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Nicola Valley Institute of Technology hoping to get a few more females interested in pursuing a career in the trades.
 
The Women Exploring Trades program is happening Wednesday nights from January 24th to February 21st.
 
President Ken Tourand says it will give females interested in a career in trades, a taste of what they can expect.
 
"It's very similar to our bridging the trades program. So, anybody interested in a trade, but aren't sure what to pursue, should look at enrolling in this program."
 
The Women Exploring Trades program is being held in NVIT's trades training trailer.
 
To register or for more information contact the school at 250-378-3300.
 
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Boil Water Notice likely to remain in place for a while in Lower Nicola.
 
In place since last May after the flooding of Guichon Creek, team leader for Interior Heath's small water infrastructure program Rob Birtles, says one of the three samples taken from the Lower Water Works system in December came back unacceptable.
 
"There remains uncertainty in the system. And, there is a potential risk associated with the system because of the unacceptable samples that are coming back. They are sampling for total coliforms and for E. coli. Both are usually associated with warm blooded mammals, and shouldn't be in the system. Opposed to total coliforms, which is vegetative matter, and also encompasses fecal coliforms."
 
Since the Boil Water Notice was first issued, 78 water samples have been taken, with 17 coming back unacceptable.
 
Acceptable samples, on consecutive days, are needed before Birtles says the notice can be lifted.
 
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Environment Canada issuing a Freezing Rain Warning.
 
Forecaster Jim Goosen says an approaching Pacific system will spread warm, moist air over a thin layer of arctic air trapped in the southern interior valleys this morning.
 
Its expected to cause freezing rain in the Merritt area, as well as both on the Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops and Okanagan Connector, where the temperature remains below the freezing mark.
 
"There are pockets where the temperature remains below zero. Merritt is sitting at minus one degree, and area highways are still sitting below zero as well. It's expected as much as 2cm of freezing rain will fall, before it tapers off later this morning."
 
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.
 
Meanwhile, a Fog Advisory for the Coquihalla from Merritt to Kamloops and the Okanagan Connector also remains in place for a third straight day.
 
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Early morning accident knocking out power to rest stations, and work sites along the Coquihalla.

BC Hydro's Dag Sharman says they were alerted to the outages south of Merritt this morning, just before 2am.

He confirms the accident occurred at the Larsen Hill salt shed.

"It was a motor vehicle accident that destroyed one of our poles. So, we had to go in and replace the entire pole, which was in a difficult location.

It's not known yet if, or how bad the driver of the vehicle was injured.

Power was restored to all the buildings affected by 2pm.

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Charges laid in connection with fatal Coquihalla crash.
 
47-year-old Linda Tom was killed on Aug 30th, 2016, after her southbound Suzuki Swift was hit from behind by a commercial truck near the Helmer brake check.
 
The driver of the truck, Shiva Kartik Raman is now facing one count each of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
 
He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Kamloops today.
 
According to RCMP, Tom was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the fatal crash.
 
Her daughter, a passenger in the car, also suffered undisclosed injuires.
 
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