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TNRD stepping away from recycling depot in Merritt.
 
With the Thompson-Nicola Regional District set to join Recycle BC later this summer, manager of Environmental Services Jamie Viera says they will stop operating the 10-year old unmanned recycling depot on Main St Aug 31st, 2018.
 
"Part of that decision was to stop operating our municipal drop-off depots because they were unattended, and we were having issues with contamination. And, that the residents in Merritt were already served by the curb side collection program the city operates."
 
Should the City of Merritt want to keep the recycling depot operational, it would need to be demolished and then reconstructed, and an employee would be required to meet the guidelines of Recycle BC.
 
The matter will be discussed further at tomorrow's regular meeting of Council.
 
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Spayam Developments, NVISA and NVIDC assets being consolidated to help maximize benefits.

All three own real estate and other assets, and NVIDC's Donna Robin says consolidating them into a limited partnership will maximize the financial benefits for the five First Nation bands in the area that share interest in them.

A vote will be held tonight to make the move official.

"The three entities all belong to the five Nicola Valley bands. We have been working for many years to get this done. By consolidating the three organizations, it will maximize the benefits the bands get, and form a single board of directors."

Each of the five Nicola Valley bands will own 20% of the new limited partnership.

 

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Live Nation not making any wholesale changes with the Rockin' River Music Fest.
 
Festival director Ryan Balasky says the four-day country music concert has built up a great reputation since moving to Merritt in 2015.
 
Now a partner, he says the number one goal is to keep the momentum going.
 
"We're trying to just maximize the experience that Rockin' River has built up the last few years. And, just put our stamp on running the festival as smooth as possible. We have produced a lot festivals across Canada, and we really want make things that much better. That's eveything from making sure the camping situation goes smooth to paying with tap."
 
This year's festival will feature feature expanded onsite amenities, additional late-night saloons, and expanded camping options.
 
Headliners include Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, and Dallas Smith.
 
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Merritt RCMP officer getting back on his bike to help area kids in crisis.
 
After calling last summer's ride the most rewarding thing he has ever done as a police officer, Cst Jon Puterbough is once again taking part in the Cops for Kids Ride in September.
 
The 10-day, 1,000km ride through 22 communities in the Southeast District raises money for the Cops For Kids Foundation, which helps children in medical, physical, or traumatic crisis.
 
"Families that have a child who is going through a traumatic crisis, or needs help in a similar way, they can apply to cops for kids to get funding to help them. And, I know that there are a couple families in Merritt that have accessed the funding in the past."
 
Puterbough will be joined this year by fellow Merritt RCMP officer Cpl Derrick Francis.
 
Last year, the Cops for Kids Ride raised over $330,000.
 
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Merritt RCMP asking for assistance locating runaway youth.

Cst Tracy Dunsmore says 15-year-old Taylor Shackelly was last seen in Merritt yesterday afternoon and is said to have advised family she was headed to Toronto.

"There was an hour between the time she was last seen and noticed missing. We don't believe she has walked away from town. She likely got a ride or was picked up and it was planned. So, we are looking for anyone that might have information."

Shackelly is about 5’3, 100 lbs, has long dark hair and brown eyes, and was said to have left with a dark green backpack.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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