they have put into hosting the

The Summer Games include a wide variety of sports from athletics, cycling, baseball, swimming, triathlon,
rugby, basketball, soccer, canoe/kayak and beach volleyball. For a full list of Summer Games sports and
more information see: Alberta Games – Grande Prairie.

“Grande Prairie is a great sport community and well known for hosting outstanding sport events, with its
terrific facilities, organizational skills and thousands of friendly, dedicated volunteers”, said Kelly
Blackshaw, Vice Chair of ASC. “Our young athletes from throughout Alberta are excited to compete at
these Games, are looking forward to the memories and experiences they’ll share, and for some of them,
this will be a first step in their journey to representing Alberta at future national and international

The Alberta Summer Games are coordinated by Alberta Sport Connection in partnership with the Host
Society. Participants earn the right to participate in the Games by qualifying through zone playoffs
throughout the province which are held for each sport.

The Alberta government provided $420,000 in support of the 2018 Alberta Winter Games, through Alberta
Sport Connection, which includes a cultural grant of $70,000.

The Alberta Games generate about $3 million in economic impact for host communities. For more about
the Alberta Summer Games, see: about the Games or follow us on Facebook: Alberta Games, or
Instagram: alberta-games.

Alberta Sport Connection is an agency of the Government of Alberta dedicated to the development of sport
in Alberta. More information on Alberta Sport Connection: or follow us on Twitter
@AlbertaSport_ or on Facebook: AlbertaSport.

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