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Another female elected to the Lower Nicola Indian Band Council.

Election officer Raymond Phillip[s says Connie Joe was the winner of yesterday's LNIB by-election, garnering 37 votes of the 195 votes cast, and that three were no major issues during the voting process..

"We had a few spoiled ballots that came through the mail, but other than that everything went good."

Joe now takes over the Council position vacated by Nicolas Peterson, who moved from the community shortly after being re-elected during the band's general election back in October.

She is the fifth women on the LNIB Council, joining Leona Antoine, Lesley Manuel, Joanne Lafferty, and Lucinda Seward.

The five are accompanied by Harold Joe, and Bill Bose.


School District 58 trustee elected president of the BCSTA.

By over a two-thirds majority, Gordon Swan was elected president at BC School Trustees Association annual general meeting in Richmond Saturday.

"It's pretty humbling to have all the leaders in governance around the process to choose you through a democratic process to lead them into the future for students across the province. We have a provincial election coming up, and may have a new education minister so I look forward to the opportunity, and the work ahead of me."

Swan has served as vice-president of the BCSTA since 2013.

A trustee with School District 58 for over 20 years, he has also served over 10 years as a BCSTA Provincial Councillor.


First Nations imposed moratorium on the importation of biosolids to the Nicola Valley signed two years ago today.

"At this time, there has been no talk at all about ending the moratorium."

With little done to address the issue at a provincial level, Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron Sam says the moratorium will remain in place until action against the practise is taken.

"After the election in May, we do hope to sit down with the provincial government to have some constructive dialogue about our moratorium, and how we can address the issue with biosolids in the Nicola Valley moving forward."

Following a five-day occupation of Premier Christy Clark's West Kelowna office, which was prompted by the opening of a biosolids composting facility in Lower Nicola, the moratorium was signed by all five Nicola Valley Chiefs at the Shulus Arbour on April 23rd, 2015.

No biosolids from the Okanagan, Fraser Valley, or Metro Vancouver have been imported since.


Postponed in the fall due to inclement weather, a Canadian feature film expects to start shooting in the Merritt-area next month.

Thompson Nicola Film Commissioner Vicci Weller says producers of 'Indian Road Trip' plan to start shooting May 24th.

"I don't know the specific locations, nor could I say now if I did. But, the plan is to start shooting in the Merritt-area near the end of May."

A casting call has gone out for numerous roles.

Weller says both First Nations and Caucasian roles are up for grabs.

"Roles range from leads to extras, but there are a lot as I've been told."

Those interested can submit a head shot, resume and demo reel to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

City of Merritt and director of recreation and facilities parting ways.

Brad Gilbert officially started with the city on May 2nd, 2016, after leaving his position as general manager for the Athabasca Regional Multiplex Society in Alberta.

A City of Merritt confidentiality policy prevents the release of any details about the move.


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