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Nicola Valley man to spend three-years in jail for sexually assaulting his teenage step-daughter.

Neither the man or the victim can be identified due to a court-ordered publication ban.

The man, who was convicted earlier this year of sexual assault and sexual exploitation for the incident that occurred back in February 2015, received his sentence in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops yesterday.

Along with three-years in prison, his sentence also includes conditions that he register as a sex offender, not be in the presence of anyone under the age of 16 unless another adult over 25 is present, and not to contact the victim while in custody.

 

Director of 'Indian Road Trip' with nothing but positive things to say about filming in the Nicola Valley.

"We had a lot of options heading into the project for where to shoot. But, once I spent a couple days in the Nicola Valley during a location scout, I really fell in love with the area."

Allan Hopkins says the Canadian feature film about two restless and unruly young First Nations men who are forced to drive a cranky elder across the reserve so she can make peace with her dying sister, wrapped up shooting in the area earlier this week.

"Everything went really well. We shoot at a lot of locations, with a lot of people, in a brief time frame. For the most part, we able to work as one single unit, so I'm pretty pleased."

Hopkins says a screening will be held for those in the area wanting to check out the film at NVIT sometime in the fall.

After doing the festival circuit, he says they hope to release the film though an online distributor like Netflix or Hulu.

With the threat of flooding diminishing by the day, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District is coming up with a plan for what to do with all the sandbags.

While she's not recommending removing sandbags just yet in the Nicola Valley, Emergency Operations Centre spokesperson Debbie Sell says once the all-clear is given, a plan for what to do with them will be needed.

"One of the things we don't want to see is people removing sandbags, thinking that all is well. So, we'll wait till its certain the flood risk has completely passed."

After flooding throughout the TNRD in 2012, Sell says residents were encouraged to put sand in their grass, or gardens.

Logan lake wants to ensure the survival of its namesake.

The village is taking measures to improve the quality of the small water body in the centre of the community.

Chief Administrative Officer Randy Lambright says there are several challenges in doing so.

"There is an inordinate amount of weed in the lake itself, so it makes it difficult for swimming in. It's also choking the lake off. We're working on a lot of the watershed issues as well. There's logging, and a salt shed the ministry has that is causing issues as well."

The manmade lake was created to help the community both economically, and recreationally.

BC High School Rodeo Association Finals getting underway in Merritt.

BCHSRA national director Fritz Mair says next three days, the best of the best in grades 9 to 12 from the North and South regions will be competing at the Merritt Rodeo Grounds for a chance to go to nationals.

"The furthest North would be Pink Mountain. We also have kids that have transferred in the BC High School Rodeo Association from both Washington St, and Alberta."

Merritt's Armani McRae will be someone to watch, as he sits 8th in the overall South region standings.

Action gets underway each day at 11am.

A complete listing of this weekend's events can be found on the BC High School Rodeo Association website, www.bchsra.ca.

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