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ATV riders injured, and flown to hospital after crashing near Merritt.

Nicola Valley Search and Rescue Association manager Lynne Broekhuizen says multiple people were injured this afternoon while riding their ATV in an area up Midday Valley Rd.

"We've just done a steep-slope extraction of an injured ATV rider up in the Midday Valley Area. Our rope team brought her up, she was put on a stretcher, and taken to a spot where she could be taken to hospital via air ambulance. Then, right after that we got a call about an injured male ATV rider that also crashed in the same area. He has been located, put on a stretcher and is now waiting for the air ambulance to come back and pick him up."

Broekhuzen says both the male and female being taken to hospital have suffered serious injuries.

 

Male charged for uttering threats, and breaching probation following a call to RCMP for assistance after getting stuck on a forestry service road near Merritt.

Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore says they received a call from a male around 5am yesterday morning, after he crashed his rental vehicle in an area off the Loon Lake exit along Hwy 97C.

"He went in up Shrimpton Creek Rd, onto a clearing and into the tree. He then drove his van all around the trees. There was bumpers and lights and pieces of the vehicle of the vehicle all over. He got caught up on several stumps and rocks, and managed to get unstuck a few times. But, in the end got stuck on a stump."

It was believed he was with a female when he first called RCMP, but Dunsmore says they were able to rule that out after locating her in Kelowna.

While they searched for her, Dunsmore says the male was erratic and threatened officers.

"The threats were fairly extreme. We expect certain conversation, but it was ongoing and went on throughout the day. And, they were directed primarily at one specific officer, involving family and such."

19-year-old Anahad Virk of Surrey was charged with breaching probation after being caught with a knife, as well as uttering threats.

He could also still face assault charges, after Dunsmore says he spat on, and punched officers while he was being taken into custody.

 

Fatal motorcycle accident on Highway 5A.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl Jodie Shelkie says a 32-year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle last night near Cardu Hill around 6:30pm.

"RCMP traffic analysts and the coroners office are investigating. A witness to the accident stated that the motorcycle went off the road in a curve on the highway."

Shelkie says the deceased male was from Kamloops.

 

Cost of Nicola Ave improvements nearly half of what was originally budgeted.

City of Merritt CAO Shawn Boven confirms the cost of replacing the old asphalt medians on HWY 8 though Merritt with concrete and adding trees and other shrubbery to them, and amalgamating two problem waterlines was $558,085, well short of the $980,000 budgeted.

"Yup, that project certainly came in well under budget."

The cost of amalgamating the two problem waterlines west of Voght St into one, was shared with the Ministry of Transportation.

Throne speech outlining a number of items to improve the lives of those living in Fraser-Nicola.

MLA Jackie Tegart says the agenda laid-out yesterday reinforces the provincial government's support for resource development, and the thousands of jobs it creates.

"It's also particularly important to our riding that we continue to support the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a major job creator here in Fraser-Nicola. We are also looking at new support for child care, education and healthcare."

Yesterday's throne speech also included plans double the Rural Dividend Fund, to raise monthly welfare rates by $100 and to spend $1-billion on early childhood education.

However, the Liberals are likely not going to be around long enough to implement the plan, as the minority government is expected to be defeated as early as next week in a confidence vote.

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